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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...

I, Bank (or When Computers Take Over Wall Street)

This is a guest post written by Adam Braus.  Adam blogs about Fiscal Localism and Universal Banking over at One Is Not Enough Who wouldn’t give up their social security for a safe and commodious robot...

Gene Therapy Looks To Have Cured Man With Blood Disease

Gene therapy is making a difference in the lives of patients. A phase I/II clinical study run by researchers at Harvard Medical School and the University of Paris has added a new gene into...

Salim Ismail: How Will Accelerating Technologies Affect You? (video)

"If you're building a product or service using today's technologies you may be out of date by the time you get to market." Salim Ismail, CEO of Singularity University, gave a rapid fire...

What Does It Mean When Opera Goes to the Ballpark? (video)

This Friday will mark the fifth time that the San Francisco Opera simulcasts its performance to AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants baseball team. The SF Opera's rendition of Aida will be...

Testing Your Blood Sugar with Your iPhone

Multinational pharmaceutical giant Sanofi Aventis just unveiled it's latest diabetes technology: a stand alone blood glucose monitor that can plug directly into your iPhone and iPod Touch. The device, known as the iBGStar, would...

7mm Thick Pico Projector Can Produce a 70 inch Image (video)

Japan's Explay Ltd recently announced that it has begun to ship its pico projector engines to developers around the world. The Explay Projector Engine is only 6.7 cubic centimeters in size and just 7mm...

Prostate Cancer – To Test or Not To Test

New studies in prostrate cancer screening reveal conflicting views about the importance of getting men tested for the disease. Research headed by Hans Lilja at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Medical Center suggests that a...

Did A Russian Scientist Really ‘Cure Aging’ or Is It Just a Fluke?

Imagine a pill that you could take every day that would extend your by years and keep you healthy for longer. You'd probably pay a lot for such a pill. Vladimir Skulachev looks like...

How Social Networks Can Predict Epidemics And Control the World (video)

Facebook might be the key to fighting a flu epidemic. And obesity. And crime. And...everything. Nicholas Christakis at Harvard Medical and James Fowler at UC San Diego have found ways in which social networks...

Genetically Modified Salmon Could Be On Your Plate Soon

This past Sunday (September 19th) the US FDA held one of the final meetings needed to approve genetically modified salmon for human consumption. If approved, the salmon would be the first transgenic animal available...
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Chris Anderson, Head of TED, Forsees Crowd Accelerated Innovation (video)

Five hundred years ago, the printing press marked a rise in the power of the written word over human speech. Now, Chris Anderson thinks that web videos could reverse that change with some amazing...

Stickybits Is Like Twitter For the Internet of Things (video)

Imagine every object with a barcode suddenly gaining a Twitter feed, but with photos, and videos as well as comments and links. That, in essence, is Stickybits. The New York City based startup combines...

Badass Quadrotor Flies Through Hoops, Hauls Wood, Spies On You

Holy crap, the quadrotors at UPenn's GRASP lab are cool. Grad student Daniel Mellinger has had a busy summer with his autonomous flying drones, teaching them how to pick up objects, perch, and operate...

Free E-Reader Blio Announces September 28th Launch Date

The battle of the e-readers is about to get a new contestant. K-NFB just announced that their anticipated Blio e-reading program will launch on September 28th for Windows. Android and iOS systems (iPhone, iPad,...

Quadrotor Robot with Open Source Computer Vision Flies Itself (video)

What's the old saying - tell a robot where to fly and you help it for a day, teach a robot how to fly itself and you help it forever? Something like that. Engineers...

“Corn Sugar” And Lame Attempts To Mislead You About Food

High fructose corn syrup could soon be known as 'corn sugar'. The Corn Refiners Association in the US has been on a media campaign recently, aiming at changing the way the public views high...

Kawada Unveils New Athletic Looking Bipedal Robot – HRP4 (video)

It's always exciting when you add a new member to the family, especially if it's a robot. Kawada and AIST have just unveiled their latest bipedal humanoid robot in the HRP series. The HRP4...

‘Artificial Skin’ Out of California is Over-Hyped (video)

Even the coolest lab work is often years from practical applications. That's what the media seemingly forgot in regards to recent developments in 'artificial skin'. Researchers at UC Berkeley and Stanford have independently created...

Japan’s Taking Its Virtual Girlfriend on a Real Date

Dude, have you seen Japan's girlfriend? She's totally hot for an imaginary chick. The resort town of Atami, Japan hit upon a remarkable way to help its ailing economy: cater to men with virtual girlfriends....

