Airport Inspectors Can't Believe MacBook Air is a Real Computer, Acceleration at Work

March 11 2008 / by Alvis Brigis / In association with Future
Category: Technology   Year: 2008   Rating: 10

Chalk this one up to accelerating change. Engadget reports that the owner of a super-thin Macbook Air laptop was held up by disbelieving TSA inspectors for such a long time that he wound up missing his flight.

Certainly the Air is a cool, nearly mind-blowing product, but don’t you think these folks should’ve grabbed another computer, hopped on the Mac site and confirmed that yes, this impossible consumer technology is actually real? That would’ve taken all of what, 3 minutes?

I’m already starting to feel bad for the airport screeners of 5 years from now. Imagine the new products and micro-technologies they’ll be required to identify and guard against. No longer will $8/hour (even if it is mostly for show nowadays) for an airport screener suffice, unless of course the scanning devices they employ improve very quickly.

The Awesome Water-Powered Jet Pack

January 31 2009 / by Jeff Hilford / In association with Future
Category: Technology   Year: 2009   Rating: 5 Hot

Well, it looks like you might get your personal jetpack pretty soon after all.  The advantages of the water-powered variety vs. the rocket fuel type are that it is way less likely to explode or burn you to a crisp and gets much higher gas mileage (not to mention probably takes regular). The downside is that you'll be restricted to traveling over bodies of water.


Seems like this might have some use in water patrol.  Gives you that birdseye view and would be a lot less expensive and more practical than a helicopter over smaller spaces.  Either way, it's pretty cool.

Wonder when we'll see the first English Channel crossing with one of these?

Robotic Jellyfish Could Pave the Way to a Better Robot

November 06 2008 / by John Heylin / In association with Future
Category: Technology   Year: 2018   Rating: 2

Bump into a jellyfish in the Ocean? Sure it was a real one?

A German company called Festo threw these guys together using some pretty amazing technology that they hope will be useful for future production sites.

“Each is coated with conductive metal paint that draws the robot to a nearby charging station. It also has LED illumination, integrated pressure, light and radio sensors, and 11 infrared light-emitting diodes used for jelly-to-jelly communication.” –

The key is getting the jellyfish (there’s one that floats in the air too) to work together to accomplish tasks. Already they can swarm together and avoid collision through communication, but the real hope is that they can eventually work together.

Building objects with robots requires an assembly line which, if the swarming technology gets refined, will soon be outdated and inefficient. In getting multiple robots to work together to build a single product or structure, you not only save production time but also space. You could build a thousand cars in a warehouse that today only has a hundred car capacity.

If anything, at least you could put them in your fish tank and enjoy the show (Dr. Evil might attach laser beams to them).

via MAKE

Otto Systems

April 08 2014 / by OttoSystems / In association with Future
Category: Business & Work   Year: 2014   Rating: 1

Otto Systems is the provider of material handling equipments from 2o years. The quality of our products are very high and it will work in any adverse situation. By our produc...

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