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Monthly Archives: January 2012

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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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