South African Nanotech ‘Tea Bag’ To Filter Water for Pennies

Provide people cheap access to clean water and you could save billions of lives. South Africa may use tea bags to do just that. Researchers at Stellenbosch University's Water Institute have developed a new...

In the Debate Over RFID Tracking, Children are The Testing Ground

RFID tags are already embedded in millions of products you buy...and your children could be next. In the ongoing debate over privacy and surveillance, Radio Frequency ID tags occupy a very interesting position. They...

San Francisco Stays BioCurious

How would you like to perform cutting edge biology experiments out of your garage? That's what the people at BioCurious did until they grew out of it. Now they're ready for a real lab....

NY Times To Stop Printing. Old Media is Dead, Long Live New Media

Stop the presses! At the recent IFRA Conference in London, New York Times Chairman Arthur Sulzberger jokingly admitted that his company would eventually stop printing physical copies. For many such a half-hearted concession is...

Great Video of Wheelchair Controlled By Human Thought with AI Guidance

You know telekinesis, right - moving objects with your thoughts? Let's talk techno-kinesis - moving machines with your thoughts. There's a really great new example out of EPFL's Center for Neuroprosthetics. Researchers have developed...

Honda’s Exoskeletons Help You Walk Like Asimo (video)

Honda's Asimo robot was taught how to walk like a human, and now its technology is returning the favor. The Japanese mega-corp has two walking exoskeletons based on Asimo research that assist humans in...

India Launches Universal ID System with Biometrics

India has launched an ambitious program to fit each of its 1.2 billion residents with an Unique identification number (UID). Each number will be tied into three pieces of biometric data: fingerprints (all ten...

iPads Instead of Textbooks – Trial Underway in California Middle Schools (video)

400 middle school students in California are about to get an unexpected back to school present: a shiny new Apple iPad. Textbook manufacturer Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is conducting a trial with the California school...

Miraculous Fingertip Regrowing Powder Strikes Again! (Video)

Deepa Kulkarni lost the tip of pinky finger in an door slamming accident, but don't worry, it grew back. The Davis, California resident was told by emergency room doctors that the amputated digit couldn't...

Is the Khan Academy The Future of Education? (video)

Will the school of the future need teachers? Probably. Will it need classrooms and textbooks? Hopefully not. To see what will replace them you only need to look to the ever expanding and educational...

Stanford’s Stickybot is Climbing Faster, Human Project Coming Soon? (video)

Geckos may be good at selling car insurance, but they're even better at climbing walls. Which is why Stanford's Biomimetics and Dexterous Manipulation Lab used the acrobatic reptiles as the model for their vertically...

Singularity University To Hold Free Webinar Sept 13

On September 13, 2010 Singularity University will be hosting a free webinar showcasing the ambitious projects to improve the world developed by students from its recently completed 2010 Graduate Studies Program.  As we reported...
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TV is a Dinosaur, The Internet is a Meteor, Google TV is the Fallout

Video killed the radio star. The internet is killing TV as we know it. Why should you have to wait to watch a show just because some executive thinks it belongs in an 8pm...

iRobot’s Military Swarm of Wifi Bots Flips Into Action

The army of the future may rely as much on WiFi as they do on weapons. To that end, iRobot has built the diminutive Ember, a mobile robotic platform that can work in a...

Scientists Closer to Reading Words From Your Brain

Those unable to speak may one day be able to have their words read directly out of their brains. Researchers at the University of Utah have used electrodes on the brain's surface to determine...

80,000 and Counting, Brain Implants on the Rise World Wide

Those fighting conditions like dystonia, Parkinson's Disease, and chronic pain have a way of alleviating their symptoms - direct electric shocks to their brain. Since 1997, deep brain stimulation (DBS) implants have slowly been...

Willow Garage’s PR2 Robots are Officially On Sale for $400k With Possible Discounts

How much would you pay for a robot that can plug itself in, beat you in a game of pool, and fetch you a beer to soothe your wounded ego? Willow Garage is hoping the...

Controlling Your Mobile Phone…With Your Mind! (video)

Researchers in the Mobile Sensing Group at Dartmouth University have developed a cool new way for you to call a friend: think about him. Their Neurophone project connects an EEG headset from Emotiv with...

Stephen Hawking Says God is Unnecessary – New Book

The renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has tackled describing black holes and the history of the universe. Now it seems he wants to explain the very nature of existence. In his latest book, The Grand...

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