Electronic Jacket imitates a Hug for lonely People

How easy is it for you to go out and get a random hug from a complete stranger when you are feeling low? If you are anything like the millions of other people who are to unpopular to get a hug from people, then you need this jacket which allows you to hug a dummy and make you feel like you are receiving a hug right back.

The Jacket is called the Sense-Roid Jacket and it was developed by a team from the University of Electro Communications out of Japan. It uses a Dummy that has been outfitted with sensors that detect Pressure, in return it sends out a signal with matching information back to the jacket. The Jacket then uses pneumatic muscles to duplicate the exact same sensation on your jacket. They also have “stroking” and “petting” motions… just in case you want to be petted…

While the whole concept is a little icky and probably makes you feel like you are to much of a loser, it’s worth watching the video just to see one of the creators trying to hug himself just to prove how easy it is to make you happy again.

Check out the video below.

Via: Dvice

High Energy Lasers that Jam, Rather than Blast away

We all know that the future in warfare is Lasers, and with the recent shut down of the Rail Gun project by the senate, this is possibly one of the only future weapons we can focus on right now. The army sent out a proposal a while back to the defense companies, like ITT, Lockheed, and Raytheon, to create a Common Infrared Countermeasures (CIRCM) System. Since high energy lasers are far too heavy to fly and shoot oncoming aircraft down, the defense companies have been building a set of smaller lasers that work on a more “passive” approach, the lasers disrupt and jam oncoming missiles, rather than destroy them.

Raytheon, the people that destroyed a UAV in midflight last year by cooking it, literally, unveiled its new technology at the Paris Air Show today. It already passed the military test at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base with flying colors. They used a C-130 Hercules helicopter equipped with a turret they called “The Quiet Eyes Laser Turret Assembly” to direct a laser beam to disable oncoming missiles.  Since Raytheon is using lightweight fiber lasers, they can go on any helicopter or light weight aircraft. Previously the Laser structure could only be installed on the CH-47 Chinook, but this new generation can be equipped down to a Bell AH-1Z Cobra.

This new CIRCM System uses a low-power laser to Jam Missiles using a few dozen watts, rather than the tens of thousands of watts needed to run the weapon they demonstrated last year. Also, according to Raytheon, this new weapon has a laser beam that can vary in Width, Output, Frequency, and Modulation, giving it a wide range of possibilities and different types of uses.

The Army expects to pick one up by late September, the contractor will have 21 months to test and demonstrate its technology and then if everything goes well, the Navy will adopt the Army’s Choice and the Air Force will follow after the Navy.

Via: Raytheon

What happens on the internet every minute?

What can you do in 60 Seconds? Update your faceobook status? Maybe send out an e-mail? Well, what if we asked you instead, what does the internet do in 60 seconds?

In order to answer this we would need to know the size of the internet, and for the most part, we all have a basic understanding of how big the internet is… it’s big. When you ask anyone about the size of the internet, a simple word can sum it up for most of us, It’s Huge-normus! And because our silly little brains can not understand what this word means, we need pictures, and info graphs to really put things into perspective.

The internet has become more of communications bridge than anything else, Thanks to this infographic, designed by Go-Globe, we can see what 60 Seconds On The Internet is the equivalent to…

  • Search engine Google serves more that 694,445 queries
  • 6,600+ pictures are uploaded on Flickr
  • 600 videos are uploaded on YouTube videos, amounting to 25+ hours of content
  • 695,000 status updates, 79,364 wall posts and 510,040 comments on Facebook
  • iPhone applications are downloaded more than13,000 times
  • 20,000 new posts are published on Micro-blogging platform tumbler
  • Popular web browser FireFox is downloaded more than 1700 times
  • Popular blogging platform WordPress is downloaded more than 50 times
  • WordPress Plugins aredownloaded more than 125 times
  • 1,200+ new ads are created on Craigslist
  • 370,000+ minutes of voice calls done by Skype users
  • 13,000+ hours of music streaming is done by personalized Internet radio provider Pandora
  • 1,600+ reads are made on Scribd, the largest social reading publishing company
  • 70 New domains are registered
  • 168,000,000+ emails are sent
  • 320 new accounts and 98,000 tweets are generated on Social Networking site Twitter
  • iPhone applications are downloaded more than13,000 times

Via: Bit Rebels

Navy Rail Gun Program is canceled by the Senate

The Navy has been working on a weapon they call Free Electron Laser … or…  ship-mounted railgun, it’s a heck of a weapon that is supposed to be a tide changer IF they ever get it a bit more compact. Unfortunately, this year out of the $664.5 billion dollar 2012 defense budget, the Senate Armed Services Committee couldn’t find enough money to continue funding the Rail Gun Project.

