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Monthly Archives: March 2010

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StatSheet to Create Its Own Artificial Sports Journalists

A company that has already automated much of sports reporting is set to take the final step towards an artificial journalist. Statsheet collects sports statistics and puts them into easily sorted, manipulated, and embedded...

HP’s Newest Flexible Displays Will Be Rolled Out Like Newspaper

At a recent meeting in Barcelona, Hewlett Packard's CTO Phil McKinney demonstrated their latest absurdly thin flexible display. Developed using Self-aligned Imprint Lithography (SAIL) these video screens can be made in large quantities on...

Berkeley Gets Willow Garage Robot to Fold Towels – Simply Stunning Video

Robots just got roped into doing some light housework. Researchers at UC Berkeley used Willow Garage's PR2 robot to fold towels. The UCB programming used some innovative visual scanning allowing the PR2 to pick...

Haptic Vest Lets You Feel Bullets and Knives In Video Games

If enormous flat screen TVs and surround sound aren't enough to satisfy your hunger for immersive gaming then maybe you need to be shot. Virtually, that is. Saurabh Palan from the Haptics Lab at...

Automating Sports Coverage – Computers Control Cameras during Basketball Game

Researchers at the Universite Catholique de Louvain (UCL) in Belgium have successfully developed software that can track basketball players and the ball as they race around the court. The project, Autonomous Production of Images...

Robots Battle With Guns and Skill in Mech Warfare (Video)

Fan boys everywhere dream about riding inside robots to do battle. Now that fiction has inspired some real world robotics with Mech Warfare. 1/24th scale robots do battle in an arena with Airsoft guns...

US Court Strikes Down Patent on Human Genes – Huge News for Genomics

In what is sure to become a landmark case for genomics, a US District Court Judge in New York (Robert Sweet) has ruled that patents on human genes held by Myriad Genetics are invalid....

Ipad Mania: Apple Releases Ten Ipad Guided Tour Videos

With the release of the Apple ipad just days away consumer speculation and interest in the device is rampant.  Demand has been so high that several hundred thousand ipads have already been pre-ordered online...
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Brain Preservation Technology Prize: A Proposal for Immortality?

Of all the paths we may take to longevity and immortality, Ken Hayworth's may strike you as the hardest to accept. This postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University has spent years developing techniques to scan...

Healthcare Bill Requires Restaurants to Display Calories on Menus

The recent US healthcare reform bill has a lot on its plate. Then, again, so do Americans. One of the provisions of the bill will give the FDA one year to develop standards by...

Science Journals Need to Enter 21st Century, Social Networking Not Yet the Answer

The accepted system for exchanging scientific information is publishing in a prestigious scientific journal. That journal system has been around since 1665 - it is slow and rewards work unevenly. It's only survived because...

Phenomenal Touchscreen Wall Demos Gigapixel Photos, Video Games

Students at the University of Tromso in Norway have built an amazing multitouch wall with a mind-blowing 7168x3072 resolution - 22 megapixels! The WallScope has 28 projectors whose graphics are fueled by 31 nodes...

Gesture Technology Circuit Board Fuels Interesting Interactive Cube Concept (Video)

A new circuit board for gesture controls from Germany-based IDENT Technology could help every electronic gizmo in your home respond to the smallest twist of your wrist. The GestIC Evaluation Board (suggested reatil €...

Twitter About To Roll Out Translation Of Tweets To Other Languages?

Twitter appears to be testing out a new feature that will allow you to automatically translate tweets into other languages.  It was only a month ago that Singularity Hub argued that automatic translation of...

Video of Dean Kamen at FIRST Robotics Competition

Dean Kamen's FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) is a vibrant collaboration of high school students, teachers, and sponsors that pits teams against one another in innovative and challenging games. 2010 was the 19th years of...

Cool Video of Aikon II Robot Drawing a Face With a Pen

For several years, Patrick Tresset and Frederic Fol Leymarie of Goldsmiths University have been trying to teach a machine how to draw. The Aikon II project has a camera, some software, and a robotic...

