The R&D Machines That Push Your Smartphone 'Til it Breaks

Ever wondered what machinery smartphone firms use to test out those shiny handsets they keep shifting by the truckload? I have. Well, they spend a full six months of the phone's now-year-long pre-release life just checking if they're fit for purpose, so that's got to be some pretty interesting, exhaustive probing and… »2/10/15 8:00am2/10/15 8:00am


DARPA's Gecko-Inspired Gloves Let Anyone Climb Up Flat Walls

Who among us hasn't wished to be licked by a radioactive tropical lizard, only to be granted the incredible ability to harness Van der Waal forces and scale even glassy vertical walls? Finally, we can stop microwaving all those geckos because DARPA has just unveiled a new climbing system that works exactly the same… »6/06/14 2:00pm6/06/14 2:00pm

How Vanderbilt's Secret Software Lab Is Saving America

On a quiet street just off of Nashville's historic Music Row, a dedicated team of more than 100 researchers are developing software systems that may very well revolutionize the modern world. From cutting edge cyber-security tech designed to defend America's most critical networks to computer-learning algorithms that… »1/10/14 3:40pm1/10/14 3:40pm

This Future-Proofing Torture Test Puts Next-Gen Materials Through the Wringer

Our gadgets sure have it rough. Between change-filled pockets, waist-high falls onto concrete, and dunks in the toilet bowl, gadget surfaces need to be tougher and more resilient than ever. To develop the next generation of durable surfaces, materials scientists rely on specialized torture testing equipment like the… »11/29/12 11:30am11/29/12 11:30am

Super Skinny OLED Display Is Thinner Than a Sheet of Paper

If you thought OLEDs were thin already, researchers at the Universal Display Corporation (whose factory we visited last year) »10/21/08 10:00pm10/21/08 10:00pm have made a flexible display that's positively anorexic. The ultra-thin metal foil screen is less than 50 micrometers thin, which means it's even thinner than a sheet of A4 paper. The UDC…

News Flash: Moto R&D Working On Prototypes Other Than RAZR 3!

In a panel at GigaOm's Mobilize conference »9/18/08 8:00pm9/18/08 8:00pm today, Motorola VP of Applied Technology Fred Kitson revealed some prototype display technologies they have in the works, confirming the company has more on the mind than the damn . One phone prototype Kitson described involves an embedded projector that made use of 3 lasers…