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Monthly Archives: October 2010

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Actroid F Female Telepresence Robot Looks Super Real, Creepy

When you speak with your family over a webcam they may be able to see your face, but they don't have a real body in the room with which they can interact. Why not...

We Don’t Need Digital Textbooks, We Just Need Digital Education

We are a generation educated by reading textbooks, taught by teachers who relied on special editions of textbooks for answers, and effected by countless debates over what information should or should not be included...

Steven Johnson, Robert Krulwich, and Kevin Kelly Dismiss Singularity, Kurzweil (video)

Is the Singularity Near? Depends on who you ask. The New York Public Library and FORA.tv recently sponsored a discussion on accelerating technologies and whether they will benefit or harm our society. On hand...

World’s Fastest Miniature Robot Mice Blaze Thru Mazes (video)

Every year, people from all over the world compete see who can build the fastest mouse. Mouse robot that is. These Micromouse competitions have miniature wheeled robots searching through mazes, finding the best path...

Chatterbot Fools Judge Into Thinking It’s Human at Competition

The next time you're on IM, you better watch out, computers are getting better and better at pretending to be human. At the recent Loebner Prize competition in LA, a chatterbot named Suzette won...

$230,000 And You Can Buy Your Own Robot Legs

If you're like me you grew up on cartoons and scifi books with heroes that fought evil in robotic walking battle suits. You probably imagined that one day in the future you'd be riding...

Sony’s 360 View 3D Display – The Snow Globe of the Future

Help me Obi-wan Kenobi...Sony's ripping off our ideas. Since late last year, Sony's been showing off a really cool looking 3D display that's very reminiscent of the holoprojectors in Star Wars. Called the RayModeler,...

Washington Creates World’s First Cyborg with a Balance Implant (video)

Researchers at the University of Washington are pioneering an area of cybernetics that few have explored: the sense of balance. On October 21st a team at the UW Medical Center, including Jay Rubinstein and...

iRobot’s Universal Gripper Pours A Drink and Draws Shapes (video)

One of the world's most versatile robot hands doesn't look like a hand at all. iRobot's universal robotic gripper is an elastic ball filled with grainy materials - like a bean bag chair in...

Want A Great Formula 1 Simulator? Ride this Robot Arm! (video)

Give engineers any excuse, and they're going to find a way to combine robots and video games. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics created a top notch formula one simulator, called...

Use Your iPad to Call a Robot Taxi To Drive You Around Berlin!

In the future, not only will you not have to drive your car, you won't even have to own it. Researchers at the Free University of Berlin have developed an autonomous taxi that...

Catching Augmented Reality Butterflies on Your iPhone to Earn Free Stuff (video)

If you see some crazy person waving their phone around like they're trying to hit an imaginary bug, don't worry - they're just catching coupons. The Mobile Art Lab in Japan has developed a...

Lego NXT 3D Printer: Use Blocks to Build Blocks (video)

Following in the likes of MakerBot and RepRap, Will Gorman at BattleBricks has created a new 3D printer that you can build yourself. There's only one caveat: it's made of Lego. The MakerLegoBot is...

Wolfram Alpha – Two [email protected] 4 teh Interwebs? (video)

Oh Wolfram Alpha, why don't more people love you? Despite the amazing calculations and information contained within the "computational knowledge engine", its traffic is still lackluster. According to Compete, Wolfram Alpha receives around 400,000...
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“Life in a Day” Takes Video Logging To A Global Level (video)

What does a day in the life of the world really look like? Boring, whimsical, and profound all at the same time. Movie makers Ridley Scott (Blade Runner, Gladiator) and Kevin MacDonald (The Last...

Augmented Reality On Your Glasses, Maps in Your Eyes (video)

How do you know you're watching a science fiction movie? Easy - there's always someone who has a video, or message, or digital map, that appears directly on their glasses. Futuristic specs are such...

Bullying Is Moving Online. Is There No Escape For Their Victims?

