While Russia’s aerospace industry has been plagued by corruption, poor design, and a number of costly (and occasionally fatal) failures, the government has committed billions of dollars to revamping it in an effort to take a larger chunk of the global market for commercial aircraft. Continue reading
Hollywood might be in love with 3D, but I’m really not. Maybe it’s because I wear glasses (making the additional 3D glasses cumbersome) or maybe it’s because I already find movie tickets to be plenty expensive, but I have no interest in 3D flicks. The MIT Media Lab may solve my problem by making 3D the technology of the past.
Using one of the new Kinect cameras, the MIT team was able to capture three dimensional images to be reproduced as holograms at around 7 fps. Within a month the team had more than doubled the frame rate to 15 fps, and the team is certain they’ll be able to reach the 24 fps of films or even the 30 fps of TV. Along with the Kinect, the team is mainly using items anyone could purchase from a store.
Rolls-Royce has signed up to provide its EJ200 jet engine for the Bloodhound supersonic car project, which hopes to drive a car past the 1,000 mph mark.
The jet engine will help get the vehicle to 350mph, then ignite a rocket motor that will move the car at supersonic speeds. The current land speed record is 763mph, and members of the team that set that record are involved in Bloodhound. (That vehicle, the Thrust SSC, used a Rolls Spey 202 engine.) Continue reading
We’ve been soaring like eagles in airplanes for a long time now, but up until this point humans haven’t been able to recreate one aspect of avian flight: designing aircraft with wings that flap. Researchers at the National Institute of Aerospace may have solved that problem using advancements in simulation and computer modeling to create unmanned aircraft with flappable wings.
Augmented reality (AR) is starting to become a thing. In place of the oft-quoted promise of AR, tech companies are actually starting to manufacture products capable of virtual interaction. The most basic kind of AR experience can be had by viewing a computer overlay of the real world through the window of your smart phone. This is the experience offered by the Google game (still in closed beta) Ingress.
Walking around and holding your phone in front of you is hardly the most ideal AR experience. Project Glass, also from Google, is a more ambitious use of AR, but it isn’t quite ready to go yet. For now, if you want to use AR for your business, Canon’s MREAL system seems to be the best bet on the market. Continue reading