With a robust history of pop culture examples, its no wonder that real-life exoskeleton prototypes have been evolving for decades. General Electric's 1960s 'Hardi-Man' could help users lift 1500 pounds, but it also weighed 1500 pounds. Lockheed Martin's current day "hulc" helps soldiers tote up to 200 pounds without significantly weighing them down.
Inventor Elon Musk calls his latest idea the Hyperloop: a high-speed transportation system that would speed people through hollow tubes at the speed of sound without turbulence, weather delays, or air traffic control. Imagine stepping into a car-sized capsule in downtown Los Angeles and, 30 minutes later, emerging in San Francisco.
Tesla Motors is starting to look like the carmaker that just won't stumble. After the Model S won MotorTrend's Car of the Year and got a fantastic review from Consumer Reports, it aced the government's crash tests and Tesla is now making a profit.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released the latest results of their new small overlap crash test, the Nissan Sentra, Kia Soul and Kia Forte did not hold up well, but the Honda Civic received the best crash rating. In all, half of the 12 compact and subcompact cars tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety fared poorly.
Toyota's CEO and grandson of the company Akio Toyoda won't brake for anything, and he has been able to pull the company back from a series of misfortunes to help it retake its position as the world's number one carmaker. Toyota has innovated its way back to the top of the class, with bold designs and a weak yen boosting profit. But its export-dependence and weakness in Southeast Asia could see it quickly dethroned.
It's the massive theft of American trade secrets through cyber attack and espionage, and many of the cyber-attacks on American trade are coming from China. NBC's Michael Isikoff reports on how widespread the espionage is and what the government is doing about it.
The new Mercedes-Benz S Class has technology that allows it to almost drive itself. While the Mercedes-Benz S Class has always been a leader in its class, it now boasts new and groundbreaking technology, like active cruise control that helps to keep the car in its lane.
Investor John Doerr defends Silicon Valley's culture against arguments by the New Yorker's George Packer that the tech industry is disconnected from the middle class. Is Silicon Valley just a bubble that isn't real, or connected with America?
These days, electric cars are making inroads against old-fashioned gasoline models. Well, there was a time when there were three ways to power your car: Gasoline, electric, and steam. This 1913 Stanley Steamer car takes almost 45 minutes to start up but it's quite a treat to drive.
Nissan expanded its United States manufacturing footprint last week with Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant joining Nissan employees to break ground on a new supplier park at the company's Canton, Miss. vehicle assembly plant.
Google Chairman Eric Schmidt and Motorola Mobility CEO Dennis Woodside talk about why they decided to assemble the Moto X smartphone in Texas. The Moto X will be assembled at a plant in Texas, which employs about 2,000 workers.
With hundreds already sickened across 16 states, the FDA has made headway in tracking the source of the outbreak of cyclospora. Officials have now identified an American-owned salad processing plant in Mexico as the origin of the cyclospora cases in Iowa and Nebraska. The source in 14 other states remains elusive.
Taking advantage of in-car computing, hackers at the DEF CON conference are able to take control of a car by hard-wiring into its systems. Today's cars feature a number of computers, all of which need to talk to each other. Charlie Miller, security engineer, says hackers can figure out how these computers talk to each other and then pretend they are various pieces of the car.
Spacesaver Industrial explains how industrial users can take existing racking equipment and mobilize it for more effective storage and accessibility. See how the ActiveRAC system allows for cost reduction via its condensed storage capability, allowing expanding businesses to take back the square footage they need for production.
Some components simply can't be made with a conventional milling machine. Selective laser sintering could provide the solution. With this new technology, lasers are used to fuse layers of metal powder into completely new components. The Toolcraft company in Bavaria is investing in the technology.
The ELF bike runs on both man power and solar power. It has been turning heads along the east coast as Mark Stewart rides it from North Carolina to Massachusetts. The ELF, or "Organic Transit Vehicle," can go for 1,800 miles on the energy equivalent of a gallon of gasoline.
The first questions always ask if the bike is in fact real, and if it can actually be ridden. The answer is yes. Parker Brothers Concepts in Melbourne, Fla., have developed a futuristic, street-legal motorcycle that reaches speeds of 100 mph and can travel up to 80 miles on its 100 percent electric engine.
French cars from the 1920s and 1930s are considered some of the most beautiful cars ever made. Worth more than a million dollars, this rare 1939 Bugatti may only have 170 horsepower but driving one is like driving a work of art.
Take a look at how Anheuser-Busch Inbev brews and bottles dozens of brands of beer at its massive St. Louis brewery, in operation for over a century. The beer is still brewed how it was 100 years ago, but today's technology enables the company it to produce today's brews "very consistently and very well."
In preparation to build the Ford Fusion in Q3 2013, Flat Rock Assembly Plant is training its 1,400 new hires using a simulated factory to teach them vehicle assembly before the first U.S.-built Fusion rolls off the line. Ford announced last fall it will build the all-new Fusion in the U.S. and hire 1,400 new employees to meet surging demand for the award-winning vehicle.