The internet can provide us with many things, but it can't help us avoid adolescence. The rise of social media in the past decade has also seen the advent of cyber bullying, the willful...

New Video of MIT’s Minority Report Interface: G-Speak

John Underkoffler thrilled geeks and normals alike when he designed the revolutionary computer interface seen in Steven Spielberg's Minority Report. Using nothing more than gloves and gestures, Tom Cruise was able to explore video...

Bionic Vet Headed to the US, Still Making Cyborg Pets in the UK (video)

For just $3000 you can change your kitty into a cyber-cat. Noel Fitzpatrick, a veterinary surgeon in Surrey, England, made world news this summer when he grafted two prosthetic legs onto Oscar, a cat...

Twitter Predicts the Stock Market

If you want to make a killing on Wall Street, social media may be the secret to your success. Researchers at Indiana University and the University of Manchester have found that the moods expressed...

Mobile 3D Display With Pen That Feels What You See (video)

Japanese electronics firm NTT DoCoMo unveiled a cool new way to interact with the objects on your portable screen at the CEATEC conference this past week. The unnamed prototype device combines glassless 3D display...
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Pleo is Reborn! Baby Dinosaur Robot Makes its Way Back to Market (video)

Pleo the original cuddly dinobot is back, and Innvo Labs CEO Derek Dotson has discussed some of the advanced features that will be found in the new model. Called the Pleo Reborn or Pleo...

This Rocking Lead Singer is a 3D Hologram (video)

The internet is such a big place that sometimes I stumble onto huge trends that I've never even heard of before. Case in point: Hatsune Miku. She's a Japanese pop diva who's just started...

Solar Roadways Idea Wins Popular Vote for Ecomagination Prize

The dream of driving across America on solar panels took another small step towards coming true. Scott and Julie Brusaw's Solar Roadways concept beat out 3795 other ideas to win the popular vote in...

Holy Crap! – The $8 Million iPhone 4

Forget about accelerating technology, let's talk accelerating prices. 'Luxury designer' Stuart Hughes has just released his version of the iPhone 4. It's made out of rose gold covered in more than 500 diamonds (total...

Robots and Humans Dancing Together – The World is Getting Weirder (video)

Visitors to the recent Digital Content Expo in Tokyo got to see one of the more unusual performances of their lives: a robotic woman dancing and singing with her human counterparts to a choreographed...

Surprise! CCTV Cameras in France Used to Issue Parking Tickets

Be careful about letting Big Brother into your town, he may say he's there to help you, but he could also be there to rob you blind. The city of Nice, the most popular...

Creative Robot Art To Get Your Brain Pumping

Serious science is great, but sometimes you just have to let your creative juices flow and see what you can dream up. That's the appeal of the Concept Robots Blog, started by artist Igor...

Telenoid – The Creepiest Telepresence Robot You’ll Ever Love (video)

Imagine talking to your friends through a robotic copy of Casper the Friendly Ghost. That's what I imagine it must be like to use Telenoid R1, the new telepresence robot developed by Osaka University...

Best Globally Crowdsourced Music Video Ever

With nothing more than webcams and a dedicated fan base, Japanese band Sour produced one of the coolest looking music videos I've ever seen. Sitting in front of their computers, the cast of 70+...

Amino Acids Extend Mice Life 12% – Could It Work On Humans?

Researchers in Italy may have struck upon a health supplement that could extend life. Enzo Nisoli and colleagues developed a cocktail of amino acids and gave it to mice via their water supply. Those...

Stan Lee To Create Futuristic Romeo and Juliet Comic (photos)

Shakespeare is getting a makeover for the Singularity. Comic book legend Stan Lee used his appearance at the New York Comic Con to announce a new graphic novel based on the bard's most famous...

NIH Awards $40 Million to Map the Wiring of the Brain

You may never have heard of the Connectome, but chances are it defines nearly everything about who you are. Just as our genome is the totality of our genes, the connectome is the totality...

