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Monthly Archives: May 2011

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$500 To Turn Your iPhone Into an ECG Heart Monitor (video)

Every 34 seconds someone suffers from a heart attack in the US. In the fight against this insane plague, startups are scrambling to find ways to leverage popular technology. The latest attempt is...
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Miracle Blue Goo Used To Decontaminate Japan’s Nuclear Disaster (video)

It looks like Smurf blood and it may keep Japan safe from nuclear waste. DeconGel is a liquid polymer that can spread easily on almost any surface. As it hardens it traps hazardous materials,...
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New Google Wallet Will Face Stiff Competition

Will Google be the company that transforms your smart phone into the only form of payment you need to carry with you? It really doesn't matter, one way or another, we're going to get...

Vivid Ads Give You False Memories That You Swear Are Real

Remember that time you were drinking Coke with Ronald McDonald and Tony the Tiger while the Energizer Bunny danced in your living room? Yeah, that never happened....but that doesn't mean you can't remember it...
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Xsens Full Body Suit – Motion Capture for the Mad Genius (video)

The real world just sucker punched virtual reality. Motion capture has long been used to make digital characters more believable, even when they were completely insane – I still have fond memories of the...
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Unlock Your Door With Your Phone, Text a Key to a Friend – Lockitron is Awesome (video)

It's time for your front door to go high tech. The aptly named Lockitron is an electronic door lock you can control via your phone. You may never need keys again, but the Lockitron...

No More Medical Record Hell – Startup Looks to Bring Doctors And Patients Into The Digital Age

If Practice Fusion has their way, your doctor's office is about to get an upgrade - big time. Like other electronic health records (EHR) systems, Practice Fusion empowers doctors with brand spanking new superpowers...
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Google Invades Your Home…Android Phones Control Your Appliances and Accessories (video)

Soon your smart phone may be the only light switch you'll ever need. At this year's Google I/O conference, enterprising executives from the Silicon Valley search giant announced that their Android OS for mobile...
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Storybook Time With the PR2 – This Robot Can Read Anything It Sees

The University of Pennsylvania has been elevating students' understanding of literature since 1740...and robots' since 2011. UPenn's GRASP Lab has taught one of Willow Garage's PR2 robots how to read out loud - the...
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The Government is Spying On You Through Facebook Right…Now

In our ongoing effort to keep you safe we've decided to read your email without your consent. Love, Your Democratically Elected Government. Controlling information and spying on citizens were hallmarks of totalitarian regimes in the 20th century....
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Robots Take Over Recycling (video)

Robots are coming to take over the world...of recycling. Finland based ZenRobotics is a company on a mission: use artificial intelligence and the latest sensor technology to transform industrial robots into lean mean...

Why Don’t We Video Chat More Often?

One of the most common staples of any futuristic movie or book has always been the video (or even holographic) phone call.  From Back to the Future to Star Trek, it seems as though...
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Palm-Sized Tiny Quadrotor Flies With Style in Sweden (video)

How do you prove your competence to your office mates? Try building a remote controlled flying robot that can buzz over their heads and fit in the palms of their hands. Tobias Antonsson, Marcus...
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Take a 3D Tour of the Hotel of the Future, Coming Soon to New York City (video)

When you stay in this fancy New York City hotel you don't have to worry about tipping the bellboy - that's because he's a robot. Yotel, opening in June in Manhattan, features a robotic...
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Satellite Images of North Korea Prison Camps Find 200,000 Living as Slaves

No one really knows how bad it is, but it's much worse than I thought possible. Piecing together information from satellite images and eye witness accounts, Amnesty International suspects that the horrific concentration camps...
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Luna Personal Robot Brings You Telepresence and More for $3k. Can It Be a Game Changer?

A few months ago a video was leaked of a mysterious robot. Now, after its official launch I can tell you that the mystery bot is none other than the Luna from RoboDynamics. RoboDynamics...

Complete Genomics Doing Well in 2011, Thousands More Genomes On Order

The company that could bring about the revolution in human genome sequencing is showing early signs of success in 2011. Complete Genomics is hoping to use a laser-tight focus on human genomes, and efficiencies...
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Watch Willow Garage’s PR2 Robot Solve a Rubik’s Cube With Autonomous Glee (video)

"Welcome to your new home, now please solve this Rubik's Cube." - when you're a robot, people greet you in some funny ways. No sooner had Willow Garage's PR2 shown up to the University...
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A $25 Computer The Size of Your Thumb! (video)

It's called Rasberry Pi and the price for the new computer is as delicious as its name. Under development by The Raspberry Pi Foundation in the UK, the barebones PC is hoped to cost...

