New Way to Subdue Criminals

The BolaWrap 100 can shoot a body-wrapping Kevlar tether up to 25 feet (7.6 m)
The BolaWrap 100 can shoot a body-wrapping Kevlar tether up to 25 feet (7.6 m)
Wrap Technologies

Although Tasers are an effective alternative to the use of lethal force by police officers, getting shot by one is still quite a painful and potentially harmful experience. That’s where the BolaWrap 100 comes in – when fired at a “difficult” suspect, it simply ties them up. read more

New Bike Multi-Tool

The Wolf Tooth EnCase system is compatible with both drop and upright bars
The Wolf Tooth EnCase system is compatible with both drop and upright bars
Wolf Tooth

Although cyclists sure do like multi-tools, they don’t necessarily like having the things cluttering up their pockets or hydration packs. That’s where Wolf Tooth’s new EnCase System comes in, as it sits inside the bike’s handlebars.

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A Decade of Scientific Breakthroughs

Kepler's efforts in exoplanet hunting was one of the biggest scientific achievements of the decade
Kepler’s efforts in exoplanet hunting was one of the biggest scientific achievements of the decade
NASA/Wendy Stenzel

As we stare down the barrel of the futuristic-sounding year 2020, it’s a time for reflection on the past decade. The world has seen some pretty major scientific achievements in the last 10 years, as discoveries and developments decades in the making were finally realized. New Atlas rounds up five of the most ground-breaking, history-making milestones of the 2010s. read more

Have We Achieved the Star Wars Hologram?

Voxon Photonics co-founder Gavin Smith with the VX1 hologram table
Voxon Photonics co-founder Gavin Smith with the VX1 hologram table
Voxon Photonics

Interactive 3D images that appear to float in the air, above a table that a group of people can stand around without needing any special headsets or glasses: that’s what South Australian company Voxon Photonics has built with its US$10,000 VX1 table. read more

Weapon Wednesday – New F-35 Survival Kit

Eielson Airmen prepare the F-35 for Arctic operations

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Larue Guerrisky
  • The F-35 has smaller accommodations for pilot survival gear than previous aircraft.
  • As a result, the first F-35 squadron to be based in cold weather has been working on a smaller survival kit.
  • An accident during testing revealed the kit actually works at 25 degrees lower than originally planned.

A survival kit designed to keep F-35 pilots alive in freezing conditions has proven its worth all the way down to -65 degree Fahrenheit. The new kit, designed by the airmen that will fly with it under their seats, is designed to be smaller than previous kits while protecting pilots from the elements until rescue. read more

Autonomous Cat Toy

Ebo is a robot companion for cats
Ebo is a robot companion for cats

Coming home to see your cat still lying in the same spot it was when you left that morning, it’s easy to assume they’re pretty happy with nothing to do. But as curious and social creatures they do get bored, and could always use some exercise to boot. Enter Ebo, a new cat companion robot now on Kickstarter. read more

Made to Order 3D Printed Prosthetics

The IMPACT hand will be available in a number of color choices
The IMPACT hand will be available in a number of color choices
Iterate UK/Ambionics

Amputees wishing to get a powered prosthetic hand – also known as a bionic hand – typically have to wait quite a while for the thing to be manufactured. Soon, however, they should be able to order a custom bionic hand that’s 3D-printed within 10 hours. read more

Wireless Audio for In-Flight Movies

The AirFly Pro can turn in-flight entertainment systems into wireless audio streamers
The AirFly Pro can turn in-flight entertainment systems into wireless audio streamers
Twelve South

Twelve South has released a Bluetooth adapter called the AirFly Pro that can be plugged into old school audio sources with a 3.5 mm headphone jack to stream audio to wireless headphones and earphones. read more

Sublight Dynamics 6DOF Joystick

Sublight Dynamics has unveiled a prototype of a one-handed joystick with six degrees of freedom
Sublight Dynamics has unveiled a prototype of a one-handed joystick with six degrees of freedom
Sublight Dynamics

It almost goes without saying that flying aircraft or spacecraft is tricky – even in games. The third dimension really complicates things, and traditional controllers or joysticks can only really provide half the puzzle. Now, a small startup called Sublight Dynamics has unveiled a prototype for a one-handed joystick with six degrees of freedom.

Sublight Dynamics is currently funding the 6DOF joystick through Kickstarter, where it's already raised over US$17,000 of its $40,000 goal

Sublight Dynamics is currently funding the 6DOF joystick through Kickstarter, where it’s already raised over US$17,000 of its $40,000 goal
Sublight Dynamics

Rather than sitting on a flat surface, the 6DOF joystick is designed to clamp on the edge of a desk. There, a user can simply push or pull the handle in the desired direction – up, down, left, right, forward, backward, as well as tilting and turning it to make use of the rotation axes.

The joystick is kitted out with various force sensors that tell it which direction it’s being moved in. That design choice apparently makes input changes smoother and small adjustments easier. Plus that means there are no bearings or other parts that can wear out. It’s designed to be operated with one hand, whether you’re a lefty or righty thanks to a swappable palm rest.

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Drone Can Check for Crack in Structures

The hexacopter uses a pen in its pressure-sensing arm to write the Shenyang Institute of Automation's initials (SIA) on a glass wall
The hexacopter uses a pen in its pressure-sensing arm to write the Shenyang Institute of Automation’s initials (SIA) on a glass wall
Meng Xiangdong

Glass-clad skyscrapers need to be inspected on a regular basis, in order to ensure that the glass panes are securely attached and undamaged. Doing so might soon become much quicker and safer, with a little help from a special drone. read more