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Scientists Using Ultrasonic Waves to Move Small Objects, Sonic Screwdriver Style

Scientists Using Ultrasonic Waves to Move Small Objects, Sonic Screwdriver Style

There's no hiding the fact that several ideas that we see every day in the real world, have stemmed from concepts thought up within that of a science fiction-based reality. While time travelling may not be happening right now, scientists are still working hard on the idea, trying to make it real. But, what about something like the sonic screwdriver, which has become a standard utensil used by The Doctor, from Doctor Who? According to a professor from Bristol, UK, it looks like the sonic screwdriver may become a reality sooner than later.

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DARPA’s Transformer Project Should be Finished by 2015

DARPA’s Transformer Project Should be Finished by 2015

The Transformer project, or TX, from DARPA has been moving forward in its development stages pretty steadily. It wasn't too long ago that we first reported about the project, and at the end of September we told you that DARPA was one step closer to making the Transformer project the real deal. And now it looks like, thanks to some cost reports and design elements, the military may be getting their hands on a flying Humvee sooner than we ever believed.

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Concept Design Shows Smartphone Floating in Mid-Air to Charge Battery

Concept Design Shows Smartphone Floating in Mid-Air to Charge Battery

This brand new smartphone and charging cradle concept from designers In-Oh Yoo and Sun-woong Oh, reaches the limits of awesomeness, and at the same time make us wonder why on Earth someone out there hasn't made this a reality yet. Of course, there's a few design elements, like with many concept designs out there, that may make someone scratch their head in confusion. But, the overall picture here is one that blends the lines between science-fiction and reality, even if the whole thing is a dream right now.

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Sony Aims for Life-Size 3D Holographics by 2022

Sony Aims for Life-Size 3D Holographics by 2022

While the World Cup 2022 bidding may be officially over as of the time of this writing (FIFA has announced that the 2022 tournament will be held in Qatar), that doesn't make Japan's bid for the tournament any less noteworthy. The country, with some major help from Sony, wasn't just aiming to make Japan the host country for the tournament in 2022, but to actually have countries all over the world host it together, thanks to life-sized holographics, and giant screens that would be placed in stadiums all over the globe.

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Poland’s Inspiro is a Recyclable Subway Car [Video]

Poland’s Inspiro is a Recyclable Subway Car [Video]

With partners like Siemens and BMW, there's no surprise that Poland would want to go ahead and move forward with the aspirations of one day in the near future of having a completely recyclable subway car. The country has put forward plans to make the dream come true, and have teamed up with the pair of companies to make it happen. The end result, if everything goes to plan, should be a subway car that's near 100% made from recyclable items, and is ready to carry passengers by 2012.

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Panasonic’s HOSPI Robot Brings Nurses Drugs When They’re Needed [Video]

Panasonic’s HOSPI Robot Brings Nurses Drugs When They’re Needed [Video]

In the medical field, there's a push to make robots a real presence. Whether that means they take over certain aspects of a particular job, or even just remove the need for a person as a whole, it doesn't matter. And the new HOSPI robot from Panasonic is one of those robots. While it may not take over an orderlie's job over night, you can see how a few improvements could indeed put the robot into every hospital in the world.

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Samsung Mobile Display Shows Off Flexible 3D OLED Concept at FPD International

Samsung Mobile Display Shows Off Flexible 3D OLED Concept at FPD International

When it comes to AMOLED and Super AMOLED, the display technology is synonymous with Samsung. But Samsung doesn't want to just focus on the here-and-now. They've already shown off what a 4.5-inch flexible AMOLED would look like, so why wouldn't the company show off a concept design of what it would look like to see that technology on a bigger screen? That's exactly what they did at this year's FPD International.

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BlackBerry Empathy Concept Device Can Determine Your Mood [Video]

BlackBerry Empathy Concept Device Can Determine Your Mood [Video]

Sometimes, the mood you're in can determine how you use your phone. Who you talk to, text, or even whether or not you browse the Web while you are out and about. And sometimes it can be frustrating that your phone doesn't feel you. Well, thanks to a pair of designers, that could change some day. This fresh new design for a smartphone, called the BlackBerry Empathy, is designed to not only read your mood, but also react to it.

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Electronic Sunglasses Use Glare Shield to Block the Sun

Electronic Sunglasses Use Glare Shield to Block the Sun

Sunglasses may not be the fashion trend they used to be (that may not be a bad thing), but that's not stopping one designer from giving the sunglasses a brand new way from stopping the sun from invading your eyes. Instead of coating the entire lens of your sunglasses, designer Chris Mullin wants to be able to focus on the sun directly, and use what he calls a Glare Shield to keep the sunlight out of your eye, but without dimming everything else you're looking at, too.

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Land Crawler exTreme Uses 12 Legs to Carry 175 Pounds

Land Crawler exTreme Uses 12 Legs to Carry 175 Pounds

While the United States Army may get all the glory when it comes to load-bearing robots, it's pretty obvious that the designs are being built all around the globe. Whether it be for general purposes, or one in particular, these robots can usually be pretty small in their own right, but be able to carry quite a large amount given the right circumstances. The Land Crawler exTreme is one of those robots, which is reportedly being built to carry humans.

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US Army Testing Battlefield Extraction-Assist Robot [Video]

US Army Testing Battlefield Extraction-Assist Robot [Video]

Robots in the military are becoming pretty common. As the Commanding Officers try to think of new, and futuristic ways to make sure that their soldiers aren't put into harm's way, new robotic devices are being tested and implemented into dangerous situations. One of the United States Army's newest devices, the Battlefield Extraction-Assist Robot, or BEAR, is meant to be able to use all of its skills and abilities to go into live-fire zones, and pull wounded military personnel out of the conflict.

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The Air Force is Aiming for Pilot-less Next Generation Fighter Planes

The Air Force is Aiming for Pilot-less Next Generation Fighter Planes

There are a countless number of drones out there, being controlled remotely, and having no use for a pilot. So, the next logical step, at least for the Air Force, would be to translate that pilot-less effectiveness, and move it to something a bit bigger. In this sense, the United States Air Force has made it known that, when the next generation of fighter planes makes their debut, they want them to be able to be piloted remotely.

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