Articles written by J. Angelo Racoma

This Turntable Can Rip Your Vinyl Records

If you grew up in the 60’s and 70’s (and even before), you probably have a handful of vinyl records lying around in your attic or garage. Many of these are probably classics by now–some songs obsolete, but some perhaps brought back to fame due to recent events. For instance, there was a clamor for […]

Massage Me Jacket Doubles as Playstation Controller

Boys will be boys. One big problem if your significant other becomes addicted to console gaming is that he (or she) will hardly have any time for you. Good thing my girlfriend (and now wife) used to be fond of the same games back when we were younger. But for those whose significant others seem […]

Is The Future Of Bikes In The Sky?

Move over, ET! Here’s one concept that can truly put bikes in the sky. A design concept by Martin Angelov for urban transportation proposes overhead cables meant for supporting bicycles. Inspired by ski lifts, the system involves a half-pipe that supports the bike’s wheels, and support cables for balance on either side. The cables are […]

Cornucopia: The Printer that Prints Food

We’ve talked about printers printing human organs, and toasters printing images on bread. How about a printer that actually prints food? Over at the MIT Labs, the Fluid Interfaces Group is running a project that involves what they call Cornucopia, a “personal food factory” which is essentially a three-dimensional printer that brings together ingredients to […]

Meet Roxxxy: The Sex Robot With a Personality

Trust the adult industry to be at the forefront of technological innovation. Over at the recently concluded AVN Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas, robotics company TrueCompanion unveiled its Roxxxy sex robot. The robot is touted to be as close to human as possible. [S]he … knows your name, your likes and dislikes, can carry […]

School Uses Video Games As Teaching Tool

Games are thought to be big distractions to learning, especially the formal kind. I recall when I was in college, I’d stay up all night playing my favorite adventure and shoot ‘em up games. Of course by the time I attend my classes, I’d be a walking zombie, with rarely anything getting through my sleepy […]

Self-Charging Robots That Sense Wall Outlets

A common issue faced by any robot designer would not only be how to power the machine, but how the robot will recharge. If you’ve watched WALL-E, you’ll know that this cute little critter has to bask in the sunlight for a few moments to recharge his batteries (after which the familiar Apple-like sound would […]

This Weapon Can Make You Sick. Or It Can Spice Up Your Party

Non-lethal armaments are the weapon of choice for urban crowd dispersals and generally when you just want someone to back off. Some would prefer tasers and pepper sprays, but while non-lethal, those still have painful (and sometimes debilitating) effects. Some weapons, like flashbangs, just aim for enemies stunned. Some are truly bedazzling, like the Bedazzler. […]

Electronic Excuse Generator: A Nifty Gadget For School and Office

My dog ate my homework. That’s probably the most cliche’d excuse one would ever hear. But as someone who has overseen students and writers at certain points in my professional career, I can say I’ve heard all sorts of excuses. Some of these come off as mildly amusing, while some are definitely annoying. My computer […]

Who Says Hybrid Cars Can't Look Mean?

Sure, hybrid cars are cool to environmentalists and auto geeks like us. But to the mainstream, hybrid cars are mostly seen as slow people-movers with drab, uninspired designs. Not all hybrid owners are tree-hugging hippies, though. And for this reason, tuning and body kit companies have found a market for dressed-up hybrid and electric cars. […]

This Printer Can Print Out Human Organs

If you’re thinking technology from your favorite SciFi adventures might be far away, think again. A San Diego-based company called Organovo plans to market an inkjet printer that prints out actual human organs. The technology was conceptualized two years ago, but Organovo plans to commercially release its first production models to research facilities within 2010. […]

This Clock is Powered by Human Hands

I must admit I’m a watch geek (more on this later). I’m mostly fond of mechanical watches and chronographs. But here’s something that would surely fancy the mind of anyone interested in timepieces: a human powered clock. Part of Marteen Baas’ Real Time project, the clock shows you a human hand erasing and redrawing the […]

Porsche Panamera Hybrid Variant Confirmed

The Porsche Panamera raised some eyebrows when it was launched this year. It’s quite singular really: a Porsche with four doors, and a sedan at that! It does cater to a different niche than your usual, run-of-the-mill Carrera or Boxster. However, it seems having a luxury sports sedan is not enough for this German marque. […]

Audi E-Tron: The Electric Car That Looks Just Delicious

Audi does make some decent exotic sports cars. I’m thinking of the R8 here. With green being the buzzword in the automotive industry these days, though, Audi is not behind in the race to come up with an electric vehicle of its own. And by the looks of it, this one is a stunner in […]

This Electric Car is Named After a Girl

Toyota has its plug-in Prius. Tesla has its Roadster. Nissan, its Leaf. Renault, meanwhile, has recently announced its upcoming ZE (that’s Zero Emission) vehicle, dubbed Zoe, during the 2009 Frankfurt Auto show. The Zoe Z.E. is one of four concept electric vehicles that Renault is developing, and is planned to be out in the market […]

Electric Cars Get Noisier

The great thing about electric vehicles or EVs is that they don’t generate as much noise as cars that guzzle petrol or diesel. They run smoothly and quietly without the revs and vrooms often associated with internal combustion engines. The problem? They’re often so silent that people don’t hear them coming. Take for instance the […]

Benq Offers Black Friday Discount for the GP1

Earlier in the year, we posted about the Benq GP1, an ultraportable LED projector which came out in the market this June. I actually have this projector (thanks to Benq), and I must say I’ve found it very useful when going to clients’ offices for presentations. It’s lightweight, quite bright, and simple enough to use. […]

Netbooks and User Satisfaction: It's All About Expectations

Growth in netbook sales has fast overtaken that of full-fledged notebooks and desktop computers. After all, they’re inexpensive, really portable and they’re usually considered cool. But recent research cited by NY Times and Computerworld indicates that some netbook users are unsatisfied with their purchases. The disappointment with netbooks — NPD analyst Stephen Baker preferred that […]

What's Your Geekiest Gadget for 2008?

Christmas is nearing and most of us gadget geeks are likely to be eyeing a new gadget to gift ourselves (or someone near our hearts). But this year end is also a time to look back at what the current year has given us–in terms of gadgets. This year, I was able to buy a […]

Is Linux Losing Ground in the Netbook Market?

The Asus EeePC is a thing of wonder. I got myself the first version the week it came out. It was an EeePC 701, with a paltry 4GB of storage, 512MB RAM and a seven-inch screen. But it was small, and it could fit my camera bag, and thus I could do work virtually anywhere […]