In the following video presentation, surgeon and inventor Catherine Mohr tours the history of surgery (and its pre-painkiller, pre-antiseptic past), then demos some of the newest tools for surgery through tiny incisions, performed using nimble robot hands. Fascinating — but not for the squeamish.
When Jammie Thomas-Rasset (pictured) was granted a retrial in the first (and to date only) US federal filesharing copyright case, she was likely relieved that it put aside her original punishment of a $222,000 fine. After the court ruled against her in the new case, that relief will be utterly shattered. Jammie Thomas-Rasset, found guilty […]
Isn’t that one of the most awesome thing ever? A cute little humanoid robot that prepares coffee for its master! Even though the whole act is staged, you have to be amazed by the complex movements this robotic gal can accomplish. [Via CrunchGear]
By Jimmy Rogers (@me) Contributing Writer, [GAS] This week is a very special one in the Apple calendar. On Wednesday Apple allowed the throngs of current iPhone users to upgrade their devices to firmware version 3.0. This long-awaited software package adds some neat new features to the iPhone but, more importantly, lays down the digital […]
As a child, like many others, I was an obsessive sports fan. But my geeky side soon surfaced and I realized I was much more interested in the statistics and logistics behind competitions. For example, while I may have struggled with algebra and chemical equations, I knew by heart the formula for how many total […]
If you’re bored by the impersonal voices of your GPS in-car navigation system, there’s a new product for you. TomTom has released an add-on feature to its systems which will replace the default voices with that of Homer Simpson. The voice doesn’t simply read out directions, but adds extra commentary, with one example being “Take […]
In the following video, biologist Robert Full demonstrate how geckos use their supersticky feet to climb up walls. But high-speed footage reveals that the gecko’s tail harbors perhaps the most surprising talents of all. [Picture source: Flickr (CC)]
Unveiled at Tokyo’s International Food Machinery and Technology Exhibition, this standard FANUC M-430iA robotic arm has a real-looking human hand attached to it, helping it move sushi pieces from one cutting board to another. Is it only me, or does this thing give you the shivers as well?
In the following video, long-time electronics inventor John La Grou unveils an ingenious new technology that will smarten up the electrical outlets in our homes, using microprocessors and RFID tags. The invention, Safeplug, promises to prevent deadly accidents like house fires — and to conserve energy.
Researchers have produced a 20 second audio file which is smaller than one kilobyte. That’s an encryption rate hundreds of times greater than on a standard mp3 file. But what makes the file most interesting is that it’s a reproduction rather than a recording. The audio in question is a 20 second playing clarinet solo. […]
By Jimmy Rogers (@me) Contributing Writer, [GAS] We’ve been reporting quite a bit on Bing and it’s recent ad campaign. Why? Well first of all, a web-based product from Microsoft that isn’t simply trying to copy everything already out there (See Live.com) is somewhat notable. Second, Bing seems to be part of the new trend: semantic […]
By Jimmy Rogers (@me) Contributing Writer, [GAS] Yesterday, Microsoft tweeted, and for once, the internet listened. That’s because their tweet went something like this: “Here it is, the *official word* on Windows 7 general availability: In stores starting October 22nd! Details at http://bit.ly/ccSyd ^MS” That’s right, after much speculation and an initial launch date of January […]