The Myth of the Three Laws of Robotics – Why We Can’t Control Intelligence

Like many of you I grew up reading science fiction, and to me Isaac Asimov was a god of the genre. From 1929 until the mid 90s, the author created many lasting tropes...

Humanity+: Uniting Transhumanists Worldwide

Transhumanists of the world: do you ever find yourself feeling lonely, wishing you had a place to go to share your thoughts on artificial intelligence and post human life?  Lament no more and head...
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Build Your Own Tweenbot (video)

It's about time you started running your own social experiments using robots instead of relying upon scientists to do it for you. Luckily, Tweenbot is coming to help you. The diminutive rolling robot with...
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Will You Be a Cyborg by 2027? Awesome Website Marketing the New Deus Ex Video Game Says ‘Yes’ (Video)

Over a decade ago, the video game Deus Ex was remarkable for its blending of numerous game genres, emphasis on player choice, and depth of storyline, which earned it the title of “Best PC...
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Google Maps Goes Inside Your Business With New Photos (video)

If there's an important bit of information you need to know you can bet that Google is trying to squeeze it into their maps. The latest bit of insider knowledge making its way to...
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FarmVille Comes to Life! Real Farm in UK Run By Internet Vote (video)

The real world is about to get a taste of the meme magic that made Zynga famous. Wimpole Home Farm in Cambridgeshire in the UK is being controlled by the internet. This month the...

Children of Guanajuato, Mexico in Biometric D-Base

Biometrics is penetrating deeper into our lives than ever before. Next-generation passports with stored fingerprint data are being issued in almost every country. Russia is moving toward a universal identification card, supposed to arrive...

Will Nevada Pass Laws to Welcome Robot Cars?

It may take years to produce the first autonomous vehicles for consumer use but Nevada is already laying the legal ground work to get ready for their arrival. Assembly Bill 511 in the current...
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Piano Playing Robot Claims to be First of Its Kind…But It’s 27 Years Too Late (video)

When it comes to technology, there really needs to be a ban on claiming to be the 'First', or at least a really good review committee. Hiwin Technologies unveiled their new piano playing robot...
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Moore’s Law Lives! Intel Announces Launch of 22 nanometer 3D Transistor (video)

About every twenty-four months the computer chip manufacturers of the world manage to double the amount of transistors they can cram on an inexpensive integrated circuit. That steady doubling, known as Moore's Law, has...

Google Now Lets You Search Just By Talking To It

Select users of Google's Chrome web browser are getting a glimpse into the future of web searching. The latest update to Chrome allows for text to speech built into the functionality of Google Search....
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Watch Rollin’ Justin Robot’s Amazing Double Barehanded Catch! (video)

There's a special place in a nerd's heart for a robot that can beat jocks at sports and fetch us a cup of coffee at the same time. Needless to say, Rollin' Justin is...
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Pepsi’s New Social Vending Machine Lets You Reach Out And Refresh Someone (video)

There are few things as social as sharing a drink with someone, even if that someone is thousands of miles away. PepsiCo recently unveiled their Social Vending System, an advanced vending machine cabinet with...

Get Singularity Hub On Your Kindle

That's right, Singularity Hub is available on your Kindle, and has been for quite a long time actually.  If you have a Kindle and you love Singularity Hub (of course you do!) then why...
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Kurzweil: 3 Supplements To Let You Live Until The Singularity (video)

The future could be a paradise of technological wonders, but you'll (probably) need to keep yourself alive for decades in order to enjoy all it has to offer. Ray Kurzweil, inventor, author, and futurist,...
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Robot Finds Blackbox from 2009 Air France Crash

A small piece of a tragic mystery has been solved. This past weekend, a team lead by France's Inquisition and Analysis Bureau (BEA) used a submersible robotic vehicle, Phoenix International's Remora 6000, to recover...
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Home Elephant = Facebook + Neighborhood Watch. Could Be a Winning Formula (video)

Welcome to the neighborhood watch of the future, welcome to Home Elephant. Created to bring social media to local neighborhoods, Home Elephant lets you connect with people around you and share news, post alerts,...
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Slowing Brain Cancer with Gadgets? New Treatment Receives FDA Approval

Getting a diagnosis of brain cancer would rank high on anybody’s list of biggest fears. For the approximately 22,000 people who receive that diagnosis annually, none are as unfortunate as those who have glioblastoma...
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Thought-Wired Allows Disabled to Control Home Appliances with Mind Alone

If you’re one of the millions affected by severe disabilities, you should pay close attention to three innovative, pure-hearted Aucklanders who are whipping up a fresh batch of hope. They call themselves Thought-Wired, and...

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