RSS
 

Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

Open Patent License

05 Jun

A lot of people don’t like patents, especially on software. Patents are supposed to encourage innovation by giving an incentive to inventors to invent. In practice, our current patent system fails – it seems – to meet this objective.

Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

If I were a banana smoothie, would I be easier to teleport?

08 Apr

Sometimes, I get asked a question my training and experience has ill-equipped me for. Like this morning.
Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

3D Printed Body Parts

13 Mar

This rather dark comic imagines what life might be like if our brains were impervious, and we had 3D printers on hand to print out a new body any time we needed one.

Sci Fi? Then what about this :

Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

3D Printed Cars – And Bicycles

12 Feb

So these guys are using 3D printers to make cars.

What if everyone had a 3D printer at home? Would everyone just download and print their own cars?

Read the rest of this entry »

 

What If All Japanese Grandmums had 3D Printers?

28 Nov

Here’s a weird piece of news : Parents-to-be in Japan can buy a 3D printed model of their unborn foetus.

It costs a bit over $1000. That’s cheaper than a 3D printer.

Read the rest of this entry »

 

Drawing Robot

25 Nov

My son and I worked together to make this drawing robot. He designed and built it, with just a little guidance from me. I programmed it. He took the photos and the video. I combined his footage into this video :

Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

Siri And Fishing

14 Oct

I asked Siri (on my brother’s iPad) about the best times to go fishing. Her response?

Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

Better than Siri

23 Aug

Me : what are you doing with my phone?
M2 : (silence)
Me : are you playing games?
M2 : (giggles)
Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

Perpetual Motion Machines

25 Jul

M1 had been playing with his remote control car before dinner. It was now on the benchtop having its battery charged.

Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

How Google Can Bring The Driverless Car To The Masses

27 Apr

I first heard about Google’s self-driving car from a TED talk by Sebastian Thrun. In that talk, Sebastian talks about a friend who was killed in a car accident, and follows by explaining his vision to make cars safer by making them steer themselves.

Read the rest of this entry »