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Monthly Archives: July 2009

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Haptics Unleashes Virtual Reality and Telepresence Revolution

Prepare to be blown away with this post!  Here at the Hub one of the things that we are all about is the coming merger of the physical world with the virtual world.  Programmable...

Growing Mice From Stem Cells? The Real Story About The Stem Cell Breakthrough From Qi Zhou

Traditional media outlets have been tripping over each other this week with sensational titles such as "Chinese Scientists Reprogram Cells to Create Mice" to describe the work of Chinese stem cell researchers.  Indeed, the...
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Toyota Humanoid Robot Runs At 7 Km/hr

Props to the guys over at smart-machines for digging up an awesome video (see below) of the Toyota humanoid robot running at 7 Km/hr (4 mph), besting Asimo's 6Km/hr.  Making humanoid robots that can...
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3D Scanner Recreates Real-Life Objects on the Computer Screen

The line between computers and reality has been blurred.  We have murders committed because of World of Warcraft, Second Life romances (an activity normally reserved for the three dimensional world), and now there’s a...

Scientists Worry Machines May Outsmart Man

Prominent New York Times reporter John Markoff just came out with a story titled "Scientists Worry Machines May Outsmart Man" that has raised some eyebrows.  Several friends that aren't even in the science/tech space...

MEDSignals Creates a High Tech, User Friendly Pillbox

Here’s a piece of genuine elderly-friendly technology.  It's simple enough that Grandma can use it, but the whole thing rings to the tune of Body 2.0.  The MEDSignals device is a convenient and handy...

Wolfram Alpha – A Force To Be Reckoned With

Two months ago Wolfram Alpha launched its question answering engine in one of the most eagerly anticipated product launches of the year.  Although sensationalists wanted to call Wolfram Alpha a Google killer, here at...
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Catherine Mohr Promises More Robotic Surgery

No matter how much it begs, never give your robot a knife - it will want to play surgeon. Engineer, medical doctor, and inventor Catherine Mohr is pushing the boundaries of medicine by pioneering...

Programmable Matter: Claytronics or Gershenfeld

We still tell our children "you can be anything when you grow up." It's time to start telling them "you're going to be able to make anything...right now." Similar work at MIT and Carnegie...

Singularity Summit 2009 In New York October 3-4

In a radical shift from previous years, the  fourth annual Singularity Summit is slated to take place October 3-4 in New York instead of technology hotbed Silicon Valley.  The Singularity Summit, hosted by the...

Singularity University First Three Weeks In Pictures

With the first three weeks of the Singularity University summer session complete the Hub is here to give you a summary of what has been happening.  My personal impression is that the school is...

MIT is Organizing New Genetic Parts

If you want to check out a book you go to the library. If you want to get a copy of the latest DNA, you go to MIT's Registry of Standard Biological Parts. Started...

Prenatal Screening Could Eradicate Genetic Disease, Replace Natural Conception

Genetic birth defect screening is about to get faster, cheaper, and more comprehensive - all at once. A new technique could soon make genetic defects a thing of the past... and replace natural conception...

Blue Zones – Places In the World Where People Live to 100 and Stay Healthy

They are called blue zones - places in the world where people live longer and healthier than anywhere else on earth. Several of these blue zones exist, and in each of these places people...
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Disturbingly Real Replicants from Hanson Robotics

If Disney's Hall of Presidents upset you, if Chuck E. Cheese and his friends frighten you, if the TV show Dinosaurs gave you nightmares - don't read this post! Hanson Robotics is in the...

Computer Learns Sign Language – Next Stop World Domination

Why does it have to take so long for the computers to rise up and kill us? The suspense is just maddening. Four Terminator movies and a television series spin-off and it still hasn’t...

Tim Ferriss’ New Book: Become a Superhuman

Everyone knows that building the perfect body takes years of hard work and an iron will. Everyone except Tim Ferriss. The bestselling author just announced that his next book will focus on his study...

The Genetically Modified Food You Eat

Would you eat food that was genetically modified? You probably already have. Scientists have been tinkering with the DNA of commercial food for nearly two decades, and they've covered most of the food pyramid. ...

The Hub Goes To Scifoo 2009 – It Was Awesome! (scifoo09)

I just wrapped up an amazing weekend participating in the fourth annual scifoo gathering at Google headquarters (the Googleplex) in Mountain View, CA.  The 2009 scifoo camp boasted a fascinating and stimulating array of...

Sensor Sensibility: New Information from Toumaz CEO

It's time to let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. For anyone who has visited the hospital recently, medical sensors should be familiar to you. Little sticky pads for ECG...
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Video Q&A With Ray Kurzweil

On the first day of Singularity University the students and staff were given the opportunity to sit down with Ray Kurzweil in a Q&A free-for-all with the luminary that lasted for more than an...

Solving Humanity’s Grand Challenges With Accelerating Technologies At Singularity University

Accelerating information technologies such as genetics and robotics may someday bring about a technological singularity, but long before this they may have a more immediate outcome: helping us to solve mankind's grand challenges.  Tonight...
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The FlexPicker: Industrial Robot Built for Speed – Video

Over the last few months, there has been very little showing on industrial robots here at Singularity Hub. That is truly a terrible circumstance, as some of the best and most innovative robots are...

The eScale: Broadcast your Weight to the World

If Reality TV has taught us anything about weight loss it's that the more people who are watching you, the quicker you'll drop the pounds. Social pressure is a key ingredient in the eScale...

Robot Hummingbird Ready for Spy Missions – Video

We’ve seen countless spy movies where the fearless protagonist is being tracked by video cameras shaped like owls or robotic insects with surveillance gear.  Most of us simply paid those fun fantasies no mind,...

RoboCup Takes Place in Graz, Austria: Robots Play Soccer and Search for Survivors

Earlier on Singularity Hub, we covered the RoboGames.  That was all well and good, with smashing and melee and some soccer to boot, but the six-year old RoboGames tradition is not the final word...

The Rise of the Modular Robot: A Review in Videos

In the world of robotics, someone is always out to build a better Transformer . There's just something about robots that can change shape that makes every developer get gushy inside. You can imagine...

A Sample of Synthetic Human Skin for Just 34 Euros

Skin replacement might not be a hot new cosmetic procedure yet but, believe it or not, synthesized human skin is already a precious commodity on the market. It is not as sinister as it...

Will Your ID Soon Be a Microchip Under Your Skin?

Yet another sci-fi milestone is upon us: microchips implanted under your skin and used to identify you. The VeriChip is the first radio-frequency identification (RFID) microchip that's been approved by the Food and Drug Administration...

Post Singularity World Envisioned In Upcoming Movie 9

If you haven't heard of the upcoming movie from Tim Burton, called 9, you gotta check it out (see trailers, pics at the end of this post).  I am still trying to fully grok...

A Clock Powered by Flies? Microbial Fuel Cells Turn Poop into Power

Energy is a longstanding problem.  The energy crisis is not just the sinusoidal prices at the pumps and a reluctance to build wind farms in pristine natural environments; it affects every single person on...

World’s Smallest LCD Screen Created: 0.27 Inches in Diameter

Any insecure Hummer owner with a bad track record on the dating scene will tell you “it’s not the size that matters, it’s how you use it” and, for once, that might actually be...

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