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Qbo – The Tiny Open Source Robot Wants to Invigorate Human-Machine Interaction

Francisco Paz (aka TheCorpora) has released new information about his open source robot Qbo. The diminutive wheeled bot stands only 456mm (18 inches) tall but is packed with sensors, including two high definition web...
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Sony’s New Flexible OLED Display Can Roll Into Tiny Cylinder While Playing!

The age of flexible and deformable displays is drawing nearer. Sony recently debuted its latest in OLED technology: a 4.1 inch screen that's only 80 microns thick. The super flexible display can roll up...

MIT’s Ridiculously Colorful Glove is Latest Hand Tracking Interface

Human computer interfaces just got a lot more colorful. Graduate student Robert Wang at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) has developed a simple but effective system for tracking hand motion that...

Willow Garage Is Building A Platform To Propel All Of Robotics (video)

Willow Garage is making a play to become the definitive platform for robotics research. They have a powerful tag team of open source hardware and software - the PR2 Beta robot and the Robot...

Willow Garage’s PR2 Robots Dance on the Way to Their New Homes (video)

What does any good teenager do upon leaving home for the first time? Dance and party. Well, robots are no different, as we saw at Willow Garage's recent PR2 Beta Program launch event. The...

Up Close and Personal With Willow Garage’s PR2 Robot (Video)

The PR2 robot is an amazing piece of hardware. Willow Garage set out to create a world class research platform that would include all the capabilities an engineer could want. As such, the PR2...

Five Reasons Willow Garage is Going to Succeed

We just watched Willow Garage launch the beginning of their PR2 Beta Program, sending 11 advanced robots to live with research teams all over the globe in the hopes of fostering innovation. This is...

Willow Garage Ushers in Revolution With Open Source Robots (video)

I've just returned from one of the most momentous events of the year: the launch of Willow Garage's PR2 Beta Program. The ambitious endeavor seeks to accelerate the development of robotics by giving away...

Kurzweil’s Next Book: Creating An Artificial Mind

Ray Kurzweil is working on another book, this one to explore the principles of human level intelligence in machines. Titled How the Mind Works and How to Build One, the new book will explore...

Bebionic Artificial Hand To Hit Markets in June!

UK based RSLSteeper's newest artificial hand, bebionic, will be coming to a prosthetics retailer near you next month. The announcement for the hand's commercial debut was made at the ISPO World Congress and Trade...

Humanoid Robot Performs Cool Back Flip, Runs Like a Little Girl (Video)

Get out your Olympic style scoring cards, robots are ready to wow you with amazing feats of gymnastics. Recently released videos from FrostyDesign (AKA Frosty Orange) show his unnamed robot creation performing a full...

The Genome Project is 10 Years Old – Where is the Health Care Revolution?

“It is fair to say that the Human Genome Project has not yet directly affected the health care of most individuals.” – Francis Collins, April 2010, Nature. What’s in a genome?  Ten years ago, the...

Little Dog Robot Overcomes Obstacles, Even Those it Can’t See (Video)

Researchers at the Computational Learning & Motor Control Lab at the University of Southern California have taught an old robot dog new tricks. USC students developed a new walking method based on evaluating terrain...

Radiation Robots Fry Cancer Cells With Ultra-High Precision (video)

Radiation therapy may be a great way to kill a tumor, but when doctors zap cancer cells they end up hitting healthy ones too. Thankfully, the last decade has given us super-accurate radiation-blasting robotic...

Secret Messages Coded Into DNA Of Venter Synthetic Bacteria

Researchers at the J Craig Venter Institute recently unveiled their first self-replicating synthetic bacteria (M. mycoides JCVI-syn1.0) whose DNA was 'programmed' base pair by base pair. To verify that they had synthesized a new...

BioFuel Cell Uses Glucose in the Body to Produce Electricity for Cyborgs

Researchers at Joseph Fourier University in France have created a new biofuel cell that harnesses oxygen and glucose from the body to produce electricity. Glucose biofuel cells (GBFCs) were placed inside the bodies of...

