This fuzzy slide made an appearance during a public Air Force briefing at AirVenture last week, showing something called the "F-X," which would be a sixth-generation jet fighter that's due to replace the F-22 Raptor by 2030. We found a non-fuzzy picture of this thing, and we can tell you exactly what it is.
This conversation will surely go to a place we did not mean it to, but we'll give it a whirl: Did you ever wish you could get more intimate with the Internet? We spend so much time in the virtual space, but only explore it with two senses. Kind of a pity for a species that experiences so much through touch. But researchers around the world are developing various forms of haptic technologies that will further merge the tactile and the digital. Why should we settle for some silly virtual Facebook "poke," when we could be literally poking our friends from anywhere in the world? The 1970s saw the first vibrating beepers (kids, ask your parents or see early-'90s rap videos) that converted data into physical sensation. This primordial buzzy tech evolved little as it found its way into our current crop of smartphones and game controllers. But untargeted vibrating gadgets only hint at what haptics have to offer. To that end, we present eight promising technologies that will further plug our mortal coils into The Matrix. These tactile gadgets may one day be seen as a stop-gap before The Singularity comes and our brains connect directly to computers where we experiences sensations from phantom limbs we never even knew existed. But, in the mean time, here's some cool tech that allow us to smack, prod, and pinch the digital world. (And vice versa.) Poke the gallery below to get rolling. Bonus if you're tapping on a touchscreen.
A pulsejet sure sounds like it belongs on a spaceship or something, but it's actually one of the most primitive (or at least simplest) types of jet engines there is. The Nazis used pulsejets on their first generation of cruise missile, the V-1, and now Boeing is toying with the idea of getting them to power a VTOL aircraft.
Three things come to mind when you think of the brand Ferrari: red, fast and expensive. Maybe, even Italian. Ferrari wrapped up its 2011 World Design Contest that pitted designs students from over 50 schools from around the world to design a "hypercar whose design reflects social changes and technical innovation without sacrificing the brand's performance and iconic appearance." Three South Korean design students took first place with their Ferrari Eternity concept car — the future of Ferrari. Excuse us, while we wipe the drool off our chins.
Everybody likes the taste of organic, farm-fresh food, but in dense urban areas, large-scale agriculture isn't really an option. A Dutch design firm has come up with a concept for a rooftop greenhouse ecosystem that produces food so efficiently that installing them on top of buildings in NYC could feed the majority of people living there.
Gamers want the PlayStation 4. Developers want the PlayStation 4. Sony says not to expect the PS4 for at least another handful of years. What's a brother to do if he really wants a PS4? If your name is Joseph Dumary, you design your own and cram it with so much futuristic tech, the "father of the PlayStation," Ken Kutaragi, would cry tears to see this thing make it past the the concept stage.
Computers and plants sure don't seem like they'd mix very well, but that just shows what I know. This plant/computer hybrid concept manages to be a functioning computer and a functioning plant at the same time. It's mind-boggling.
What with the surge in cheap and easy consumer electronics over the past decade, it's all too easy to spend your entire vacation attempting to document said vacation, thereby ruining the experience and making your friends and family miserable. The Seed concept takes care of all that for you, allowing you to relax and enjoy yourself for a change.
There's a reason the iPad is such a successful product. It's not merely because it's so thin, so light, and looks so good you'd lick sugar off of its glass display. It's a hit because "When technology gets out of the way, everything becomes more delightful, even magical." Or at least that's what the iPad TV commercials have us believe. Project Rimino is an exercise in how people can influence the ways technology works for them, instead of conforming to what technology already provides. Rimino is about cutting away all the technical intricacies of a powerful mobile device and simplifying the device and the UI to its most basic structures, so that we can use technology when we need it, but not be consumed by its entirety.
At the Paris Air Show, aerospace giant EADS teamed up with European tech consulting firm Altran to figure out a a concept for a hypothetical airport of 2050. It's gonna be so friendly and efficient that they're going to call it... Wait for it... Friend-lean.