Lexus built a working hoverboard

Lexus actually did invent a working, rideable hoverboard. The board has built in super conductors which have a near to zero resistance when cooled down to -197°C with liquid nitrogen. Hidden in the skating track there are magnetic rails which lock the board to the track. So you are only able to ride a predefined course, but that’s cool enough isn’t it?


Evaporation powered Engine

“Sahin and colleagues created what they’re calling “hygroscopy driven artificial muscles,” or HYDRAs, using bacterial spores that shrink and swell as the humidity changes. Within the spores, water is confined in tiny cavities, and humidity triggers pressure changes. Using HYDRAs, the team created two kinds of devices—a floating, piston-driven engine and a rotary engine—that can help generate electricity from evaporation.”

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Nokia reveals a 360° VR Camera

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Nokia revealed it’s own, super futuristic looking 360° VR Camera which will be available in the US in the fourth quarter of this year. Inside there are eight synchronized global shutter sensors designed to capture stereoscopic 3D video, eight integrated microphones capable of recording spatial audio and a combined battery and SSD cartridge (additional technical specifications will be released in the coming months).

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Botanicus Interacticus: Interactive Plant Technology

Botanicus Interacticus is a technology for designing highly expressive interactive plants, both living and artificial. Driven by the rapid fusion of computing and living spaces, Disney Research takes interaction from computing devices and places it in the physical world using livings plants as an interactive medium.


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Harvesting Energy from Touching, Rubbing and Sliding

Disney Research presents a new energy harvesting technology that generates electrical energy from a user’s interactions with paper-like materials. The energy harvesters are flexible, light, and inexpensive, and they utilize a user’s gestures such as tapping, touching, rubbing and sliding to generate energy. The harvested energy is then used to actuate LEDs, e-paper displays and other devices to create interactive applications for books and other printed media.

Google Soli

Google is living in the future right now. They’re in the middle of developing a new interaction sensor using radar technology that can track movement with crazy accuracy. It’s only the size of a small computer chip and can be inserted into everyday objects and things we use daily. See the two quick GIFs to get an idea and watch the video for a full-blown introduction to the amazingness. It’s all very impressive.