The workspace of the future is in Elon Musk’s lab. Using a variety of virtual reality and gesture-sensing tools, Musk has set up a system that allows himself and his engineers to design and manipulate models of rocket parts using just their hands. He’s compared it to the Iron Man laboratory, and in many ways, it looks like just that.But you won’t need the technological expertise of Tony Stark in order to make one: Musk employs a Leap Motion Controller, an Oculus Rift, and a projector — among other common tools — in order to make the setup work. Not all of those are necessarily being used at once though. Musk says that he began with the Leap Motion, and then expanded to more advanced setups, such as one that involved projecting 3D mockups onto a translucent pane of glass.
via See how Elon Musk is building the ‘Iron Man’ lab with tech you can buy | The Verge.
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If these lumps of concrete look familiar, that’s because they take some of their inspiration from Lego—but there’s more to them than child’s play.
Created by a company called Kite Bricks, the blocks are actually referred to as Smart Brick, or S-Bricks to their chums. They come in a range of shapes and sizes, but all feature rows of knobs along their tops which slot into voids at the bottom of others. They’re fastened together with special adhesive, rather than mortar. Steel bars can also be inserted through channels in the bricks to add strength.
Kite Bricks can put together kits of the bricks, including standardized windows and doors, allowing a simple house to be constructed while creating virtually no mess or debris. But aside from ease of manufacture, the bricks have other practical features, too: they have open internal voids within them to provide insulation, and they feature easily accessible channels through which plumbing and wiring can run.
Sadly, the bricks are currently at the prototype stage, and the company needs to raise around $3 million for them to go into full-scale production. Maybe Lego could invest to target the most grown up of markets? [Kite Bricks via Wired.co.uk]
via These New Smart Bricks Are Like Lego for Real Buildings.
The stone fish is the most poisonous fish in the sea and one of the most dangerous in the world. It can easily kill you if you step on it, injecting its venom deep inside your foot. If not treated promptly, the poison will kill you. This video by SmarterEveryDay shows how this simple killing machine works.
via How the most poisonous fish on Earth can kill humans.
Have you ever wondered where your items are?People have trouble finding their things all the time. An average person spends nearly 10 minutes before leaving their home looking for keys, wallets, or handbags. This can make people late for interviews, meetings, even dates.We get it, and that’s why we solved it. With iFind. watch video here
via iFind – The World’s First Battery-Free Item Locating Tag by WeTag — Kickstarter.
What’s the bigger security crime: having your Wi-Fi password displayed on a big screen, or using tired old internet speak to have “b5a2112014″ as the password for the Brazil 2014 event security team network?The above photo came via local newspaper Correio Braziliense, in which security experts demonstrated the cutting-edge CCTV and monitoring facility being used to police the World Cup. Problem being their password was in shot in the photo published alongside a piece about the security team and its boss Luiz Cravo Dorea. Just in case you’re in any doubt, security experts suggest you don’t have your Wi-Fi SSID and password actively broadcast on a massive display at home. [Twitter via The Register]
via World Cup Security Team Accidentally Shares Its Awful Wi-Fi Password.
Ever Since its release last year, Google Glass has had its share of both praise and critiques. Those that love the technology consider it the future, while the other side of the coin argues that it at the very least enables a massive invasion of privacy. It’s also been criticized for looking like a “computer on your face”, though Google has gone to great lengths to try to minimize the device’s geeky appearance. A number of private establishments have actually banned Glass from being worn in their establishments because of privacy concerns. Unsurprisingly, Glass has been lampooned by pop culture ever since its release, and last night, Comedy Central’s The Daily Show took a stab at it.
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via ‘The Daily Show’ Examines Social Persecution of Google Glass.