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Monthly Archives: September 2010

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Whoa! HRP-4 Humanoid Robot Walks, Moves Just Like A Real Human

Kawada and AIST continue to promote their newest bipedal robot, the HRP-4, with clips of its smooth motions and graceful movements. The streamlined HRP-4 has a better range of motion and more room to...

Raytheon’s New XOS 2 Exoskeleton Looks Cool, but It’s Not Iron Man (video)

Blame it on Tony Stark's ego, but Raytheon's debut of the XOS 2 Exoskeleton focuses too much on the Iron Man theme. Raytheon (via Sarcos) developed the XOS 2 for the army to help...

Willow Garage Teaches Robot Not To Crush Puny Humans (Video)

If Sam Waterson taught me anything it's that I need to fear the powerful grip of robots. Because robots are made of metal...and they're strong. Thankfully Silcon Valley robotics startup Willow Garage has worked...

Kurzweil’s Blio Finally Launches – Here Is A First Look (FAIL)

Today K-NFB Reading Technology, backed by futurist Ray Kurzweil, officially released its highly anticipated Blio e-book platform for download to the public.  Yet in a move that seems painfully behind the times, the platform...

‘Ten Years’ Apple Infographic: Moore’s Law At Its Best

What's the difference between the high-end iMac desktop computer of 2000 and the iPhone 4G of 2010? A few pixels, £1000, and a lot of weight. Photographer Brett Jordan's "10 Years" infographic masterfully illustrates...

EU Confronts Transhumanism With Technolife Project

Europen Union nations hope to foster meaningful debate on ethics by showing people pop culture and SciFi inspired videos and getting them to comment on an open forum on the internet. Sure, why not,...

Festo Turns Elephant’s Trunk into Awesome Robot Arm (video)

Smart engineers copy ideas. Great engineers copy from nature. Festo's Bionic Handling Assistant is a robot arm modeled on an elephant's trunk, and it has all the supple flexibility of the original. Using hollow...

Is Canada’s 3D Girl ‘Speed Bump’ A Stupid Idea? (video)

Imagine cruising through a school zone when you see something strange in the road. It looks like a little girl laying down, but her proportions are all wrong. As you get nearer, the little...

Khan Academy and FIRST Among Winners of $10M from Google

Five innovative groups around the world just hit a $10 million payday. Google recently announced the winners in their Project 10^100, a global search for ideas that would 'help the world the most'. While...

Iris Scanning Set To Secure City in Mexico, Then the World

The million-plus citizens of Leon, Mexico are set to become the first example of a city secured through the power of biometric identification. Iris and face scanning technologies from Global Rainmakers, Inc. will allow...

The Troubles With Modern Sleep: Myths, Memory, and Mortality

Are you getting eight hours of uninterrupted sleep every night? ...Why? Though many of us consider the 8 hour (really, 7 to 9 hour) period of sleep as the ultimate way to rest, our...

The Hospital Robot With a Bedside Manner (video)

Not every robot needs to be a humanoid, but we tend to respond better when it is. Muratec, Keio University, and AIST have teamed up to develop the MKR-003, an autonomous delivery cart for...

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