The more observant will have noticed a lot of activity around our issue counter as of late, and some impressive looking equipment being installed.
Just what you’ve always needed: http://laughingsquid.com/an-automatic-skittles-sorting-machine/
32 innovations that will change your tomorrow: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2012/06/03/magazine/innovations-issue.html Some fascinating, some downright scary!
Ever wanted to play a tune on a bunch of bananas, or use Play Doh as a gaming control pad? Well, it seems that now you can! http://www.makeymakey.com/
Like them or loathe them; use them or ignore them, QR codes creep in to all sorts of places: http://adsoftheworld.com/media/dm/guinness_qr_code_cup?size=_original Let us know if you think the Library should be using them more. Though we can’t promise to put them …
TOTD has been expecting something like this for a while now and looking forwards to them for even longer: http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/21/google-to-sell-terminator-style-glasses-by-years-end/ Although how they work for those who already wear glasses and how they avoid additional clumsiness and walking into lampposts …
The BBC recently asked for top predictions for the next hundred years, inspired by American Civil Engineer John Elfreth Watkins’ hypotheses in 1900: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-16444966 Here are what BBC viewers have sent in. What do you think will happen? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-16536598
TOTD can remember when, back in the mid-1980s, the Department of Geography still had a variety of whacky calculating devices. These included a number of pinwheel machines, and even a large desktop machine with a Nixie tube display (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nixie_tube). Best …
See whether you think this is an exciting or a scary vision of the future: http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=6Cf7IL_eZ38&vq=medium (NB: Yes, we know it’s advert, but worth watching for all that).