An Insider’s Look At Singularity University

This is a guest post by Shawna Pandya, an alumnus of the inaugural GSP’09 summer session at Singularity University, and a two-time Teaching Fellow within the Medicine/Neuroscience track with SU’s 9-day Executive Program. At...

Nanowire Polymer Film Turns Any Surface into a Multitouch Interface

Portuguese engineers have taken us one step closer to fusing the digital and physical worlds. Displax, a fledgling tech company in Braga, has developed a device that can read the electrical disturbances in a...

Coverage of Caltech’s “Cancer Fighting” Nanoparticles is Over-Hyped and Premature

Maybe you've read about the amazing "cancer-killing nanobots" from Caltech that use RNA as a weapon. They've been making waves in news media all week.  The truth is that many headlines, and stories, are...
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Non Stop Videos of the 17th Robo One Competition

It's a well known fact: robots love to wrestle. I mean, why else would there be so many robot fighting competitions? The 17th Robo-One competition just finished in Kawasaki City, crowning a new champion...

iPhone App From ScanR Puts Scanner and Fax Machine in Your Hands

Smart phones are becoming mobile business centers. Forget about texts, phone calls, emails, and web browsing, phones can now handle the ultimate office technology: the fax machine. Yep, ScanR has developed applications for iPhone,...

Book Flipping Scanner Records 200 Pages in a Minute! (Video)

Printed media may be dying, but that doesn't mean it can't experience a digital afterlife. Book scanning technology is allowing companies like Google to convert vast archives of old text into computer images. Researchers...

Kurzweil Predictions on Wikipedia – The Future Anyone Can Edit

Ray Kurzweil's made a name for himself by forecasting the future. He foresaw the fall of the Soviet Union, the rise of the Internet, and the success of the Human Genome Project. Cautious people...

Child Receives Trachea Organ Transplant Created With Own Stem Cells

Doctors at the Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) along with colleagues at the University College London, the Royal Free Hospital, and Careggi University Hospital in Florence have successfully transplanted a trachea into a 10...

‘Cure’ for Multiple Sclerosis Promising, Trials Coming Soon

A few months ago we mentioned how Paolo Zamboni developed an amazing possible "cure" for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) that's based on a radical new theory of what causes the condition. There has been rampant...

Hilarious Hacked Device Electrocutes You for Thinking (Video)

In further proof that idle engineers are the most evil demographic in the world, I present to you the "Most Painful Toy Hack Ever". Created by Aaron Rasmussen, co-founder of Harcos Laboratories, this hacked...

FDA Approval for Stem Cell Treatment Trials for Lou Gherig’s and Heart Disease

Stem cell treatments continue to gain ground in the United States. Louisiana based TCA Cellular Therapy has 6 FDA clinical trials in progress, the latest of which is the first approved US trial to...

Forget IQ, Collective Intelligence is the New Measure of Smart (video)

Do you know your IQ, that little number that's supposed to measure how smart you are? Forget it. Individual intelligence is old news, collective intelligence (CI) is the future. And it's already here. Google...

Cool Video of Industrial Robot Riding a Rail, Weaving Through Wine Glasses

The modern factory is the natural habitat for the latest generation of industrial robots, and we're seeing some impressive results from that environment's natural artificial selection. One of ABB's latest robots can glide along...

Artificial Retina Restores Basic Vision To The Blind – The Argus III

Restoring vision to the blind is one of the epic promises of technology, sort of like flying cars, ray guns, and a lovable robot side kick. Yet artificial sight isn't a far off dream,...

Teams of Military Robots To Compete in Australia for Money and Contracts (video)

Soldiers have to use teamwork to explore their surroundings and accomplish their mission. Robots, which are becoming increasingly important parts of militaries all over the world, need to have the same skills. That's where...

Robot Journalist Takes Pictures, Asks Questions, Publishes Online

Robots are after my job. Researchers at the Intelligent Systems Informatics Lab (ISI) at Tokyo University have developed a journalist robot that can autonomously explore its environment and report what it finds. The robot...

Robot Gymnast Performs Again! Now With Automatic Hands (video)

Robot enthusiast Hinamitetu (aka Taro Tetubou) is on the road to building the perfect artificial gymnast. It's a long journey. His last creation, the No. 6, was able to do a full release somersault...

