French Canadian journalist Maxime Johnson, who’s currently visiting the “Display Taiwan” exhibition in Taipei, brought LiteOn’s upcoming LED “mobile lamp” to my attention today. As most LED light bulbs, the “mobile lamp” is compatible with traditional incandescent light bulb sockets, but what sets it apart from similar products is its internal battery, which can keep […]
The New York Times—or more specifically their standards editor Phil Corbett—has decreed that the use of the word “tweet” is no longer welcome in the pages of the famed newspaper. His reasoning? Some social-media fans may disagree, but outside of ornithological contexts, “tweet” has not yet achieved the status of standard English. And standard English […]
Flyfire, a project initiated by the SENSEable City Laboratory in collaboration with ARES Lab (Aerospace Robotics and Embedded Systems Laboratory) aims to transform any ordinary space into a highly immersive and interactive display environment. To do so, they put a few hundred LED-equiped toy-like helicopters in the air, and use them to create some fantastic […]
In the following video, Minority Report science adviser and inventor John Underkoffler demos g-speak — the real-life version of the film’s eye-popping, tai chi-meets-cyberspace computer interface. Is this how tomorrow’s computers will be controlled?
In the following clip, you’ll see an absolutely amazing quadrotor drone making making a bunch of crazy maneuvers in some really tight spaces. Check it out: I, for one, welcome our new autonomous quadrotor overlords.
By Jimmy Rogers Contributing Writer, [GAS] As a graduate student, I’m certainly not a high-roller financially, but for the first time in my life I’m making more money than I spend. It’s certainly not much, but it’s gotten me thinking: should I be more proactive about my savings? Over the last few weeks I’ve looked […]
Keith Alexander is officially number one at online warfare’s Cyber Command. But he’s no sofa-slumper and it’s no game. Alexander is in fact four-star General Keith Alexander, and Cyber Command is a newly created subdivision of the US Army’s Strategic Command, which is effectively the military’s tech unit and already deals with missile defense and […]
Complete with a range of naturally compliant grip patterns that provide repeatable accuracy, our powerful new hands combine innovative technology with life-like appearance. Functions of the hand such as speed, grip force and grip patterns may be custom programmed to suit individual user requirements through smart software and wireless technology. Lighter than existing products it […]
Did you know that the word “robot” was originally coined in 1920 after the czech word “robota”, which means “Compulsory Labor”? We’ve got a bunch of other interesting facts about our robotic friends right after the jump!
Remember Big Dog, that amazing 4-legged robotic mule we posted about a while ago? Well Big Dog has a little brother folks, and this guy really knows how to handle bumpy terrain. I’ll let you check him out: Now just imagine yourself trying to run away from that thing (for whatever reason) in a not […]
By Jimmy Rogers Contributing Writer, [GAS] If you follow the science (and probably Sci-Fi) news at all, you’ve probably heard about Craig Venter’s successful creation of the first synthetic organism. Just so we’re all on the same page, the new organism is much like any other bacterium, except it has a custom-made genome with not only […]
John Shepherd-Barron, the man regarded historically as having invented the ATM, has died at the age of 84. Born in India but growing up in the United Kingdom, Shepherd-Barron is generally credited with creating the first widely used machine for debit accounts. Previous automated machines had either been for making deposits or for accessing cash […]