New Mars rover gets high-tech paint job for harsh conditions on Mars

John Campanella does all kinds of custom paint jobs in his spare time, airbrushing designs on cars, semis, motorcycles, and guitars. But by day, he works in the paint shop of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, applying paint to components for Pathfinder, Juno, Cassini, and Deep Impact, among other NASA missions. “I think my paint is […]

Tariffs may well bring some high-tech manufacturing back to America

YOU might think a company worth $ 1trn would gain a sympathetic hearing in the White House. Not, it seems, when the subject is China. On September 7th, as President Donald Trump prepared a new salvo of tariffs on Chinese imports, Apple released a letter pleading with the administration to change tack lest it harm […]

Taylor’s radical new acoustic guitar design proves that a centuries-old musical instrument can be high-tech

Taylor Taylor Guitars has been in business since the early 1970s. It has always defined itself by a culture of innovation in a world where acoustic guitars are based on very old designs. It recently pushed the envelope with a new bracing system that’s a big departure from what guitar makes have been doing for […]

NASCAR’s high-tech world: Leave any preconceptions behind for this deep-dive

Enlarge (credit: Aurich Lawson / Getty) CHARLOTTE, North Carolina—For various reasons, this article is long overdue. We’ve looked at motorsport at Ars on many occasions, in many different forms. But a look through the archives finds barely a mention of NASCAR, admittedly an error on my part. Stock car racing is more popular in the […]

This high-tech sock tracks my infant’s heart rate and oxygen level in real time — and it gives me peace of mind when she’s asleep

The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you’ll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase. Kristin John The Owlet Smart Sock 2 tracks an infant’s heart rate and blood oxygen level in real time using a cozy, noninvasive sock. The Smart Sock wirelessly connects to […]

The 10 most high-tech sedans you can buy

Tesla We’re nearing a tech revolution in the auto industry, as car companies make significant investments in electric and autonomous vehicles. While self-driving technology is a work in progress, car companies are including impressive tech features in their latest sedans. These features include advanced autopilot modes, massage chairs, and apps that can start the car […]

Roguelike Shooter IDracula: Genesis Pits Your High-Tech Weaponry Against The Forces Of Evil

In the post apocalypse of iDracula: Genesis, it’s not roaming bandits, devastating disease, or the undead you have to worry about. Actually, those might be preferable when the world is a hellscape where the laws of physics have been torn asunder and demons, killer machines, and other monsters lurk around every corner. Thankfully in this […]

High-tech, remote-controlled Golden Sahara II custom car going for auction

Imagine a vehicle with automatic braking, remote operation, self-opening doors and a big screen on the dash. You’re probably imaging a Tesla Model X, but we’re actually talking about a car called the Golden Sahara II, a custom car originally built in the 1950s, and it’s going for auction at Mecum’s event in Indianapolis. According […]