Early Zenith TV remotes changed channels by sound. When you push the button, a small hammer strikes an aluminum rod, triggering a sound above our hearing range that’s picked up by the TV.
Verizon developed a special knife that uses pressurized air to slice through lawns so fiber optic lines can be buried. The tool cuts through grass but does not break sprinkler pipes and gas lines.
US District Judge William Alsup learnt Java in order to better judge the Oracle vs. Google case.
There is a factory in Japan which can run unsupervised for 30 days at a time. Robots build other robots at the rate of 50 per 24-hour shift. Such factories are called “lights out” factories because no human presence is needed. FANUC, the Japanese robotics company, has been operating this autonomous factory since 2001.
Motorola’s has developed an “edible password pill” which once digested, is activated by the acid in your stomach emitting an 18 bit signal which is strong enough to communicate and unlock all your devices and is also FDA approved.
When Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier, he did so using technology provided by the British to America as part of an agreed exchange of technology. After receiving the research, America subsequently reneged on the agreement and no data was forthcoming in return.
When the first iPod prototype was shown to Steve Jobs, he dropped it in an aquarium and used the air bubbles to prove there was empty space and it could be made smaller.
75% of Japanese homes have a hi-tech toilet and the latest models eliminate the need for TP, keep you warm, check your blood pressure, play running-water sounds to increase privacy and open and close automatically so you don’t have to touch anything.
Engineers have already managed to design a machine that can make a better version of itself. In a simple test, they couldn’t even understand how the final iteration worked.
Stingrays, or fake cell towers are used by law enforcement to trick cell phones into giving GPS and identifying info. When used to track a suspect, it also gathers information of all cellphones nearby.