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The 25th KondoCup, A Milestone in Robot Soccer (video)

They said it would never last. Actually, they didn't. They said, "let's keep doing this because it's awesome." KondoCup just celebrated its 25th event last week. The soccer competition featuring small humanoid robots attracted...

Billions and Billions Served – Traffic In The New Era of Google and Facebook

Google's online dominance can now be expressed in a new way: every month, the equivalent of one seventh of the world's population travels to their sites on the internet. Or maybe it's every week....
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Hide Your Kids, Hide Your Wife! The Eyeborgs Are Out to Get You

Walking robotic cameras have armed themselves, are seeking your destruction, and the guy from the Highlander TV series is the only one who can save humanity. I love bad movies, and Eyeborgs is a...
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Don’t Trust the Cloud? Backup Your Social Network with SocialSafe

It's months before Facebook's IPO, but you can protect the investment you've made in the social network now. Startup SocialSafe is building itself to be the all-in-one tool you need to backup your data...

How well are you sleeping? Ask your pajamas.

Looks like someone’s engineering senior design project is going better than mine did.  That’s the vibe I’m getting anyway – some biomedical engineering students designed something for a class, realized it was actually a...

3D Printers Are Taking Off But One in Every Home? Maybe in Another 10 Years

The 3D printer has come of age….well, almost. Let’s just say that after a tough hit from the recession, the 3D printer industry is back with a vengeance. Low-end sub-$1000 DIY projects to commercial...

New Report Shows Pesticides Found Throughout Produce — USDA Says Keep Eating

The USDA recently released their annual report on the presence of pesticide residue in food commodities, and the study produced a harvest of mixed results, so to speak. The report was quick to point...

A Night Out with the Willow Garage Robots – New Info From the Press Dinner

When a robot asks you out on a date, say yes. Wednesday night, Willow Garage hosted a small press dinner at their offices in Silicon Valley. The young company looking to jumpstart the personal...
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Kurzweil Speaks on the Future of Computer Translation (video)

We live in a world where language technologies, still in their infancy, are powerful enough to turn your web browser into a text translator, and your smart phone into a speaking interpreter you can...

Population Growth and the Rise of Mega-Cities: Can Technology Help?

Are you ready to share the planet with 7 billion people? Current projections estimate that this population milestone is only months away. Along with a rapidly growing world population, the wave of urban growth...
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Libyan Rebel Engineers Improvise War Robots In Fight Against Gaddafi (video)

How do I know we live in the future? Because there's a ragtag group of rebels facing an evil regime and their greatest hope may be the fighting fury of robots they assemble out...
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Cheap, Swarming Kilobots Bring Us Closer to a Bot-Filled World (video)

Quick, what's the first thing that comes to mind when you read the phrase "robotic swarm"? A nefarious group of robots on a devious mission? How about miniature robots working to rescue trapped people...

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