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The Present and Future of Military – Talon Robot (Video)

Expendable. It's a word that is rapidly disappearing from use when describing soldiers in the field. Instead, that label has fallen on the shoulders of the newest unit in armed forces: the robot. Drones,...

The Next Generation of 3D Printer: RepRapII (Video)

Innovators are rarely satisfied with the first draft, even when that draft is revolutionary. RepRap, the open source 3D printer team that hopes to one day develop fully self replicating machines, has released its...

Manipulating Just One Gene Makes a Smarter Rat

According to recently published results in PLoS One, researchers at the Medical College of Georgia (MCG) and East China Normal University have genetically engineered a rat to be significantly smarter than its peers. The...

Brain Controlled Robot Follows Mental Commands (Video)

Ask any super villain and he'll tell you - good robotic henchmen are hard to find. That's why I love the robot from Rajesh Rao's lab at the University of Washington. The little humanoid...

Brainport Lets The Blind See With the Tongue (Video)

Part of the reason I love my job is that I get to see things that I would never have dreamed of or even believed. Case in point: using your tongue to see instead...

Genome Study Reveals New Links to Parkinson’s

Affordable genetic testing continues to enable scientists to find exciting new discoveries that may help doctors predict, prevent, and treat disease. Two teams of researchers recently published in Nature Genetics (a Japanese team from...

Universal Translators Are All Around Us (Video)

When watching Star Trek, I was always amazed that the aliens all spoke English. Writers explained this happy coincidence by the presence of a universal translator (UT), a portable device which could take any...

Swarm Bots Evolve Communications Skills and Deceit (Video)

Oh what a tangled web a robot weaves when it first practices to deceive. S-bots, the swarm bots developed in Lausanne, Switzerland at EPFL were shown to evolve communication skills over time. The S-bots...

Larry Smarr Video From Singularity University Available Online

Didn't get enough of the Singularity University's summer session videos? Another Singularity University presentation is now available for you to watch online! As far as our brains are concerned, our world is mostly visual. In...

Augmented Reality Does Time Travel Tourism

Great scott! Augmented reality is taking tourists and thrusting them back in time to experience the sights (and sometimes sounds) of the ancient world. Using a camera and video screen, AR blends live and...

HUBO-2 Robot Shows Off (Video)

The Beatles and The Monkees. Scooby-Doo and Josie and The Pussycats. Transformers and Gobots. It seems like whenever someone creates something amazing, someone else has to copy it. But what happens when the copy...

Daniel Kraft – The Future of Medicine

There's some amazing things coming down the healthcare pipeline and Daniel Kraft knows a little about all of them. Kraft teaches at Stanford University, is an expert on regenerative medicine, and a member of...

New Software To Assist Doctors in Making Decisions

In the traditional world of medical research, it takes many years for techniques and discoveries to transition from the lab to the hospital. With GE's help, that process could happen in the blink of...

Dan Barry – The Future of Robotics (Singularity University Video)

There are people out there who's list of accomplishments simply seem unbelievable. Dan Barry has a MD PhD and a doctorate in electrical engineering and computer science. He's a robotics expert, and a former...

Honda’s ASIMO Turns 9, Celebrates With Cardboard Cake

Oh, robots, they grow up so fast, don't they? No wait a minute...they don't. Well, anyway, Honda celebrated the ninth birthday of their famous ASIMO robot at the beginning of the month. With over...

NASA Develops Tricorder: Adapts iPhone to Detect Chemicals

"Mmmm...what's that smell...cookies? Campfire? Nerve gas? I know, I'll just ask my phone." A researcher at the NASA Ames Center has developed a proof of concept device which can convert an iPhone into a chemical...

Andrew Hessel’s Singularity University Talk on Synthetic Biology (Video)

Have you ever wished life was more like a video game? Well, Andrew Hessel is here to tell you that your biology is already more like a computer than you know. At his recent...

Kurzweil Keynote at Singularity University Exec Program (Video)

Why in the world would anyone believe in all this Singularity nonsense? If you have your doubts about the exponential growth of technology continuing indefinitely, there's a guy you should talk to: Ray Kurzweil. The...

Audeo Lets You Talk or Control Wheelchair With Thoughts (Video)

There's something eerie and amazing about the way that Tom Coleman travels in his wheelchair. You see, Tom isn't paralyzed and yet he's not using his body to control his movement. He thinks about...

Swarm of Underwater Drones To Help Explore Ocean

Release the drones! Jules Jaffe from UC San Diego's Scripps Institute just received $1 million in funding from the National Science Foundation to build a fleet of drones to explore the ocean. The Autonomous...

Virtual News Cast – Are Any Journalists Safe From Automation? (videos)

If you're majoring in journalism, you may want to switch to computer science. Virtual newscasts, though primitive, are making major inroads into the field. Northwestern University has a virtual video news program called News...

Haptic Ring Lets You Feel Objects in Augmented Reality (Video)

The first thing that we often give children to hold is a stuffed animal so it makes sense that the first virtual object that you touch will be a teddy bear. At the Digital...

The Brain According to Henry Markram (Video)

Once you start building a brain in a box you get two things: admission into the Mad Scientists' Club, and a chance to speak at TED. Henry Markram is the director of the Blue...
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SixthSense Augmented Reality Device Goes Open Source

Have you ever looked at an object in a display window and wondered how much it cost? Or have you seen someone you've met before but can't remember their name? It's time you got...

