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Starbucks App Lets You Buy Coffee With Your iPhone (Video)

As if they needed to make it any easier to get a cup of their coffee, Starbucks has just released a new iPhone App that lets you pay just by showing the cashier your...

Generating 3D Models of Your Face in Real-time with RGB

Want a 3D movie of an object? Forget scanners, forget stereoscopic cameras. All you need to capture real-time 3D movement is one camera and some colored lights. Researchers at Toshiba's Cambridge Research Lab (CRL)...

iPhone App From ScanR Puts Scanner and Fax Machine in Your Hands

Smart phones are becoming mobile business centers. Forget about texts, phone calls, emails, and web browsing, phones can now handle the ultimate office technology: the fax machine. Yep, ScanR has developed applications for iPhone,...

New Study Shows Your Ability To Recognize Faces is Genetic

Scientists at the University College of London, Harvard University, and elsewhere have discovered that not only is the part of your brain responsible for recognizing faces different than the part that recognizes words or...

Heywood at TEDMED – Information is a Patient’s Power (Video)

Jamie Heywood is out to convince you that the most powerful tool in medicine is information. He is the head of Patients Like Me, an online community of more than 45,000 patients with serious...

Siri: a Free Personal Assistant in Your iPhone (video)

You're about to get your very own genie in a bottle. Simply talk into your iPhone and tell Siri what you want. Tickets for a show, reservations at a restaurant, a taxi to pick...

Vu Tries to Undercut Cisco with Cheaper Telepresence

A couple of months ago we discussed the decline of business travel and the rise of high quality video conferencing from companies like Cisco, HP, and Polycom. The trend of telepresence is on the...

Apple Announces Tablet To Be Called ipad – Looks Beautiful, Pricing Starts $499

Well, the Applet tablet is finally official, and it even has name...ipad!  Steve Jobs is on stage at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco, CA presenting the device even as I write: Breaking: Price...

Stanford’s Robot Car Tries for Peak Performance

Sometime this year, Stanford plans on taking their driverless Audi TTS and using it to climb the 12.4 miles up Pike’s Peak. Now, if you’ve been following recent advances in robot driving you...

Check Your Date Before You Mate – iPhone Has an App for That

Maybe you've dated someone you shouldn't have. Sometimes that means getting bored or a little inconvenienced. For a friend of mine that meant being lied to by a con-artist for months in his elaborate...

Reading Your Mind to Tag Images (and Work With Computers)

The most valuable machine you own may be between your ears. Work done at Microsoft Research is using electroencephalograph (EEG) measurements to "read" minds in order to help tag images. When someone looks at...

Cisco Telepresence Coming To Your Home Despite Alternatives

I couldn't be home for Christmas this year, so I video chatted with my family instead. The picture quality was a little spotty with breaks, freezes, and frequent ghosting. Still, the experience was passable...

Facial Recognition Door Lock and Time Clock for Less than $500

Ditch the keys and throw away the time cards, now all you need is your face. Wholesale electronics giant Chinavision is offering a facial recognition door lock for around $465. The device uses two...

Broadcast Streaming Video – iPhone Finally Has an App for That

Technology is turning us all into miniature media moguls. For those that want to share moments of their lives as they happen, recording video and uploading it later is simply too slow of a...

Old Trick Enhances Modern 3D Video Teleconferencing

Modern teleconferencing is taking its cues from beyond the grave! Pepper's Ghost is an old stage illusion that was originally developed in the Victorian era to give the illusion of floating spirits visiting a...

Eureqa – Software to Replace Scientists

The job of a scientist has its fun parts, and its not-so-fun parts. Making new discoveries, understanding the way things work, and experimenting with the natural world are all pretty cool ways to spend...

Dragon Dictation, Voice Recognition Comes to the iPhone for Free (Video)

Can't afford a stenographer? Well now iPhone has an App for that. Nuance, the creators of the successful Dragon Naturally Speaking dictation software have expanded into mobile service. Dragon Dictation is now available for...

Universal Translators Are All Around Us (Video)

When watching Star Trek, I was always amazed that the aliens all spoke English. Writers explained this happy coincidence by the presence of a universal translator (UT), a portable device which could take any...

The Brain According to Henry Markram (Video)

Once you start building a brain in a box you get two things: admission into the Mad Scientists' Club, and a chance to speak at TED. Henry Markram is the director of the Blue...

Wolfram Alpha, iPhone has an App for That

You know, if computers ever take over the world, it's not going to be through a super smart spaceship like HAL, or a global network like SkyNet, or even Asimov-defying robots. No, it will...

IBM Hypes DNA Transistor, Genomes for Less than $1000

Sequencing your genome is going to be such big business that everyone wants to get in on it, even if they aren't ready. In a recent press release, IBM announced that it is working...

iPhone Lets You Reserve, Find, and Open a Car

Like peanut butter and chocolate, Batman and Robin, or babies and puppies, some things are just more powerful when combined. So it is with the iPhone and Zipcar. For those of you who don't...

Business Travel Declines With Telepresence Conference Calls

Business executives with an upcoming meeting have two choices: they can pack their things, travel to the airport, catch a flight, unpack in a hotel, and take a cab to an office...or they can...

Scanning Barcodes and Counting Calories – iPhone Has an App

Your iPhone can play so many roles in your life: tour guide, military commander, camerman, restaurant reviewer, bank teller, DJ, and now... nutritionist. The newly renamed DailyBurn (formerly Gyminee) has developed a calorie counting...

IBM Celebrates 20 Years Since First Manipulating an Atom

It was twenty years ago when Don Eigler, a fellow at IBM, made history by moving individual atoms for the first time. Like any good employee he used his new found ability to do...

Henry Markram’s Artificial Brain in a Computer (Video)

Many of you, like me, are excited about the possibilities of modeling and simulating the human brain. The Blue Brain Project, based in Switzerland, and made possible by IBM, is one of the leading...

Microscope Sees Molecules for First Time

Imagine trying to read braille printed on wet tissue paper. That's what it's been like trying to take a picture of a molecule. Advanced electron microscopes can get amazing resolution, fine enough to see...

Commanding Military Drones – Now iPhone Has an App for That

If you've got drones in different area codes, iPhone has an app for that. MIT's Human and Automation Lab (HAL) has been able to control an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) using everyone's favorite smart...

Need to Make a Deposit? iPhone has an App for That

We're rapidly approaching a time when every conceivable human action will have an associated iPhone application. While still in the early stage of exploring the App-space, I'm impressed by the amount of financial transactions...
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Disturbingly Real Replicants from Hanson Robotics

If Disney's Hall of Presidents upset you, if Chuck E. Cheese and his friends frighten you, if the TV show Dinosaurs gave you nightmares - don't read this post! Hanson Robotics is in the...

Clothing Gets Computerized

Sure those name brand threads may look good, but when was the last time they allowed you to become a walking sound and light show? The Soundie, part hoodie and part electric keyboard, is...

Boom! Question Answering Engines Take Off. IBM Sets Sights On Jeopardy, Wolfram Alpha

Boom!  That is the sound skittering across the information industry landscape this week as IBM has suddenly stepped into the ring, proposing that its Watson question answering engine will be able to best humans...

Birth of nanotechnology documented by this historic IBM photo

From the IEEE report on the singularity I found a cool reference to the birth of nanotechnology in the article titled "Rupturing The Nanotech Rapture" by Richard A.L. Jones: The birth of nanotechnology is...

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