If you still think that Tesla is just a small time maker of toys for millionaires who want to look green, think again.
Elon Musk is a man of means and imagination. Tesla, his high-profile electric car company, announced that it has gone cash flow positive. That's great news for Tesla, Musk and all the company's investors, including the U.S. government. It's also welcome news for the humble electric car.
Tesla coils are always fun to watch, what with their awesome displays of electrical power. The real sci-fi dream, of course, is to turn one into a lightning gun. That was the thought that got hacker Rob Flickenger working on a way to make the first Tesla coil gun.
Why aren't you driving an electric car right now? Let's ignore the fact that they're expensive, temperamental, and inconvenient, and focus on the impossibility of long-distance travel, because that's a problem that Tesla Motors has just solved with a network of solar-powered battery "Superchargers" in California.
We don't have a Tesla museum. We don't have a Tesla museum! I know, WTF, right? We have Thomas Edison museums up the wazoo, and Tesla was way more awesome than Edison was. Matt Inman over at The Oatmeal is just as outraged as I suddenly am, and he's trying to raise enough money to buy Tesla's old lab and museumify it.
The Lightning Gun, or Tesla Gun, is a video game staple, but it's also a real thing that you can build for yourself with enough know-how and a well-equipped local hackerspace. Rob Flickenger shows the world how to create a hand-held weapon that shoots lightning bolts, from scratch. As Rob says: you pull the trigger, and lightning comes out the front.
Whenever a company names its product with an "X" we generally expect something really cool and groundbreaking. In the case of the just unveiled Tesla Model X, that's exactly what we got, but it might be hard to notice upon first glance.
Way back in 2009, when Syfy was spelled "Sci Fi" and DVICE was spelled "device," Tesla Motors promised us all that their forthcoming Model S electric sedan would cost $49,900 after federal tax credits. Now, it's nearly 2012, and the final price might shock you.
It was rainy in the Middle East last summer. Like, super rainy, which is unusual for a desert. A company called Meteo Systems is boasting that they caused all that rain, using a secret weather control system based on technology first developed by Nikola Tesla in 1890.
The future is definitely going to be wireless, and not just when it comes to data. eCoupled has been figuring out ways to power and charge all of your stuff without wires, from cell phones to laptops to Tesla Roadsters.