technology: February 2011 Archives

275x250.jpg If you're anything like us, you probably spend most of your waking day thinking about how you would survive a zombie apocalypse.

Well now a Google Street View mashup game has been released where you can see how long you could survive if the rise of the undead happened near your home.

After inputting your postcode, you start the Streetview Zombie Apocalypse by looking at the Google view of your own home and have to instantly start dodging and running away from the zombies.

While it's almost certain you will soon become zombified yourself, it's interesting to see how long you would last… and plan for what you will do when it really happens.

275x250.jpg Boffins have unveiled the world's smallest computer which measures an amazingly small one square millimetre.

Despite it's diminutive size, the team from the University of Michigan say the device still packs an impressive amount of power.

It contains an ultra low-power microprocessor, a pressure sensor, memory, a thin-film battery, a solar cell and a wireless radio with an antenna that can transmit data to an external reader.

Makers say the tech could one day be used to track pollution, monitor structural integrity, perform surveillance, or make any object trackable… as long as they don't lose it.

275x250.jpg Sure it looks like a dubious model of a hummingbird which would be at home on a shelf at your granny's house - but this is actually a $4million spy drone.

The mini spy plane has been developed by a major Pentagon contractor over a period of five years and is said to contain revolutionary new technology.

Called a 'Nano Hummingbird' the two-wing, flapping aircraft is capable of climbing and descending vertically, and flying sideways left and right.

It's thought army bosses could eventually use it to spy on enemy positions in war zones without arousing detection… or just use it as a really cool toy.

275x250.jpg A robot walks into a coffee shop… no, not the beginning of a bad joke, but a factual description of an event which recently happened.

Caffeine-sippers in a Californian coffee shop were left wondering if they'd had one too many espresso when they saw a robot walk in.

After queuing up at the till the robot then asked what sort of scones they had and ordered a berry-flavoured one which was slipped into a bag around his neck.

But this wasn't the beginning of the robot uprising, the robot was the virtual presence device of an engineer from a nearby robotics firm who didn't fancy leaving the office.

275x250.jpgA Chinese Canadian inventor who impressed the internet by creating a water-powered jet-pack says it is now due to go on sale.

The JetLev device can power a user 30ft into to air and allows them to travel at 22mph across water by  constantly sucking it up via a hose and then blasting it back down.

Users control the thrust and direction via an arm which hangs over their shoulders from the light weight backpack.

Raymond Li - who spent 10 years perfecting the device - says it's finally ready to go on sale for £60,000 each and sure to become a must-have toy for  fancy holiday resorts

But he also reckons the JetLev could also be employed in search and rescue missions. Unfortunately it won't be any good for your daily commute… unless you're a fisherman.

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