Innovation

TERA fitness mat by LUNAR

LUNAR has unveiled TERA, an elegant exercise mat made of eco-friendly shear wool that blends into any contemporary interior. TERA is designed to a the natural radius of human motion during exercise – including Yoga, Pilates or Thai Bo – smoothing transitions between poses and facilitating an easier and more effective flow during practice. An innovative LED lighting system guides exercises, while TERA’s sophisticated sensors recognize movement and record pressure

Transatomic power’s safer reactor eats nuclear waste

Leslie Dewan and Mark Massie had a little time on their hands in February 2010, so they decided to fix what’s wrong with nuclear reactors. They had just completed their Ph.D. qualifying exams in nuclear engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and “we figured we were the smartest we would be for a while,” Dewan says. Their plan was to lower the cost of nuclear energy and tackle the

Roombots: modular robots that become adaptive furniture

Researchers from the Biorobotics Laboratory at the Ecole Polytechnique Federal de Lausanne (EFPL) in Switzerland have created a group of modular shape-changing robots called Roombots that are 3D reconfigurable, meaning they can change shapes and in this case, would be come adaptive furniture. The whole idea, the researchers admit, sounds a little crazy, was to create furniture that would literally change shape over time to fit the person’s needs who

This app turns a New York subway map into a 3D tour

A new app turns any New York City subway map into a highly addictive, augmented-reality tour of urban data, including median incomes and rental prices, that’s easier to navigate than the map itself. The app, called Tunnel Vision NYC, is the work of William Lindmeier, who developed it as part of a master’s thesis at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program. After discovering a wealth of data on NYC Open Data, Lindmeier

Apple and Google make peace in their long running patent fight

Agreement ends what is arguably the highest-profile legal battle in Silicon Valley. FORTUNE – Google and Apple have called a truce in a long-running patent dispute, ending a high-profile legal battle between two Silicon Valley titans over smartphone technology. “Apple and Google have agreed to dismiss all the current lawsuits that exist directly between the two companies,” the two companies said in a joint statement late Friday. Google’s Motorola Mobility