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Robot Hand from Shadow Continues to Impress (Video)

Remote controls for robots can be big and bulky, they can be integrated into your phone, and occasionally they even fit like a glove. The Shadow Dextrous Hand is a robotic arm that allows...
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100th Video of i-SOBOT Antics is Hilarious

With great power comes great responsibility. With great amounts of free time comes great hilarity. YouTube user Paxshikai has filmed 100 videos featuring TOMY's i-SOBOT toy robot. To celebrate, or maybe just to release...

Facial Recognition Door Lock and Time Clock for Less than $500

Ditch the keys and throw away the time cards, now all you need is your face. Wholesale electronics giant Chinavision is offering a facial recognition door lock for around $465. The device uses two...

Muscle Suit – Cool New Exoskeleton, But Still Behind Cyberdyne (Video)

The cool developments out of IREX 2009 keep coming. At the recent conference, Kobayashi Lab at Tokyo University of Science displayed its Muscle Suit, a light weight cybernetic exoskeleton that augments users' strength for...

LG Gearing Up For CES 2010 With World’s Thinnest LCD TV (Pics)

It's hard to get excited about world records when they get broken every few months. The world's thinnest TV last year was around a quarter of an inch thick. According to a recent press...

So You Think Your Robot Can Dance (Videos)

When nerdy robots attend high school dances, do they do "the human" or just the "electric slide"? If you've never heard of the Robo-One Gate Competition, boy are you in for a really weird ride....

World’s Largest Digital Photo is 26 Gigapixels of Dresden Skyline

If you printed it out you would have an image 105 meters long and 35 meters high, almost the size of a football field. It's the world's largest photo ever taken and it displays...

SAMURAI Project – Smart CCTV Security (Video)

The eye-in-the-sky is about to get a brain. Researchers led by Professor Shaogang (Sean) Gong at Queen Mary University of London are developing a system to enhance the capabilities of CCTV. Termed the Samurai...

A Review Of The Best Robots of 2009

2009 has been an amazing year in the world of robots and Singularity Hub is here to tell you all about it!  Thats right, its time to unveil our second annual roundup of the...

One Step Closer to Suspended Animation for Wounded Soldiers in 18 Months?

It's known as the golden hour. After a bullet wound or other massive trauma, soldiers in the field have about one hour to get intense medical attention. After that time, the chances of survival...

Facial Recognition on Facebook (Video)

I met somebody who looks just like you. And someone who looks just like me. And someone who looks just like our friend... As a means of promoting Coke Zero, the Coca Cola company hired...

Broadcast Streaming Video – iPhone Finally Has an App for That

Technology is turning us all into miniature media moguls. For those that want to share moments of their lives as they happen, recording video and uploading it later is simply too slow of a...

New Artificial Larynx Helps People Sound Like Humans, Not Robots

You may have a family member or friend who had throat cancer. Maybe you've seen a TV show where a heavy smoker needs an artificial larynx pressed to their neck to speak. Either way,...

Note Taking 2.0 – Smartpen Records Audio and Writing (Video)

I take a lot of notes. Right now next to me is a thick stack of loose leaf paper full of my thoughts on strange gadgets, nanotechnology, and obscure science fiction references I plan...

Old Trick Enhances Modern 3D Video Teleconferencing

Modern teleconferencing is taking its cues from beyond the grave! Pepper's Ghost is an old stage illusion that was originally developed in the Victorian era to give the illusion of floating spirits visiting a...

Personalized Medicine Conference Comes To Silicon Valley – See Us There!

Personalized Medicine World Conference (PMWC) will be held in Silicon Valley.  The event boasts an impressive lineup of speakers, including Complete Genomics CEO Cliff Reid, Silicon Valley heavyweight Esther Dyson, and Navigenics Chief Medical...

ConceptRobots – Seriously Awesome Images Of Robots

Wow!  I just stumbled upon a blog called Conceptrobots that has a fantastic collection of seriously awesome robot concept images to drool over.  I'm not talking about crappy amateur images that anyone can make....

