Mod Puts Your Paper Notebook Doodles Into the Cloud

Sketching, jotting, or doodling in a paper notebook is one of life's simple joys, but more often than not we end up just tucking those notebooks away and never looking at them again. Mod Notebooks wants to change that, with a setup that digitizes your dead tree designs. » 3/18/14 7:20pm 3/18/14 7:20pm

A Gadget Used to Scan the Tower of Pisa Is Helping Police Fight Crime

Three-dimensional scanners are one of the newest and most futuristic gadgets in a police investigator's toolkit. These magical, handheld little devices can create 3D models of a crime scene in mere minutes. And the technology just keeps getting better. » 2/14/14 1:40pm 2/14/14 1:40pm

Future-Cops Get Every Inch of Evidence by 3D-Scanning Crime Scenes

Documenting a crime scene well is super important. Once it gets reopened to the public, there's no going back. You can take all the pictures you want, and they might not cut it, but the Roswell Police have a new future-cop style trick: scanning the whole dang place. » 1/26/14 4:20pm 1/26/14 4:20pm

New Airport Screening Method May Finally End the Absurd Liquid Ban

It looks like the days of shampoo bottles striking fear into the hearts of airport security everywhere might be numbered. Thanks to Los Alamos scientists, a new type of detection technology could give airports the tools they need to finally tell if a liquid is a potential threat—all with one simple scan. » 11/25/13 4:00pm 11/25/13 4:00pm

Feeding Digital Images Through This Mirror Will Warp Your Mind

There's a lot of lore about what we see in mirrors, or what happens if we go through the looking glass. And this vaguely sinister app offers some control of the situation. Unsigned Mirror is an openFrameworks Windows and Mac app written by the art and technology group Unsigned Long Long. It creates slit-scan craziness… » 9/01/13 1:15pm 9/01/13 1:15pm

This Drone Aircraft Could Save Lives

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We generally hear about drone aircraft killing people in war zones. But there's a reverse side to that narrative—an autonomous copter can drop medicine and supplies to people stranded after a natural disaster even when roads have been demolished. A humanitarian group called Ideate recently tested drones' viability… » 9/07/12 3:40pm 9/07/12 3:40pm

Recreate an Extraordinary Radiohead Video with Ordinary Tech and This…

Radiohead's "House of Cards" video was equal parts bizarre and beautiful, until you found out it was all data visualization. Then it was just mind blowing. This detailed Instructable teaches the technique with stuff you probably have around the house. » 12/30/09 10:00pm 12/30/09 10:00pm

American Airlines Brings Cellphone Boarding Passes to O'Hare

Chicago's O'Hare airport, the second busiest in the world, is set to join several other airports serviced by Delta and Continental in offering passengers the option to use their cellphones as boarding passes » 11/13/08 6:30pm 11/13/08 6:30pm. The service will be available to passengers departing from Los Angeles International and John Wayne Orange…

British Vauxhall Cars Have New Camera That Scans Signs, Displays…

Although various GPS units already have the ability to display the current speed limit (they're pre-programmed in) of the road you're on, this Vauxhall Motors invention seems even better. There's a camera on-board that takes 30 snaps per second, then recognizing speed limit signs and translating that to a number to… » 7/03/08 3:30pm 7/03/08 3:30pm