The High-Tech Sensors That Keep Track of L.A.'s Weather

When Dallas Raines or the Times' weather page reports that it was 92 degrees in Los Angeles yesterday, their data likely come from one source: the National Weather Service's downtown Los Angeles station on the University of Southern California (USC) campus. » 4/18/14 4:30pm 4/18/14 4:30pm

I Wore the Navy's Oculus Rift, and It Showed Me the Future of Warfare

When we think of the future of the military, we think of bigger and better weapons. Laser canons and the like. But what about the people operating those lasers? How can a behemoth like the Navy ready its future sailors for the high-tech combat of tomorrow? Believe it or not, with an Oculus Rift. » 3/13/14 11:20am 3/13/14 11:20am

This Genius Kinect Rig Puts You Inside a Video Game in Two Minutes Flat

What if, the next time you played a video game, the main character not only looked like you but had the same body, same clothes, same everything? How would it change the way you related to the game? How would it change the way you relate to the other characters in it? I found out. » 2/11/14 1:00pm 2/11/14 1:00pm

If You Use Your Laptop as an Umbrella, You're a Bad Person

College kids: your parents spent a lot of money on that new Facebook-browsing instrument, so at the very least, please don't use it to shield yourself from weather. » 3/05/13 2:20pm 3/05/13 2:20pm

New Lithium Battery Triples Capacity and Charges Fully in Just Ten…

The number one technological hurdle separating humanity from the Jetson Future we deserve is developing a reliable power supply. Even today, we're barely even able to keep out phones alive through the evening commute. But a radical departure in Lithium ion battery technology could help keep our power-hungry gadgets… » 2/13/13 6:20pm 2/13/13 6:20pm

Gmail Motion Exists, Just Not Done by Google

If you watched Google's Gmail Motion April Fool's prank yesterday, you probably shrugged it off and moved on. Cool idea, but kind of silly, right? Right, but still completely doable—if you're SLOOW. » 4/02/11 9:00pm 4/02/11 9:00pm

The Future of Food Trucks

Thanks to the success of food trucks like Kogi BBQ's, LA is considered responsible for the street food craze sweeping the U.S. This is why a USC architecture professor asked her students to design a food truck for the future. » 12/15/10 10:20pm 12/15/10 10:20pm

LittleDog Learns Several Terrifying New Tricks

The last we checked in with LittleDog, the smaller, scrappier version of BigDog and frequent resident of my worst nightmares, we took some solace in the fact that he wasn't quite as nimble as his predecessor. Now: terrifyingly nimble! » 5/22/10 1:30pm 5/22/10 1:30pm

Concrete-Jet Printer Gets Caterpillar Funding: Print-Out Houses on the…

Check out this lengthy vid: it shows how one day you may just call-in giant robots to print out a new home based on a CAD model. Research into the concrete-jet printer is being carried out by USC, and their technology can already build up complex concrete structures using technology that's half-CNC machine and half… » 9/05/08 11:15am 9/05/08 11:15am

SuperBot Robot Can Construct Itself

This robot, named the SuperBot, can do some pretty super, and unique things. The SuperBot has the ability to build itself, in a way. It can be constructed into a variety of different figures to accomplish different tasks, for example as a walking unit, rolling unit, snake unit, etc. Each individual block is a robot… » 2/22/07 3:15pm 2/22/07 3:15pm

Contour Crafting: One Day House Printer, Our Only Hope

IMPORTANT PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: Due to a recent influx in the wolf population, little piggies in our community have been under strict curfew to avoid bloody dismemberment after dark. But now, wolves have adapted to "blow down" houses in the areas north and southeast of the Denny's Unlimited Bacon Breakfast… » 2/10/07 11:12am 2/10/07 11:12am