Hotel Chain Switching To Smartphone Locks

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Starwood, a hotel chain with over 1,000 worldwide locations, has begun switching to a new keyless system of room locks — your smartphone. The chain offers customers a free downloadable app with which they can check into their room wirelessly, and lock/unlock the room using their phones. Check it out: As one of the commenters on Youtube stated, this idea is very hackable at the moment. The chain will need to introduce some serious security measures before this idea can have any sort of mainstream success. For now, we can appreciate that somebody is working on getting rid of those… read more

Apple Celebrates 30 Years Of Innovation

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Thirty years ago, Apple introduced the first commercial computing device that didn’t weigh 50 tons. It was revolutionary, and without those first inventions, we wouldn’t have the scope of technological gadgetry we have today. Apple’s innovations have helped researchers create smaller and smarter chips that power the technology found in electronic cars, solar power plants, the smartphone you’re probably reading this on, and much more. Along with Apple’s attention to creativity and detail, they’ve been able to bring us the most eco-friendly computers money can buy. They’ve also begun the mass exodus from wasteful CD’s and DVD’s to cloud entertainment… read more

Elon Musk Interested In Supersonic Jets

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In the tail end of 2013, Elon Musk was asked what sort of projects he’d like to take on outside of SpaceX and Tesla. One of his visions is of a vertical takeoff/landing supersonic jet that would run more efficiently and cleaner than the lumbering jets of today. This isn’t the first time he’s brought up the idea of an electric jet, however. We got to see a sneak peek of his plans for world domination in this Iron Man 2 cameo. Check out the supersonic jet interview:

Google’s Ray Kurzweil Predicts The Future

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Ray Kurzweil, Google’s new technology guru, has been a “prophet”, if you will, of tech trends for the past 30 years. He correctly predicted the fall of the Soviet Union, the importance of the internet in everyday use, the day when computers would outsmart humans, and much more. Last year, Google appointed him to be their Director of Engineering, and basically gave him free reign to create whatever magical devices his super brain thought up. Recently, he shared some of his future predictions with the world, along with a tentative timeline of when he thought we’d see them start happening…. read more

Contour Crafting Renovates The Construction World

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Called the Contour Crafting Robotic Construction System, it is a conceptual technology that uses a 3-D printing process to rapidly produce a prototype. It is made up of robotic arms and nozzles which are controlled by a computer aided program and a framework system that moves the nozzles. It can build a range of structures, including entire homes. The technology takes 3-D imaging to the next level, and the system is capable of producing over a 2,000 square foot house with all of the necessary components, including outlets for electricity and accommodations for plumbing and air. What gets really impressive… read more

Domes For All — An Eco Project

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This week, we’ll be highlighting our favorite eco-tech projects that have successfully received funding on the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter. Today’s choice is the ‘Domekit.cc‘ by Effalo. The project is an endeavor to educate people on the usefulness of geodesic structures. Essentially, the project is a website that creates tools for designers to easily build and construct a geodesic dome of their own. With the designs in hand, they can get straight to building the dome with little to no experience necessary. The platform allows the community to share their own designs and ideas for quick and easy public download. Though… read more

LED Bulb Controlled By Your Smartphone

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Imagine a light bulb that is energy efficient and that you can control with your iPhone or Android phone. Launched on the¬†creative funding website¬†Kickstarter, is a light bulb reinvention project. LIFX, which is a Wi-Fi enabled, multicolored, energy efficient light bulb, has successfully raised its funding goal and consumers eagerly wait its arrival for purchase. You can preorder on the website now. LIFX is an LED bulb that is self-contained for easy installment. There is no need to call an electrician as this bulb can easily screw in and works perfectly on its own. The LIFX can control lights by… read more

A Symphony Played Entirely with Bicycle Sounds

A Symphony Played Entirely with Bicycle Sounds

When you think about music, and musical compositions, chances are bicycles don’t even enter your mind. After all, hundreds and hundreds of years of musical instrument inventions have given us a huge range of different types of instruments that are now well established and well practiced, and they mostly don’t include our humble two-wheeled cycles. But there’s another type of musical composition that often doesn’t get any attention (except from other composers), which is “found sound”, or music made with the sounds of everyday objects. Johnnyrandom is an innovative composer that uses everyday items to create musical compositions, and his… read more

Glowing Highways Save Netherlands Money & Energy

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The Netherlands, famous for their alternative energy initiatives, announced their intent to update highway infrastructure in the country. Check it out: The glowing highways will save money on electrical wiring costs, lightbulb expenses, construction delays, etc. The highway updates are an ongoing project, expected to be completed some time in 2014 or 2015. Depending on the success of the update, other nations are likely to pick up on this strategy and begin implementations of their own. Already in the U.S., several cities have adopted smart sidewalks, while others have begun small rollouts of smart street lights.

Algae Into Crude Oil In Less Than An Hour

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The great potential for algae to be used as an alternative fuel has long been realized and researched–the trick so far has been putting it into practice. Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington have discovered a way to “cook” and process algae into crude oil in less than an hour. Check it out: Since studies have shown that the entire planet will run out of crude oil sometime in the mid-21st century, alternative methods of creating crude oil are necessary, since the transition to electric vehicles won’t nearly be complete by that… read more