Embryo Frozen for 20 Years Is Now a Bouncing Baby Boy

Imagine being born at the age of 20. Doctors at the Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine in Virginia have made history by implanting a 20 year old frozen embryo and having it successfully brought...

New Super Microphone Can Hear You in a Crowded Stadium

I have an uncanny knack for making a fool of myself when I'm in a crowd, and it always seems like everyone goes silent right when I'm saying the most embarrassing thing. Now all...

XKCD’s Map of Online Communities 2010 – Facebook Swells

Navigating the ever evolving communities on the web is a difficult task - it helps to have a map. Randall Munroe of the webcomic xkcd, has updated his (in)famous map of online communities from...

Cyber Warfare: Stuxnet Worm Attacks Nuclear Site in Iran

The Bushehr nuclear power plant in Iran was the most likely target of the recent Stuxnet worm - a computer virus designed to disrupt and damage industrial equipment. According to the AFP, more than...

Geron’s Embryonic Stem Cell Trials Get First Patient

Good news for stem cell therapies. The first clinical trial using human embryonic stem cells (hESC) in the United States has officially begun with its first patient admitted. Geron recently announced that...

Google’s New Robot Car Raises Hopes, Reality Will Dash Them Soon

Google shocked the world this weekend by announcing that not only was it developing robot car technology, but that its fleet of autonomous cars had already racked up 140,000 miles driving experience. As described...

Suspended Animation Trials on Trauma Patients In Massachusetts

Freeze a life to save a life. Medical researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston are planning to temporarily replace the blood of trauma patients with an icy saline solution. The hope will be...

GATC To Sequence 100,000 Genomes by 2014

Europe's leading genetic sequencing provider, GATC Biotech, recently announced that it would sequence 100,000 human genomes by 2014. Based in Germany, GATC plan on using sequencing technology from other industry leaders, including Illumina's HiSeq2000...

Newsweek Purchased for $1, Signs of Old Media Fading

Earlier this summer, Washington Post Co. sold Newsweek, once one of their flagship media publications, to tycoon Sidney Harman. The price: $1. To sweeten the deal Washington Post Co. even agreed to cover $10...

Berkeley Bionic’s eLEGS Allow Paraplegics To Walk Again (video)

A whole new generation of paraplegics may be able to stand up and walk away from their wheelchairs. Exoskeleton developers Berkeley Bionics recently unveiled their eLEGS system, a lower body robotic system that allows...

Immersive Technology Summit Oct 21, 2010

The Immersive Technology Summit will be hosted in Los Angeles October 21, 2010.  The Immersive Technology Summit has been a fantastic sponsor of the Hub, and we are excited to see their event come...

Robots Guarding US Nuclear Stockpile (video)

Shouldn't the Terminator movies have taught us not to entrust our nuclear weapons to robots? Oh well. The US National Nuclear Security Administration recently announced that it has started using autonomous robot vehicles to...

Fujitsu’s Teddy Bear Robot Too Cute To Be Anything But Evil

Most robots work for their living, but some can get by just on their looks. Fujitsu's teddy bear robot is certainly one of the latter. The animated stuffed animal robot sits around, waves at...

Italian Boy Receives Permanent ‘Artificial Heart’ Implant

A fifteen year old boy in Italy has become the youngest to receive an 'artificial heart' implant on a permanent basis. After a 10 hour surgery on September 30th at Bambino Gesu Hospital in...

Singularity University Launches Executive Program in Brazil with FIAP (video)

Singularity University is branching outside Silicon Valley with its first international program to take place in November in Brazil. SU has teamed up with FIAP, one of the leading academic technology centers in the...

FTC Fights POM Juice Over Scientific Claims

The US Federal Trade Commission has filed a complaint against POM Wonderful, makers of the popular pomegranate juice and a wide variety of pomegranate foods and supplements. The complaint alleges that the company has...

Amazing Robot Controlled By Rat Brain Continues Progress

Some technologies are so cool they make you do a double take. Case in point: robots being controlled by rat brains. Kevin Warwick, once a cyborg and still a researcher in cybernetics at the...

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