I'm always flicking around the net and reading tech mags looking for cool stuff that inventors make, or make better so I decided to make a Future Tech thread -
Basically if you find anything that is pretty damn awesome, whether it be a car that drives on water, some crazy military suit that takes a million bullets or a TV that projects into your brain or something, post it here and post pics and general information about it.
I'll get the (possibly mechanical and able to shoot lazorz) ball rolling with these little items, they may not be completely new, but it's sort of a start.
Moller Skycar Takeoff Video
The Moller Skycar is a prototype personal VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) aircraft â€” a "flying car" â€” called a "volantor" by its inventor Paul Moller, who has been attempting to develop such vehicles for many years.
The design calls for four ducted fans - the propellors being covered which is safer and efficient at low speeds.
The craft claimed to be currently under development, the M400, is purported to ultimately transport four people, however single seat up to six seat variations are planned to be engineered. It is described as a car since it is aimed at being a popular means of transport for anyone who can drive, incorporating automated flight controls. The driver should only input direction and speed, no pilot knowledge being required. The Skycar might use a system like the Small Aircraft Transportation System (SATS) in 3D "crowded" airspace areas.
Further, developers claim that by using eight inexpensive Wankel rotary engines - compared to jet engines, its price will eventually fall close to that of a quality car, even if at the moment the price for the first units is expected to be close to USD$1 million. Prices are expected to drop when the vehicle is put into greater production.
Microsoft Coffee Table
Article About the Coffee Table
Full Presentation of Microsoft's Coffee Table
In an era when computers get ever smaller and more portable, it seems almost a throwback, but software giant Microsoft hopes a Â£5,000 coffee table bristling with technology could be the next big step forward.
Surface, a table-style PC with a touch-sensitive screen, was unveiled in California today amid claims that it could revolutionise the way we work.
The machine replaces a traditional mouse and keyboard with its advanced screen. Using a so-called "multi-touch" interface, people can move items around in front of them with their fingers or write on the table using a pen.
The device, which measures 75cm (30in) across, may echo some of the earliest computer games built into the surface of pub tables, but Microsoft hopes it can form the start of a new generation of computers.
"We are creating more intuitive ways for people to interact with technology," said Steve Ballmer, the chief executive of Microsoft.
"We see this as a multibillion-dollar category, and we envision a time when surface computing technologies will be pervasive, from tabletops and counters to the hallway mirror."
The Surface table can interact with other devices such as mobile phones, music players and digital cameras.
Users can place compatible gadgets on the table and have the computer recognise them wirelessly, a move which could allow people to download pictures from their camera by sitting the device on the tabletop.