GE's New Chip Lets You Easily Hack and Mod Its Appliances

At one time hardware manufacturers frowned on consumers trying to hack or modify their products, but they're slowly coming around to the idea. In fact, GE finally sees being able to hack an appliance as a value-added feature, so the company is releasing an interface board that makes it easy to mod your fridge, dryer,… » 9/22/14 12:21pm 9/22/14 12:21pm

DJ Matthew Dear Sampled Thousands of GE Machines to Make This Banger

DJ Matthew Dear teamed up with General Electric acoustics engineer Andrew Gorton to sample the tones created by the churn of "thousands" of different GE machines, from turbines to medical equipment. The sounds were then chopped up and reassembled into "Drop Science," a frantic, meticulous music experiment. » 8/26/14 10:32am 8/26/14 10:32am

This Electron Gun Turns Titanium Powder Into Turbine Blades For Planes

Titanium aluminide is a 3D-printable metal compound that holds great promise for lighter, stronger aircraft turbines but is notoriously difficult to work. That is, it was notoriously difficult to work with, until additive manufacturing firm Avio developed this metal-melting 3 kW electron gun. » 8/18/14 11:55am 8/18/14 11:55am

The World's Largest LED Hydroponic Farm Used to Be a Sony Factory

As climate change begins posing new challenges to conventional outdoor food production methods, hydroponic farming has made quick gains in popularity thanks to its space- and energy-saving design. This enormous indoor lettuce farm for example—the largest of its kind in the world—produces 10,000 heads a day in less… » 7/10/14 4:20pm 7/10/14 4:20pm

The Beautiful Process of Turning Quartz Into Lab Glass at 3,000 Degrees

If you work in a lab, you've probably used lab glass made from quartz. But you probably haven't realized that the reason those test tubes are so durable is exactly what makes them so hard to mold. These beautiful GIFs, shot at GE's Global Research in upstate New York, shows exactly what it takes to make those beakers. » 6/30/14 1:24pm 6/30/14 1:24pm

A Fridge That Gives You Retro Style Without the Giant Energy Bill

You might love the retro curves and contours of the old fridge you inherited from your grandmother, but that ancient appliance isn't doing your monthly electric bill any favors. With GE's new Artistry fridges you get the best of both worlds, though—modern and efficient refrigeration technology, plus subtle retro… » 6/24/14 12:40pm 6/24/14 12:40pm

How to Outfit Your Entire Home With LED Light

Now that incandescents have gone the way of the dinosaur and everybody's generally agreed that CFLs are terrible, it's finally the dawning of the age of LED. And there has been no shortage of bulb makers stepping up with offerings to hang in your house. Here are some of the latest and greatest options available on the… » 6/07/14 1:00pm 6/07/14 1:00pm

The World's Biggest Outdoor Chandelier Beckons You to Cleveland's Stage

For a time in the Vaudeville Era, few theater districts outside of Broadway were hotter than Cleveland, Ohio's. But as the decades rolled on and times changed, the district fell upon hard times. But now, after a concerted revitalization effort, the the crown jewel of the district is back in business—and it sports the… » 5/07/14 11:40am 5/07/14 11:40am

Watch GE Torture-Test Supermaterials in the Most Vicious Ways

The heat of an active volcano. A 5,000 pound weight dropped from above. A sandstorm that lasts ten years. These are just some of the ways GE torture-tests the super-strong materials that go into jet engines, wind turbines, and more. And thanks to the company's fascinating YouTube channel, we get an up-close view of… » 4/22/14 11:56am 4/22/14 11:56am

How Baseball's First Major League Night Game Got Its Lights

As you settle down to watch the Opening Day night games tonight, you probably won't be thinking about the massive array of lights that illuminate the game. But that blinding artificial sunlight was once a technological phenomenon that stunned fans and had the police threatening to shut it down. » 3/31/14 7:34pm 3/31/14 7:34pm

Quirky's New A/C Unit Smartens Up Your Dumbest Energy Hog

This is Aros, a Wi-Fi connected air conditioner aimed at energy-conscious consumers that Quirky and GE are launching today. It's by far the biggest and most complicated product that Quirky has ever built, and it aims to help solve truly endemic problem: The window a/c unit, which has remained pretty much unchanged… » 3/19/14 9:00am 3/19/14 9:00am