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Monthly Archives: April 2010

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Highlights From Robogames 2010

This past weekend the Hub had a blast attending the Robogames 2010 robot competition as teams from all over the world came to strut their robot prowess.  The main event at robogames takes place...

Hospital Orders 100 iPads – Is it the Doctor’s Pad of the Future? (video)

What do you get for a doctor that wants to help their patients and look trendy while doing it? How about an iPad. Administrators at the Kaweah Delta Medical Center in Visalia, California have...

Dendreon Gets FDA Approval for Prostate Cancer Fighting Provenge, Stock Leaps

Huge news for Seattle based Dendreon (NASDAQ: DNDN) - the US Food and Drug Administration has finally approved Provenge (Sipuleucel-T) for use in treating metastisized prostate cancer as of April 29th. Provenge, which uses...

Donate Stem Cells, Save Someone’s Life (Video)

Your stem cells could save the life of a stranger. While being an organ and tissue donor has long held the promise of helping others, a (relatively) new kind of donation could let you...

Robots Are Going To Get You Drunk (Video)

What's the latest strategy the machines are implementing in their quest to take over the world? Plying the humans with drink. As part of the lead into the RoboGames each year, meatbags and metal...

Whole Genome Sequencing to Unravel Genetic Basis of Pediatric Cancer

Widely considered to be the world’s leading institution for the study of childhood cancers, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital recently announced a large-scale genomic study to understand the origins of pediatric cancers. Teaming up...

Deliver Babies, Treat Heart Attacks, Scan Brains From Your Phone

AirStrip Technologies is setting your doctor free. The Texas based company is developing a suite of hardware/software solutions that allow physicians and nurses to monitor important vital signs from their smart phone. Now, your...

IBM Creates Nano-sized 3D Map of Earth in Less Than 3 Minutes! (Video)

What do you do after 20 years of leading the world in microscopy? Apparently you show off a little. IBM recently unveiled the latest in its micro-scale techniques - a nanoscale system capable of...

Lego Robot Solves Bigger and Harder Rubik’s Cubes (video)

Alright robots, I've had enough. You weren't satisfied with defeating all but the fastest humans in the classic Rubik's cube, you had to go and rub it in. The latest Rubik's cube solving Lego...
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Now Your Cell Phone Can Take Out the Trash

Recycling takes to the road. Good urban hygiene is a must for any 21st-century city, but it isn’t easy. Enter DustBot—a real-life Wall-E robot that can sniff out garbage, pick it up and drop...

Building an Internet of Things (video)

Massive data collection could change the world. Companies all over the globe are working on ways to use tracking and internet connectivity to give new digital life to physical objects and locations. French company...

Minoru 3D Webcam (Videos)

Television and Film are looking to make the transition to 3D and now you can, too. Novo's Minoru 3D webcam is inexpensive ($90, £50, €80), easy to setup, and uses the traditional red/blue format...

New Video Shows Big Dog Robot Really Jogs, and At 5 mph Too!

Nerds struggling under the burden of weighty backpacks, fear no longer, your salvation has come! Big Dog is a prototype "mule" developed by Boston Dynamics for the US Army. The 240+ lb robot walks...

Latest Face Transplant in Spain Most Extensive Ever (Video)

A team of surgeons in Spain have completed what they call the first "full face" transplant. An unnamed man who lost most of his face in an accident was given the skin, muscles, nose,...

Bangkok’s First Robot Restaurant Full of Motoman Waiters (video)

Update: Due to popular request I've included another video of the robot showing actual dish serving and pick up. Robots are here to serve you...BBQ! The Hajime restaurant in Bangkok serves shabu-shabu/BBQ and features...

CiviGuard: When Disaster Strikes Your Smartphone Will Save Your Life

Shawna Pandya is co-founder & CMO at CiviGuard, a start-up arising from the inaugural session of Singularity University and the 109+ challenge to positively impact 1 billion people in 10 years using accelerating technologies....

