Whatever you think of the Alien prequel Prometheus, it's hard to deny that one of the coolest parts is when the mohawked geologist throws his robotic sensor drones to map the alien ship. Now a company has taken us a step closer to such a reality with a throwable sensor and camera device.
The promise of Google Glass is essentially the ability to compute from a pair of glasses using a side-mounted interface. But another group of researchers have developed an even more innovative pair of specs that will allow you to turn digital pages with your eyes.
An effect of the commercial space revolution has been a resurgence of independent space-oriented projects. One of the latest efforts hopes to lower the costs of space travel using pulsed plasma jet thrusters.
Motorola Solutions, not to be confused with the Google-owned Motorola Mobility, has been showing off the police car of the future. The Ford prototype is loaded with cameras and sensors, but it's not quite as Minority Report as you would expect.
Not even Star Trek imagined a future where electronics would be both flexible and transparent. And let's be honest: it's hard to imagine such gadgets even today, since seeing one or the other is still a rare enough thing. If anything is going to make it happen, though, it's carbon nanotubes, especially now that they've been made into transparent films.
We tend to think of high-tech driving safety innovations as being limited to the car itself, but a Dutch design team thinks that the road needs to play an active role, so they have proposed a number of cool new ideas to make driving less risky.
Commercial operators like SpaceX and Virgin Galactic may be taking the lead in terms of manned space travel, but NASA continues to explore new ways to travel to and from space. The agency's latest research is focused on what could become a rotor-equipped space capsule re-entry vehicle.
It's pretty creepy sounding, but instead of going all Ed Gein on us, Nissan engineers are working to develop synthetic materials that can replicate the touch and feel of a human finger.
As touchscreens have taken off via tablets and smartphones, the way we interact with our gadgets has changed dramatically. But finger-to-glass input is just one option as these devices evolve. A new creation promises to move touch input to nearly any surface.
Don't worry, scientists are using their powers for good when they harness lightning in a lab to destroy concrete. The lightning zap breaks up the rubble into its core components without all the environmental mess created by shredding it.