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Monthly Archives: October 2009

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Augmented Reality Ghosts Coming to Nintendo DSi (video)

There is a powerful presence that surrounds us but often goes unseen. A realm filled with our loved ones who no longer function in this world. Here the occult and the bizarre are common...

Is Xerox’s Silver Ink Ready to Print Circuits?

What's the most powerful sentence in the English language? "Press ctrl-p to print." Xerox (NYSE: XRX) has announced its development of special silver inks which have a melting point below that of plastic....

Farm Fresh Goods In A Vending Machine

Which came first the chicken or the---WTF! Why is that egg in a vending machine? Some innovative farmers in Germany have decided to merge the convenience of grocery store chains with the wholesomeness of...

Open Hardware for Molecular Biology Experiments

Sure it takes years of training to become a world class biologist, but now you can have fun with their equipment without slaving away in academia. Pearl Biotech is selling an electrophoresis gel box,...

New Hitachi TV Controlled By Gestures (Video)

In some households, fighting over the TV remote is a raging nightly battle. In mine it's more of a cold war detente. Either way, by the end of next year Hitachi (NYSE: HIT) may...

The Vicon Life Recorder – Lifelogging Takes Another Step Forward

Lifelogging - recording every single minute of your life (or as much of it as possible) - continues its unstoppable march towards the mainstream with the announcement that Vicon will soon release a life...

8 Hilarious Robot Videos You Have To Watch

One day robots may possess the intelligence of a human being, but for now they'll just have to settle for our sense of humor. While scouring the internet for the latest in amazing robotic...

Self-Parking Car from Stanford and Volkswagen

Sure you could drive your own car and park it yourself, but why go to all that trouble when computer and robots can do it for you? The Volkswagen Automotive Innovation Laboratory (VAIL) and...
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Electrodes in Brain Give Insight Into How We Use Language

I doubt there's many people who really like having electrodes stuck in their brains, and for those people who do...eww. Of course if someone is going to be placing wires into your neurons, they...

From Petman to Dexter, Bipedal Humanoid Robots Come of Age

Whoa!  I am totally blown away by the just released video of Boston Dynamics' Petman bipedal humanoid robot (check it out later in this post).  Bipedal humanoid robots have been in earnest development for...

Yale Scientists Diagnose Illness Through Genome Sequencing

A doctor has some tried and true methods of helping her diagnose a disease: examining the lymph nodes, taking your temperature, that whole "turn your head and cough" thing. Now, we need to add...

Glasses To Project Images Directly Into Retina Terminator Style

Brother Industries, Ltd. has just announced that next year it plans to produce Retinal Imaging Display (RID) glasses that augment regular vision.  Just as in the popular Terminator movies, these glasses could project supplemental...

Bacteria Harnessed To Power Micro-Motor

Need to power your microscopic electronics? Don't think high-tech, think Medieval. Like a team of miniature horses at a mill, Italian scientists have harnessed the movement of bacteria to turn a rotor just 48...

Hanson Discusses Robots That Show Emotion in TED Video

Are the robots of the future going to be cold-hearted automatons or loving empathetic androids? David Hanson, founder and head of Hanson Robotics, is working to make sure that robots know how humans are...

Titan Robot Wows, Frightens…But Its Fake

During the last 24 hours a robot called Titan has been creating huge waves across the internet as viewers have been wowed by impressive videos of the robot dancing, singing, making jokes, and walking...

New Panasonic Robots To Assist The Elderly (Video)

As populations age in industrialized countries all over the world, the elderly may turn to robots to help them with chores and mobility. Panasonic recently held a press conference in Kadoma, Osaka to demonstrate...

Patient’s Own Stem Cells Used To Grow Facial Bones

A 14 year old boy's missing facial bones have been regrown with the help of his own stem cells.  The procedure, led by Jesse Taylor, MD, a surgeon and researcher at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center,...

The Kaiser Permanente BioBank – 100k Volunteers and Growing

It stands to reason that if you want to perform genetic research, you are going to need some genetic samples. While you could always go out and collect your own, Kaiser Permanente is doing...

Build Your Own Telepresence Robot – Sparky Jr.

In the list of awesome things to do with your free time, "build a robot" has always been right up there with "make everyone love me" and "master time and space". Now thanks...

Skiing Robot Not Very Useful But Totally Fun To Watch

The robot invasion continues: snowy slopes are no longer safe from robots.  Bojan Nemec from the Jozef Stefan Institute in Slovenia recently presented his skiing robot at the IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems...

Broken Bones? Try This Awesome Looking Waterproof Cast

If breaking your arm wasn't bad enough, you have to deal with the smell, irritation, and restriction of a cast for six to twelve weeks. While fiberglass and plaster braces have a long history...

Prosthetic Smart Hand Lets Amputee Feel and Move Objects

When Luke Skywalker has his hand cut off in The Empire Strikes Back, he simply has it replaced with a mechanical one that looks, moves, and feels like a real hand. Now, whether you...

ABB’s Super Fast Industrial Robots Impress [Videos]

Humans may still be king when it comes to creativity or reasoning, but when it comes to raw speed, precision, and repetition, its all about the robots.  To prove this point, and to showcase...

Intel Robot Senses Wall Outlet, Plugs Itself In

The robots are starting to feed themselves. Marvin, the prototype from Intel Labs Seattle, can now plug itself into a wall outlet to recharge its battery. While not the first robot to plug...

