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New Documentary on the End to Aging Premiers Feb 11th (Video)

I learned most of my philosophy from 70s rock ballads, so I know that all we are is dust in the wind. Still, film director Robert Kane Pappas dares to ask who wants to...

Cool Omnitread Snake Robot Still Slithering (Video)

Want to have your robot video get widespread internet coverage? Just wait five years. The Omnitread snake-like robot from the University of Michigan's Mobile Robotics Lab debuted back in 2005, but it's still getting...

New Hearing Aid Uses Your Tooth To Transmit Sound

Single sided deafness affects around 200 out of every million people the world over. The loss of stereo hearing can prove dangerous when crossing the street, or other mobile environments. Sonitus Medical has developed...

Steve Jobs’ iPad Keynote Speech (Video)

Most of us probably weren't able to make it to the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco yesterday. Even if you were there, you probably didn't get to go inside the...

Innovision’s Plug and Play ‘Holographic’ Projector (video)

UPDATE: Innovision's technology is very similar to, or even copies, the technology from Real Fiction. We may not have true holographic displays for several years yet, but in the meantime, there are plenty of people...

Vu Tries to Undercut Cisco with Cheaper Telepresence

A couple of months ago we discussed the decline of business travel and the rise of high quality video conferencing from companies like Cisco, HP, and Polycom. The trend of telepresence is on the...

Lockheed Martin’s Army Exoskeleton to Get More Power (Video)

The future of the military may be robots, or it may be soldiers dressed up as robots. Global arms manufacturing Lockheed Martin negotiated a deal with Berkeley Bionics and is now actively developing their...

Apple iPad Website is Live

The Apple Tablet, aka the iPad, was just debuted a few moments ago, but its associated website is already up and running. Now you don't have to watch second hand videos on cable news,...

Apple Announces Tablet To Be Called ipad – Looks Beautiful, Pricing Starts $499

Well, the Applet tablet is finally official, and it even has name...ipad!  Steve Jobs is on stage at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco, CA presenting the device even as I write: Breaking: Price...

The WIN Human Recorder – A Patch To Monitor Your Health

If capturing every moment of your life on camera isn't enough to satisfy your recording needs then you should take a long deep look inside yourself. And then record that. According to Nikkei, Japanese...

Stratasys and HP Will Bring 3D Printers to the Mainstream

Among the many promises of Star Trek is the ultimate manufacturing device: the replicator. Just ask for an object, and the device produces it for you out of thin air. The first baby-step towards...

Sorry China, No More ‘Sexting’

Censorship in China just got a little kinky. Chinese mobile phone users wanting to send that special someone a scandalous text message should think twice. According to the Telegraph, China's two largest mobile phone...

Exclusive: Complete Genomics To Sequence A Million Genomes – CEO

"We Are A Data Company" Cliff Reid, CEO Complete Genomics Without a doubt the hottest company in the genomics sector right now is gene sequencing powerhouse Complete Genomics. In just the last four years...

iPhone Helps Man Survive Haiti Earthquake

I've had many friends say that smart phones have changed their lives, but until recently I had never hear of anyone whose phone had actually saved their life. Enter Dan Woolley, an American making...
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TEDMED 2009 David Blaine Holds His Breath for 17 minutes (Video)

I'm a big TEDMED fan, so it seems like magic that the videos of the latest conference are starting to go live on their website for free. The first video available was also a...

Genetically Modified Rice and Corn To Grow in China, then the World

China grows a lot of rice - about 60 million tonnes a year. It also consumes most of that, only exporting around 1% of its crop. So, high demand for production with little fear...

Anybots Telepresence Robots Go into Mass Production

Can't make that business meeting in another city? Send your robot instead. We've been keeping track of Anybots telepresence robots since they sent one of their QA bots to visit a Singularity University planning...

Kurzweil Discusses the Future of Brain Computer Interfaces (Video)

Offering money as a prize for scientific endeavors has a long history of success. That's how we got a clock accurate enough to calculate longitude, and an aviator brave enough to cross the Atlantic....

Robotic Knee Exoskeleton – Efficient But Who Wants It?

The steps towards really cool technology are often less than amazing. Exoskeletons, mechanical devices you wear to enhance the body's strength are some of the most sought-after and eagerly awaited gadgets you can name....

Extraordinary TEDMED Video About Growing New Organs

"Every thirty seconds a patient dies from diseases that could be treated with tissue replacement." That was one of the first things that Anthony Atala told his TEDMED audience in October 2009. It's an...

3 Millimeter Camera Goes Inside Your Body

Typically when I talk about tiny cameras, it's in regards to surveillance. This little spy is even more invasive, however. The newest camera from BC Tech is only 3 mm in diameter, and thank...

US Military Drowning in Drone Data

In the future the face of the military may be a robotic one. For now, it's all up to human eyes and brains to analyze the mountains of data that the US armed forces...

Apple Announces Tablet To Be Called ipad – Looks Beautiful, Pricing Starts $499

Well, the Applet tablet is finally official, and it even has name...ipad! Steve Jobs is on stage at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco, CA presenting the device even as I write: Breaking:...

A Tale of Two Windpipes – Determining the Future of Organ Transplants

Two very different organ transplant stories highlight the amazing skills of surgeons, and the importance of stem cells for the future of surgery. Both transplants involved the trachea, women, and operations in Europe. In...

Vitamin D Deficiency Affects Billion Plus – Are You One Of Them?

Unless you've been living under a rock during the last few years you know that vitamin D is a vital component of human health.  Vitamin D is crucial for proper bone growth and maintenance,...

LG’s New Flexible Electronic Newspaper Looks Great – But Do We Need It?