Wolfram Alpha, iPhone has an App for That

You know, if computers ever take over the world, it's not going to be through a super smart spaceship like HAL, or a global network like SkyNet, or even Asimov-defying robots. No, it will...

Biodegradable Silicon-Silk Circuits Implanted in Mouse

Have you ever dreamed of being a cyborg? Sure, it's a natural part of going through puberty, but it's only ever going to be a dream unless scientists can perfect a flexible and reliable...

UCLA Team Creates New Kind of Mobile Phone Microscope

In the field of global medicine, laboratories are a precious commodity. Yet even if a remote village doesn't have access to a local lab or even a doctor, they may be able to get...

Artificial General Intelligence 2009 Conference Videos Up on Vimeo

Sure, there are narrow AI programs that can detect credit card fraud, or help a plane land safely, or even translate languages. But where's the computer that thinks it's a person? Where's the human-like...

iRobot Announces Healthcare Bot

TEDMED 2009 just passed and with it came some news about the future of robotics and healthcare. iRobot (Nasdaq: IRBT), the company that brought you the Roomba, is set to enter the healthcare business....

Guest Post: Top 10 Innovations at TEDMED

I spent last week in San Diego for TEDMED, the medical version of the TED conference. It was an incredible experience for me, almost overwhelming at times with the quality and number of amazing...

Singularity University’s Executive Program In Full Swing

Where have all the forward thinking business executives gone? They're in school. We warned you it was coming, and now it's here: Singularity University's inaugural executive program began last week at the NASA Ames...

Review of Vitamin D Video Beta Launch – It’s Pretty Awesome

A few weeks ago I discussed Vitamin D Video, the software system which acts like the human brain to find people and objects of interest in a recording. Vitamin D takes hours of tedious...

Toumaz Digital Plaster to Wirelessly Monitor Patient Vital Signs Hits Trials

Patients at a hospital seem to be caught in a web of wires, sticky pads, and monitors, but that may all change very soon. According to the recent press release,  Toumaz Technology, makers of...

Is Software Set to Replace Sports Journalists?

Sports writers are sharpening their pencils and maliciously eying their laptops as researchers in the Intelligent Informations Lab at Northwestern University announce that they've created a program that can write a convincing baseball news...

Turn The Side of a Building Into an Arcade with Pinwall (Video)

What do you get when you combine massive video projectors and lots of time? A pinball machine you can play on the side of a building. Urban Screen, the German company that brought the...

Femisapien – Wowwee’s Female Toy Robot (Videos)

Wow. Just wow. I'm not sure what it says about robotics, toys, or gender studies, but the new Femisapien from Wowwee is ready to blow your mind with its mechanical wiles. Building on the...

Take a Virtual Trip Through The Brain of a Mouse

It may sound like the premise for the next roller coaster ride at Disney Land, but UC San Diego is serious about letting you take a virtual voyage through the brain of a mouse....

Complete Genomics and ISB Team Up for Huge Whole Genome Study

The era of genetic studies based on whole genome sequencing is definitely upon us. According to a recent press release, Complete Genomics will provide the Institute for Systems Biology with 100 (nearly) whole genome...

Adept Quattro Becomes World’s Fastest Robot (Video)

Watch out Flexpicker, there's a new quick draw robot in town. According to the latest press release from Adept Technology(NASDAQ: ADEP) their new Quattro s650 is the fastest packing robot ever built. Working at...

ROPID Robot Runs, Skips, and Jumps to Your Voice Commands

Some robots get all the girls. Not only is ROPID one of the only toy-sized robots that can run and jump, it likes to walk around with a healthy dose of swagger. The latest...

GE Reveals Phone-Sized Ultrasound Device

The first time I saw this thing I thought, "Holy crap! An iPod mated with an X-ray machine." General Electric (NYSE: GE) CEO and Chairman Jeff Immett debuted a pocket sized ultrasound scanner a...

Singularity Summit 2009 Videos Available Online

Tired of just hearing about exciting conferences about the future? Do you want to know what it's like to see some of the smartest people on the planet talk about the Singularity? Well, now...

Enter The Yottabyte – One Billion Petabytes!

I just saw a story about the NSA gearing up a datacenter to potentially hold a yottabyte of surveillance data. The whole surveillance angle itself is pretty interesting, but what caught my attention...

Print on Your Wall With The Muralizer

Despite Singularity Hub's blogginess (yes it's a word) most of my posts aren't inspired by personal  real life events. Well today is different. After being chased by hundreds of costumed competitors through the streets...

Harvard Grows Heart Tissue, Watches it Beat

It's Alive! Researchers at Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital have succeeded in taking embryonic stem cells from mice and growing cardiovascular tissue. The research team, led by Dr. Kenneth Chien, believes that...

Remote Controlled Robot Pet Sitter

Okay, I rarely spend time looking at "concept machines" but this one just made me chuckle enough that I had to share it. In our hectic lives there is one group that constantly suffers...

Muscle Sensing Enhances Microsoft Surface (Video)

How Love is Like A Computer #234: Reading someone's mind often means paying closer attention to their body. Researchers at the University of Washington, University of Toronto, and Microsoft Research have developed a system to...

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