Nao Robots Dance to “Thriller”

Thanks to the partnership between the Nonlinear System Laboratory at MIT and Aldebaran Robotics we can admire this impressive choreography of a team of Nao robots dancing to Michael Jackson’s “thriller.” At the beginning all the robots are waiting for my signal to start. While dancing, they are constantly synchronizing with each other, so if […]

MaKey MaKey – An Invention Kit for Everyone

MaKey MaKey is an invention kit for the 21st century. Turn everyday objects into touchpads and combine them with the internet. It’s a simple Invention Kit for Beginners and Experts doing art, engineering, and everything inbetween. Interested about the project? Learn more about it on MaKey Makey’s Kickstarter page! [MaKey MaKey]

Spaniards make 125 mile motorway drive without touching the wheel

A “road train” of cars moving in automated convoy has successfully completed a 125 mile journey in Spain. It’s the first time the technology has been tested on a public road. This isn’t the same system used by Google for driverless cars to move independently, which was recently licensed for public testing in Nevada. Instead […]

NASA Suggests Guidelines to Protect Moon Landmarks

Despite the National Aeronautics and Space Administration no longer doing any space stuff, they sure got territorial when private companies started making strides for space travel. The inevitable exploration of the moon’s surface is a hot topic among the private space travel initiatives, and NASA is calling “dibs” on certain areas of the moon. NASA […]

How a Smartphone Knows Up from Down (Accelerometer)

In the following video Bill Hammack, The Engineer Guy, takes apart a smartphone to show us exactly how its accelerometer works. Fascinating stuff, as usual. [Bill Hammack]

Getting the Book Invented: How Douglas Adams Predicted the Advent of E-books in 1993 [Video]

Animation for a competition run by the Literary Platform to design motion graphics to accompany a prophetic recording by Douglas Adams from back in 1993 detailing the invention of the electronic book. [Gavin Edwards]

The Ketchup War is Over

One of the great mysteries of life is how to get the ketchup out of the ketchup bottle. Our cavemen-like minds usually resort to the most base of instincts to extract the delicious condiment: physical violence. That problem is even more frustrating when there is very little left in the bottle itself: The walls of […]

Hopper Skip Function Jumps into Court

When a TV network boss claimed that skipping commercials on a DVR amounted to theft, most people laughed. The humor has faded away this week with a lawsuit against the manufacturers of one DVR that automatically skips the breaks. CBS, Fox, and NBC are suing Dish Network over its digital video recorder Hopper. The device […]

Click “Like” If You Can See This Post: Facebook’s New Sponsored Stories Feature

Have you seen your favorite geek t-shirt artist posting designs lately, or wondering when that witty web-show host will release her next video – and did your favorite Korean taco joint close down? There hasn’t been a daily special in days! It’s nothing new, but it is probably something the average user hasn’t been aware […]

Presenting the Unprinter

Researchers at the University of Cambridge in the UK have developed a method for removing laser-printed text from paper. It could mean devices used for security, recycling or both. A team lead by Dr Julian Allwood (pictured) explored practical applications that as lasers are used to attach ink to paper, they can also be used […]

CCD: The Heart of a Digital Camera (How a Digital Camera Works) [Video]

In the following video, Bill Hammack (The Engineer Guy) “takes apart a digital camera and explains how it captures images using a CCD (charge coupled device). He also shares how a single CCD is used with a color filter array to create colored images.” [The Engineer Guy]

ZeroN: The Computer Interface of the Future? [Video]

What if materials could defy gravity, so that we could leave them suspended in mid-air? ZeroN is a physical and digital interaction element that floats and moves in space by computer-controlled magnetic levitation. [ZeroN]