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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...

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