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eye3: The Robotic Copter That You Can Afford

UPDATE: Kickstarter has cancelled funding for eye3 due to delayed deliveries, skepticism that the drone will actually work and suspicion that the eye3 kit is actually pieced together from other kits already sold online....

All Your Bandwidth Are Belong To Us: Half Of World’s Bandwidth Consumed By Only 1% of Users

It's tough being an avid mobile device user these days. First, carriers tempt you with the latest feature-packed devices while promising to satiate your content fix, then they hobble your data plan and shun...
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40 Years After Moon Mission Made it Famous, NASA Recreates Iconic Picture of Earth – Blue Marble 2012

If you want to see a pretty part of Earth, step outside. If you want to see all the pretty parts of Earth, step into outer space. NASA recently released the first piece of...
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Kickstarter: We’re Succesful, We’re Growing, We’re Changing Whole Industries

Five hundred years ago, most Western artists lived off the charity of wealthy patrons. Today, you are that patron, and with Kickstarter you'll be funding a lot more than just art. The Manhattan based...
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Need a New Assistant? Evi Makes a Bid to Replace Siri on iPhone and Android

When the iPhone 4S arrived last fall, one of the most talked about, and lauded, features was Siri, the virtual assistant. Able to understand real human language, Siri could answer questions, send text messages,...
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Sebastian Thrun Aims to Revolutionize University Education With Udacity

This past August fellow Singularity Hub writer Aaron Saenz wrote about Udacity, the online university created by Stanford artificial intelligence professor and Google autonomous vehicle leader, Sebastian Thrun. At the time Thrun was gearing...

SkyLight Adapter Connects Microscopes To Smartphones

The SkyLight is really a simple device derived to solve a simple problem: how to keep your smartphone still enough to take high quality photos through a microscope. Watching other people holding their cell...
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iRobot CEO Discusses Their New Robot AVA

We found this video from CNNMoney, about AVA, iRobot’s latest personal assistance robot. We’ve covered AVA before, how it’s basically an iPad (or notebook) on a pretty sophisticated set of wheels. We don't learn...

Embryonic Stem Cells Used To Improve Vision Of Blind Patients

Macular degeneration had left Sue Freeman, 78, legally blind. She couldn’t go for a walk by herself, she couldn’t go shopping or even cook by herself. Another woman, age 51, was suffering from Stargardt’s...
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Rollin’ Justin Robot Gets Agile, Learns How To Throw A Ball (video)

Where was Agile Justin last year when we needed him to throw out the first pitch at a Philadelphia Phillies game? The PhillieBot was booed by Phillies fans after bouncing the ball to home...

Police Are Making A Scanner To Detect Concealed Weapons 80 Feet Away (video)

The New York Police Department is working with the Department of Defense to develop a scanning device that would allow them to detect concealed firearms on a person 80 feet away. The scanner detects...

CES 2012 and Consumer Robotics: Informative yet confusing… and bad food!

CES 2012 was a mammoth display of the trend toward smart, connected devices for every form of consumer activity: toys, appliances, entertainment, health, mobility, etc. More than 20,000 new products were launched at this...
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MIT Media Lab Rolls Out Folding Car

You think European cars are small now, wait till the Hiriko takes to the roads in Spain’s northern Basque country. The two-seater is about the size of a SmartCar, but when parked, it can...

Apple’s iBooks Praises Begin To Wither As Skepticism Settles In

Apple started off 2012 with the $10 billion textbook market in its crosshairs. Last week, the company unveiled iBooks 2, the next iteration of its iBooks software now beefed up for the textbook market,...

Raspberry Pi Founder Eben Upton Walks You Through the Launch of the $35 Computer

In just a few weeks UK's Raspberry Pi Foundation will be ready to launch one of the most anticipated products of 2012 – a $35 computer. The Raspberry Pi Model B is a bare-bones...

On the Internet of Things IBM Tracks Your Pork From Farm to Fork. Starting with China

IBM has set out to prove it can revolutionize the food industry with data, starting with China. Six industrial slaughterhouses and 100 markets in Shandong Province are part of a large scale test in...
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2012 a Big Year for MakerBot – New 3D Printer, $Millions in Funding, and Huge Growth Ahead

Three years ago they had three employees and were still trying to keep their equipment from breaking down. Now MakerBot employs 75, has millions in funding, and 7500+ of their printers in use. The...

Why Don’t We Have Abundant Solar Power? Blame Financing, and Industry, not Science

In the world of renewable energy resources, solar power is the epitome - abundant, reliable, and green. For decades scientists and engineers have been working tirelessly to improve the efficiency at which photovoltaic cells...
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Is the iPad the Future of Education? Students in Palm Beach Florida Find Out

Failing national school system? iPad might have an App for that. The Palm Beach School District in Florida finished their Pilot Program for iPad integration last year. Now, their exhaustive Wiki on that trial...
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Ripsaw and Riptide – High Speed Tanks Rampage Across Land and Water

For more than a century the tank has been a centerpiece of war – the seemingly unstoppable juggernaut that brought devastation in the Blitzkrieg, or that rolled over human rights in Tiananmen Square. Now...
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Call of Duty Video Game Reaches $1 Billion In Sales In 16 days, Faster Than Cameron’s Avatar

Modern Warfare 3 (MW3), the eighth in the Call of Duty series, made an astonishing $400 million in sales in the first 24 hours after it launched on November 8, 2011. Furthermore, Activision recently...

