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Eric Giler Pimps Wireless Electricity at TED 2009

Eric Giler wants to cut the cords out of your life. He's the CEO of WiTricity, a company looking to provide the means to wirelessly connect all of your electronics to the current running...

China: “We Don’t Use Executed Prisoners for Organs…Not Anymore”

The Chinese government has many strengths, but I don't think that international PR is one of them. In a report released from the Chinese Health Ministry, and reported in their nationalized press last week,...

Monkey DNA Swap Paves Way to Engineered Babies

Great joke I just heard: How many monkeys does it take to make a baby? Answer: Three. Two for chromosomal DNA, and one for mitochondrial DNA. Ha ha ha... Yeah...maybe it's only funny to...

Get Your Entire Genome From Complete Genomics For $5000

It's getting progressively cheaper to sequence your entire genome. Earlier in June, Illumina announced it would provide sequencing for close to $50k, half of their original price. Not to be outdone, Complete...

Helping 1 Billion People in Under Ten Years – Singularity U Completes Inaugural Year

Today marks the final day of the inaugural 9 week summer session of Singularity University, and what a finish it will be.  40 talented students with impressive academic and entrepreneurial backgrounds have spent the last nine...

Motoman Robot Does It All in Videos

Teach a robot to fish and it will fish forever. Give a robot humanoid arms and it will build the fishing pole, catch the fish, gut it, pack it in ice, cook it, and...

Augmented Reality Is All Around You – Cool New Pics and Vids

Like mushrooms after a rainy day, Augmented Reality (AR) is appearing everywhere. AR technology, which allows recorded and synthetic images to be blended and viewed in real time, is established in smart phones, marketing...

Bionic Limbs With Artificial Intelligence

They won't give you superhuman strength, and they definitely don't cost six million dollars, but the artificial limbs from Ossur can think to help you walk better. The Rheo Knee, Power Knee, and Proprio...

Robots to Get Open Source Operating System

E Pluribus Unum...robot? The International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence (IJCAI) saw a lot of amazing robots and computer programs. It also saw another round of discussions about the developing robotics operating system (ROS)....

Virtual Reality at SIGGRAPH

With the amazing video recording and production systems commercially available, how hard can it be to create a realistic virtual reality environment? I mean, all we really need are some cameras, some computers, and...

CDC Report: Americans Living Longer, But Not As Long as Everyone Else

With the ongoing health care debate raging across the US, it's good to know that we lived slightly longer in 2007 than in 2006. According to a report released on August 19th by the...

Military Robot with Point and Go Commands

How do you say 'Geronimo!' in binary? Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to a fantastic new sport: robot tossing. Like any good pastime, 'bot tossin' has applications in the real world....

Assemble Your Own Gadgets at Bug Labs

If you ever tried to make a camera phone by taping a camera to a phone then I've found your soulmate. Bug Labs is an innovative New York based company that sells modular hardware....

Wireless Health Monitoring System for under $200

If you want to live forever you better start figuring out how your body is doing today. A&D Medical, a San Jose based company, and their Life Source products should allow anyone with a...

Acoustic Monitor Turns Any Surface into An Input Device

Why spend hundreds of dollars on high tech input devices when you might be able to get the same actions out of scratching your fingernail against a wall? Chris Harrison from Carnegie Mellon University...

Vending Machines Take Finger Scans Instead of Cash

The day has arrived where all the money in the world is at your finger tips. Or rather, all the money in your credit card is in your finger veins. Biometric scanners are popping...
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3D Hologram: Best Video Conference Ever

Nothing inspires fear and obedience in your minions like appearing before them as a giant floating head. Just ask the Wizard of Oz. Now the middle managers of the world can pretend they are...

UK Gets Awesome LG Watch Phone

One of the coolest gadgets at CES 2009 is coming to London next week. LG's watch phone looks like something straight out of James Bond or Dick Tracey. With a touch screen and video...

MIT and Harvard Monitoring Cancer Tumors With an Implant

Worried about the government spying on you through implants? Well, I don't know if your dental fillings are secret radios, but MIT and Harvard are definitely trying to keep tabs on your cancer. Their...

Entertainment Weekly Paper Magazine to Have Video Ad Insert

Flying cars, self-cleaning houses, moon bases, and video magazines. Popular science promised these things for 50 years, and finally one has arrived. In the September 18th issue of Entertainment Weekly and in the New...
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AVATAR Official Movie Trailer Released

James Cameron's long awaited project, Avatar, has finally released its trailer. While the movie may have taken more than 14 years from conception to finish, the trailer seemed almost as anticipated. We've been waiting...

Artificial Organelle Unlocking Secrets of the Golgi Apparatus

Don't know how something works? Why not try to build a copy anyway? That's the sort of crazy and amazing thinking that allowed Dr. Richard Linhardt and other researchers at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute...

A Flexible Touch Screen Changes Surface To Match Display

Do your fingers find it hard to type on an iPhone? Do you tend to run into things when entering data in your car's GPS? Are modern kiosks your kryptonite? Well, that's weird. But...

New York Times Has Sweet Modular Robot Media

Modular robotics have taken over the New York Times. All the news fit to print now includes a wonderfully conceived series of animated graphics describing the CK bot from the University of Pennsylvania. Hey,...

Hand Held Projectors: Is Texas Instruments Too Widespread to Defeat?

When it comes to selling cool gadgets, the best technology doesn't always win. Sometimes being popular is more important than having the best specifications. That may be true for the upcoming competition in handheld...

