Those crazy-looking devices are not bottles, though they hold bottles inside; the photo is deceptive in that the objects are around a foot tall, about the size of some power drills.
So what are they? Those are ActiveIon's Ionator product, which uses a proprietary technology to turn simple tap water into a chemical-free antibacterial spray cleaner.
Developed from advanced high-cost technology used in food-processing plants and four-star restaurants, the Ionator EXP uses ionization to convert tap water into a powerful sanitizer that's been tested and confirmed to kill 99.9 percent of common bacteria with a simple six-second spray of nontoxic ionized water.
The things are not cheap--the household version on the left starts at $169 and the professional-grade version at right goes for $329--but they'll supposedly last for 3-5 years, during which time you won't have to buy Windex, Fantastik and what have you. Check out the video below, where it's kind of shocking to see that you can spray the same stuff you use to clean a stovetop onto your toothbrush--after all, it's just water.
DARPA's Robotics Challenge Finals indicate the beginning of the end of our species
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The impossibly tiny Hornet serves as a pair of "flying binoculars"
Inventor Arne Skjaerpe had been dreaming of creating a tiny flying device for years. But the scale he had in mind was financially beyond his reach. Then he figured out a brilliant way to fund his project: Create a cheaper, more primitive version and license it as a toy. The
It's called CHIMP, which is evolutionarily backwards since this thing will replace us
Most of you look to me as a leading authority on robots, whether for my fair and balanced coverage of human-robot relations, my obvious grasp of their technological underpinnings or the fact that I have seen the Terminator movies many, many times. But even I sometimes make errors. For instance,
Kaiten or rotating/conveyor belt sushi restaurants were invented in Japan in the 1950s. More recently, a Japanese entrepreneur has put the concept on steroids, rolling out a chain of highly automated—and profitable—restaurants that go way beyond a mere conveyor belt. At branches of the Muten Kurazushi Sushi Restaurant, which has