Shrugging Off Dependence On US, China Launching Its Own GPS Satellites

What would it mean to lose GPS? Not only would we resort to that archaic method of writing down and following directions, but many common technologies such as ATM machines, cellphones, even wristwatches are...
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Q&A with Dutch Futurist Marcel Bullinga as His Latest Book Looks to 2025

If the global community of futurists were an ice cream shop, Marcel Bullinga would be the banana split: big, colorful, fun, and a little nutty. The Dutch author and public speaker has a presentation...
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China’s Newest Train Hits 500 km/h! Only a Taste of What’s To Come

What did China get for Christmas? A train set that goes 500 km/h. The experimental bullet train, which can reach top speeds over 310 mph, was debuted on December 25th in Qingdao in Shangdong...
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Daniel Kraft Gives You a Peek of the Future of Medicine at TEDMED

Modern healthcare is sick, but Dr. Daniel Kraft knows a little something about the cure. At the 2011 TEDMED conference in San Diego, the stem cell researcher gave a great overview on the emerging...

India Finds Cases Of Tuberculosis Completely Resistant To Drugs

This is scary. A report out of India identifies four new cases of tuberculosis that are completely resistant to drug treatment. They gave all four patients, ages ranging from 20 to 57, the full first-line...
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Liquipel – An Invisible Waterproof Nano-Coating For Your Smartphone (video)

Raise your hand if you’ve ever dropped your smartphone in the toilet. Don't feel bad, according to Danny McPhail, president of Santa Anna, California-based startup Liquipel, that’s how 50 percent of smartphones meet a...

Hold Off On That Glass Just Yet – Red Wine Researcher Charged With Falsifying Data

The next time you toast a Cabernet Sauvignon to your heart health, you might be better off just toasting Tim Tebow. The much-touted health benefits of red wine took a hit recently. Dipak Das,...
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Raspberry Pi is About to be Served – Manufacturing Has Begun for the $35 Computer

What do you feel like doing, going out for dinner or buying a computer? The computer's probably cheaper. In a joyful moment for the the charity, the Raspberry Pi Foundation announced that as of...

Doomsday Clock Brings Us One Minute Closer To The Apocalypse

Did you know there was a Doomsday Clock? Well, it’s not a real clock that ticks down the remaining moments in hours and minutes and seconds, but a figurative clock that’s pushed towards armageddon...
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Mogees Acoustic Interface Transforms the World into Your Turntable

Art and technology make beautiful music together. Bruno Zamborlin is a young joint PhD student in both computational technologies and art at IRCAM in Paris and Goldsmiths University of London. He's created an...

Senstore Wants To Make A Tricorder That Monitors The Entire Body

What a great place that Singularity University is. Smart, motivated people coming together to make the world a better place through technology. This past summer a group of talented students put their heads together...
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China Builds 30-Story Hotel In Just 15 Days! (video)

Broad Group, a Chinese construction company in Hunan Province has built a hotel. At 30 stories tall and 183,000-square feet, the hotel itself is nothing extraordinary. What is extraordinary is the time the company...

MRI Powered Pill-Sized Robot Uses Tail To Swim Through Your Intestines

For years medicine has struggled to kill off all the little parasites swimming inside the human body. Now they're ready to add their own. Researchers from Tel Aviv University in Israel and Brigham &...

Who’s Donating to Wikipedia? Everybody. Latest Drive Raises $20M from 1M+ Donors

Their 20+ million volunteer-created articles attract more than 477 million people per month making them the fifth most popular ring of sites on the web, and they do it all with your help. The...

Your Body Wasn’t Built To Last: A Lesson From Human Mortality Rates

This post was originally published on the Gravity and Levity Blog, and has been republished on Singularity Hub with permission from the author What do you think are the odds that you will die during the...
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BillGuard Raises $10 Million To Protect Your Credit Cards, Detect Fraud, and Save You Money

Credit card fraud accounts for billions of dollars of lost money to consumers every year. BillGuard wants to return that cash to its customers, and it's doing it for free. The second place startup...
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Kenya: Once Again Paving The Way In Mobile, This Time With New Health App (video)

Kenya continues to be an innovation hotbed for technologies meant to improve the lives of people in the developing world. Shimba Technologies, a startup based in Nairobi, just released a new smartphone app that...

Parents of Children With Autism, Unite! — MyAutismTeam May Be The Social Network You’ve Always Wanted

Without a doubt, Facebook is the king of social networks. It boasts 800 million active users, 900 million objects (pages, group and events) and 7 million apps, making it a one-stop online community and...

iPhone and Android Growing Like Crazy. Downloads up 83%, Phone Activation up 142% from Last Year

Mobile markets love Christmas. Smart phone activations go through the roof, and app downloads explode once the holiday season rolls around. Yet while sales boom at the end of every year, 2011's holiday sales...

Is 2012 The Year That Robot Applications Take Root?

In July of 2008, the app store concept was launched by Apple and it has dramatically changed the mobile industry. Over 1.2 billion apps were downloaded between Christmas and New Year according to Flurry Analytics....

Robots Patrol South Korean Prisons at Night

The South Korean Ministry of Justice announced that they would be adding three new security guards to a prison in Pohang. Normally that wouldn't be news worthy, but these three particular guards happen to...
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LG’s Newest OLED TV is Insane – 55 Inches But Only 4mm Thick and 7.5 kg!

It's not quite painted on, but it's damn thin, and this newest screen looks almost better than reality itself. LG is pulling out all the stops for this year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in...
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Want Some Time on Research Telescopes? New Social Network Will Put Them In Your Hands

The social network is soon to be filled with stars...not celebrities, but actual celestial bodies. The GLObal Robotic telescopes Intelligent Array (GLORIA) is a €2.5 million project (~$3.4M USD) that will, for the next...

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