This has been on YouTube since 2007 and the video has 40+ million views – but it’s new to us! And it’s really cool:
Posts Tagged: ‘Gadgets’
April 6, 2012
March 28, 2012
From our friends at the Department of Homeland Security – who in July of last year were awarded their very first patent:
No matter how many plastic cards currently crowd your wallet, one day you may wish to make room for one more. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS)’s Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has developed a miniaturized version of a dosimeter, a portable device used for measuring exposure to ionizing radiation, which can provide life-saving early detection in the unlikely event of a nuclear accident or dirty bomb.
Dubbed the Citizen’s Dosimeter, this high-tech plastic card would be as convenient and affordable as a subway card, with the capability to measure the amount of radiation on a person or in a given area. The National Urban Security Technologies Laboratory (or NUSTL, pronounced new STEEL) located in New York City and managed by DHS S&T, has been awarded a patent that covers the development of radiation dosimetry technologies – DHS’s first patent. …
These aren’t mini-Geiger counters – they’re like the badges worn by employees at nuke plants, which are used to measure if you’ve been exposed to ionizing radiation.
Here’s a more reader friendly story about it:
“The purpose of personal dosimetry is to avoid potential long-term health effects from radiation exposure,” DHS physicist Gladys Klemic told Homeland1.
Klemic said the patented device has a unique combination of features, including a wide sensitivity range (10 mrad — 1,000 rad), the ability to store cumulative dose information, a re-usable field readout capability in a familiar credit card format and low cost.
Most current large-scale radiation worker dosimetry programs require users to return their dosimeters to a laboratory for processing. “This new DHS device would allow users to periodically check their own dose in strategically positioned card readers,” Klemic said.
And the only image we could find of the pre-prototype Citizen Dosimeter:
And for you gearheads: the official paperwork of United States Patent #7,420,187.
Update: In the news right now.
March 12, 2012
We don’t know about you, but we think the most amazing thing about this is that he got the camera to keep Space Shuttle Lego in the center of the frame, and caught some truly dramatic shots. Wow.
See Romanian teenager Oaida Raul’s blog for the whole story.
March 7, 2012
This is a really good find by Smithsonian.com. Check it out:
Not too far off, considering!
February 25, 2012
Not in a “Satan possessed my tongue-piercing and now controls my wheelchair through it!” way, but in a good way:
‘This device is a wheelchair steering “wheel” in the form of a dental retainer instrumented with sensors that are activated by a tongue piercing. Georgia Institute of Technology engineers devised the Tongue Drive System prototype for people with high-level spinal cord injuries.’
February 23, 2012
Holy weirdness – is this what the world wants?
Google employees yesterday let is spill that before the end of 2012, you will be able to buy augmented-reality smart eyeglasses from the search giant. The Android-powered glasses will have an onboard camera that monitors in real time what you see as you walk (or, heavens preserve us, drive) down the street. The lenses will then overlay information about people, locations, and whatnot directly into your field of view.
So you look at a tree and you’ll get a readout that says, “Chinese Elm (Ulmus parvifolia). Elm species native to China, Japan, North Korea and Vietnam…”?
You can see the appeal…and the not-appeal, eh?
Much more right over here.
February 15, 2012
Yes we can:
It sounds like a particularly suspicious late-night infomercial: Spray your way to a better wireless signal! Improve your range! Save battery! Transmit over great distances under water!
But Chamtech’s spray-on antenna is a real product with some impressive claims. It can be sprayed on almost any surface, even trees and orange barrels. It doesn’t suck up power. It works in a mysterious nanotech way.