Spielberg To Make a Mini-Series on the Future – I’m Already Skeptical

The Discovery Channel recently announced that it would be working with movie legend Steven Spielberg to create a new epic mini-series. Titled Future Earth, the project will give viewers a look at what the...
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New Video of USC’s 3D Floating Head Teleconferencing System at TEDxUSC

USC's amazing floating head 3D teleconferencing technology is back and as captivating as ever. Developed by the university's Institute for Creative Technologies the display uses a spinning mirror to project a 3D image in...

Petman Robot Picks Up Speed, Runs Faster than 7 km/h (Video)

Look out Usain Bolt, walking robots are starting to pick up speed. Boston Dynamics recently released video of their Petman protoype running at 4.4 mph, a little better than the 7 km/h managed by...

Is Kurzweil’s New Movie a Dud or a Must-See?

The battle lines are already being drawn around Ray Kurzweil's new documentary. The Singularity is Near, based on the book of the same name, discusses the future of accelerating technology while presenting a fictional...

New Must-See Video of the Spectacular A-Pod Ant Robot

When designing insect robots some engineers stop at the six legs. Norwegian Kåre Halvorsen decided to go 'full ant' by including a flexible abdomen and a menacing set of mandibles. His A-Pod robot is...

Hilarious Video on the Perils of Voice Recognition Elevators

Oh, technology. Why do we fear you so much? If you've ever been frustrated by a voice recognition phone answering service, then you may understand the apprehension some have about installing the technology into...

Gene for Intelligence Revealed by Studying Williams Syndrome

Want to make yourself smarter? It may all start with finding which genes are responsible for intelligence. Researchers led by scientists at the University of Utah's Brain Institute have discovered that a single gene...

Winscape – A Window to Anywhere Controlled by Your iPhone (video)

How many views do you have out of your window? Just one? Friend, you are living in the past. Ryan Hoagland has devised an ingenious setup to give you a potentially infinite number of...

7 Cool Segway Videos or How I Learned To Stop Laughing & Love the Segway

Segways were supposed to change the face of urban transportation. They haven't. At least not yet. Now, more than eight years after they debuted, these personal scooters are still being innovated and still looking...

World’s Fastest Robot Versus The Wiimote (video)

The only thing more exciting than watching the world's fastest robot is trying to defeat the world's fastest robot with your video game skills. Adept's Quattro, a placement and sorting arm, took the title...

Festo’s Extraordinary Robots That Mimic Biology (video)

I have a new favorite robot. It's called the AirPenguin and it's exactly what it sounds like: a robotic penguin that flies. If that doesn't get you to generate some nerdy exuberance then, brother,...

Is it Ethical to Genetically Sequence Kids if There’s No Immediate Health Concern?

John West is very familiar with whole genome sequencing (WGS). He was a general manager with Illumina after they acquired Solexa, where he had been CEO. So it's no surprise that John West hired...

The ‘Train that Never Stops’ Still Seems Appealing (Video)

It looks cool and it doesn't brake for anybody. No, it's not a teenage rebel, it's a train. The "Train that Never Stops" looks to save passengers time and train companies money spent on...

Transhumanism Gets Its Own Role Playing Game

Move over Dungeons and Dragons, the Singularity has its own nerd-tastic role playing game to thrill geeks everywhere. Eclipse Phase is a table top pen and paper RPG based on the concept of accelerating...

First Video of Lego Robot Playing Tetris

What's the surest sign that robots aspire to be more like humans? They play video games. The Tetris-Bot operates completely without human interference to play games of old school Tetris on a computer. Creator...
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Implant Gives Early Warning of Heart Attack – From TED Talk To Saving Lives

The heart monitor of the future is already here and saving lives. AngelMed's Guardian System is an implant that continually measures the heart much like a pacemaker. In the very early stages of a...

Dennis Hong Presents His 8 Award Winning Robots (Video)

How many amazing robots can one team create? Dennis Hong and his crew at Virginia Tech are trying to find out. Their Robotics & Mechanics Laboratory (RoMeLa) continually produces ground breaking robots with strange...

