Now that’s a rocket. Hell, that’s a man-rocket. The Falcon 9-Heavy is the latest offspring to come out of SpaceX, the space vehicle company that Elon Musk (founder of PayPal) built. Since NASA’s demise and the last of their shuttle fleet making their last landings – it was inevitable that private companies would start to make an appearance with their offerings … and fuck did they make an appearance.
I remember last week seeing an announcement that in the coming days, SpaceX would mention some “big news” but I just shrugged it off, thinking that it would just be a mediocre announcement about a new member joining the team or something along them lines. Boy, was I wrong. Musk explains how he envisions the 70m tall rocket going beyond space station missions, and how returning rocks from Mars is possible when the Falcon 9-Heavy is in operation (expected in 2012). SpaceX was the first private company to successfully launch and land an unmanned capsule ejected from a rocket (known as the Dragon) in history.
SpaceX went on to mention that an even bigger rocket than the Falcon 9-Heavy-esqe would be needed to land humans on Mars. Here’s hoping that I can spend three nights at the Mars Hilton sometime soon.
Another beautiful hack from the Kinect bar of 3D stereoscopic madness. In this example, an Interactive Development, Visual Merchandising and Operations Team put their minds together to create a projected display so that people passing by could come and draw on the shop screen without actually using any pens or markers on the window.
Pretty nice stuff.
Source: Kinect Hacks
Hot. The possibilities of Kinect just keep on coming. Right now I’m going through a phase of realising the possibilities of Augmented Reality. Below is an epic example from my fellow nerds over at MIT – the video below shows the possibility of using the Kinect to apply Augmented Reality (AR) to every day video conferencing. Epic… example.