Iran Has Hacked US Energy Companies

According to the WSJ, Iran has hacked US oil, gas and power companies. The hackers were able to gain access to control-system software "that could allow them to manipulate oil or gas pipelines". Basically, the hackers are far enough inside that people are starting to get worried. » 5/23/13 8:18pm 5/23/13 8:18pm

Recon Instruments' Jet: Google Glass For the Sporty Type

Three years ago Recon Instruments came out with one of the first goggles with a HUD to be used by you and me for leisure activity. It was a novel idea—who wouldn't want to see how fast they're flying down the mountain? And today at I/O, Recon is debuting the Jet, a Google Glass-like set of shades that the company… » 5/15/13 12:50pm 5/15/13 12:50pm

Vampiric Implants Turn Snails Into Tiny Recon Scouts

The idea of using insects and other small creatures as data-gathering devices has always been hampered by the need for short-lived external batteries. But what if you used the animal's own metabolism to continuously power their sensors? » 3/12/12 10:00pm 3/12/12 10:00pm

The Military's Robot Eyes

If something terrible happens at your job, you might file a TPS report later than your boss would like or maybe people on the internet would run out of things to read. If something terrible happens at a bomb tech's job, they might get exploded. A tragedy if it's a human being. But if it's a robot? A small lump sum… » 1/06/12 6:00pm 1/06/12 6:00pm

New Ski Goggle Android Display Tracks Your Jumps, Your Friends, and…

Recon Instruments' amazing little GPS-enabled MOD display for ski goggles is some of the coolest personal tracking technology out there. The newest—the Android-based MOD Live—slickly integrates the phone in your pocket with the data in your face. » 11/08/11 5:04pm 11/08/11 5:04pm

This Backpack Looks Through Walls

Although the brick and concrete-penetrating Prism 200c can't see through clothes like the perv-preferred Midnight Shot NV-1, it's still pretty neat! The backpack-mounted scanner uses ultra-wideband radio waves to scan a room for baddies before they know you're there. » 5/03/11 8:00pm 5/03/11 8:00pm

These Android-Powered Recon Alpine Goggles Make Snowboarding Like a…

If you think Android is limited to smartphones and tablets, think again. Recon Instruments have created new tech which will equip their goggles with the OS, able to run apps that deliver real-time info right in front of your face. » 1/06/11 12:00pm 1/06/11 12:00pm

High-Flying Solar Power Zephyr Glider Breaks Own World Record With 3.5…

Last we heard from the U.K.'s high altitude Zephyr glider, it was unofficially breaking the record for longest unmanned flight » 8/24/08 3:00pm 8/24/08 3:00pm. That was back in 2007, when the record was a paltry 30 hours, and the Zephyr was able to manage a 54 hour flight, thanks to its solar powered batteries. On Friday, the Zephyr flew that and…

Firefly Grenade Camera

Firefly is a disposable camera that is shaped to fit your standard M203 grenade launchers (Now available at CostCo!). Load this thing into a grenade launcher and shoot it wherever surveillance needs to be done. During flight the Firefly captures recon pictures and sends them back to a PDA before hitting the ground and… » 8/04/05 9:08am 8/04/05 9:08am