Unveiled at CES 2013 this year was exciting new tech from Tactus Technology that will create a keyboard on a touchscreen for easier use.
Tactus demo’ed incredible microfluid technology that produces buttons that raise out from the surface of a touchscreen. As soon that the buttons are unnecessary they recede back into the screen until needed again.
Tactus’ CEO and Founder, Craig Ciesla, explained that the magic rising buttons can be configured into any design. Meaning it’s not limited only to QWERTY keyboard form and could conceivably be adapted for gaming. The company apparently is showing no interest in creating their own lines of tablets and smart phones. Deals have been set up with interested companies and the world will be seeing the amazing new tech sometime by the end of this year.
A team of physicists have taken the time out of their day to show us what hyperspace travel would really look like.
Thousands of our favorite sci-fi films always show hyperspace travel as sharp beams of star light moving past windows, but a group of graduate students at the University of Leicester, UK has decided to focus on what we would actually see.
According to the team, it would not be possible to see any stars as a result of the Doppler effect. The Doppler effect is responsible for changing the pitch of a siren as it moves towards or away from you. In a spacecraft moving at the speed of light, the frequency of that light would take such a dramatic shift that it would fall outside of the visible spectrum. However, any background Cosmic radiation left behind by the Big Bang would shift into the visible spectrum.
In short, you wouldn’t see stars, but instead a central disc of bright light.
A few months back, a petition was created on the White House website for the construction of a Death Star. Yes. You heard right. A freaking Death Star.
The petition gained 34,000 signatures, which is the minimum amount for the White House to respond.
Paul Shawcross, Chief of the Science and Space Branch at the White House Office of Management and Budget, released an official response to the petition was down right hilarious. Did it crush a few die-hard fan’s hearts? Probably, but Shawcross did make some good points.
- The construction of the Death Star has been estimated to cost more than $850,000,000,000,000,000. We’re working hard to reduce the deficit, not expand it.
- The Administration does not support blowing up planets.
- Why would we spend countless taxpayer dollars on a Death Star with a fundamental flaw that can be exploited by a one-man starship?
What sci-fi creation would you petition to the White House to build?