Aircraft Laser-Defense System

Northrop Grumman is working with the U.S. Air Force to develop radical new laser weapons for supersonic fighter jets and hopes to test them in 2019, it has been revealed.

The technology, known as  ‘directed energy systems’ will be fitted to future craft to allow them to protect themselves.

The laser weapon will be housed in a pod attached to a fighter-sized aircraft.

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The technology, known as 'directed energy systems' will be fitted to future craft to allow them to protect themselves. The laser weapon will be housed in a pod attached to a fighter-sized aircraft.
The technology, known as ‘directed energy systems’ will be fitted to future craft to allow them to protect themselves. The laser weapon will be housed in a pod attached to a fighter-sized aircraft.

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This Phone will Self-Destruct…

It could be the ultimate spyphone – and even the head of the NSA is a fan.

Developed by Boeing and the Defense Information Systems Agency, the Boeing Black phone is designed for secure communication between governmental agencies and their contractors.

The handset can even self destruct if it is tampered with, destroying all the data on it, and is so secure that Boeing will only sell it to ‘approved’ purchasers.

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The back of a Boeing Black Smartphone

The Black Phone from Boeing, which can ‘self destruct’ if compromised

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Is Vertical Walking in our Future?

An experimental prototype designed by Rombaout Labs and dubbed "Vertical Walking" uses human power to allow...
An experimental prototype designed by Rombaout Labs and dubbed “Vertical Walking” uses human power  to allow movement between floors of a building with only ten percent of the effort needed to climb stairs and without the need for any external power(Credit: Rombout Design)

Meals of the Future

What will mealtimes look like in 2036?
What will mealtimes look like in 2036?(Credit: koya979/Depositphotos)

Food is one of life’s absolute necessities and one that people take great pleasure from, so it’s no surprise that the future of food is one of those topics that always draws significant interest. So what will we be tucking into in the year 2036? A plate of bugs with a side order of seaweed? A glass of milky liquid? Cajun Swedish fusion cuisine? Or will it be a world of shortages where we munch on government issue Soylent Green and try not to think about where it came from? Take your places at table and join us as we take a look at what mealtimes in the future might look like. read more

MacBook vs. Surface

New Atlas compares the 13-inch MacBook Pros (2016) with the standard and Performance Base Microsoft Surface...
New Atlas compares the 13-inch MacBook Pros (2016) with the standard and Performance Base Microsoft Surface Books
 Apple and Microsoft announced their new-for-2016 laptops within a day of each other. Join New Atlas as we compare and contrast the 13-inch models of Apple’s current MacBook Pros with the Microsoft Surface Books.

Before we get started, keep in mind that there are two main variants of each laptop. The MacBook Pro has astandard non-Touch Bar model and a higher-end Touch Bar variety (more about the so-called “Touch Bar” below). The Microsoft Surface Book is available in the standard configuration that was released last year or the newly released top-shelf Performance Base edition. read more

3D Printed Face Reconstruction

A cancer survivor whose face was ravaged by a tumor, leaving him with a large hole where his eye, nose and cheekbone had been, has become the first person to receive a 3D printed face prosthesis made with a smart phone.

Married former salesman Carlito Conceiçao has lived with the hole and an uncomfortable prosthetic that kept falling off since 2008 – but now a ground-breaking procedure used a free app on a smartphone to build and print a 3D image of the missing part of his face.

Researchers now hope to train as many people as possible to make the affordable and practical technology accessible in remote areas of the world where people have minimal health care services. read more

Smart Sleep Sensor

It was one of the most successful Kickstarter projects of all time – and can now control your home to give you a perfect night’s rest.

Sense, a $149 smart orb can even listen to its owner to set the perfect conditions at bedtime.

Called ‘Sense with Voice’, it uses a voice recognition system the firm developed itself, and can even measure air quality in your bedroom and tell when you are using your phone at night by analyzing the light it emits. read more

AWD Fatbike Just in Time for Winter

Christini Bicycles claims that it has created the world's first AWD fatbike
Christini Bicycles claims that it has created the world’s first AWD fatbike(Credit: Christini Bicycles)

All-wheel-drive (AWD) for bicycles is one of those things that’s been around in one form or another for some time now, but is still mostly considered an oddity. In cases where cyclists have to ride on ice or plough through snowdrifts, however, it starts to make some sense … and when those people are riding across Antarctica, it makes alot of sense. read more

Mag-Lev Levitating Turntable

Mag-Lev Audio says that the system has been designed to ensure precious vinyl is safe and...
Mag-Lev Audio says that the system has been designed to ensure precious vinyl is safe and playback smooth(Credit: Mag-Lev Audio)

The mighty Proscenium Black Diamond V belt-driven turntable from high-end makers Walker Audio uses an elaborate air-bearing arm and platter to help keep resonance at bay. Though it’s attracted a fair amount of high praise from industry pundits, it’s very expensive indeed. Slovenia’s Mag-Lev Audio has taken a somewhat different, and less costly, approach to floating the platter on air. read more

Water Purification Pen

I gots to get me one of these!
Roving Blue's new O-Pen brings ozone purification anywhere you go
Roving Blue’s new O-Pen brings ozone purification anywhere you go(Credit: C.C. Weiss/New Atlas)

The highlight of Overland Expo East was the large motor vehicles and trailers, but the show also had some interesting tech in smaller packages. Perhaps the smallest of all, the Roving Blue O-Pen supports off-roaders and world travelers by keeping drinking water clean and fresh. read more