Sunday, November 14, 2010

World’s fastest production car

What you see above is the world’s fastest production car. Called the SSC Ultimate Aero II, the vehicle has a 1350 H.P. engine that can help reach a top speed of 275 mph. Since this bad boy will go on sale soon, the price has been decided to be $970,000. Pretty steep, but hey…you get to be the fastest dude on the planet while driving this, and that has to count for something!
The car includes wheels that are made from carbon-fibers, a first of its kind.

A humanoid that can naturally sing

Robots can do some really weird stuff, but only a few intelligent ones can do something sensible. Meet HRP-4C from Japan, the humanoid that can sing, for real. “In this year’s demo, the robot utilized a system for singing using a human singer as a model. This enables it to sing with a more natural voice and expression.

The amazing Paik Nam June Media bridge in South Korea

The amazing bridge you see above is the Paik Nam June Media bridge in South Korea, that has been planned to re-define what a bridge is all about. Other than its futuristic looks, this man-made structure will have museums, shopping malls, libraries and of course a full-service bridge across the Han river.

Underwater Robot Gavia to scan Antarctic waters

Previously we have seen how fish robots were specially built to detect ocean pollution. Well, here’s another robot, called Gavia which also has responsibilities as important as the previous one. Designed by researchers of the University of British Columbia, the robot is to move and scan through unreachable waters of Antarctica to record data that highlight the grave scenario of global warming.
The autonomous robot is equipped with “mapping sonar, a digital camera, current meters, and a slew of sensors” and is scheduled to collect data “below the 330-foot Erebus Glacier Tongue“.

Friday, November 12, 2010

China now has the world’s fastest supercomputer, USA falls behind

China has recently overtaken the US in making the world’s fastest super computer. The Tianhe-1A is stationed at the National Supercomputer Center in Tianjin and can perform a mind-boggling 2.507 petaflops, when measured by the LINPACK benchmark. The computer is using 14,336 Intel Xeon CPUs and 7,168 NVIDIA GPUs.
In contrast to that the previous record holder USA’s Cray Jaguar can perform 2.3 petaflops.

Saturday, August 28, 2010


This could just have been one of the many special elements of a sci-fi flick or otherwise would you have believed, a gorgeous black dress doubling as a cellphone? Dubious as it may sound, this dress called the M-Dress from CuteCircuit actually has a slot to insert sim card and antenna embodied right within the fabric, so that the person could answer calls [when the dress rings] by just bringing her palms near to the ear without having to carry a bulky cellphone!
The technology at this stage simply can’t replace a cellphone because neither there’s a way to know who’s calling [no display] nor to keep a log of all your contacts but as humans we certainly would look forward to such amazing innovations.

Scubster, the environment friendly submarine

You are presently gazing at the pedal powered submarine, called Scubster. Built by French engineers, this 3.5m underwater vessel is propelled forward by simple pedaling [no harmful emissions involved]. Although the compartment is watertight, one has to have an oxygen cylinder and mask to enjoy the ride.  The man powered craft can speed up to 8km/hr [5mph] with the efficiency directly depending upon the rider. The more you pedal, the faster it is

upon the rider. The more you pedal, the faster it is