Posted by Alyn Wallace

Autonomous ‘Robocops’ go on patrol in Silicon Valley

Autonomous “Robocop”-style robots, equipped with microphones, speakers, cameras, laser scanners and sensors, go on patrol in Silicon Valley. The robots are programmed to notice unusual behavior and alert controllers. They are called Knightscope K5 Autonomous Data Machines and were designed by a robotics company, Knightscope, located in Mountain View, California. The stand 1.5 meters (5 feet) high and weigh about 136 kilograms (300 pounds), representing a combo of laser scanning, wheel encoders, inertial measurements, and GPS. “I believe robots are the perfect tools to handle the monotonous and sometimes dangerous work in order to free up humans to more judiciously address activities requiring higher-level thinking, […]

Posted by Allison Blackburn

Nesting Knives from Deglon bring style to any designer kitchen

The Deglon Meeting Knife Set happens to be one of the most stylish and unique knife sets to have been designed. This is a set of four kitchen knives that cleverly nest into each other’s bodies and so take up just the space that a single knife would take. The knife set is a work of art as it looks stunning on the work surface of any modern designer kitchen and despite its looks, they also function as normal knives. [Image Courtesy of Deglon] The nesting knives were designed by Mia Schmallenback at Deglon and they came top when entered […]

Posted by Allison Blackburn

The Gate Residence will promote environmental sustainability

Many buildings built today make use of technology that will minimize the impact on the environment. However, one building of the future, the Gate Residence in Egypt, will take things to a whole new level. The building will features solar panels, solar heater tubes, windcatchers, geothermal cooling and wind turbines. [Image Courtesy of Vincent Callebaut Architectures] The Gate Residence is the idea of Vincent Callebaut Architectures and they have focused on environmental sustainability before with the Dragonfly concept and the Agora Garden. They plan on using a lot of the same technology with the Gate Residence, however, on a much […]

Posted by Lara Lopes

Kodak’s new GoPro contender offers 360 degree view

Kodak have just revealed it’s new action camera that will go head-to-head with the GoPro series. The PIXPRO SP360 offers a 360-degree view of the action using a single dome shaped lens and films in full HD (1080p), recording at 30 fps with a 16-megapixel MO sensor. The dome lens means that it doesn’t require an array of cameras to be stitched together to produce the 360-degree view. The camera offers 4 different modes to shoot in; Front (212 degrees), Split (180-degree front and rear views at the same time), Dome (214 degrees) and Sphere (360 degrees), providing alternative vantage points. It can […]

Posted by Lara Lopes

Click Your Heels To Escape Bad Situations With “Dorothy”

Remember the movie “The Wizard of Oz” when Dorothy clicks her heels three times, repeating “There’s no place like home”? How useful would that be during a horrible date or any other unpleasant situation where you just wish someone would call you to get you out? Well, there is a new gadget made to give any mortal that same power. Inspired by the story of the “Wizard of Oz”, IStrategy Labs thought of an easy and practical way to get you out of such awkward situations. They created “Dorothy,” and App that connects to the “Ruby”, a small Bluetooth connected device […]

Posted by Allison Blackburn

Electricity grows on trees in Israel thanks to the eTree

The old saying that money doesn’t grow on trees is unfortunately correct but when it comes to electricity growing on trees a company from Israel decided to make it reality. Sologic came up with the eTree, a tree-like structure with solar panel leaves which doubles as a meeting spot and a place to recharge electronic devices and connect to the internet. [Image Courtesy of Sologic] The eTree is part of a social-environmental enterprise along with being an ecological sculpture. The company behind it wants to promote awareness of the environment and sustainability by bonding the environment and community together. [Image Courtesy […]