25 Jun 2012

With all the talk of flying cars in recent days and over the years, one possibility seems to have gotten left behind:  flying bicycles.  A few Czech engineers and hobbyists have proposed a flying bike that can float above the pavement thanks to four battery-powered propellers.

Design Your Dreams team has used only a few off-the-shelf components and turned an e-bike concept into what is basically a two-wheeled multicopter/quadcopter called the f-bike.  This device should be capable of vertical takeoffs and landings and up to five minutes of flight.

25 Jun 2012

Tech-Stew Podcast E18: Windows the Conqueror was recorded on Thursday June 21st, 2012.

Summary: 

Twitter goes offline, Windows Phone 8 details, Xbox 720 rumors, Microsoft Surface, iOS 6, black holes, RC airplanes and more.

15 Jun 2012

Technology keeps getting smaller and cheaper, especially that of HD cameras and video equipment.  What a great merging of technology when you can take an RC airplane and put a virtually feather light 720p camera on board to record video.  That's exactly what I've done with my Twinstar II Brushless Lipo RC airplane, in this case the 808 #18 720p keychain HD camera, which is known as the Car Keys Micro Camera.  The 808 has been around for a few years, but they have become more refined and the price is hard to beat.  Check out the video at the end that demonstrates this gem of a camera.  It also has video out support.

14 Jun 2012

This is a review/guide I did of this fantastic RC Aircraft, the Multiplex Twinstar II electric I had built several years ago.  Its a fantastic model to fly, made of foam and fairly indestructible.  The standard kit comes with regular electric motors and nicad batteries.  For my build I upped things a bit and went brushless and Lipo (lithium polymer).  I also have some newer FPV keychain HD 720p video which you can view by clicking here.

13 Jun 2012

With the growing interest in space tourism we now have another option that could be ready within a few years.  Another form of space tourism is coming that uses a giant helium balloon and would offer stunning views of the horizon and dark of space.  This is the promise of a Spanish company called Zero 2 Infinity.

12 Jun 2012

Tired of cutting your lawn yourself?  Then why not let the robotic mower from Bosch save you some time.  We have had automated mowers for some time, but Bosch claims this one is more automated than the competition.

11 Jun 2012

At the WWDC conference Apple made some announcements related to iOS 6.0.  Apple has stated there will 200 changes in store for iOS 6.  Among the big changes include the new 3D maps, FaceTime over cellular and Mail enhancements.  The developer beta of iOS 6 will be immediately available to download with the final release coming in the fall, most likely at the same time as the iPhone 5.  The iPhone 3GS, 4, 4S along with iPad 2/3 and iPod Touch (4th gen and later) will be able to use the upgrade.

11 Jun 2012

What do you get when you take a personal art project and combine it with scientific data?  You get an amazing Wind Map of America.  The map is on Hint.fm, which was founded by Fernanda Viegas and Martin Wattenberg who also lead Google's "Big Picture" visualization research group in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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