UK Scientists Use Laser To Give False Memories to Flies

It's not enough that we swat flies or lure them to get stuck on glued paper, now we are also writing false memories into their brains. A team of neuroscientists at the University of...

OpenWetWare – The Wikipedia of Biology

Depending on who you ask wikis are either the distilled divinity collected from humanity or the online equivalent of mob violence. By definition, wikis are simply a tool by which multiple users can build...
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Cool Videos of Virtual Reality Treadmills

The journey to Virtual Reality has been a slow one. Computer graphics are getting better, but they can't fool anyone yet. Once we do have immersive visual environments, how will we explore them? For...

Gentler Robot Hands Pick Up Objects With Care (Video)

Humans might be more enthusiastic to work with robots if they knew they wouldn't be crushed to death in their cold metallic hands. Well, researchers at Harvard and Yale have developed the SDM robotic...
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DASH Robot Can Fall Off 28m Building, Keep Running (Video)

Have you ever tried to catch a running cockroach? They're fast little suckers, and resilient too, which is why scientists at the University of California Berkeley modeled their latest robot after them. DASH or...
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Transcendent Man Will Be Screened at AFI Fest, Nov 5

AFI Fest hails itself as the definitive survey of the year's most significant films. I'm not sure if that makes AFI a little conceited but it certainly gives an ego boost to those films...

New Robot Has Come To Conquer Human Race…With Snacks!

Watch out Jeeves, robotic butlers could be trying to replace you. Developers at Carnegie Mellon University have created a humanoid robot that rolls around offering people snacks and souvenirs. The aptly named SnackBot is...

Finland Guarantees Right to Broadband Internet Access

Finland continues to demonstrate its position as a technology hub and leader in telecommunications by guaranteeing its citizens the right to broadband internet access. Earlier in the year, legislators had promised 100 Mbps by...

Augmented Reality Could Be Coming to Your Contact Lens

When you drive your car your dashboard instruments display the speed, amount of fuel left, and distance traveled. You can use Google Maps on your smart phone to find restaurants, post offices, or other...

Cook Biodesign Gives The Scoop on Tissue Repair

If you believe in your product you try to sell it to as many people as you can. If you are fanatical about your product you design a website to evangelize others to its...

Q2 Cube – No Dials, Just Internet Radio

As devices become more and more complex, they have the potential to become too difficult for humans to control. Hence we have the new paradigm in technology - simple interfaces for complicated machines. Exhibit...
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Master List of 500+ TED Videos With Summaries

*update: We've learned that Emilymcmc is Emily McManus, editor of TED.com, see comment section Not sure who Emilymcmc is, not sure how she did this, but she has a great list of all the TED...

IBM Hypes DNA Transistor, Genomes for Less than $1000

Sequencing your genome is going to be such big business that everyone wants to get in on it, even if they aren't ready. In a recent press release, IBM announced that it is working...

Stem Cells Used to Create New Jaw Bone

Like Samson, researchers in the field of stem cells have used the jawbone to make a point. Dr. Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic and her team at Columbia University have manipulated adult stem cells to grow one...

Spider Pill Walks Through You, Looking for Cancer

Getting your regular colon exam isn't always popular. Endoscopes don't come in comfortable sizes. In order to get a better (and less intimidating) view of your GI tract, Italian researchers at the CRIM Lab...

3D Fingerprinting – More Accurate, Faster, Touchless

During America's long love affair of watching cop shows (from Hawaii Five-O to CSI) the fingerprint has been a staple. As soon as someone said "book 'em, Danno" out came the ink, the little...

New Cancer Detector Chip Works in About 30 Minutes

So there's this period of time during a visit to the doctor's when you're left alone in the office. You just saw the nurse or PA, and the doctor is playing golf somewhere, so...

MIT’s Retinal Implant is Moving Forward, But Its No Argus II

Way back at the beginning of the year we told you about the Argus II, an artificial retina that was helping some blind people to see. MIT researchers from the Retinal Implant Research Group...

Music Created by Learning Computer Getting Better

Like many composers, Emily Howell has her own unique style that she refines constantly. She'll listen to what critics have to say about her work and then try to write music that is good...
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Singularity University Posts Lectures On YouTube

If there's one thing all the future gurus seem to agree on, it's that the democratization of technology has the ability to improve everyone's quality of life. Access to information is really the first...

Virtual Autopsy Touchscreen Table (videos)

For those of you who miss playing Operation and want to take the game to the next level, may I present the Virtual Autopsy Table. Built more like a steamer trunk, the VAT allows...

Nobel Prize in Medicine Awarded for Work in Aging

Quite coincidentally we've been on a bit of a longevity kick here at the hub. Among the posts discussing the Mprize, genetic changes extending mice life, resveratrol, obituaries for the world's oldest person, and...

16th Robo-One Competition: Cool Pics and Videos

Listen Japan, I keep trying to tell you: if you don't want robots overthrowing your civilization you need to stop breeding them for gladiatorial combat. The 16th Robo-One Championship was held recently in Toyama...

Free Flying Cyborg Beetles

In the future, when a spy worries about a room being bugged, she might have to look for actual bugs. Back in March we told you about Michel Maharbiz attaching electrodes to beetles' brains...

Disabling a Single Gene Extends Mice Life by 20%

We've known for a while that severely limiting your dietary intake, while somehow still managing to get all your necessary nutrients, can extend lifespan dramatically. Caloric Restriction (CR) can increase a mouse's lifespan by...

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