By using an intricate resin spoke system, Bridgestone's new airless tyre provides the same level of shock absorption as an inflated tire, without you having to worry about monitoring air pressure or changing a flat ever again.
Every USB charging and adapter cable I use is always just a few inches too short. But that could soon change thanks to a Japanese company that's created elastic wiring that can stretch up to 1.5 times its original length.
Using a regular speaker blasting out a narrow beam of sound, researchers have developed an LED that can actually be powered by nothing but audio; providing a new way to deliver wireless power to devices from greater distances.
The lack of any tactile feedback makes it difficult to type or play games on a touchscreen device. So Swiss researchers have developed a new haptic interface that uses microscopic vibrations that could one day make touchscreens feel like they have individual buttons, or even distinct textures. Can I interest you in a furry iPad?
Graffiti isn't always used to spruce up abandoned homes, freeway overpasses or trains. Sometimes it's used by gangs to mark their territory or communicate about illicit activities. So this new system that accurately catalogues graffiti, and who's behind it, gives police a useful tool for identifying and staying one step ahead of local gangs.
While gadgets improve by leaps and bounds every year, the technology that powers them hasn't. Batteries still suck, unless something comes of this research at Northwestern University that promises new lithium-ion alternatives that charge ten times faster with ten times the capacity.
Whether peering towards the centre of the Earth or searching for Jupiter's "warm dense matter," our understanding of a planet's core remains largely theoretical. Europe's newest new laser array, however, can recreate those same intense conditions here on the surface—using diamond anvils and X-ray beams.
So much for getting a good night's sleep tonight. Researchers at the Tokyo Metropolitan University have created this disturbing robot cat mask that's able to mimic the movements of the wearer's eyes and mouth using a non-contact interface to measure the movements of the muscles in their face.
Unless you're using a Bluetooth headset or their speakerphone, you can't really operate a touchscreen smartphone while it's held to your ear during a call. So this prototype once again merges a phone with a pico projector to give you full access to your device during a call, as well as the device of the person you're talking to.
A pillow to the face is a good way to silence the snorer you sleep with. Unless you're the snorer. In that case you'd probably prefer to share a bed with Jukusui-kun, a robot polar bear that doubles as an intelligent pillow, gently waking you by tickling your face so you'll roll onto your side.
A vibration in your pocket only tells you that an email or text message has arrived, not what it's about. So researchers at the Nagoya Institute of Technology have developed a unique communication system that lets written messages be felt on someone else's hand, without any physical interaction.
As if there wasn't already enough concern over losing your phone and giving a stranger complete access to your personal life, a team of researchers have developed a program called iSpy that can read what's being typed on a smartphone's screen from up to sixty metres away. So you may not even see the person who's secretly reading those sordid emails you're sending.
Many mathematicians set their sights on concurring the stock market, with dreams of unbridled financial success. But Scott Richard, who holds degrees in Mathematics, Computer Science, and Engineering from MIT and Princeton University, has dedicated himself to solving problems that matter to the average person. Which confusingly includes using mathematics to make another attempt at composing the world's ugliest piece of music. Um, thanks Scott?
A team of international researchers led by Cornell fiber scientist Juan Hinestroza have successfully created transistors from cotton fibers that remain flexible enough to be woven into fabrics, leading the way for garments that could one day be more capable than your phone.