Stanford UAV Can Land and Take Off From the Side of a Wall (Video)

Stanford's latest unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) can do something I've never seen before: land on and take off from a vertical surface. Using a range finder the model-sized automated plane determines how far it...

Toyota’s Robot Violinist Wows Crowd At Shanghai Expo 2010 (Video)

The Shanghai World Expo got a special treat this past week in the Japanese pavilion, when Toyota's famed violin-playing robot thrilled the crowd with a rendition of the Chinese folk song Mo Li Hua...

Aubrey de Grey Fights Aging With Regenerative Medicine (Video)

Aubrey de Grey looks and speaks like a wizard, but don't dismiss him. He stands out as one of the most impassioned and well-reasoned advocates for longer, healthier life. His non-profit, the SENS Foundation...

Computers To Take Human Jobs, Shutdown Global Economy? Get Ford’s Book Free

I got my copy of The Lights In The Tunnel for free, and now you can too. Martin Ford's recent book discusses the growing capability of artificial intelligence and robotics to replace workers at...

Venter Creates First Synthetic Self-Replicating Bacteria from Scratch

*Update: We've included the Science interview with Venter after the break. Craig Venter wants to program life the way we program computers, and today he announced a momentous win: the first synthetic self-replicating bacterium. The...

TeleHealth is Here, and It’s Growing

A new report from Intel shows that healthcare is likely to become increasingly reliant on telehealth (TH) in the next ten years. TH includes long distance consultations, monitoring, and information sharing - everything from...

Ingestible Surgical Robots—Hard To Swallow Concept?

Medical robots are advancing at phenomenal speed, and within years micro-sized robots could be assisting surgeons with operations from inside their patients. Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna’s CRIM Lab in Italy has developed a robot called ARES (Assembling Reconfigurable...

Amazing Monocopter Flies With Just One Wing (Video)

The University of Maryland has produced a flying machine with only one wing - a monocopter! Evan Ulrich, its PhD student creator, modeled the micro air vehicle (MAV) on a maple seed samara. Using...

Anybots Debuts New $15k Telepresence Robot, Is it a Fail? (video)

Anybots, the telepresence startup out of Silicon Valley, wants to bring robots to the workplace. Their new QB telerobot lets you use a web browser interface to command a virtual presence in any office...

A Mosquito Zapping Laser That Fights Malaria? Yes!

Intellectual Ventures Lab is shooting mosquitos out of the sky with lasers. The invention-focused company received funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to find solutions for many of the world's leading health...

Tony Robbins, Sergey Brin Become Robots – The Telepresence Revolution

This past weekend while attending an Xprize fundraiser in San Francisco I saw self-help guru Tony Robbins and Google co-founder Sergey Brin, but not in the traditional sense.  Although neither of them could physically attend...

Catch a Glimpse of the Future of Robotics, Video of ICRA 2010

IEEE's International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) is always a hot bed of robotic activity and this year's meeting in Alaska was no exception. Among the many exciting presentations was Stanford discussing their...

Robot Performs Wedding in Japan (Video)

For what was probably the first time in history, a Japanese couple was married under the cold mechanical gaze of a robot. Kokoro's i-Fairy robot presided over the wedding ceremony of Tomohiro Shibata and...

fMRI Scans Reveal Some ‘Vegetative’ Patients Are Actually Conscious!

In a recent report in the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers from the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit of the University of Cambridge and the Coma Science Group at the University Hospital...

What Secrets Are in the DNA of 17 Year Old Girl With Body of a Baby?

Brooke Greenberg was born in January of 1993. She's now more than seventeen years old, but she physically looks to be about one. Doctors have long been baffled by her condition, sometimes referred to...

Super Simple Tube Climbing Robot Wins Best Video at ICRA 2010

Sure, you can build a robot that climbs up a tube, but can you do it with little more than a cell phone vibrator? The Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon has created one of...
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Fun Videos of Robotis’ Bioloid Robot in Action

Korean robotics firm Robotis is one of the premier sources of do-it-yourself robot kits in the world. One of their most advanced, and most popular, is the Bioloid. It comes with smart servos, sensors,...

