Solar windows finally feasible

Back in 2004, I wrote about an idea of mine, to integrate solar panels into house or apartment windows, and thus help offset the cost of electricity. I'm glad to say it's come to fruition. The technology to do this has been discovered. Granted, it's still in the research phase, and the efficiency of these [...]

Hardware preview: Apple iPad 2

The new iPad 2 will become available on March 11th (see a neat video from Apple introducing it). In my post about the original iPad, I said the following: "In spite of the failures of their predecessors, I think Apple will pull this off. I think the iPad will be very successful." I'm glad to [...]

Three cool jacket designs

Here are three innovative jacket designs. Jacket with inflatable hood by Rahel Ritchie Not yet in production, but I think it's very cool. It's got a built-in pillow so you can sleep while traveling. [via LikeCool and Rahel Ritchie] RuckJack "Rucksack? Jacket? You decide." Another neat convertible jacket design, this one turns into a rucksack, [...]

What’s next in data storage?

My recent musings on high definition and the state of the technology behind it have spurred me to think about data storage (not that it's a new subject for me). But so far, I've commented only on what's already been developed, and didn't take the time to think about what's next. What's the motivation behind [...]

What comes after High Definition?

Producing (set design, lighting, filming, directing, editing) my wife's cooking show has gotten me thinking about what comes after HD, because there obviously is a large discrepancy in resolution between full 1080p HD and properly exposed 35mm film (up to 3500p) -- as I already mentioned in my post on preserving classic movies. Yes, high [...]

POLLI-BRICKS reduce plastic bottle pollution

Plastic pollution is a huge problem. Most everyone has heard of the floating plastic islands in our oceans (the biggest is in the Pacific Ocean, but there are several others), all of which are made up of plastic bottles, wrappers, bags and other plastic waste that can float. They don't break down. They only break [...]

Reduce your waste with a toothbrush? Yes.

The Terradent toothbrush stands out from the pack of dental hygiene products out there not because of the complicated design of its head and the multitude of angled bristles, but due to the simplicity and thinking behind its design. In two words, it has replaceable heads. When you need to change the brush, you don't [...]

Hardware preview: Drobo FS

➡ Updated 1/14/19: I have revised my opinion of Drobo devices. After experiencing multiple, serious data loss events on multiple Drobo models, even recent ones, I no longer consider them safe for my data. As of today, the Drobo product lineup has a shiny new device: a network version of the Drobo S, called Drobo [...]

The dancing Fountains of Bellagio at night

Most people will likely tell you the Fountains of the Bellagio Hotel and Casino are easily the coolest thing in Las Vegas. I agree. They are spectacular. I have never seen excess put to better use -- and let me tell you, a huge lake that shoots water hundreds of feet in the air, in [...]