Eureqa – Software to Replace Scientists

The job of a scientist has its fun parts, and its not-so-fun parts. Making new discoveries, understanding the way things work, and experimenting with the natural world are all pretty cool ways to spend...
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Avatar Movie Thrills In London Premier, Portends Future

The Avatar Movie from renowned director James Cameron is set to open in theaters worldwide this week.  Cameron, creator of movie greats including Terminator, Aliens, and The Abyss, not to mention Titanic, the highest...

GINA Makes Genetic Discrimination Illegal In US

Craig Venter was the first person to ever publish his genome, and while he may have had some worries before exposing his DNA to the world, getting fired was not one of them. Now,...

Custom Fit Bionic Fingers Work Like The Real Thing (Video)

In the world of prosthetics, there's really no such thing as "one size fits all." Back when we discussed the i-Limb from Touch Bionics, we mentioned that the Scottish company's next big development would...

Newly Discovered Sensory System in Skin May Reveal Secrets of Pain

Imagine a life without any physical pain. It exists, and it's not as pleasant as you may think. Those who suffer from such a condition fail to notice broken bones or lacerations. They often...

Hitachi’s Desktop Electron Microscope – Soon Cheap Enough for Home Use?

For those with the time and the money, there is a host of impressive professional-quality gadgets you can enjoy in your home: 3D Printers, telepresence robots, and now...an electron microscope. Priced around $60,000 (USD),...

Martin Ford Asks: Will Automation Lead to Economic Collapse?

Will the future be filled with cool technologies and endless opportunities or will our own creations lead to eventual doom? I tend to think the former. Technology has seemingly endless ability to improve the...

Robotic Arm Opens Doors for Wheelchairs (Video)

If good help is hard to find, consider building it instead. Opening doors isn't any easy task for robots, they have to adjust to each new kind of latch. Yet one researcher from the...

Dragon Dictation, Voice Recognition Comes to the iPhone for Free (Video)

Can't afford a stenographer? Well now iPhone has an App for that. Nuance, the creators of the successful Dragon Naturally Speaking dictation software have expanded into mobile service. Dragon Dictation is now available for...

NIH Guides Nanomedicine Towards Killing Cancer

There have been many proposed means of killing cancer cells: selective pathogens, irradiation, chemical corrosion of membranes...but my favorite has always been "burn the little bastards." Different researchers have developed means by which nano-sized...
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Roach Acts As Brain for Robot (Video)

I'm not a big fan of cockroaches, and that goes double for the giant hissing kind. So I find Garnet Hertz's RoachBot to be both interesting and revolting. Hertz, working at UC Irvine, built...

Light Used to Remotely Control Mouse Cells Like Robots

Plants use light to tell them where to move and how to grow. What if animal cells could be directed in the same way? Now they can. Researchers at the University of California San...

Chinese Woman Surgically Modifies Fingerprints to Illegally Enter Japan

When people really want to enter a country, they'll try anything. Chinese national Lin Rong, 27, reportedly paid surgeons 100,000 Yuan (~15,000 USD) to have the fingerprints from her left index finger and thumb...

Controlling An Artificial Hand With Your Thoughts (Video)

Scientists are becoming increasingly adept at creating machines that can successfully attach to your neurons. In the realm of prosthetics, the ultimate artificial hand is one that can accept commands directly from the user's...

Behold the Ring Wall, World’s Largest Touch Interface (Video)

It took more than a year and a half to build, covers 90 square meters and can handle more than 80 people at once. The Ring Wall, developed by Sensory Minds and installed in...

KAIST Developing Star Wars Walker! (Video)

Cue up The Imperial March, warn the rebels on Hoth, and slice open a Tan tan, Korean researchers have developed a robot that resembles those walking death machines from Star Wars. It's called the...

Artificial Meat Could Be On Your Table in 5 Years

From an economic and environmental perspective, meat has some problems. Animals consume a great deal of resources in their growth and they release a large amount of methane, a greenhouse gas. There's also the...