Miracle Powder Regrows Fingertips? (Video)

I'd be surprised if you hadn't heard about ACell, or at least about some of their results. Their MatriStem powder has been able to grow back people's missing fingertips. A cut off finger is...

Wild Thumper Brings Major All-Terrain Power to Robot Kits (video)

It falls off chairs, climbs up stairs, and is fun for a girl or a boy. No, it's not a Slinky, it's the Dagu Wild Thumper robot platform from Las Vegas based Pololu Robotics....

Stem Cells Injected into Heart, Visually Tracked For 12 Months

Research recently published in Circulation Review sheds some light on how human stem cells affect myocardial damage. Scientists studied the long term effects of stem cell therapies by introducing human cells into damaged mouse...

UC Irvine Stem Cell Research Center Set to Launch on Friday

Friday May 14th will mark another important day for ongoing research into human stem cells. The University of California at Irvine (UCI) is set to open the $80 million and 100,000+ square foot Sue...

Exclusive: I Already Took the DNA Test That Hits Walgreens on Friday (video)

UPDATE: Walgreens has decided to postpone stocking these genetic test kits until after the FDA is finished 'discussing' legal issues with Pathway Genomics. This Friday will see the launch of a new phenomenon: a genetic...

HARK! Sound Separation Software for Telepresence Robots (Video)

Part of the reason animals have two ears it to help them pinpoint where a sound is coming from and focus on it apart from the background noise. Most telepresence robots only have one...

Stephen Wolfram is Computing a Theory of Everything (video)

What if the universe, in all its physical complexity, could be explained by just a few simple computational rules? Stephen Wolfram wants to find out not only if that is true, but what it...

Stanford’s Robot Car Slides into Parking Spot Like a Badass (video)

A good robot car knows how to make the tough decisions. Stanford's Junior, the robot car that took second place at DARPA's Grand Challenge in 2007, has learned some new tricks. Namely it can...

The Latest in the 3D Craze: Playboy’s Centerfold

This Friday will be another pivotal day in the seemingly inevitable march towards universal 3D entertainment as Playboy releases its first centerfold that leaps off the page. This month's issue marks the first time...

The Incredible Regenerating Mouse

More than twelve years ago, Dr. Ellen Heber-Katz at the Wistar Institute did what so many great scientific minds have done throughout time - she discovered something by accident. In particular, she found that...

Blaise Aguera Demos Amazing Dynamic and Augmented Reality Maps (Video)

Expect more from your maps. Blaise Aguera y Arcas, the mind behind Sea Dragon's revolutionary approach to photo images, is ready to update maps for the 21st century. Now working for Bing, Aguera gave a...

Web 3.0 – A Short Documentary About The Future Of The Web

To catch a glimpse of the accelerating trends that will bring us to the singularity look no further than the web itself.  Since the day the internet was born it has been growing like...

Flying Drones for Your Home from DIY Drones (Video)

So apparently building a military style drone is a do-it-yourself project now. DIY Drones is an online community that helps the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) enthusiast construct their own flying gizmos in their home....

13 Open Source Hardware Companies Making $1 Million or More (video)

Selling products whose design anyone can access, edit, or use on their own is pretty crazy. It's also good business. At the annual hacker conference Foo Camp East this year, Phillip Torrone and Limor...

The AI Doctor Is Ready To See You

Say hello to the healthcare revolution. Of the technology kind. Most of us don’t realize it, but artificial intelligence has invaded medicine. Smart software is now poised to assist doctors with diagnosing conditions and...

Stanford’s Robot Car Slides into Parking Spot (Video)

A good robot car knows how to make the tough decisions. Stanford's Junior, the robot car that took second place at DARPA's Grand Challenge in 2007, has learned some new tricks. Namely it can...

Robot Pharmacists Are Picking Your Medications—Literally

Dispensing medicine is about to get more efficient. New Jersey’s Holy Name Hospital is using robot pharmacists to package, store and dispense medications, while an automated system at an Ohio children’s hospital is preparing...

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