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Wireless Companies Beware- Google Just Launched Its Very Own Mobile Service

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Early on Thursday (4/24), Google shook up the mobile industry by officially unveiling its new wireless service, Project Fi. The service is still in the “early access program” stage, so for now it will be limited to owners of the Google Nexus 6 cell phone (it also requires a special SIM card). Project Fi is unique from other wireless services in that customers will only have to pay for the data they actually use. Data is sold in 1GB blocks, and consumers will be refunded

U.S. Navy’s New LOCUST Cannon Fires Swarms of Attack Drones (Video)

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The U.S. Navy just unveiled a new technology that can launch up to 30 drones at an enemy, in theory creating a swarm of drones that can attack from above. According to Fox News… “The Low-Cost UAV Swarming Technology program (LOCUST) fires small, disposable drones out of a rocket launcher-type mechanism. Once airborne, the autonomous drones begin communicating with one another and flying in formation.”   The drones are launched like rockets, and have two wings that pop out after launch so

This Solar-Powered Bike Can Travel Up To 40 Miles Unassited (Video)

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Danish inventor Jesper Frausig has developed a Solar Bike that offers cyclists an easier way to commute without hurting the environment. The Solar Bike requires no plug-in to charge – just park your bike in a sunny area and the solar panels on the bike’s wheels and the battery unit will do the rest. The battery is carefully tucked inside the frame of the bike and can store enough energy to travel up to 40 miles. The bike has adjustable speed and can

GoPro Partners Up With 3D Robotics To Make The Ultimate Video-Capturing Drone (Video)

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The “3D Robotics Solo” — arguably the best drone ever created with GoPro capabilities — has just hit the markets. According to CNET… “Solo, its controller and optional Solo Gimbal — a motorized three-axis camera stabilizer — is the culmination of a couple years of work and a partnership with GoPro. A partnership that has resulted in a drone with full in-flight camera control and live, low-latency HD streaming straight to mobile devices.”   Featuring an on-board computer capable of running apps,

This Insane-Looking Instrument Is Actually A 3D-Printed Violin

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Architects Eric Goldemberg and Veronica Zalcberg of Miami’s MONAD studio pride themselves on pushing the boundaries of design. Their newest creation, the “Piezoelectric Violin”, is no exception. The 3D-printed instrument looks more like a futuristic space weapon than a violin, and features only two strings. “Our desire to create unusual instruments emerged when we realised the aesthetic and technical issues we were facing as architects did not differ much from those of musicians and composers,” Goldemberg told BBC Culture in a recent

The World’s Smallest Working Computer Fits On The Edge Of A Nickel

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Researchers at the University of Michigan have designed a computer believed to be the smallest in the world. The tiny PC has the ability to take pictures, measure temperatures, do pressure readings and more. According to CNET… “Computers used to consume whole rooms, but now one computer can fit on the edge of a nickel. At just one millimeter cubed, the Michigan Micro Mote (M3) is believed to be the smallest autonomous computer in the world.”   The project to create the

These Scientists Want to Record and Restore Memories Using Microchips

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For the past few years, a team of neuroscientists from across the United States has been studying how the brain stores and makes memories. Now, they are on the cusp of something big: implanting microchip memory devices in people. Ted Berger, a biomedical engineering professor at the University of Southern California in LA, is one of the scientists on the team. Berger says that he and his fellow researchers have devised a technique that allows them to record and store memories for people who have

Chinese Firm Breaks World Record, Selling 2 Million Cell Phones in 12 Hours


Xiaomi is the biggest mobile phone company that you’ve probably never heard. In just five years, the Beijing-based company has become one of the world’s most popular cell phone brands, rivaling giants like Apple and Samsung. Earlier this week, Xiaomi set yet another milestone by breaking the world record for most mobile phones sold through a single online platform in a day. During its “Mi Fan Fest” promotion, Xiaomi sold a staggering 2.1 million phones from its website in a period of just

The “Vipukirves” Is Being Called The First Redesign Of The Axe In 8,000 Years (Video)

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Finnish inventor Heikki Karna has designed a new type of axe that makes splitting wood easier while reducing the risk of injury to the user. Karna has created several designs of his axe, which he calls the “Vipukirves”. Featuring curved wedge-like blades, the “leveraxes” reduce the amount of force needed to split wood. Wired explains how it works: “After the downswing and just after the blade pierces through the wood fibers, the counterweight on the right side of the head forces the axe to

This Liquid Body Armor Stops Bullets Better Than Kevlar (Video)

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There is no question that the bullet-proof vest was an innovative and life-saving invention. However, even the most rigid vests tend to bend inwards when struck by a high-speed projectile, often causing serious injuries to the wearer. The Polish company Moratex saw this problem as an opportunity for improvement. Moratex is developing a futuristic line of liquid-based body armor that has already outperformed kevlar in safety tests. The armor is filled with a non-Newtonian fluid that increases its viscosity when a force is

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