I have mixed feelings about LG Display's new prototype e-paper. The Korean company recently unveiled a 19-inch flexible screen that is only 0.3mm thick - close enough to standard newspaper. According to the press...

Igniting a Brain-Computer Interface Revolution – BCI X PRIZE

This is a guest post written by entrepreneur, Singularity University alumnus and teaching fellow Rod Furlan. He is an independent researcher in the fields of artificial intelligence, quantitative finance and high-performance computing. Passionate about...

Amateur Robot Gymnast Performs Amazing Somersault (Video)

If there's one thing Kerri Strug taught us, you have to stick the landing. Well, robots still have a ways to go before they conquer the Olympics, but an amateur video of a robotic...

Augmented Reality Makes Walls Transparent (Video)

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are going to bring you Superman's X-ray vision. Using multiple cameras and new video transformation software, the CMU team can let you see through a wall in a specialized...

iWalk Presents World’s First Actively Powered Foot and Ankle

Someday soon, amputees will have more powerful limbs than those with their natural bodies. iWalk, a prosthetics company formed in 2006, is gearing up to provide the world's first actively powered foot and ankle...

Stanford’s Robot Car Tries for Peak Performance

Sometime this year, Stanford plans on taking their driverless Audi TTS and using it to climb the 12.4 miles up Pike’s Peak. Now, if you’ve been following recent advances in robot driving you...

Vanderbilt Launches DNA Biobank with 75,000+ Samples

Bioinformatics is big business. Leveraging computer science and information technology to find important trends in biological data is the best way to take advantage of advancements in genetic sequencing. But if you want to...

Two New Studies Cast Doubt on Resveratrol

New work produced by Pfizer and Amgen cast doubt on the manner in which health supplement resveratrol is said to work. Resveratrol is a substance found in moderate quantities in red wine, and is...

Samsung’s Laptop with an Amazing Transparent OLED Screen (video)

Samsung fulfilled its promises to reveal more of its transparent OLED screens during CES this year. Not only did they debut the Ice Touch, a PMP with a small transparent screen, they demonstrated a...

Kurzweil Defends Predictions for 2009, Says He is 102 for 108.

How accurately must you predict the future before you can call yourself a futurist? That's the central question in a bit of online controversy regarding Ray Kurzweil. The well known inventor and author has...

Apple Confirms Mystery Device – Sends Out Invitations

Apple sent out invitations today to select media outlets, inviting them to "come and see our latest creation".  The event will take place at 10am Pacific Time on Wednesday, January 27 at the Yerba...

Willow Garage Gives Away 10 Open Source Robots

Open source robotics received a huge boost in momentum last Friday. Willow Garage, one of the driving forces behind the Robot Operating System, announced that it would be giving away ten of its new...

Iphone App Lets You See What People Are Tweeting Inside Building

If you're not satisfied with projecting videos onto a building, or turning it into a giant pinball machine, maybe you'd like to be able to read its mind. Japanese company Qosmo, along with Terada...

Nanotech Contact Lens Monitors Diabetes by Changing Color

The body can be a confusing place, and when you're ill sometimes you just wish you could see what the problem is. For diabetics, that wish may be coming true. Professor Jin Zhang at...

Intel’s Infoscape Demos New Chip’s Major Graphics Mojo (Video)

We live in the information age, and it takes a constant stream of facebook status updates, news feeds, and tweets to keep our appetites for trivia sated. Intel knows this, that's why their CES...

Did Apple Lawyers Confirm New Tablet Computer?

Apple needs to learn some reverse psychology. If you don't want people to talk about something, you shouldn't go around telling them to stop talking about it. Recently, Gawker/Valleywag offered a bounty on substantiated...

Wireless Charging Mats Set Stage for Wireless Electricity Revolution

If you want a real-life example of a mad scientist, you could do a lot worse than Nicola Tesla. His incredible genius was so far ahead of his time, and often so poorly expressed,...

Illumina and Complete Genomics Competing for Sequencing Dominance

The ongoing race to become the household name for whole genome sequencing is speeding up. Industry giants Illumina (ILMN) and Complete Genomics have both made recent announcements which demonstrate how serious this competition really...

3D TV? Too Soon Now, but One Day You Will Want It

Here's an offer for you: I'll give you some of the most amazing entertainment you've ever seen, and I'll even put it in your own home. What's the catch? High prices, limited content, and...

Invisible Bracelet Shares Emergency Medical Information and Contacts Loved Ones

Talking while you're having a heart attack or stroke isn't easy. Yet there's important information (allergies, health conditions, current medications) that emergency medical personnel need when providing on the spot care or transporting you...

Cleverbot Chat Engine Is Learning From The Internet To Talk Like A Human

Judging by the comments section of this blog, some of you readers are actually robots. Well, today's your day because we're going to be talking all about you. Chatterbots are computer programs designed to...

Light Blue Optics’ Projector Turns Any Table into a Touchscreen (Video)

How many hours a day do you spend staring at a flat surface? You probably don't think of it that way, but TVs, computer screens, mobile phone displays - these are just boring flat...

Check Your Date Before You Mate – iPhone Has an App for That

Maybe you've dated someone you shouldn't have. Sometimes that means getting bored or a little inconvenienced. For a friend of mine that meant being lied to by a con-artist for months in his elaborate...

Cows Pave the Way for Profits (Dangers?) from Genetic Testing

While it may take years before widespread genetic testing changes humanity, animals are experiencing a difference today. According to Forbes, a single genetic test for breeding dairy cattle has almost completely replaced older pedigree...

Vuzix Displays Stereo Augmented Reality Glasses at CES 2010

One of the really great parts of attending CES was getting to actually try out some of the cool new gadgets that are set to hit the market this year. Vuzix is offering the...

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