The story of China's rise to tech powerhouse is fueled in part by the industrious nature of country's 1.3 billion people. Case in point, a laid-off factory worker in Wuhan recently responded to his bad luck by starting, of all things, a submarine factory.
Robot butlers and furry mechanized pets are nice, but as Japan ages what it really needs are better ways for the elderly to get around. Now a young Japanese scientist has come up with what may be the perfect solution.
They say you can't take it with you when you die. That may be true, but you can definitely spend the money to make sure your last ride to wherever you will be resting goes off in bling-bling style.
We write a lot about electric bikes — probably because there are a lot of them hitting the streets these days. They run the range from versions that look like bicycles with a little juice to ultra-modern boxy models. This new concept bike is designed to look like an old school 1970's café racer — with a nod to todays eco-needs.
We're big fans of electric cars here at DVICE, so when Rolls Royce rolled out its electric luxury car concept — the Phantom 102EX — at the Geneva Motor Show last year, we all got super excited. Turns out the car's going to remain a concept forever. Rolls Royce ain't producing it.
Aerospace companies and NASA have been exploring lots of different ways to deal with sonic booms, and most of their designs are similar: long, skinny aircraft with pointy noses designed to "mitigate" the noise problem. Researchers at Tohoku University are trying a completely different and awesomely retro-futuristic idea: a supersonic biplane that eliminates sonic booms entirely.
Mario Kart has a particularly strong hold on gaming fans, so much so that real world imitations are not uncommon. The French did it, so it only stands to reason that the Japanese would feel compelled to do it even better.
Valmet Automotive is a Finnish company that builds cars for other people. The company is assembling Karmas for Fisker, for example. It's fairly easy to see why this is the case: left to their own devices, Valmet engineers came up with this bizarre "Dawn" concept car that even they can't explain.
The new Volvo V40 proudly offers the world's first production airbag designed not for you or your passengers, but for pedestrians. Now, when you smack into people with the temerity to think that they have the right of way on roads (roads are for cars!), it'll be a much more enjoyable experience for everyone concerned. Or at least, more enjoyable than the alternative.
Tongue piercings have been around for a while now, but they've mostly been seen as about as useful and original as a kanji tattoo on your arm. But now researchers have actually come up with a device that would truly make such mouth metal useful.