We know surprisingly little about our oceans. To help with this glaring blind spot, the XPrize has announced a new $7 million contest to foster innovations in ocean exploration technology.
Star Trek's tricorder is up there with flying cars and hoverboards as one of those futuristic inventions that always just seems a few years away. We're not quite there yet, but this sensor, which can diagnose diseases from a single drop of blood, is a pretty massive baby step.
The X PRIZE Foundation and Qualcomm are partnering to try to make the Tricorder—Star Trek's famous health-diagnosing gadget—a reality. They are offering up $10 million in purse money. This may be the most practical X PRIZE yet.
The venerable Star Trek tricorder, often imitated but never actually shown 100% emulating the one demonstrated in science fiction, could net an inventor $10 million if they're able to produce the real thing.
Of the 136 fuel-efficient vehicles entered into the 2010 Progressive Insurance Automotive X-Prize, three 100 MPG contenders emerged victorious this week to share in the $10 million prize. These are their names:
Director James Cameron is building a sub that can plunge 36,000 feet beneath the surface of the ocean. If he can pull it off, he could win a $10 million X Prize and shoot footage for an "Avatar" sequel simultaneously.
The X Prize Foundation, which spurs scientific and technological innovation with the greatest of incentives, a big pile of money, hopes we'll have a significantly improved method for cleaning oil by this time next year. The carrot: a cool million.
In today's Remainders: your noggin! It's what chess champ Garry Kasparov used to defeat increasingly sophisticated computer opponents; it's what the contestants on Jeopardy consult for answers (or questions); it's the site of the next X-Prize challenge; and more.
A program called MoonBots will allow children to simulate the conditions of Google's $30 million Lunar X Prize—get rover to the moon, snap HD pics, kick ass—but turns up the quirkiness (and the cool factor) by incorporating Lego.
In addition to the Robotic Moon Race that X Prize announced yesterday, they are also going to start the Lunar Legacy Program. The program will allow regular geeks like you and me to upload a 1MB image and a quick note that will then be copied onto a 17GB DVD and placed on one of the spacecraft heading toward the moon.…
Google and X PRIZE are teaming up to offer $30 million in cash rewards to companies and organizations that can land a robotic rover on the Moon and do a bunch of mission objectives. Their first prize is $25M, second prize is $5M, there's an extra $5M in bonus stuff to the losers.