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Monthly Archives: March 2011

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Google Chooses Kansas City as Home of New Gigabit Fiber Network (video)

The modern era of broadband internet lead to the rise of downloadable music, massively multiplayer online gaming, a surge in e-commerce and much more. Now, Google wants to see what a network with 100...
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Parrot’s AR Drone Shows Off Its Skills in New York City (video)

There are dozens of cool accessories you can buy for your iPhone, but a flying robot spy with augmented reality has to be at the top of the list. Parrot's AR Drone is a...
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Teroos – The Telepresence Robot You Wear On Your Shoulder (video)

Attention all pirates of the future, I've just found the 21st century version of the squawking parrot sidekick. Developed at the Anzai-Mai Lab at Keio University in Japan, Teroos is a shoulder-mounted robot that...

Jeddah’s Kingdom Tower, World’s Tallest Building Given the Go Ahead

Bigger is better. At least, that’s what they’re saying about their skyscrapers in the Middle East these days. And for the new Kingdom Tower going up in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, they appear to be...

CNBC Gives 5 Minutes to Robots vs Economy Debate (video)

How important are robots? Well, that depends, how important is your job, the economy, and the future of world stability? As automation plays an increasingly important role in manufacturing, it continues to expand into...

PaPeRo Is the TeleRobot Cute Enough To Kill Your Landline and Take Its Place

When you're a super cute blushing robot, humans will let you get away with murder. Especially if the thing you're killing is dying a slow death anyway. NEC in Japan developed its Partner-type Personal...

Nanotech Implant Monitors for Cancer and Now Heart Attacks, Too

Heart attacks and cancer account for nearly half of all deaths in the United States - they're the two biggest killers walking the streets, but MIT isn't afraid. Michael Cima and his team developed...

Festo Built An Artificial Bird (video)

The latest addition to the robotic zoo moves so gracefully you can hardly believe it's a machine. Festo's Bionic Learning Network has been creating robots based off of nature's biological secrets for years now,...

Can’t Find a Stamp? Just Reach For Your Phone

Don’t you just hate it when you can’t find any stamps?  Your birthday was two weeks ago, you still haven’t mailed those thank you notes, and you don’t have time to run to the...
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Eye-Opening Visualization of RFID Fields (video)

How do you visualize something that is invisible? That's the challenge that Timo Arnall, Jack Schulze, and Einar Sneve Martinussen faced when they decided to give designers a better insight into RFID technology. Radio...

Japan’s Nuclear Woes Give Rise to Crowd-Sourced Radiation Maps In Asia and US

The world's eyes have been on Japan, watching the nation cope with earthquakes, tsunamis, and now the threat of poisoning from nuclear radiation. While the nation's emergency workers are making valiant efforts to combat...
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Is This Video A Preview of Apple’s New Robot? I’ve Got Exclusive Info!

I love a good mystery, especially when I already know the answer. Early this week someone sent Sanford Dickert a grainy video of a sleek looking robot rolling towards the camera. He ran that...

Future of Genetically Modified Rice/Corn in China May Be Both Certain and Delayed

Even as China rushes to expand its crops to feed its growing populace, it faces regulatory snags and pitfalls. The State Council recently discussed efforts to innovate China's industrial agriculture while keeping it independent...
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Robot Domination: Automated Factory Sorts, Seals, and Ships With Little Human Contact

Robots are claiming an ever increasing portion of the manufacturing pie, and they don't even like pie. The latest example of the rise of automated factory is all about adding some robotic spice to...
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Great 10 Minute Talks From Harvard – Modernity, Morality, and More (video)

Of the many things I love that are enabled by the internet, getting a free education has to be among the best. There are thousands of high quality lectures available online, allowing anyone with...

Great New Videos of Robot Suit HAL, The Exoskeleton From Cyberdyne

The cybernetically enhanced musclemen of the future have arrived! ...at Japanese nursing homes. Cyberdyne, makers of Robot Suit HAL, have been renting out the lower half of the powerful exoskeleton to medical and elder...

The Gostai Jazz Telebot Brings French Style to Mobile Telepresence

7:00 AM PST- Investor meeting in Berlin 12:00 PM PST- Lunch with wife in Seattle 2:00 PM PST- Walk and talk with CTO in NYC How is this schedule humanly possible? It's not. It’s robotically possible. Mobile...

Lifelogging Invades the Delivery Room – Privacy in the Digital Age

The birth of a child is most certainly a momentous occasion, one that deserves to be recorded somehow. When I was born, video cameras were not yet available to the general public, so my...

US Life Expectancy is Up, Hits Record High of 78.2!

A new record high in US life expectancy raises the question, what will your children do with 0.2 more years of living? Well, that's not exactly how life expectancy works, but it's still a...
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The Most Human Human, Discusses Turing Test on Daily Show

How human are you? It's a question that strikes me as both absurd and deeply important. Brian Christian probably would agree. He was one of the humans used to evaluate if computers can fake...

Simple Blood Test Now Detects Prenatal Down Syndrome

Things are definitely on the move in the field of fetal screening. Researchers at the Cyprus Institute of Neurology and Genetics have developed a test that analyzes maternal blood between 11 to 14 weeks...
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Salman Khan Describes the Video Education Revolution at TED

Salman Khan wants to change the world, and he's already started to transform the classroom. The founder of The Khan Academy, Salman has placed thousands of videos on YouTube that teach math and other...

AI Journalist Helps You Talk Trash During March Madness

Sure, you claim that your team is better than everyone else's, but wouldn't you like to have the hard numbers to back that up? Enter the StatSheet website and its new StatSmack application. With...
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Robot Defeats iPhone Game in Record Time – Adept Quattro Showing Off Again!(video)

There are iPhone games out there that are so addictive they should be illegal. Luckily Adept Technology developed a cure: have a robot take your place behind the screen. In a display of machine...

