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Andrew Kessel

Andrew Kessel

Andrew is a recent graduate of Northeastern University in Boston, MA with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering. While at Northeastern, he worked on a Department of Defense project intended to create a product that adsorbs and destroys toxic nerve agents and also worked as part of a consulting firm in the fields of battery technology, corrosion analysis, vehicle rollover analysis, and thermal phenomena. Andrew is currently enrolled in a Juris Doctorate program at Boston College School of Law.

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3D Scanner Recreates Real-Life Objects on the Computer Screen

The line between computers and reality has been blurred.  We have murders committed because of World of Warcraft, Second Life romances (an activity normally reserved for the three dimensional world), and now there’s a...

MEDSignals Creates a High Tech, User Friendly Pillbox

Here’s a piece of genuine elderly-friendly technology.  It's simple enough that Grandma can use it, but the whole thing rings to the tune of Body 2.0.  The MEDSignals device is a convenient and handy...

Computer Learns Sign Language – Next Stop World Domination

Why does it have to take so long for the computers to rise up and kill us? The suspense is just maddening. Four Terminator movies and a television series spin-off and it still hasn’t...
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The FlexPicker: Industrial Robot Built for Speed – Video

Over the last few months, there has been very little showing on industrial robots here at Singularity Hub. That is truly a terrible circumstance, as some of the best and most innovative robots are...

Robot Hummingbird Ready for Spy Missions – Video

We’ve seen countless spy movies where the fearless protagonist is being tracked by video cameras shaped like owls or robotic insects with surveillance gear.  Most of us simply paid those fun fantasies no mind,...

RoboCup Takes Place in Graz, Austria: Robots Play Soccer and Search for Survivors

Earlier on Singularity Hub, we covered the RoboGames.  That was all well and good, with smashing and melee and some soccer to boot, but the six-year old RoboGames tradition is not the final word...

A Sample of Synthetic Human Skin for Just 34 Euros

Skin replacement might not be a hot new cosmetic procedure yet but, believe it or not, synthesized human skin is already a precious commodity on the market. It is not as sinister as it...

A Clock Powered by Flies? Microbial Fuel Cells Turn Poop into Power

Energy is a longstanding problem.  The energy crisis is not just the sinusoidal prices at the pumps and a reluctance to build wind farms in pristine natural environments; it affects every single person on...

World’s Smallest LCD Screen Created: 0.27 Inches in Diameter

Any insecure Hummer owner with a bad track record on the dating scene will tell you “it’s not the size that matters, it’s how you use it” and, for once, that might actually be...

The AbioCor Artificial Heart

Earlier on Singularity Hub, we took a detailed look into the magic of heart replacement surgery (and even growing hearts with stem cells).  It’s a great way to tack on a few extra years...
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TransMedics: Transplanting a Beating Heart

You've heard a bit about heart transplants and they're no piece of cake, but now there’s a company out there trying to make it a little bit easier.  It's not an off-color SNL skit,...

Breast Augmentation Balloons to Top Selling Plastic Surgery

Singularity Hub has recently and unintentionally launched an unofficial expose into the world of vain medicine. We last covered the chemotherapy cream that kills wrinkles (among other things) and now it’s time to move...

Chemotherapy Skin Cream Fights Wrinkles, Knocks Decades off Your Face

Here at Singularity Hub, we are just a little bit vain. Like, what’s the point of doing all this science and technology stuff if you’re not going to look good while doing it? Well,...

World’s Smallest LCD Screen Created: 0.27 Inches in Diameter

Any insecure Hummer owner with a bad track record on the dating scene will tell you “it’s not the size that matters, it’s how you use it” and, for once, that might actually be...
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TransMedics: Transplanting a Real Beating Heart

You've heard a bit about heart transplants and they're no piece of cake, but now there’s a company out there trying to make it a little bit easier. It's not an off-color SNL skit,...

Interactive Motion Technologies: Physical Therapy Robotics

Strokes suck.  The mass destruction of a large number of the brain’s neurons robs the body of even the most basic motor functions.  Though there is no simple preemptive cure for would-be stroke victims,...

Army Exoskeleton To Give Man Superhuman Strength

Super hero movies are all the rage these days. Take a look at the swollen coffers of Marvel and DC and it will be apparent. With such a vested interest in the super-human, it...

The Miracle of Heart Transplants

Take a moment and think about your heart.  None of that lovey-dovey crap, this muscle is all business, beating over 2.5 billion times in the average person’s life.  It pumps blood an average of...

RoboGames 2009 Summary, Highlights, Pictures and Video

The RoboGames were an astounding success.  Legions of robo-lovers flocked to the games in San Francisco to watch the carnage unfold and, though we didn’t go, but BotJunkie was able to make the trek...

New Manufacturing Technique Brings Bendable LCD Displays One Step Closer

Here at the hub, we’ve posted a little bit on bendable, flexible OLED (organic light emitting diode) displays.  Until recently, it was a cool and remarkably expensive gadget that was destined for a life...
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Organovo Pioneers 3-D Organ Printing: Hype or Hope?

The plastic 3-D printing machine has been around for a few years and man, is that cool. It can replicate most any mechanical system and it will function, too. Now, researchers at Organovo are...
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Army Exoskeleton Suit Gives Man Superhuman Strength

Super hero movies are all the rage these days.  Take a look at the swollen coffers of Marvel and DC and it will be apparent.  With such a vested interest in the super-human, it...
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RoboGames Land at San Francisco This Weekend

San Francisco locals, this is your lucky weekend.  Well, as long as you’re sufficiently interested in robotics, it is.  The Robo Games have come to town and will inhabit the Fort Mason Festival Pavillion...

