Electrolux UrbanCONE

Until now, altering your micro climate is confined to the comforts of homes and buildings. While that’s nice, it would be ideal if we could alter our surrounding micro climates outdoors too. The Electrolux UrbanCONE might just do that in the near future. It’s basically a jellyfish-looking drone that hovers above and around you, ceaselessly cleaning polluted air, creating a friendlier, healthier micro climate for you. It can be freely programmed, modified and extended, and it can work in tandem as a unified batch. It hovers effortlessly thanks to its ultra light construction, and it filters the air through it’s poly-wings that move in a dance resembling a jellyfish. The filters could be programmed to collect and retain certain smells, so you could reload them at will, wherever you are. You could keep it near, or let it drift and do its job in your peripheral atmosphere, and you could share your settings to attract others with similar micro climate preferences as you.

Electrolux UrbanCONE

Electrolux UrbanCONE

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Watch Futurama’s Intro In 3D

by Jeremiah on July 19, 2014

Futurama 3D

Remember those days you’re lazying on the couch getting ready for an episode of Futurama and you realized that you ran out of beer? Well thanks to Alexey Zakharov, a creative animator from Russia, you won’t even realize you don’t have the beer anymore. Made with 3ds Max, Nuke, Photoshop, and After Effects, his 3D rendering of the intro is some sort of amazing. Feels like getting a cool upgrade, like getting a salary raise or a new Ferrari, makes you wish the studios would hire him full time for a total remake. Enjoy!

You can find the complete renderings here.

Don’t Throw Your Old Tech In The Trash!

by Jeremiah on July 17, 2014

Tech Garbage

Unlike good whiskey or a nice leather belt, technology doesn’t get better with age. For most places, the market for decade old devices simply isn’t there and in a world where people camp overnight for the newest version of electronics, we must consider: what happens to our old technologies once we don’t want them anymore?

For many, that answer is stored away in a drawer full of miscellaneous objects that you open every few months when you’ve misplaced something and you swore you put it in there. The collection of flip phones, Discmans and old chargers slowly grows with each passing product release.

You could also be someone who sells your old technology to someone who perhaps can’t afford or isn’t interested in the latest version. This is a great way to reuse and the Internet has made it easy to match yourself up with a buyer.

Or for others, the electronics just get simply thrown out. You don’t need them anymore, and you doubt that someone wants a VHS player these days, so where better should it go than with today’s garbage pick up? Sadly, the problem with throwing out old electronics is that it is not the same as typical municipal waste. Many electronics are full of valuable materials, but they also contain elements that are toxic to humans. Even more concerning, many underdeveloped poor countries become e-waste dumping grounds and residents are subjected to these hazardous materials through things like immediate contact or groundwater pollution, for example.

Less than ten years ago, Greenpeace ranked tech giant Apple as one of the worst companies for “green electronics”. With a company that powerful, they should have been one of the leaders in green electronic practices.

Apple heard that message loud and clear, and has made a significant effort to clean up their practices according to a recent article. This includes using clean energies, and very importantly announcing a new scheme to allow all apple products to be returned to the company and recycled.

This is a huge step for a company that has so many customers. With this idea you can sometimes also receive a gift card for the value of your device to be used towards future apple products.

Of course, Apple still has a long way to go and their continued efforts towards more green practices can only help to improve their company quality and reputation. When you purchase a new technology, it is important to consider factors like this. The potential to responsibly recycle means that you are not only doing something good for the environment, but potentially also lowering the e-waste load dumped on those less fortunate.

One reason that you may not choose to purchase with Apple, however, is the price of the products. Their products tend to be more expensive than many comparable ones from other companies. There are some good tricks to try to get deals on your next Apple purchase though! For example, check out mac rumors for up to date advice on current products and when to purchase. Or, you can also search for technology vouchers on via this site.