Google Goggles Lets Your Phone Turn Photos Into Information (Video)

The real and digital world have been intermingling with all the reserve of college students at an open bar and now we're seeing some truly revolutionary offspring from their mix. Google Goggles is a...

World’s Smallest Snowman Just 10 Microns Wide (Video)

Everyone has a different way of enjoying the winter holidays. Some light candles, some sing songs, and others construct microscopic snowmen. David Cox from the National Physical Laboratories in the UK built a...

Super Strength Substance (Myostatin) Closer to Human Trials

Get muscles now, ask me how. As published in the journal Science Translational Medicine, researchers at the National Children's Hospital (NCH) and Ohio State University have proven that blocking myostatin in monkeys will lead...

Plane With Folding Wings Fits In Your Garage (Video)

It's not quite a jetpack, but the Icon A5 sports plane is one step closer to getting everyone into the air. Icon Aircraft, founded by former fighter pilot Kirk Hawkins, aims to capitalize on...

Nothing Can Stop the Blob Bot

Like some sort of pulsating alien soccer ball, iRobot's blob robot expands and contracts to roll around and creep you out. Part of the chemical robots (chembots) $3.3 million project funded by DARPA, the...

Fring Lets You Make Video Calls On Your iPhone and Symbian (videos)

All right tech fans, put on your happy faces and get ready to smile because video calls just arrived on your smartphone...and they're free. Proud owners of iPhone (3GS), iPod touch, and Nokia's Symbian...

Zhu Zhu Pets – Toy Sensation and Signs of Things to Come? (Video)

Maybe you've seen the high speed sugar-rush styled commercial, maybe you had a child ask you for one for Christmas, or maybe you're a toy speculator on eBay. In any case, you've probably heard...

Vuzix Makes Head Mounted Display Easy with iWear CamAR

Augmented Reality may be the artistic medium of the future. We've already seen AR in large corporate displays, video games, smart phone applications, and at tourist sites. Producing a realistic AR simulation requires a...

Cool Robots from iREX 2009 (Pics and Video)

Japan gets all the cool stuff. Last week the International Robot Exhibition (iREX) finished in Tokyo with hundreds of exhibitors and more than 100,000 visitors. iREX 2009 focused on enhancing market awareness for current...

Organovo Has Its First Commercial 3D Bioprinter

Need a new kidney? We'll just take some of your blood and in about six weeks grow you a new one. That's the promise of 3D bioprinting and one of the companies on the...

4 Great Teams From iGEM 2009 (Videos)

iGEM harnesses two of the most potentially powerful resources on our planet: synthetic biology and youth. The International Genetically Engineered Machine competition took place during the Halloween weekend this year, as always hosted by...

Mine-Detecting Bacteria Not Quite Ready for Prime Time (Video)

Synthetic biology and students are mixing with explosive results. Remember the international Genetically Engineered Machine competition we told you was coming? It happened, and while there were many amazing and interesting projects (we'll have...

Cautious Optimism in Response to ‘Cure’ For Multiple Sclerosis

Holy Crap! There could be a cure for Multiple Sclerosis (MS)!  Even more remarkable, this cure could be coming from outside of the established MS research community. There isn't agreement on the exact nature...

Nextage Robot – Kawada’s Humanoid Helper

Sometimes when playing with a pet, I marvel at the power and versatility of my opposable thumbs. That little joint, and some modest brain power, is why a door is just another object to...

fMRI Used as Evidence in Sentencing for Murderer

Magnetic resonance imaging has been hailed as a possible means of creating the ultimate lie detector. Yet the first publicized fMRI evidence admitted into a US court was not used to separate fact from...

PhotoelasticTouch Combines 3D Shapes With Touchscreens

The average touchscreen leaves you petting or clawing at a flat surface, but the new PhotoelasticTouch system gives you something to squeeze. Produced by researchers at the University of Electro-communications and the Japan Science...

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