Alleged iPhone 6 Prototype Is Going for $86,000 on Ebay

Someone is selling what they claim is an iPhone 6 prototype on auction at Ebay; as of this posting, bids are currently over $86,000. The photos show the phone running a different version of the iOS software, one that looks similar to the factory test mode software shown in previous leaked images of prototypes. » 10/06/14 9:42am 10/06/14 9:42am

3D Printing Just Wireframe Models Can Vastly Speed Up Prototyping

When 3D printing technologies were first adopted for manufacturing decades ago, they were referred to as rapid prototyping machines because compared to old methods, they were able to churn out parts with remarkable speed. But even today's 3D printing technology has room for improvement, and a new technique that… » 9/19/14 11:15am 9/19/14 11:15am

The Prius of Planes Could One Day Replace Helicopters and Jump Jets

Getting an aircraft to launch and land vertically is not difficult. Getting one to launch vertically and then complete a long-endurance flight, however, is an entirely different bag of cats. But a team from NASA's Langley Research Center believe that they've developed a flight system that can do both tasks equally… » 8/22/14 11:40am 8/22/14 11:40am

An Airbag Belt Could Help Protect Seniors' Hips From Nasty Falls

It doesn't matter how much milk you drink, at a certain age your bones start to lose their strength, eventually putting you at risk for broken limbs and even worse: a broken hip that hinders your mobility. So similar to the airbags in your car, this safety belt instantly inflates when it detects the wearer is falling,… » 8/15/14 3:07pm 8/15/14 3:07pm

Three Lost Dyson Inventions, Including a Google Glass That Never Was

Dyson's first cyclonic vacuum cleaner was launched 21 years ago, but before it made it into consumer's hands, the company's research and development team went through 5,127 prototypes to perfect its design. Since then the company's R&D lab has been responsible for some amazing products—including a few that have never… » 6/01/14 7:01pm 6/01/14 7:01pm

How a Doctor Is Fighting Cancer With Items Found at Walmart

The New York Times Magazine offers up a healthy dose of inspiration this weekend with the story of David Walmer, a renegade doctor who's been saving lives in Haiti. When he realized a few years ago how cervical cancer was killing many of his patients, Walmer decided to get creative about solving the problem. Oddly… » 5/25/14 11:00am 5/25/14 11:00am

Can a Smart Lighter Help You Quit Smoking?

If you've ever chastised a friend for their gnarly smoking habit, you know that scolding does absolutely nothing. Making people feel bad about smoking just makes them want to smoke in secret. Well, here's an idea: What if it was your lighter making you feel bad about smoking. You can't run away from your lighter right? » 5/12/14 1:20pm 5/12/14 1:20pm

This Atomic Clock Wristwatch Only Loses a Second Every Thousand Years

If you pride yourself on not only being the person who always arrives on time, but also the person with the most accurate time, then Bathys Hawaii's got one heck of a watch for you. This monstrous creation, now just a prototype, is an actual atomic clock you can strap to your wrist that guarantees accurate time for… » 10/01/13 10:36am 10/01/13 10:36am

This Hybrid Quadcopter Drone Can Take Off and Land Vertically

Quadcopters offer extreme precision and control in flight, not to mention the ability to take off and land vertically. But compared to the traditional plane design used for most drones, their speed and long range capabilities are limited. So an Arizona-based drone builder called Latitude Engineering hopes to capture… » 8/21/13 9:36am 8/21/13 9:36am

A Cheap Jet Ski Alternative That Runs on Sunlight

As fun as they may be, personal watercraft like jet skis and powerboats drink fuel like there's no tomorrow. They're fun toys for those with plenty of disposal income, but British designer Ross Kemp wants to make them more universal with his ASAP. It's a cheap electric alternative to jet skis and powered surfboards… » 8/08/13 9:55am 8/08/13 9:55am

A Handheld 3D Scanner Could Let You Upload Your Whole World

3D printing is more popular and accessible than ever, and printers are on course to get even cheaper soon. But printing is only one side of the equation; what about taking 3D pictures? There's a convenient, handheld gadget in the works that could do just that, and way cheaper than anything else has before. » 7/31/13 3:32pm 7/31/13 3:32pm

An Interactive Ruler Shows How OLEDs Will Make Mundane Objects Smarter

We’ve heard a lot about how OLEDs are poised to change everything from televisions to smartphones. But a group of researchers at MIT Media Lab’s Fluid Interfaces Group are applying OLEDs too more mundane objects, too—like plain old rulers. And the results are surprisingly cool. » 7/29/13 4:00pm 7/29/13 4:00pm

The Idiotic Things Google Was Going to Make You Say to Use Google Glass

Though wearing Google Glass makes you look like a futuristic cross-eyed cyborg to the entire world, controlling Glass is a lot more natural and conversational than you'd expect. A few swipes and a couple of "OK Glass" to get started. But do you know what Google was thinking about making you say before it settled on OK… » 7/16/13 6:20pm 7/16/13 6:20pm

The PS4's Controller Almost Had Basically a Built-In Lie Detector

During the development of the PlayStation 4's DualShock 4 controller, Sony tested a version of a controller that included biofeedback sensors to detect how stressed the player was, based on how much his or her hand was sweating. That's right; the same technology that's used in polygraphs could have been an integral… » 7/16/13 9:20am 7/16/13 9:20am

Ford's New Prototyping Machine Turns Sheet Metal Into Custom Parts

A modern assembly line can churn out a new vehicle every few minutes, but when carmakers want to build and test a prototype, it takes weeks to produce the dies and moulds needed to stamp out a custom one-off part. So Ford has developed a fantastic new prototyping machine that functions kind of like a 3D printer in… » 7/03/13 1:31pm 7/03/13 1:31pm