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Microsoft's Translating Telephone

Yesterday, Microsoft demoed a telephone conversation where one person spoke in English and the other in German, and the computer translated to the opposite language so they could have a conversation. This is very cool, and accurate enough to have simple conversations. From the YouTube description: What...



Bad. Ass.

This thing is really cool, essentially a powered skateboard that can handle rough terrain, including sand and snow: It can handle rough material, but I wonder how well it handles bumps or other obstacles? And what kind of impact it can withstand, like if you rode it off a sidewalk curb or...



Mind control headset coming this year

It's been an idea that's been researched for a long while now, but there's finally a brain-controlled headset coming out that you can use with your computer. Details are still a bit sketchy on how much you can do (i.e. can you replace your mouse with it), but it's got a gyroscope in it so you can control...



Google Moon meets X Prize

kirat submitted an article about Google teaming up with the X Prize Foundation to give a prize to whoever can land a robotic rover on the moon. Google will sponsor the newest contest by the X Prize Foundation, which three years ago handed $10 million to a team that sent SpaceShipOne into suborbit...



The future of photos

This is too awesome. Say you're on vacation and you take 600 photos. Currently, you can put your photos online, add captions to them, and more recently, map them. But if you watch this video, you'll see how what we can do now is just the tip of the iceberg. What if some software could compare your photos...



Sunglasses that change colors

Chemical engineers at the University of Washington in Seattle has created sunglasses that can change colors on demand. And since they only require power to change color, there's no worry about batteries running out. The lenses that the researchers have developed are made of a kind of electrochromic...



The future of airline flying: free flights?

There's a cool article over at CNNMoney about how an airline company in Ireland is predicting in a few years flights will be free. While it seems far-fetched, Ryanair already provides free flights to about 1/4 of their current customers. How do they pull this off? With a combination of agressive...



Wash, dry, and iron your clothes - in one machine

According to the BBC News, for a final degree project, a student created a device which can wash, dry, and iron clothes by itself. The machine is cleverly named the WashDryIron (I'm only being half-sarcastic...at least the name makes it clear what it does). Oliver Blackwell, who designed the WashDryIron,...



Multi-touch interactive screen

I thought this was pretty nifty, but I when I saw the video of the display in action, it demanded immediate posting. The future of touchscreen technology will allow you to manipulate objects on-screen like never before. This is awesome. Especially the pictures and maps features.



Mr. T to give your driving instructions

"I pity the fool who doesn't turn right in 0.6 miles!" You could be hearing that from your GPS navigator soon, according to this MSN story . Manufacturers of GPS units are going to start having downloadable celebrity voices since people are getting annoyed with the standard voices that come on them...



Chicago skyline may be growing taller

dave reports on a story about a proposed 2,000 foot TV tower to be built in Chicago, between the Sears Tower and the John Hancock. Imagine this addition to Chicago's fabled skyline: a futuristic, tweezer-shaped broadcast tower looming 2,000 feet over the lakefront as one of the world's tallest structures. The...



A camera that waits for a smile

The Edmonton Journal has a story about a camera prototype by Canon that can detect when everyone in the photo is smiling and has their eyes open before taking a picture. The article mentions several other features in development by camera companies, all with the eventual goal of having a camera that...



Can't back out your car? Nissan has your answer

There's a story at Yahoo about a concept car that's still a few years away from reality. However the idea behind it is pretty cool. You will never need to go in reverse....ever. The body of the car is round, and sits on top of the chassis. You can rotate the body all the way around without moving the...



Future cars to be really annoying

Yahoo's got an article about some of the "innovations" that will be coming soon to a car near you: Dr Charles Spence, an experimental psychologist at England's University of Oxford, said on Monday scientists were studying utilizing the senses such as smell and touch to develop features in cars...



US military steals Batman's technology

A company called Quoin has created a device (warning: their pictures (and website) really suck) for the US military that can be used to ascend buildings. The Army versions of the device fire a grappling hook using a propellant cartridge, while the commercial version will be battery (and helicopter, according...