Sony's Early Morpheus Prototype Looked Pretty Dumb

Sony's Project Morpheus VR headset looks fantastic but the early prototypes... not so much. This early version of the headset may have offered plenty of the requisite VR headset features, but it did also feature three Sony Move controllers strapped to it, seemingly at random. » 3/19/14 6:00am 3/19/14 6:00am

You Could Build This Metal 3D Printer For $1,500

One of the limitations of 3D printing is in the materials—plastic might be the most affordable and widely available, but it's also cheap and brittle. So some students at Michigan Tech University have made a relatively cheap metal 3D printer, and they're releasing the plans to the masses. » 12/03/13 12:20pm 12/03/13 12:20pm

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 at … » 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

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

7 Bizarre Apple Products That Were Just Too Weird to Exist

You can't always be at the top your game, and Apple is no exception. As we eagerly await today's WWDC reveals, it's fun to remember that for every hit there's a handful of slightly more questionable ideas that just never quite clicked. Here are the seven of weirdest Apple gadgets that just weren't good enough to make… » 6/10/13 9:03am 6/10/13 9:03am

Intel's Prototype Thunderbolt Flash Drive Is the World's Fastest

You can officially stop bragging about how fast your fancy new USB 3.0 flash drive is. At the Computex show in Taipei Intel was showing off this hacked together prototype of a dedicated Thunderbolt 128GB flash drive boasting data transfer speeds of 10 Gbit/s, or about twice as fast as USB 3.0's max. And now that… » 6/06/13 11:49am 6/06/13 11:49am

Here Are What the Google Glass Prototypes Looked Like

Wearing Google Glass might make you look weird but it's certainly a lot better than any of the prototypes that Google first tried out. Google Project Glass Staff Hardware Engineer Jean Wang showed off a slide revealing the earliest prototypes of Glass and they're a lot bulkier with open ribbons, chips, gigantic cameras … » 5/16/13 12:40am 5/16/13 12:40am

The 10 Most Exciting Concepts of 2012—Where Are You?

When you're obsessed with finding the most awesome gadgets and devices, there's nothing more heartbreaking than the word "concept." Not only does it mean you're not going to find a given device in stores—it usually means you're never going to find it anywhere. » 12/27/12 3:05pm 12/27/12 3:05pm

Heart-Rate-Monitoring Smart Socks Tell Parents, Yes, the Baby Is Still …

Students at Brigham Young University are developing a high-tech piece of baby wear that will help put parents worried about Sudden Infant Death Syndrome at ease. Using a built-in pulse oximeter, their wireless smart sock can monitor both a sleeping child's heart and breathing rates without hindering them from getting… » 11/26/12 4:20pm 11/26/12 4:20pm