Monthly Archives: October 2009

breakfast machine

The Royal College Of Art Develops The Breakfast Machine


If you’ve seen a Wallace and Gromit cartoon lately, chances are you’re familiar with at least something vaguely like what I’m about to point out today–the Breakfast Machine. Breakfast Machines aren’t exactly new.  There was one in the old Pee Wee Herman movies.  Doc Brown had one in Back to...


The SpikerBox: Shade Tree Neuroscience At Home


There’s a startup company out there called Backyard Brains, run by a pair of neuroscientists who are marketing a piece of equipment they designed and built themselves called the SpikerBox.  And when you hear what this thing can do, you might be interested in becoming a shade tree neuroscientist yourself....

GPS Helmet Ear Tugger

Experimental GPS Helmet Yanks Lobes In The Right Direction


GPS has come along way in the last 10 years, so it’s really no surprise to see unorthodox products start to emerge around the technology.  Enter the GPS Navigation Helmet.  Instead of announcing your turn-by-turn directions, clips attached to each ear lobe tug on the corresponding ear to convey left...

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Self Parking VW Passat (video)


[GR]YVuG7HAt-r4[/GR] Whoa nelly!  Volkswagen has modded a stock Passat Wagon with a variety of sensors and a built-in computer system to enable the vehicle to park itself.  Of course, it doesn’t know how to avoid obstacles, such as people, and requires a schematic of the parking lot’s layout. When you...