Here is what they said: (which makes sense–. to an extent)

“The determination was that the Free Electron Laser has the highest technical risk in terms of being ultimately able to field on a ship, so we thought the Navy could better concentrate on other laser programs,” explains Rick DeBobes, the chief of staff for the committee. “With the Electromagnetic Railgun, the committee felt the technical challenges to developing and fielding the weapon would be daunting, particularly [related to] the power required and the barrel of the gun having limited life.”

The Navy has been working on the rail gun for some time now, but, they have been unable to get it compact enough to place the weapon on a ship. It requires 200 Kilowatts of energy, which is really hard to find on a boat, and after 6-8 shots, the barrel is practically fried…which is expected after shooting a projectile at 2.4 kilometers per second for over 4 miles.

The Senate want’s the NAVY to focus on Laser technology instead of rail gun technology, which is technically a good thing, since lasers are better than projectiles. But still, the Navy has spent so much money and research on this new technology to just throw it down the drain. Technically speaking, the Rail Gun is a cheaper alternative than launching a cruise missile, and just recently the Navy was able to shoot a round from the Rail Gun for over 4 miles at Zero degree altitude from the barrel — (the barrel was completely flat). This is a great improvement over previous shots. It takes time, and takes Money, but usually when you try to create an Ultra High Tech weapon that’s how it goes.

Personally speaking, I think this weapon can have a lot of potential, economically speaking, I don’t think the US has the money for this experimental weapon right now. Much Less lasers, they should just give the project to a private company and let them take it from here.  In case you haven’t seen the weapon in action, check out the video below, all the fire comes from friction caused between the barrel and the projectile… that explains why the barrel breaks down so much.

Via Danger Room

Omega Cam takes 268 Megapixel Photos of our galaxy

The image above is the 1,700 pound sensor that gives the wide angle eye to the (VST) the VLT Survey Telescope, it works the exact same way as the digital cameras in your phone. The only difference between the two, is that the one for the Omega Camera is a lot bigger. The sensor  has 32 individual CCD sensors and all together, they can take a 268 megapixel image from outer space.

Here is how one of the images looks like:

The picture to the side is a picture of M17, if you think this image looks amazing, wait until you see the high resolution picture found here – Astro-Wise – once you see that, you’ll be able to see exactly why this new Sensor is such a big deal.

The Omega Camera is placed in the middle of the VLT and it acts as the “catch all” sensor for all the telescopes in the VLT.

The VLT Survey Telescope (VST) program is a cooperation between the Osservatorio Astronomico di Capodimonte (OAC) and the European Southern Observatory (ESO) that began in 1997.

The camera that was in place before the Omega Cam had a damaged mirror that was destroyed in an accident that occurred during its transport from Europe to the Paranal Observatory.

So I guess we can start to get ready for  a large number of pictures from space flooding the internet in the next couple of weeks.

Astro-Wise, via PetaPixel

Ford’s Talking Vehicles: car-to-car communication

On June 1, 2011 Ford introduced their talking cars to San Francisco, now I’m not talking about “talking cars” like Kitt from Knight Rider, this new vehicle can talk to other vehicles wirelessly to let each other know where they are. Check the video below to see a demonstration of their new technology: Car-to-car communication.

On June, Participants from San Francisco were invited into the vehicles and driven through common crash scenarios to experience the vehicle to vehicle communication in action.

Ford is the first automaker to build dedicated intelligent vehicles to assist us in our dangerous driving world.

The best thing about this new technology, is that Ford is working closely with other automakers to make sure that all of the vehicles are equipped with this new vehicle communication technology.

How it works
Ford’s vehicle communications research technology allows vehicles to talk wirelessly with one another using advanced Wi-Fi signals, or dedicated short-range communications, on a secured channel allocated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). This new feature is different than the current radar based technologies in place on most luxury vehicles like Volvo. Unlike the radar safety feature, which only identifies hazards that are in front of the vehicle, the new Wireless communication for the vehicles gives your vehicle 360 degree detection of dangerous situations.

This is a new type of Wi-Fi technology, it will help your vehicle communicate with other vehicles before you even get the chance to see the other driver. For example, you could be at a stop light and you have an object, or a car, blocking the view of oncoming traffic, if a vehicle runs the red light, your vehicle will be automatically alerted about the other on coming vehicle. The systems also could warn drivers if there is a risk of collision when changing lanes, approaching a parked vehicle, or if another driver loses control.

Speaking the same language
Ford is partnering with other automakers, the federal government, as well as local and county road commissions to create a common language that ensures all vehicles can talk to each other based on a common communication standard. This will guarantee that your vehicle knows exactly where other vehicles are while you drive down the road.

This has a number of different possibilities, if somehow ford integrates this system onto an App, pedestrians could have this application on their phones to minimize less accident’s against pedestrians on bicycles, or even motorcycles. Ford is trying to lay down the frame work for this new technology, if it works it could minimize the crashes and accidents that cost the US over $100 Billion dollars a year, not to mention your time. Being stuck at rush Hour for 4 hours extra because of an accident is a tremendous inconvenience.

Via: Ford