Gender Test for Unborn Children Now Possible Even Earlier

In this new millennium, patience is no longer a virtue.  This instant gratification society does not want to wait for anything, so why are we still waiting 18 weeks after conception to figure out...

Miniature Robot Attempts to Race Through the Body

The idea of a miniature explorer through the human body has been explored and parodied more times than one can count.  Now, science has finally caught up with imagination and, although there is no...

Implant Cures High Blood Pressure

Pills are quickly going out of style.  Ok, so the SmartPill and microchip embedded pills are still cool, but regular old blood pressure medication is as un-hip as it gets.  Thankfully the Minneapolis company...

Robots Unlock the Mysteries of Evolution

Researchers and engineers have begun to unravel the mysteries of evolution.  Yes, we know that DNA changes and favorable mutations are awarded with longer lives and more offspring, but how can scientists tell which...

Proteus Ingestible Microchip Hits Clinical Trials

About a year ago, we brought to light a brilliant company that could be described as a predecessor to body 2.0.  Proteus Biomedical specializes in creating a digestible, ingestible microchip called the Raisin that...

Swarm Robotics: Beware The Swarm (videos)

Swarm robots are in vogue now.  Yeah, it was cool when one robot did something neat, like Asimo or the RiSE wall crawler, but why have one big expensive robot when a million little...

Ingestible Intelligence: The SmartPill

Technology is advancing at a rapid pace in all studies of medicine and, luckily for all, those with gastrointestinal problems (most specifically that flatulent guy who always winds up sitting next to you at...

New Device Can Detect Viruses In A Matter Of Minutes

Hypochondriacs rejoice!  Researchers at the University of Twente in the Netherlands have created a prototype device that is capable of detecting viruses and bacterium within the body in a matter of minutes rather than...

Another Step in Genetic Engineering: Glowing Primates

The primate family tree seems to have gotten a bit brighter lately.  Earlier, Singularity Hub reported on Ruby Puppy, the genetically engineered glowing dog, and now the puppy has been one-upped by a team...

Thirsty Plants Can Now Send Text Messages

In an effort to become more trim and efficient, everything in life has been given a miniature electronic brain.  The car knows when its is not burning at the perfect air to fuel ratio,...

Catch All the Baddies with a Keychain Spy Camera

There simply are not enough devices out there that pander to the tin-foil hat crowd.  You know, the paranoid delusional folks who think that there’s always something bad around the bend and somebody is...

Swarm Robotics: The Swarm Is Coming

Swarm robots are in vogue now. Yeah, it was cool when one robot did something neat, like Asimo or the RiSE wall crawler, but why have one big expensive robot when a million little...

The Scientific Battle Against Alzheimer’s Disease

HBO’s documentary, “The Alzheimer’s Project”, is free for viewing on their website.  If you have not yet seen it, make sure to take a look because this masterfully crafted, easily digestible film is an...

The QB1 Computer: No Mouse, No Keyboard. Just Gestures

The mouse and keyboard are fast becoming obsolete.  There are quite a few contenders in the ring vying to make it happen.  There’s an onslaught of technology that reads directly from the brain, there...

13 Year Old Girl Born With Disabilities Allowed to Sue Sperm Bank

Look in any court docket and there is sure to be a father-daughter lawsuit alleging some sort of negligent behavior by poor old Pops.  It seems now that precedent may be set allowing for...

Advancements in Brain Control: Wheelchairs that Move by Thought

The seventies gave the world “soul power” and now the new millennium is moving on to brain-power. There has been a flurry of postings here at Singularity Hub within the past few months...
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The Emotiv Headset – Gaming With Thoughts Alone

Mind control is coming to a home near you. Well, it’s not going to let you lull your neighbors into a trance, but it will let you control a computer with only a thought....

The Pocket Sized Robotic Scout: a Soldier’s New Best Friend

There are robots to do everything nowadays.  They move pallets, act as a butler and even scoop kitty poo, so it must come as no surprise that robots are heavily involved in military activity. ...

The Robotic Litter Box Makes for Hearty Consumerism

Cat technology has never been this revolutionary (terrible, terrible pun… just read on) since the advent of the laser pointer and, before then, bubbles.  Litter-Robot Inc. has for sale an automatic, self-cleaning litter box. ...

Now Recruiting: The Personal Genome Project

Everybody has a database: staffers, bankers, law enforcers and now geneticists, too.  The PGP is not a college fraternity (rush Lambda Lambda Lambda) but a new database of mapped genomes and medical records called...

Posting Tweets with Brain Power

Tired of using thumbs to endlessly update Twitter on a cell phone?  Well, worry no longer about finger injuries from marathon tweeting: the University of Wisconsin Department of Biomedical Engineering has come to the...

Thirsty Plants Can Now Use Microchip To Send Text Messages

In an effort to become more trim and efficient, everything in life has been given a miniature electronic brain. The car knows when its is not burning at the perfect air to fuel ratio,...

A Clinical Cure for Blindness Using Stem Cells

Old age is bliss.  There’s a nest egg in the bank account and nothing needs to be done but spoil the grandchildren and watch Judge Judy.  But, like a bad episode of the Twilight...

RiSE: The Robotic Wall Crawler

The robot invasion is nowhere close to over.  Singularity Hub has reported on a multitude of autonomous machines (the autonomous forklift, KIVA, Asimo) that may one day force honest, hardworking people to the unemployment...

The Autonomous Forklift

Here at Singularity Hub, we are interested in the different types of robots capable of doing a normal person’s job.  We have discussed Honda’s Asimo (who replaces the average butler) and recently talked about...
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Genetically Engineered Puppies Glow In The Dark

Dog training is poised to become much more interesting.  In addition to the usual tricks (sit, lay down, heel, look adorable), “glow” may soon be added to the repertoire.  A team at Seoul National...

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