The what car? Yes, that’s exactly what I said when I read this via Autoblog. It seems “C-Cactus” will be a brand soon to be launched by the french automaker especially just to promote their green and eco-friendly cars. The C-Cactus concept car pictured below will be one of no doubt many more to come in the future, check out the full gallery after the jump…

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Here’s another recap of those juicy Sony OLEDs by Megawhat.tv which were featured at this year’s CES. Wristwatches with bending screens, full screen folding laptops, etc… you name it. We’ve been tipped some of our videos aren’t working within feed readers like Google Reader. This sounds like an old WordPress issue, so we’re looking into that, meanwhile if you can all do us a favour and email us / leave a comment if you spot a post with videos that aren’t working!

Update: Looks like Megawhat’s videos aren’t that stable, so we’ve found one almost exactly the same by CNET, enjoy!

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Yes, I know this is abit odd. Researchers at the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology have developed a high tech exoskeleton robotic suit that aims to help farmers by giving them support and super strength! Expected to cost between $5,000 and $10,000, with great power comes great costs!

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Video: Future technology, technocracy?

On December 29, 2008, in Robotics, Technology, by KLS

Do you ever find yourself lost in technology and by that I don’t mean not knowing how to use the computer or a particular gadget. I mean, do you ever find yourself not as updated with technology as you would like? Lost in how quickly technology is advancing on a daily basis? It’s incredible how everything is moving before our eyes, this video showcases some cool technology that we already have at present, some you may not even know about, but the more important thing is what about the future? Will they be dominating us and our everyday lives? This is a question that’s been asked by so many, actually technology is already taking a major role in all of us, we just don’t realise it!

Your smart car will shift shapes, you will fax three dimensional objects and intelligent machines will run your life if you let them. Technology is pushing from every direction. Getting faster with each passing second. Prepare yourself, the future is closer then you think — Next World – Future Intelligence

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Remember the video of the Microsoft Surface PC which we showed earlier last year? If you were impressed with that, then you will be even quite excited to see the same multi-touch technology applied in the same fashion on to a laptop running the next version of Windows: Windows 7.

Julie Larson-Green from Microsoft demonstrated at the recent D6 Conference saying that Microsoft is using part of the multi-touch technology from the Surface PC to enhance Windows 7. The operating system the demonstration is running on is a Dell Latitude XL with Windows 7.

Microsoft Surface multi-touch technology enhances Windows 7 on video…

This demonstration is basically showing how Microsoft Surface could enhance Windows experience on future computers, Windows 7 to be specific. As most will know by now, Windows 7 is expected to arrive in 2010 (click here to catch up), but what are the chances of laptops / PC monitors with multi-touch functionality becoming a popular, widely used product by 2010? The answer is probably not very likely, but the fact that Microsoft has demonstrated that they can already apply this technology to laptops, I reckon it shouldn’t be too long before household PCs become like those in the Minority Report!

Enough of me rambling, here are some of things that were mentioned during an interview with two of Microsoft’s most important people, Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer…

  • Windows 7 is apparently months away, due late in 2009.
  • Walt asks Ballmer if he’s worried about the next iteration of Mac OS X, which will likely be released before Windows 7. Is there a risk that the work you’re doing now with multi-touch will look dated when Apple (AAPL) releases its next OS?
    Ballmer says he’s confident Microsoft will have fantastic Windows 7 PCs, regardless of what Apple’s got on the market. “There’s a lot in Windows 7, and our goal is to produce fantastic PCs with our hardware partners.”
  • The conversation turns to Windows 7, which Microsoft hasn’t said too much about. Clearly, the company has learned from the media beating it took over the defeatured and perennially delayed Windows Vista. Indeed, in a post to the Windows Vista blog today, Microsoft’s Chris Flore noted that Microsoft is being very careful about releasing details about Windows 7. “What is a little different today is when and how we are talking about the next version of Windows,” Flore wrote. “So, why the change in approach? We know that when we talk about our plans for the next release of Windows, people take action. As a result, we can significantly impact our partners and our customers if we broadly share information that later changes. With Windows 7, we’re trying to more carefully plan how we share information with our customers and partners. This means sharing the right level of information at the right time depending on the needs of the audience.”

Microsoft Surface multi-touch technology enhances Windows 7 on video…

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Although the PAL-V only has the capacity for one person, it certainly should not be underestimated! Hidden in its roof and rear are a foldable rotor, propeller and tail section which allows it to take off and fly away in no time. This concept is brilliant for those who just can’t seem to be bothered to wait in traffic jams.

With just three wheels, this flying car has a top speed of 125 mph and a top speed in air of 120 mph. It’s able to reach as high as 4,000 feet in the air and thus all you need is your recreational pilot’s license (and probably driving license).

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Japanese researchers at Takashima R&C Laboratory have developed the world’s first saxaphone-playing robot, which is capable of playing highly complex pieces such as John Coltrane’s “Giant Steps”.

Video following the quick jump…

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