Incredible Video of Using Light to Control the Brain of Mice

What do you get when you combine microorganisms and fiber optics? Mind control over mice and rats. Karl Deisseroth and his team at Stanford University have been making serious inroads into discovering how...

Android Touchscreen Module to Invade Home and Office Appliances

The Android platform is reaching beyond mobile phones and is poised to conquer all the electronic machines in your home. San Francisco based Touch Revolution has created a seven inch touchscreen module, the NIM1000,...

Mark Roth Has Key to Suspended Animation, Closer To Immortality

As anyone who reads science fiction will tell you, suspended animation is where your body is put into a state of preservation, not really living, but not dead either. It's like a chemically induced...

fMRI Reads the Images in Your Brain – We Know What You’re Looking At

If you had to nominate one modern technology as a mind reading device, the fMRI looks like a good bet. By measuring blood flow fMRI can track activity in your brain, and this opens...

Clothes With Matrix Codes Put Information Up Front

Matrix codes are like bar codes on steroids. To the naked eye, they look deceptively like a series of dots in a rectangular pattern. They’re being used by Japanese companies to identify buildings, by zany...
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Justin Bieber and the Rising Importance of Accelerating Media

Two years ago almost no one knew who he was, now he's had an ongoing run of Top 40 hits, a platinum album, and a throng of adoring teenage fans. Justin Bieber is the...

Adam The Robot Scientist Makes Its First Discovery

When it comes to being a scientist, Adam is quite the standout. No, he is not a Nobel Prize Laureate or even a prodigy. He’s more like a prototype - the first robot to...

Robot Surgery, Thy Name is DaVinci

Robotic surgery is experiencing explosive growth in America’s operating rooms, and the unquestioned industry leader in this field is the DaVinci robot, made by Intuitive Surgical. How pervasive has this robot become? Put it...

Eye Popping Pics of Cyborg Animals from Photoshop Contest

The Internet loves animals, and it loves photoshop. Worth1000.com decided to harness that double love and start a Photoshop contest to see who could create the coolest robotic animals on the web. Artists took...

Watch This 5 Minute Video Explain Why Stem Cell Research Has to Take so Long.

Hans Keirstead used embryonic stem cells to help paralyzed rats walk again. His research is the basis for the first FDA approved clinical trial for the use of embryonic stem cells (ESC) - currently...

Slick Looking Unlocked GSM Watchphone Available for $199 (video)

I geeked out this past summer when I saw LG's cool watch phone. Sadly, it was only available in the UK. Well someone at Kempler & Strauss must have heard my jealous pleas, because...

Willow Garage Shares Specs for TeleRobot, Takes It To Show and Tell at School

Wouldn't you have loved to be the kid who brought a real life working robot to school for show and tell? Willow Garage delighted students at a Cupertino, California elementary school for their "Discovery...

Samsung To Launch New Robot Vacuum in Europe…but it’s no Neato (video)

Samsung's newest robot vacuum, the Navibot, looks and acts like an improved Roomba. It sports the same round shape but has special whip-like brushes to throw dirt into the path of its vacuum. Navibot's...

New Study Shows Your Ability To Recognize Faces is Genetic

Scientists at the University College of London, Harvard University, and elsewhere have discovered that not only is the part of your brain responsible for recognizing faces different than the part that recognizes words or...

Mitsubishi Smallest Robot Arm Builds Lego Van (video)

Mitsubishi Electric debuted a cool new robot arm at iREX 2009 that can work in small spaces and still get things done. The RV-2SQ is just 140 mm (5.5 inches) in diameter and was...

Four Great Science Fiction Authors Weigh In on the Singularity (video)

Let's face it. Most what we think we know about the Universe may come from science, but most of what we think we know about the future comes from science fiction. So it only...

Google Public Data Explorer Turns Boring Statistics into Amazing Videos of Graphs

Type "unemployment rate California" into Google and you'll notice a little graph pops up in the search results. That graph is part of a Google Tool called Public Data which was introduced last year...

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