What Fictional Technology Will Become Real In Twenty Years?

Earlier today, I posted a video that hypothesized how Star Trek-like tractor beams and Doctor Who-ish sonic screwdrivers could actually be more realistic than you'd think. Although sound science, I grow weary of far flung promises of sci-fi tech becoming reality long after I'm dead. » 10/12/14 7:00pm 10/12/14 7:00pm

Riding in the Car of the Future, Built in an Illinois Barn

At first glance, this rockabilly Batmobile looks like a retro-fetishist's pet project. It's not. In fact, this freak machine, hand-built by a ragtag team in an Illinois town of 1,200, is the deepest look into the future of cars you've ever clapped eyes on. One frigid day in Brooklyn, Gizmodo buckled in for a ride. » 1/21/14 12:00pm 1/21/14 12:00pm

Driving Volkswagen's 261 MPG Car Is Like Driving The Future

Volkswagen wanted to build a 235 MPG car. Now, 15 years after setting that challenge for themselves, they've exceeded their goals in almost every way. The VW XL1 is built like a supercar, looks like a spacepod, feels like a production model and crosses the Autobahn while using barely 0.004 gallons of fuel every… » 6/26/13 3:49pm 6/26/13 3:49pm

Why You'll Be Hearing from Xerox PARC a Whole Lot More

Much has been written about Xerox PARC, its legendary R&D legacy, and its inability to make money off their groundbreaking innovations. But what many people don't know is that 10 years ago, it launched a new plan to turn research into dollars. This printed memory/logic circuit is the first fruit of the new plan. » 12/22/11 9:36pm 12/22/11 9:36pm

If IBM Has Its Way, This Is What Tech Will Look Like in Five Years

Mind Reading. Power harvesting. No more passwords. The Death of spam. Technology for everyone. These are five thing IBM believes are the future. Not 50 years in the future, but more like five years in the future. » 12/19/11 7:40pm 12/19/11 7:40pm

The World's Smallest Electric Motor Is Made From a Single Molecule

How silly of us all to never realize that the butyl methyl sulfide molecule is not a liquid, but a motor. Thankfully, some clearheaded chemists at Tufts University were able to make us see this compound's true nature. » 9/06/11 9:10am 9/06/11 9:10am

Recompose is the Keyboard You Don't Necessarily Have to Touch

Recompose, the latest piece of technological innovation to come out of MIT's Media Labs, is in many ways unclassifiable. It's a user interface whose design part gesture-based, part touch-based, and entirely ambiguous in its purpose. Still though, it's intriguing. » 8/01/11 8:00pm 8/01/11 8:00pm

3M's Silicone Medical Tape Will Make Bandage Removal a Painless Process

Imagine taking off a band-aid or medical tape, not grimacing in pain as the bandage adhesive pulls hair and skin cells with it. That is what 3M is promising with their new silicone tape technology, which bonds with skin in a way that other tape adhesives don't. » 6/10/11 8:40pm 6/10/11 8:40pm

2-Nanometer Quantum Transistors Are the World's Smallest

A team of scientists at Chungbuk National University in South Korea have created a transistor that's only 2nm in size, which happens to be the smallest in the world. By comparison, the current generation of Intel processors use 32nm transistors. » 5/31/11 6:20pm 5/31/11 6:20pm

In Japan, You Watch TV, but TV Also Watches You

Google has long dreamed of hardware that knows exactly who's watching TV, which would let them target content and ads towards the viewer. Japanese network NHK is now testing that technology in the real world, hoping to accomplish something similar. » 5/31/11 3:20pm 5/31/11 3:20pm

Brains Now Grow in Petri Dishes

Obviously, you can grow meat in a petri dish, but now there's a way to grow active brain cells in a dish. And what's even cooler is that they might be capable of storing memories, just like a real brain. » 5/30/11 1:00pm 5/30/11 1:00pm

Lab-Grown Meat: It's What's For Dinner

In this week's New Yorker, Michael Specter takes a great look at the world of in-vitro meat—grown in a lab, outside an animal body. It's not a matter of if, but when. Will you eat it? » 5/21/11 12:40am 5/21/11 12:40am

Future Touchscreens Might Have Adjustable 'Stickiness' Factor

Things such as brightness and responsiveness are adjustable variables on touchscreens. But what about stickiness? Is that even possible on a glass screen? Short answer: yes. And researchers at the University of British Columbia are showing off how this is possible. » 5/12/11 8:40pm 5/12/11 8:40pm

It's A Killer Swarm of Quadrotor Drones

Someday, military attack drones will not only wage battle against enemies sans pilot, but will fall into formation with other drones and attack en masse. This quadrotor technology from UPenn's GRASP lab is a very big step in that direction. » 5/09/11 8:40pm 5/09/11 8:40pm

Survive NYC's 2023 Apocalypse with Crynet System’s Nanosuit

A soldier is only human. No matter how cunning a mind or how resolute the courage, he can become tired. He can become injured. He can succumb to the overwhelming pressure of trying to save the world. So how do you give him the edge against the apocalypse? Simple: invent the perfect battle armor. And how do you do… » 4/04/11 12:00pm 4/04/11 12:00pm

How the Fruit Fly Could Revolutionize Distributed Computing

In the eyes of a few researchers, the secrets to breakthroughs in distributed computing lies in the nervous system of the fruit fly. And new, performance-improving algorithms based around these findings could help to better detect earthquakes or cure disease. » 1/15/11 1:20am 1/15/11 1:20am

Never Worry About Expired Food Again

I throw out more expired food than I like to admit, but half the time, it's because I can't remember when I bought it, and can't tell if it's spoiled or not. This new, "intelligent" plastic could fix that. » 1/07/11 4:40pm 1/07/11 4:40pm

A Pack of Wild Canadians Claims They Can Deliver Nuclear Fusion on the…

Vancouver-based startup General Fusion has been running around claiming they can build a nuclear fusion reactor in the next 10 years for under a billion dollars. And some anonymous futurists just gave them 9 million dollars for their troubles. » 7/31/09 8:00pm 7/31/09 8:00pm

In the Future, Robots Will Tell You How To Do Stuff, Silently Judge You

Pop Sci has a neat video of the Teamworkbot, a robot who can watch you attempt to carry out a task, then offer help when you're doing it wrong. But I won't lie...when you fail, Teamworkbot seems pretty intimidating. » 6/19/09 9:30pm 6/19/09 9:30pm

Researchers Cram a Camera Into a Sheet of Fiber

Another day, another innovation from MIT researchers. This time, it's a camera built in the middle of a 25mm fiber sheet, which might be the coolest invention we will never use (save for an appearance in Splinter Cell 10). » 6/17/09 9:30pm 6/17/09 9:30pm