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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...
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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...

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...
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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...

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...

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...

Help Accelerate Nanotechnology: Donate to the Foresight Institute With Matching Gifts Through Jan 15th

For twenty five years the Foresight Institute has been one of the leading proponents of nanotechnology, and 2011 was no exception. A 25th anniversary conference in June gathered visionary minds like Moon Express' Barney...
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Q&A with Filmmaker Jason Silva as He Preaches the Philosophy of the Singularity

There are many futurists and techno-optimists in the world, but there is only one Jason Silva. The former host of Current TV, and fledgling documentary filmmaker is a force of personality and energy that...

Want To Play Connect 4? The Nao Robot Is Ready to be Your Board Game Buddy

A team out of France has taught a robot how to play the classic board game Connect Four, but this isn't some mere act of technical expertise. The Nao robot can not only strategize...

How Social Media Is Ruining Your Mind

The ongoing creation of Web 2.0 has transformed the average internet denizen into a strange hybrid of producer and consumer. Everyone is now a 'prosumer', and this new role is apparently very addictive. Social...
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TouchFire – The Keyboard Your iPad Has Been Waiting For

Perfect design is like Big Foot– maybe it exists, but it rarely gets seen. Steven Isaac and Brad Melmon may have created a Yeti of an iPad accessory with their TouchFire screen top keyboard....

Academia.edu – $4.5M in Funding, 3M Unique Monthly Visitors – Can They Change Science Publication?

Don't call it “Facebook for Scientists” - it's not about socializing, it's about knowledge. Academia.edu may appear to be a social network, but it's actually focused on allowing scholars all over the world to...
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A Drop-In Solution for Replacing Human Labor? Kawada’s Nextage Robot

Automation poses a real threat to the factory worker – two armed robots like Nextage can perform many of the same tasks as a human, but only take as much money to run as...
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Blueseed Project To Overcome Immigration Bureaucracy By Building Startup Incubator In the Ocean

Bureaucracy? Ha. Work Visas? Ha. A seasteader craves not these things. The Blueseed Project is one of the more exciting, and by some estimates outrageous, solutions to the bureaucratic hurdles that face many new...

Shopping for the Holidays with a Singularity Twist – A Robot Tea Infuser for the Nerd You Love

Their long delayed quest to kill all humans will just have to wait another day – these robots are taking a tea interval. This holiday season Singularity Hub wants to spend a brief moment...
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Smartphone Pushes – Urban Airship Raises Millions of Dollars, To Send Billions of Notifications a Month

In the future, apps on your smart phone will know where you are, what you want, and how to grab your attention. That future is here. For those that own a smart phone or...
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Latest Hatsune Miku Videos in High Definition – Virtual Singer Shows No Signs of Slowing Down

Good news for all you Hatsune Miku fans: the virtual diva is ready for you to enjoy in high definition. Ever since her US debut in Los Angeles this past summer, bootleg copies of...
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A Real World ‘Superhero’ Living in Seattle? Another Strange Byproduct of Technology’s Advance

Get ready for a new kind of hero...the really laughable kind. By day he's 23 year old Benjamin Fodor - husband and father. By night he's Phoenix Jones, the leader of Seattle's growing superhero...
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Wherever You Go, Cameras Are Watching You

The modern digital camera is small enough to fit on a phone, powerful enough to record in high definition, and popular enough to be almost everywhere. With the rise of camera technology have come...
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Sphero, the $130 Robot Ball That’s Also a Video Game, Rolls Out in December

Robots. Video Games. Smart phones. What do they all have in common? Sphero. The robotic ball that you control via your iOS or Android device is the flagship product of startup Orbotix. Not only...
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The Most Incredible Video Game Simulator Ever Built Brings Battlefield 3 To Life…With Pain

Any video game enthusiast can buy a home theater system and improve their playing experience, but it takes a real group of obsessive lunatics fans to build a simulator that hurts you just to...
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The Latest Updates to Augmented Reality: 3D and Gravity

Augmented reality allows you to look through the camera on your mobile phone and see a digital world superimposed on the real one. Metaio allows augmented reality to actually understand the physical world. The...
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From the Amazon to the Alps, Google Street View Takes You Beyond The Streets

The journey towards a completely digitized life takes some very subtle steps, and Google is one of the companies doing most of the walking. Open up any web browser, fire up Google Maps, and...
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TRON Light Cycle Is Real and Ready for the Streets – And You Can Win One!

Behold! The most badass motorcycle your geek eyes will ever see is here. The TRON Light Cycle isn't just in movies anymore - a full scale and working model of the motorcycle is riding...
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Google’s AI Challenge: Who Can Build The Smartest Ant Colony

Want to prove to Google that you've got some serious programming chops? Then you better prepare yourself for war. Ant war. The Fall 2011 AI Challenge, sponsored by the giant of search engines, is...
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Lego Robot Beats Human World Record For Solving the Rubik’s Cube!