AcceleGlove Remotely Controls Objects With Hand Gestures

Anthrotronix is letting your hands do the talking. Their new acceleglove is an input device that reads the smallest movements of the fingers to control robots, communicate in American Sign Language, or let soldiers...

Microsoft’s Cool New Pressure Sensitive Keyboard

Some people approach a keyboard like a Ming vase and some approach it like a punching bag. Now, Microsoft is going to be able to tell the difference. A new prototype from...

Man Born With Heart Outside Chest Celebrates 34th Birthday

How long could you live with your heart outside your chest? For Christopher Wall it's 34 years and counting. Having just celebrated his birthday on Monday, August 10th, Chris was recently featured on ABC...

Commanding Military Drones – Now iPhone Has an App for That

If you've got drones in different area codes, iPhone has an app for that. MIT's Human and Automation Lab (HAL) has been able to control an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) using everyone's favorite smart...

23andMe Leading Way to Democratized Disease Research

Here's a riddle: What do you get when you mix American Idol with genetic testing for disease? The 23andMe research revolution. The same company that brought you affordable testing for common genetic markers...

Makerbot is Asking You to Help Make More Makerbots

So here's a situation we've all been in. You just started a new company that builds and sells table top 3D printers. To save money, and be a badass, you use your 3D printers...

Phones with Projectors: the Competition Begins

They may not have THX sound, but cell phones are bringing you closer to the movies by including miniature DLP projectors. Three different companies: Texas Instruments (allied with Samsung), Microvision, and 3M have all...

The Hub Gets A Redesign

Today Singularity Hub is excited to roll out our newly designed website.  We hope you like it, because we can't go back!  The new website continues our previous tradition of clean and simple design,...

Holograms You Can Feel

Ladies and gentlemen, we are one step closer to having a fully functional holodeck. Thanks to the Shinoda Lab at theUniversity of Tokyo, you can now touch holograms. Concentrated blasts of ultrasound are used...

Four Singularity Movies – The World Wants the Future

"Will we survive our technology?" - The Singularity Film, 2009 With four films coming out less than a year apart, it's...

Genetic Testing of Chinese Children: Fraud and Future

Depending on who you ask the genetic testing of children is a nightmare, a science fiction ploy, or a day camp in China. At the Chongqing Children's Palace, more than thirty children aged three...

You Don’t Want To Miss These Amazing Robot Pictures

Remember a few months back when Boston.com's The Big Picture released an absolutely beautiful set of robot pictures from across the globe?  Well, now they have done it again with an equally impressive photo...

Need to Make a Deposit? iPhone has an App for That

We're rapidly approaching a time when every conceivable human action will have an associated iPhone application. While still in the early stage of exploring the App-space, I'm impressed by the amount of financial transactions...

New ATMs: Smarter, More Versatile

Have you gone to an ATM recently? These everyday machines are starting to get more complex and interactive. Depending on where you are in the U.S. you may be noticing that many ATMs are...

Cyberdyne Lets Hal Cyborgs Take a Stroll Through Tokyo

The Cyborg revolution marches inexhaustibly forward. Last Monday, the Cyberdyne company had three of its employees strut the streets of Tokyo in their cybernetically enhanced legs. The legs were part of HAL, or hybrid...

ASIMO robot impresses by navigating changing terrain

Scientists are helping robots think before they step. Honda's versatile ASIMO robot was able to find its way through moving obstacles and simulated terrain at Carnegie Mellon University. It makes you wonder if the...

Forget Paint, Turn The Side of Your Building into a Video Screen

Bored by your office's cold clammy exterior? Then you need to get a hold of the guys at Urbanscreen. This German company uses enormous projectors and a lot of design skill to transform cityscapes...

Britain vs. The Organ Black Market

Nations tend to fight over land, minerals, ideologies...and now organs. Public outrage spread through the UK earlier this year when it was discovered that foreign citizens were receiving the organs of dead Britons through...

Is Surrogates Movie Getting Closer to Reality?

You know you live in a crazy age when blockbuster movies look like they might come true. Next month marks the debut of the scifi film Surrogates, starring Bruce Willis and adapted from Robert...
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Gape in Awe at these Super Fast Robot Hands

This robot has skills! Speed is the key to the sweet robotic hand from Ishikawa Komuro Labs at Tokyo University. We are talking fast. In the video you'll see after the break, this robotic...

Stainless Steel Printing from Shapeways

As if 3D printing wasn't cool enough, you can now "print" objects in stainless steel. That's right, dust off your old Transformers designs, make room in the Monopoly box for a new piece, and...

Hungary Raids Illegal Stem Cell Treatment Center – Arrests Four

Cue up the theme to COPS, put on your muumuu, and get ready for another round of science behind bars. Four people were arrested in Hungary late last month on charges of "suspicion on...

Nikon Unveils Camera With Built In Projector

Nikon has today announced what appears to be the world's first compact camera equipped with a built-in projector.  You can project photos from the camera on any flat surface up to two meters away. ...

The Robots Are The Chefs In This Japanese Restaurant

A restaurant has just opened in Nagoya, Japan that uses robots instead of humans as its chefs.  It may not seem that amazing at first, but once you see the video later in this...

Avatar Movie Obsessed With Making Unreal Real

Once you've directed the highest grossing movie ever you can afford taking your time with future projects. James Cameron has waited more than 14 years to get his latest creation, AVATAR, into theaters. The...

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