So whatever brand you prefer, whichever electronic you purchase, you can throw it in the drawer, sell it to the highest bidder or recycle it responsibly, but please think twice before you throw it in the trash.

Honda's New Asimo Smiling

Remember the Asimo? Honda first introduced it about 15 years ago but now they are back with a better, blacker, badder version. With a smile. A creepy, malicious smile that tells you all sorts of weird you can imagine from a robot. And artificial intelligence laden robot too, which could single out multiple faces and voices in a crowd. It also has been enhanced with 13 degrees of hand dexterity and the ability to run faster, forwards and back, jump smoothly, and climb up and down the stairs effortlessly. It opens bottles and pours drinks like an expert and it can even express sign language, or give you a warning signal that it’s about to take you over. Luckily it doesn’t run faster than 5.6 MPH so it won’t be too difficult to escape in case you deem it life threatening. However as it can also predict and react to what’s going on around it, so it would make it a challenge to shut it down without mastering some kick-ass martial arts moves. Just kidding. Now smile!

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Honda's New Asimo

Technology You Can Wear: the 2014 Shortlist

by Jeremiah on July 11, 2014

This year has so far brought nothing if not a multitude of mind-blowing technological innovations. In addition to the range of sophisticated technologies evolving for future markets, we’re even seeing the sci-fi daydreams of our youth coming to fruition – and 2014 shows no sign of losing momentum on the tech solutions front.

Here’s a peek inside the technological masterpieces taking this year’s gadget fans by storm, from the everyday to the extraordinary.

Pebble Smartwatch

Pebble Watch

Paired with your iPhone or Android via Bluetooth, the Pebble Smartwatch allows users to receive push notifications like Facebook messages, calls, texts and emails – putting the power of instant, uncomplicated communication right on your wrist. This highly customisable watch uses E-paper technology like you’d find on a Kindle, meaning display brightness will never be a problem – and when you’re out for a run, you can even track your time and distance, toggling your music in the process. All you need to get this up and running is the Pebble app on your smartphone.

LG Lifeband Touch

LG Lifeband

It looks like LG have broken into the fitness market – and their first contribution to the sporting space is pretty nifty indeed. The Lifeband Touch is a wristband with the functionality we’ve come to expect from top-of-the-range fitness trackers, and a few welcome extras. Unlike competing products, this wristband fits on like a bracelet rather than a watch and has an OLED display where you can find incoming call notifications and heart rate tracking, when paired with LG’s Earphone Heart Rate Monitor. Get your playlist sorted and you’re good to go.

Body Worn Cameras

Body Worn Camera

This wearable tech does a whole lot more than streamline your lifestyle. The body worn camera movement is revolutionising the world of law enforcement, offering communities throughout the US and the UK a new level of public safety. The body cameras now worn by officers at police departments across America have the functionality to discreetly record all incidents, providing greater access to evidence than ever before, and even managing to prevent crime through their presence alone.

Rusty: Wired Series

Rusty Wired Series

This nifty little innovation is set to solve one of modern civilisation’s greatest and most excruciating problems – the tangled earphones phenomenon. Rusty’s new kitted-out hoody allows the hood’s elastic drawstrings to double as earphones, offering a simple, elegant and game-changing solution to the unbearable nuisance of manoeuvring and detangling earphone wires. Simply connect your iPhone or iPod via the jack input in the hoody’s inside pockets and you’re sorted. Machine washable and available in various styles for both men and women.

Google Glass

Google Glass

Google Glass is still in the trialling phases, but that doesn’t stop it from being the most hotly anticipated body worn tech in the space. This wearable computer has an optical head-mounted display where the wearer can find information presented in a hands-free smartphone-style format. Language voice commands provide a means of control, with users able to take photos, record 720p HD video and use a host of Google and third party apps. Available in a range of exquisite frame designs, this is the ultimate style and substance combo.

Author

Tori Atkinson is a content creator for Reveal Media USA, supplier of body worn camera technologies to police departments throughout the US.