“Dr. Jones. Again we see there is nothing you can possess which I cannot take away.” ---Raiders of the Lost Ark, 1981 Solving the Rubik's Cube puzzle popularized in the 1980s is an exercise in...
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Endless Windmills In the Ocean Powering Our Cities? It’s Not SciFi, It’s Here…At Least in the EU

From a distance they look like white toothpicks standing up out of the ocean. Up close they are towering engines of motion, whirring in the face of unforgiving gusts of wind. Offshore wind farms...
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Are You BioCurious? Now You Can Join the Club, Use the Lab, Hack Your Biology.

The Do It Yourself community is breaking new ground. Forget learning how to knit, building your own computer, or fixing the molding in your house. DIY is hacking biology. That's right, genetic engineering, ecology,...
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Immersive Labs Creating the Future of Intelligent, Scanning Ads – But Don’t Call Them Minority Report

Talk to any human face to face and right away they'll be able to guess your age, gender, and interest in the conversation. Now digital ads can do the same. Immersive Labs is creating...
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Origo’s 3D Printer Could Be The Last Toy Your Ten Year Old Will Ever Need

Origo may be the last toy you ever have to buy for your child. The prototype 3D printer under development by Artur Tchoukanov and Joris Peels allows children aged ten and up to design...
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The Battle Over Genetically Modified Food Continues – FDA Petitioned To Require GM Labels

Okay, think fast: how often do you eat genetically modified foods? *buzzer* I'm sorry, but the answer we were looking for is: “no one knows!”. Current FDA regulations don't require food companies in the...
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Another Step Towards Dr. iPhone – High Quality Blood Pressure Monitoring On the Go

You know the drill – the doctor slides the cuff onto your arm, pumps it up, and then tells you your blood pressure is way too high. Well now you can get that entire...
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India Produces World’s Cheapest Tablet for less than $50. 10k Made, Millions More To Come

What's the cost of a world class education? Less than $50. Thanks to the vision of Kapil Sibal, India's telecommunications minister, there is now an Android enabled tablet computer that costs as little...
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The Alpha Dog Is Out of Its Cage – New Walking Robot From Boston Dynamics Destined For Battle?

The Alpha Dog is like any large puppy - it doesn't mind you shoving it around, but when this thing grows up it's going to be an absolute monster. Better treat it nice. The...
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From Pap Smears To Mammograms, More Robots Are Stepping Up to Play Doctor

If you want to find a utopia of humans and machines worker together in harmony, look no further than your nearest medical laboratory. A growing number of automated systems are allowing robots to assist...
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Need 30 Seconds of Laughter? Check out This Awesome Daycare Robots Commercial

Do I trust robots? Sure. Would I trust a robot to look after my children? Um...okay, let me think about this. Insurance provider Geico, already known for its commercials and their humorous take on...
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Four Years After Cloning, Drug-Sniffing Dogs Celebrate Remarkable Success in South Korean Airport

Some dogs are one in a million...so why not clone a million of them? Dogs are a staple in airports around the world, helping detect narcotics, explosives, and other banned substances. Incheon Airport in...
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iPhone Wristband Tracks Your Sleep, Vibrates You Awake, and Lets Your Mate Sleep In

How well did you sleep last night? If you don't know you could try asking your mate, or you could ask your iPhone. Lark, a Silicon Valley startup has created a wristband that tracks...

Robot See, Robot Do…Robot Understand. Machine Vision Is Changing The World – Here Are The Details

Open up your webcam and look at its unblinking eye. If you catch a glimmer of intelligence don't be surprised - computers are understanding more of what they see every day. Machine vision is...

The Art of Transhumanism…Part II

Every day Singularity Hub reviews some of the emerging technology that could drastically alter humanity's future. This is some exciting science, to be sure, but many of the most interesting developments we cover won't...
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IROS 2011 – The Robots Rule San Francisco

For the past few days I've been hanging out with robots. I know, I know, how is that different than normal? Well, this time the bots in question were the stars of IROS 2011,...
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Google Digitizes The Dead Sea Scrolls – Like Taking a Time Machine To 2000+ Years Ago

An elite team of tech specialists have taken one of the world's most precious historic relics and given it to people for free. Sound like the latest Hollywood heist film? Or maybe a retelling...
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Forget The Big Banks, BankSimple Will Provide The Same Services Without Screwing You Over

Overdraft penalties, hidden charges, ATM fees – mainstream banks have come up with a myriad of ways for separating you from your money. BankSimple not only wants to put an end to the leaching,...
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Hanson Robotics’ RoboKind – Small Bots With Human Faces

As a child who watched way too many 80s horror movies, I grew up fearing any small creature with an expressive face. Chucky, Gremlins, those creepy dolls from Puppet Master - these are not...
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Sphero, The Robot Ball You Control With Your Phone, Is Getting Ready To Roll Into Your Home

Orbotix has the hottest set of robot balls out there, and it's finally showing what they really look like to the public. The Boulder-based startup recently released photos and video of the final form...
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Brain Scans On The Go – EEG Hooked Up To Your Smart Phone

Human brains are like wild animals, you learn more when you can watch them in their natural habitat. That's why five scientists in Milab at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) have combined the...
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In 3 Weeks Video Gamers Defeat Biochemical Puzzle That Scientists Couldn’t Solve for Years

When someone whines that your playing video games is a waste of time, tell them you're doing it for science. Researchers at the University of Washington have successfully leveraged the power of gamers to...

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