Fujitsu Launch Palm-Vein Scanning Mouse, Finally

This press release from 2002 shows a Fujitsu mouse that could authenticate logins by scanning vein-patterns in a user's hand. By taking an infrared scan of a person's hand, the system can get a clear picture of their veins - the pattern is then used to authenticate users. Five years later, they have finally launched… » 9/11/07 5:42am 9/11/07 5:42am

World's Biggest Supercomputer is a Virus?

The Storm Worm Botnet currently infects between one and ten million computers worldwide, which means that it has access to a huge amount of processing power and somewhere between 1 and 10 petabytes of RAM. This apparently makes it one of the most powerful computers in the world, with more computing power than the ten… » 9/10/07 8:03am 9/10/07 8:03am

Solar-Powered Plane Smashes World Record, Sort Of

UK defense firm Qinetiq has smashed the world record for the longest unmanned flight. Their solar-powered Zephyr flew continuously for an incredible 54 hours, easily beating the previous 30-hour record held by a US jet aircraft. Unfortunately though, it won't be officially recognized as a record, because of a slight… » 9/10/07 5:56am 9/10/07 5:56am

Meerkats - Better at Acting in Nature Shows than Photography

Ian Turner is a zookeeper at Longleat Safari Park. He is also rather forgetful. After taking some pictures of his meerkats for a new zoo brochure, he left his Canon EOS in their enclosure. Apparently the alpha male, Monty, secretly harbors a gadget obsession, and jumped at the chance to snap a few shots of his family… » 9/07/07 3:36am 9/07/07 3:36am

World's First Spaceport Designed, Construction Starts 2008

You may remember that Virgin Galactic planned to build a Spaceport in New Mexico. Well, a winning design has now been chosen, and construction on the 100,000-square-foot facility is set to start in 2008. Is it just me, or does "spaceport" sound a little bit too sci-fi? » 9/05/07 6:11am 9/05/07 6:11am

Samsung Holds 3 World Records for Cellphones

The 2008 edition of the Guinness World Records book will feature three records for Samsung cellphones. The SGH-U100 is the world's thinnest cellphone at 5.9mm, the SCH-B600 has the highest photo resolution in a cellphone at 10MP and the SGH-Z370 is the world's thinnest 3G cellphone at 8.4mm. However, with the speed… » 9/04/07 6:36am 9/04/07 6:36am

Robot-Staffed Restaurant Launches in Germany

Humans aren't perfect, therefore human waiting staff aren't perfect—as you'll know if you've ever had hot soup spilled on you, or the wrong meal brought out. To err is human, after all. However, diners in Nuremberg, Germany, won't have to put up with imperfection anymore because a new restaurant there is staffed… » 8/31/07 7:35am 8/31/07 7:35am

Tenori-On Crazy LED Digital Instrument Set for September Launch

The Tenori-On is a musical sequencer from Yamaha—basically a grid of LED-lit rubber buttons that lets you create musical loops and melodies. It may look like a prop from a 1970s sci-fi series, but it's actually a really intuitive and capable instrument that looks simply amazing. Have a look at it in action after the… » 8/31/07 6:43am 8/31/07 6:43am

Handset Adapter Lets You Use Your Own Headphones

Most cell phones now come with media playback features, but designers still seem to think that a wide range of proprietary headphone connections makes more sense than using a standard 3.5mm jack. This colorful invention gets around this problem, converting various manufacturers' connections to a standard headphone… » 8/31/07 5:52am 8/31/07 5:52am