50,000+ Download Android Flashlight App After Japanese Quake

Every global tragedy teaches humanity something about itself. Of the many lessons we may learn from the recent Japanese earthquake one could be this: we've come to think of smart phones not as tools...
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Transhumanism in Opera: MIT Professor Creates Robotic Opera

As is the case in many an Opera, “It’s not over until the fat lady sings.”  In this case, a more appropriate version might be “It’s not over until the transhumanist voice bellows.”  It...
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Growing Human Organs — Dr. Anthony Atala Blows the Minds of a TED Audience

If there was ever a point in your career to unleash your inner magician, it’s at a TED conference, hands down. TED has emerged as the premier global event for satiating the intelligentsia’s appetite...

10,000 People Like Us…But We Want More!

Yesterday we crossed a pretty decent milestone here at the Hub - 10,000 people now "like" us on our Facebook page.  Although 10,000 fans is nothing to sneeze at, I hope you won't fault...
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Royal Rumble of Robots – Japanese Humanoids Battle in Massive Melee (video)

Some amateur robots competitions are about fine tuning your creations to show off your engineering prowess. Others are just about having a good time. At the recent Wonderful Robot Carnival ("Wandahoo Robotto Carnivalu") in...

Android’s Google Maps App Automatically Tells You How to Beat Traffic

We may never have to get stuck in traffic again. Thank you, Google. A recent update of Google Maps Navigation (Beta), an app for Android devices, tells the program to automatically plot the quickest...

Masdar City: A Closer Look at the City of the Future

Modern metropolises are proliferating malignancies of ravenous urban sprawl. Alright, that sentence is definitely laden with a hefty dose of theatrics, but we can at least say that increasingly around the world, people are...

NASA Building Network of Smart Cameras Across the US

A major government agency is looking to blanket the US with cameras that will never stop their surveillance. But don't worry privacy pundits, those cameras will be spying on the sky, not civilians. NASA's...

A Smartphone Device that Detects Cancer in Under an Hour

If you’re a smartphone naysayer, here’s some news that might make you drink the Kool-Aid along with nearly half of Americans: of the 652 app applications submitted just to Apple every day, an increasing...

Paging Dr. Watson: AI Jeopardy! Soon To Be Physician’s Assistant

Will you ever be treated by Dr. Watson? Not Sherlock Holmes’s right-hand man, but the AI Jeopardy! champion who's poised to be a sidekick for future physicians. IBM and Nuance Healthcare have teamed up...
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Hawk-Eye Augments Referees With Computers – Professional Sports are Evolving

The same video camera technology that calls tennis shots in professional tournaments could be on its way to judging goals in soccer matches. Arguments at the pub may never be the same again. Hawk-Eye,...
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Your Body is the Controller for this Humanoid Robot (video)

One of the great benefits of building a humanoid robot is that it can move just like a human does. That's never clearer than when the robot actually takes its commands by mimicking your...
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Artificial Retina That Lets the Blind See Again – More Great Videos of the Argus!

The blind in Europe have reason to rejoice, the world's most advanced artificial retina has just received the CE Mark, approved for use in new patients. The Argus II, developed by Lawrence Livermore National...
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Latest Geminoid Robot Looks More Human than Creepy (video)

The Uncanny Valley is a pit of doom for robots, few that dare enter its depths will ever emerge again. Yet the latest realistic robot from genius Hiroshi Ishiguro is as close to spanning...
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Ambulance 2.0: Lifebot Technology Creates “Super Ambulances”

Ambulances will soon be getting some major technological upgrades effectively turning them into "super ambulances." These technologically enhanced ambulances will allow paramedics to share patient data, video feeds and other information in real time...
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Take a Ride Inside Google’s Robot Car – Great New Video

Dammit, I really need to attend TED. The annual Technology Entertainment Design conference always has tons of great presenters, but this year they also had something better: Google's autonomous car. On a specially designed...

Costs of DNA Sequencing Falling Fast – Look At These Graphs!

You may know that the cost to sequence a human genome is dropping, but you probably have no idea how fast that price is coming down. The National Human Genome Research Institute, part of...
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Chrono Is the iPad App That Could Transform Your Doctor’s Office (video)

If iPad's are going to be the doctor's tool of the future, they're going to need a killer App that will enable the device to do everything they need it to do: schedule appointments,...
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The Future of Surfing – Sensors in the Board Record Everything

Ok, check it, braugh, you ever caught like a bitchin' wave but didn't like totally know how to like explain exactly how totally bitchin' it was? Now's your chance, dude! ...Ok, I'm going to...

Medtronic’s Tiny Pacemaker – No leads, No Surgery, Wireless

Look at the nail on your smallest finger. Chances are that it's about twice as big as the pacemaker Medtronic is hoping to build in the next five years. The Minnesota based medical technologies...

The Lifelogging Professor – An Update on the Surgically Implanted Camera

I don’t know artist Wafaa Bilal, but I know exactly where he was about an hour ago.  How?  The constant stream of photos being automatically taken from a camera on his body and uploaded...

Heard About Facebook Being Used to Select Jurors? You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet

The Wall Street Journal generated rounds of debate on the web with its recent discussion on how US attorneys are increasingly using Facebook and other forms of social media to help select jurors for...

Masdar City Abandons Transportation System of the Future

O, vehicle of the future, why have you eluded us? While other industries such as communication make enormous strides every year, it seems that transportation technology can only inch along, lumbering to barely get...
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Stunning Video of Shuttle Launch As Seen from iPhone on Airplane

NASA's launch last Thursday was the end of an era - the final mission for space shuttle Discovery. Yet a timely video captured on a mobile phone shows that it was also the beginning...

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