Gilmore, a mechanical engineer whose day job is to make customized machinery for the military ammunition industry, started developing a mechanical self-tuning device in 1993. But, a new idea soon overshadowed the project. One evening as Gilmore sat
Six years after the initial announcement that Terrafugia, Inc. would develop a "roadable airplane," the Transition has completed the first phase of flight testing. The flight testing, carried out at Plattsburgh International Airport in northern New Y
Ward Cunningham, the creator of the wiki, is proud of his invention. “We changed the world together,” he says of those who contributed to his software development site C2, which spawned the online collaboration software that underpins Wikipedia and c
Software could make it easier to see in difficult driving conditions.
Most people prefer to live in homes that are airy and flooded with light. Nobody likes to spend much time in a dark and dingy room.
IAT21 set out to construct a flying machine that floated like a hummingbird, traveled as fast as a jet, was as quiet as a hot-air balloon, and was simple enough that a car mechanic could repair it. The company’s working prototype, called D-Dalus
The world’s thinnest transparent screen isn’t really a screen at all, but something more like a soap bubble.
Microscale devices that mimic human organs could provide a much more realistic environment for drug discovery.
Google now regards its developers conference as a launch pad for a shotgun spread of announcements, almost like a CES springing from a single company.
A new hybrid rocket motor fired up Friday (June 29), demonstrating technology that its builders say could lead to efficient, alternative-fuel launch vehicles down the road.
It may be impossible to say how HUGE this technological breakthrough is.
Massimo Banzi helped invent the Arduino, a tiny, easy-to-use open-source microcontroller that's inspired thousands of people around the world to make the coolest things they can imagine -- from toys to satellite gear.
A supercamera that can take gigapixel pictures — that's 1,000 megapixels — has now been unveiled.
The United States Patent and Trademark Office has granted well over 8 million patents, so it would stand to reason that at least of few of them were authored by people with a certain degree of fame. Like Lawrence Welk, for instance.
The first trial of a treatment allowing doctors to insert a fully repositionable replacement heart valve without the need for open-heart surgery has been successfully conducted at a Melbourne hospital.
A research project shows how a revolutionary type of camera could be commercialized.
Electric car maker Tesla's first mass-market sedans took to the road Friday, but it's not certain whether their debut will make or break the fledgling company.
Microsoft has released a SmartGlass software development kit (SDK) for Xbox developers, giving them tools and the green light to create applications for SmartGlass before the technology makes its debut later this year.
Analysis shows that the struggling company could make plenty of money from its mobile patents.
How innovation goes viral
Already demolishing the standing world record more than twice over, a massive human-powered quadrotor designed by students at the University of Maryland is poised to make aviation history today.
The ability to read other people is largely perceived to be intuitive--some people just have a talent for “seeing” what other people are thinking or feeling.
Add to the list of things robots now do better than humans: feel. Researchers at the U. of Southern California’s Viterbi School of Engineering have designed a robot finger that can outperform humans in the basic yet complex sensory task of touching.
Behind the scenes at a startup developing batteries for grid storage.
At its electric-car factory in Silicon Valley, Tesla obsesses over details like making its own high-tech tools.
PolyPlus partners with Johnson Controls and Corning to commercialize energy dense lithium-water, lithium-air, and lithium-sulfur batteries.
A new kind of antibody treatment has eliminated Ebola in several monkeys, yielding promise for a forthcoming vaccine.
The Navy’s dreams of laser weapons are about to come true. But like the dog who chases the car and doesn’t know what to do when he catches it, the Navy’s thoroughly unprepared for its coming arsenal of focused-light weapons.
In May 2008, two men climbed into a 40-ton submarine docked at an abandoned Copenhagen shipyard. One of the men had built the 58-foot-long sub in his spare time, and inside they chatted about the future. It involved rockets — big rockets.
This week, Apple delivered the highly anticipated MacBook Pro with Retina Display — and the tech world is buzzing. I took one apart yesterday because I run iFixit, a team responsible for high-resolution teardowns of new products and DIY repair guides