2010 Humanity+ Summit At Harvard To Feature Kurzweil Keynote

The day is fast approaching when genetic engineering and computational implants will allow humans to become something more than human - to become transhuman.  What will happen to us as individuals and as a...

Cold Temp and Xenon Gas Save Baby Starved of Oxygen – Are you next?

Riley Joice was one of more than one thousand children in the UK each year who are born oxygen deprived. He had about equal hopes of dying, having permanent brain damage, or surviving unharmed....

Real Fiction Vs. Innovision: The Battle of the 3D ‘Holograms’ In A Box (Video)

Beware tech-innovators, companies are just waiting to reverse engineer your ideas and poach your patents. Earlier this year we ran a short story on Innovision's HoloAD, a pyramid shaped glass box which gives the...

The Techno-Art at Kinetica Fair in London Blows My Mind

Art is evolving with technology, producing displays that will astound all of your senses. The Kinetica Art Fair is a four day long exhibition of dynamic sculptures full of light, sound, movement, and all...

Baxter’s New Treatment for Alzheimer’s Delays, Partly Reverses Disease!

There are few diseases that are as terrifying as Alzheimer's. Losing your memory, your comprehension, and knowing all the while that your life is slowly fading from your mind. It's a very scary reality...

Honda’s U3-X Scooter Seat On Display in the US (video)

It's like a bar stool on wheels...well, one wheel. There's really no good way to describe Honda's U3-X personal mobility device, so you'll just have to go see it for yourself. Honda brought their...

Can’t Miss Videos of the Argus Artificial Retina In Action

Modern science is mimicking the miraculous by restoring sight to the blind. The Argus line of artificial retinas has been able to give a primitive (low resolution) vision to patients with retinitis pigmentosa for...

Bioactive Nanofibers Regenerate Cartilage, Save Your Joints

As we age, we expect to spend our golden years playing with grandchildren, traveling the world, or taking up exciting new hobbies. However, our bodies do not always keep up with our plans and...

First Annual National Robotics Week Is in Full Swing in US

It's time to celebrate! This is the first annual National Robotics Week in the US. From April 10th through the 18th there will be events across the country demonstrating the nation's prominence in the...

Tengion IPO Unspectacular – What Do Investors Want?

Biotech firm Tengion (NASDAQ: TNGN) went public on April 9th, and while the IPO didn't hit any major snags, it was smaller than most had originally envisioned. While the original plan for an IPO...

On The Path To Pike’s Peak: New Video of Stanford’s Robot Car

It will be one of the more daring feats of robotic driving ever attempted: Stanford's autonomous car, an Audi named Shelley, will race up Pike's Peak at breakneck speeds. That mountain has been the...

Skin-Printer Looks Promising, Already Successful with Mice

A normal inkjet printer could give you a new patch of skin and help save the lives of burn victims everywhere. Researchers at the Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine (AFIRM), working with Wake...

Voss Turns Artificial General Intelligence Into Phone Answering Service

If you're like me then you want to destroy most of the computer phone answering services you encounter. No, I didn't say I wanted to "walk a puma", I said I wanted to "talk...

Pimp Your Artificial Limb with the Open Prosthetics Project

We all have those moments when we look at a commercial gadget and think: "you know what this thing really needs is a..." Now imagine that gadget is an artificial limb that you will...

Army Creates Fleet of Robots On Segways!

The armed forces of the world have already begun to hunt down and shoot robots. No, it's not the beginning of the man-machine war, it's a state-of-the-art training simulation that's very cool to watch....

Willow Garage Lets You Control Your Robot From a Web Browser (video)

Willow Garage is one of the leading innovators of open source robotics, so it's no surprise that they introduce some of the coolest updates for ROS (Robot Operating System). The Silicon Valley based robotics...

Starbucks App Lets You Buy Coffee With Your iPhone (Video)

As if they needed to make it any easier to get a cup of their coffee, Starbucks has just released a new iPhone App that lets you pay just by showing the cashier your...

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