In 1979, when Sony introduced the Walkman—a 14-ounce cassette player, blue and silver with buttons that made a satisfying chunk when pushed—even the engineers inside Sony weren’t impressed. It wasn’t particularly innovative; cassette players already existed, and so did headphones. Plus, the Walkman could only play back—it couldn’t record. Who was going to want a device like that?
No one can know everything all the time—but we humans sure like to pretend we do. So it’s no wonder our species has a long-standing tendency to compile information. What started with some old dudes writing down their own observations morphed through the years into compendia, libraries, and now vast repositories of digitally gathered knowledge. Here’s how much space our worldly understanding took up, in bits and bytes, as we chewed off bigger and bigger chunks.
Fender guitars have been played by countless rock legends, including Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, David Gilmour, Jeff Beck and Eddie Van Halen. But their new hybrid acoustic/electric model is boasting groundbreaking new capabilities for 2019. Continue reading FENDER DEBUTS GROUNDBREAKING ACOUSTIC-ELECTRIC HYBRID GUITAR
Samsung’s The Wall made the rounds last month because a modular high-definition television with almost infinite capacity for expansion is definitely going to get attention. Continue reading SAMSUNG SHOWCASES MONSTROUS 219-INCH TV AT CES 2019
Almost out of thin air, ARC has materialized as a newcomer on the electric bike scene, and they’ve taken the spotlight at EICMA to unveil their advanced Vector electric motorcycle. Continue reading THE ARC VECTOR MAY BE THE WORLD’S MOST ADVANCED ELECTRIC MOTORCYCLE
Donald Trump’s administration is planning to propose by early December tariffs on “all remaining Chinese imports” if an upcoming summit between the president and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping does not work out, Bloomberg reported on Monday, a move that if enacted would virtually guarantee pain for companies like Apple that have so far evaded Trump’s masochistic trade war. Continue reading Trump Reportedly Preparing Tariffs on Everything Imported From China, Including Tech
In 1952, Bessie Blount boarded a plane from New York to France to give away her life’s work. The 38-year-old inventor planned to hand over to the French military, free of charge, an extraordinary technology that would change lives for disabled veterans of the Second World War: an automatic feeding device. To use it, a person only needed to bite down on a switch, which would deliver a mouthful of food through a spoon-shaped tube. Continue reading The Woman Who Made a Device to Help Disabled Veterans Feed Themselves—and Gave It Away for Free