More Creepy Robots In Your Near Future

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Jibo is being pitched as a new member of the family: the robot slave we all need and want! The first step towards Rosie! Jibo’s creator is Dr. Cynthia Breazeal, director of MIT’s Personal Robots Group. She describes the 6 pound, 11 inch bouncing baby Terminator spy as something that will “support, complement and extend what [Read More...]

Google Reveals Its Prototype Self-Driving Electric Car

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Here it is: Ha! Just kidding, here it is: This is the first scratch-built, rather that retrofitted, Google car. It has no steering wheel or user-controlled brakes. So … good luck with that. Google engineer Chris Urmson explains why this is teh awesomes: But what happens if you’re riding in a self-driving car with no [Read More...]

Vend-a-Book

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Library vending machines? According to this story, it’s a comin’ thing: Changing demographics and difficulty securing new funds for new libraries, The Pioneer Library System in Norman, Oklahoma decided to to use technology to meet its patrons [sic] needs. So last week, it opened the first 24-hour library vending machine in the United States. Built by [Read More...]

Make Your Own Tricorder

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Another kid who was inspired by Star Trek grows up and makes a functional Tricorder, then places all the specifications, instructions, and schematics online for anyone to use or mod. Nerd win! Peter Jansen has made two versions so far in his attempt to get as many sensors as possible into a single handheld device. Thus [Read More...]

Google Wants to Augment Your Reality

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I’ve known this was coming for some time, but it’s actually more alarming than I expected it to be. Google’s Project Glass is an augmented reality system based on the idea of wearable computers: in this case, a pair of glasses that compresses all the functionality of a smartphone (phone, messaging, camera, GPS, social networking, [Read More...]

Power-Generating Fabric?

Scientists at Wake Forest’s Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials are working on “Power Felt”: a thermoelectric cloth that converts heat into electricity. The group is using carbon nanotubes (cylindrical molecules of interconnected carbon atoms) to create a flexible fabric that can be made into covers for cell phones, flashlights, radios, and other electronics. The method is cheaper [Read More...]

Tactile Touch Screens? They May Be Closer Than You Think

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And by close I mean, “As near as the next Apple press conference.” [UPDATE 3/7/12: Nope.] Check out Pocket-lint for the whole scoop. Here’s an excerpt: “The aim is to make a corrugated surface feel corrugated, a rough surface rough, a soft surface soft. The first products will ship by the end of this year [Read More...]


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