Artificial intelligence may be a nascent technology but its capabilities are already startlingly advanced. The next industry to be touched by AI's incredible potential may be gaming. A new software developed by chipmaker Nvidia could take a huge burden off developers with its ability to dream up incredibly detailed scenes in mere minutes.
Holographic Co-working Product Lets You Attend a Work Meeting Without Getting Dressed
Tired of putting on a shirt just to face time into a meeting? Enter Spacial, an AR company developing a holographic co-working software that uses VR technology to essentially bring to life sci-fi hologram calls. Spacial currently focuses on creating hologram avatars, but has also piqued the interest of NASA for its 3D modeling capabilities. It might help space travel in the future, but right now Spacial helps you go to work without leaving the house.
Bad Acoustics Are A Killer. Here's What Designers Can Do About It.
Noise is all around us, whether we like it or not. We're only now beginning to understand the detrimental effects loud sounds can have on our health. Luckily, we can mitigate those effects with design thinking.
awarded two designers from California the $1.75 million prize purse for an invention that pulls drinkable water straight out of the air. Called WeDew, the winning project extracts moisture from its surroundings and transforms it into 2,000 liters of clean water per day, satisfying the daily needs of 100 people. It's composed of two devices, and a biomass gasifier, and housed inside a shipping container.
Coming to a Night Sky Near You: The Moon 2.0!
Chinese scientists announced plans to launch a "second moon" into the night sky over the city of Chengdu in 2020, resulting in a worldwide eyebrow raising. The artificial moon would reflect sunlight back to Earth through reflective coating, and could be eight times brighter than the OG moon. If successful, the team says three more moons could rise by 2022.
In the Future, Couples Will Break Up Over Everything Except Assembling Ikea Furniture
Ikea furniture may look innocuous, but it has of destroying new couples before they even leave the store. And when lovebirds do escape the commercial behemoth's clutches, they inevitably fall apart when it comes time to assemble the pieces. Two researchers from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore may have finally given couples everywhere a solution to the latter problem with a robot that can (partially) put together Ikea products in under a half-hour.
For California's high-speed rail line, eleven years late is better than never. The highly contested $100-billion project is finally underway, with 20 sites along the train's planned proof-of-concept route between Bakersfield and Madera having broken ground. The 119-mile stretch is slated to be complete by 2022. The final length of the high-speed rail will be 300 miles.
Carbon XPrize Contestants Transform CO2 Into Valuable Products
Carbon capture may be in its infancy, but it'll need to grow quickly if we're to rely on it to mitigate global climate change. The currently has ten teams competing for the $20 million purse prize. The goal is to transform captured carbon into products that can be used in the built environment, or as alternative fuels, or commercially available items.
NASA Scientists Use Tech-Forward Tools to Monitor Water Conservation
If less than 2% of the world's fresh water is usable and the earth's population is expected to reach nearly 10 billion by 2050, then humanity needs to figure out water conservation, and fast. A team of NASA scientists hope to offset this crisis through weather and water-related research. They're surveying the Sierra Nevada mountain range to get a better idea of how climate change affects reliable access to water.
For the first time in human history, it’s possible to stand in the middle of a nuclear blast and remain unscathed. Students at Fukuyama Technical High School produced a five-minute VR experience that shows what it was like immediately before, during, and after the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. The production took two full years to complete.
Solar-Powered Ikea Gadgets are Coming
Icelandic-Danish artist and environmental activist Olafur Eliasson recently announced a new partnership with furniture giant IKEA to mass produce solar-powered, off-the-grid gadgets. IKEA and Eliasson aim to continue the mission started with his Little Sun solar-energy enterprise and eventually expand on it with new products. It is not exactly known yet what IKEA will produce, but some early concept ideas, like water pumps and off-grid satellite-communication devices, were suggested.
Bio-Imaging Stays True to Its Roots With an Update to the Humble X-ray
The medical X-ray has come a long way since late 19th century. MARS, a father-son-helmed bio-imaging company, moves the technology forward into today with the world’s first full-color 3-D X-ray. It can distinguish between bone, cartilage, soft tissue, muscle, and metal with ease, and the images it produces are startling in their detail and clarity.
Sayonara, Asimo! Throughout its 18-year-long life, Honda's humanoid robot delighted and inspired people around the world with charming antics and a peculiar walk. But Asimo's legacy lives on in Honda’s new companion and mobility-assistance bots, which debuted at CES 2018.
Solar Panels Get a Biological Boost
Researchers at the University of British Columbia may have strengthened the power of solar panels with one of humanity's closest neighbors: the E.coli bacteria. These same bugs that live in our bodies are extremely good at converting light to energy, and with a boost of genetic engineering, their ability to photosynthesize increases significantly. This advancement bodes well for regions with cloudy weather, such as the Pacific Northwest and Northern Europe.
Hologram Table Could Revolutionize Collaborative Work
Australian company Euclideon has introduced the first multi-user hologram table, bringing us a little closer to living in a sci-fi wonderland. Four people wearing motion-tracking shades can simultaneously use the table, potentially revolutionizing collaborative design work. The glasses and table are synced via tiny microchips in the eyepieces, which lets the table track the exact location of the glasses and what they are viewing, allowing for incredibly accurate and fast visuals.