Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Fab Revolution in Housing

If you are a reader of this blog, then you know that I am excited about fabbers as a technology. Now, engineers are working on robots that can fabricate houses. Using just concrete and gypsum, homes can be made quickly, cheaply, and inefficiently. This will be a very useful tool for space homesteading. A modified version of this machine can turn Martian or asteroidal material into inhabitable bases and can build much of the infrastructure for a lunar base, minus the life support materials.

Wireless Power

At the recent CES show, one of the most exciting new technologies was wireless power.
Powercast, of Ligonier, Pa., had an exhibit tucked away in a Philips exhibit hall of its technology, which can beam electrical power to devices three feet away. To recharge over the air, a device needs a tiny circuit board, about the size of a pinky toenail, that should only cost a few dollars.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Must Know Terms for the 21st Century

Over at the Sentient Developments blog, there is a list of Must know terms for today's intelligentsia.

Easy Quantum Mechanics

Here is a simple explanation of Quantum Mechanics for those who are computer literate.

Uses of the Open Source Model

Here is a nice blog entry on the ways people are using the open source model.