Why wait for the future? We're ready for science fiction to become real.
As the calendar gets set to turn from 2013 to 2014, it's also time to get excited about the kinds of things that will be coming out in the new year that until now, would have been considered nothing but science fiction.
Thanks to advances in technology, along with the help of good funding, new markets, and good timing, 2014 looks set to be a banner year for new products and services that just a few years ago would have only been imaginable by futurists … Read more
Let's face it: If you've thrown back a few, relying on your own inner sobriety ticker to determine whether you're sober enough to drive isn't exactly advisable.
Enter Alcohoot, a cute little breathalyzer -- available as of this week for $119 -- that plugs directly into the audio port of iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. Given the potential messiness involved, extra mouthpieces and replacement power cords are available for $7.99 and $9.99, respectively. And I'll go out on a little owl's Alcolimb and suggest also insuring your smartphone if you plan to be drinking and blowing in its liquid-intolerant vicinity.… Read more
New tech being developed at Cornell University aims to bring cholesterol testing to smartphones to make the numbers both more specific and easier to track.
Home cholesterol test kits have been around since the early 1990s, catering to those with high cholesterol levels -- which puts them at a higher risk of developing heart disease -- who need to check their numbers more than once every few years.
But the majority of home tests take total cholesterol readings only, without separating out the "good," high-density lipoprotein (HDL, which helps prevent cholesterol from building up in the arteries) from … Read more
In 1999, an online grocery-shipping company caught my attention. As a kid who had absolutely no say in what made the pantry cut, I shouldn't have cared so much. But the idea of summoning a pile of food through a few mouse clicks was simply magical.
My plan to get Mom onboard -- hours of adding items to a virtual grocery cart to await her quick credit card swipe -- didn't quite pay off, however; online grocers never made it into her circle of Internet trust. Besides, she said, "it's too expensive." WebVan came and … Read more
One cafe wants to redefine "fast food."
Inspired by the Tube Transport System in "Futurama," Sam Crofskey of C1 Espresso in Christchurch, New Zealand, is installing a system of pneumatic tubes that will deliver mini burgers (sliders) and nachos to tables at speeds of up to 87 miles per hour.
It's not exactly a new technology; pneumatic tubes have been used to transport messages since the 1850s, and have subsequently been employed over the years as a secure transportation method for cash and medications, as well as an alternative to trains. Indeed, C1 has been using a smaller system to transport orders to the kitchen. By combining the two systems, C1 hopes to reduce wait times -- and toss hotter, fresher food into the bargain. … Read more
Remember the Hapifork? Back in January, it was one of the more notable -- and offbeat -- products to be introduced at CES 2013. The little vibrating fork, which aimed to help you control your eating by measuring the time between bites, ended up on a lot of TV shows and news blurbs. But where did it go? At last, as 2013 comes to a close, we have one here at CNET to try out.
Hapifork, which launched on Kickstarter earlier this year and now is available exclusively at Brookstone, is, well...a vibrating Bluetooth fork. And it's an … Read more
Leaked from today's 404 episode:
- Only six days to go to fund "Deep Web: The Untold Story of Bitcoin and The Silk Road."
- Follow Alex Winter on Twitter.
- Head here to watch Downloaded, Alex's documentary about the rise and fall of Napster.