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… »
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… »
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… »
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… »
The New York Times Company's Research and Development Lab studies novel ways to deliver news to people. Their latest creation is a bathroom mirror that uses Microsoft Kinect to detect motion and deliver a stream of news while you comb your hair or put on your makeup. »
During a Q&A session, HP CEO Léo Apotheker seemed confident in his company's direction into cloud computing and the tablet market. Saying, "R&D is not just measured in dollars," Apotheker basically defended HP's slimmer budget since former CEO Mark Hurd famously cut it down. Still, is there really so much to be proud… »
The AP's look into the NTT DoCoMo R&D labs shows the Japanese electronics company is working on some really strange stuff, including music players you control with your eyes, and cellphones that require your fingers for more than just dialing (think Inspector Gadget). »
Motorola announced yesterday that they plan to acquire BenQ Mobile's research and development center in Denmark. The facility features high-tech measurement facilities such as antenna chambers and environmental laboratories.