Apple opened the door to machined-aluminum electronics, will it do the same for sapphire glass?

Apple opened the door to machined-aluminum electronics, will it do the same for sapphire glass?

“In 2008, the unibody MacBook was born, and a chain reaction was set off that finds us now able to buy precision-milled aluminum hard drives, batteries, and even cameras. How did all this come to be? And is Apple about to repeat the feat with its latest investment in manufacturing, this time focused on sapphire glass?…” (read more)

Source: The Verge  Photo: The Verge

Watch NASA’s Morpheus take to the air – then make a smooth landing

“NASA’s Morpheus lander has gone a long way since it crashed and burned in 2012. The agency’s vertical landing and takeoff test vehicle now has a number of successful flights under its belt, including one that’s just concluded at the Kennedy Space Center. On this most recent flight, the lander easily traversed 1,300 feet at a speed of 36mph for 98 seconds, proving that it has a future in delivering cargo to space…” (read more)

Source: Engadget

A lamp is spying on New Yorkers and tweeting their conversations

A lamp is spying on New Yorkers and tweeting their conversations

“Wired tells the story of two artists, Kyle McDonald and Brian House, who wanted to experiment with surveillance. The pair installed simple Wi-Fi-enabled recording devices in lamps at McDonalds, a library, a bedroom, a bank, and in New York’s Washington Square Park. The recordings are sent to Mechanical Turk workers, who have been transcribing and posting them to Twitter for almost seven months…” (read more)

Source: The Verge  Photo: Kyle McDonald

This tiny generator can power wearable devices using your body heat

This tiny generator can power wearable devices using your body heat

“Many wearables have decent enough battery life, but you know what’ll make them even better? If we never have to recharge them at all. That’s why researchers have been developing small power sources that can generate electricity using body heat, including a team from the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology…” (read more)

Source: Engadget  Photo: KAIST

Do you live in the US and want to buy Google Glass? Heres your chance!

Do you live in the US and want to buy Google Glass? Heres your chance!

“Google is about to make its biggest push yet to get Glass in the hands of as many people as possible. The Verge has obtained documents indicating that the company will open up its “Explorer Program” and make Glass available to anyone who wants to purchase a pair, possibly as soon as next week. It’ll be a limited-time offer, only available for about a day, and only US residents will be eligible to purchase the $1,500 device. Google will also include a free sunglass shade or one of its newly-introduced prescription glasses frames along with any purchase…” (read more)

Source: The Verge  Photo: Google Glass

Here are some of the crazy phones you can build with Google’s Project Ara

Here are some of the crazy phones you can build with Google's Project Ara

“Google is starting to show developers what they need to do to create swappable parts for its upcoming modular smartphones, currently called Project Ara. On Ara’s website, it’s just posted the Module Developers Kit, which contains the information that manufacturers need to get started on creating modular parts…” (read more)

Source: The Verge
Photo: Project Ara