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Megatron Comes to Life Courtesy of Steel Legend

You know how Japan has that life-sized Gundam? Well, it's not like China wants to be outdone in its front with oversized fighting robots, so some guy who calls himself Steel Legend decided to make a real life replica of Megatron, leader of the Decepticons.

Robo Marathon Coming to Japan

Oh Japan. The land of fantastic sushi and off-the-wall game shows. They're ready to take on another quirky spin, because a full marathon is being planned for a number of bipedal robots. Technology firm Vston is organizing the event.

German Researchers Use Mind Control To Drive Car

AutoNOMOS Labs in Germany have developed a system that allows someone to drive a car using their mind. The system uses censors to measure the brain’s electromagnetic signals. The measurements are interpreted as patterns by a computer. The driver puts on a sensor cap and trains the computer to recognize their brain patterns.

Nano Hummingbird UAVs To Fly The Skies

Mankind has managed to one-up nature once again with a 19g robot hummingbird capable of precision flight, hovering and espionage.

Eye camera beats out human eye with 3.5x optical zoom

Researchers from Northwestern University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have developed a camera based on the human eye. The researchers boast of the eye camera’s superiority over human eyes - it can zoom. While it only has a 3.5x optical zoom, the researchers said a higher zoom will come as the technology advances.

Next Great Leap pursues Google’s Lunar X Prize

Next Giant Leap, a Boulder, Colorado company building interplanetary lander/hopper robots, received a $1 million grant from the Charles Start Draper Laboratory to further their technology with the hopes of winning Google's $30 million Lunar X Prize in 2012.

Researchers create Ghostbot fish that can swim in all directions

Researchers at Northwestern’s McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science have made a robotic fish that can swim in all directions. The robot, nicknamed Ghostbot, was inspired by the Black Ghost Knifefish that lives in the Amazon basin; a nocturnal fish that has poor eyesight and relies on a weak electric field to hunt for food. It can move both vertically and horizontally using either one or two waves alongside its single long fin.

Nasa brings new app to the little green man

This is one small step for the green robot... One giant leap for NASA. If you happen to be an Android smartphone owner and for some reason feel the need to keep tabs on NASA, the new NASA Spinoff app for your mobile device should keep things stellar.

Artificial Intelligence set to try its skills at Jeopardy

A high-powered artificial intelligence computer – capable of human logic, linguistics, deciphering puns and instantly searching millions of pages of reference material and encyclopedias for information asked for indirectly – to be tested amongst the smartest contenders in a televised game show. What is Jeopardy? Alex.

Ion Book Scanner digitizes your 200-page books in 15 minutes for eReading

Thanks to the rising popularity of devices like the Kobo and Kindle, more and more people are starting to rely on e-books for their textual enjoyment. Even so, what do you do if you already have a massive library of dead tree editions? The Book Saver Book Scanner from Ion Audio could be the ticket.

Lexar’s factory video tour gives insight to painstaking process of memory chip manufacturing

Possibly motivated by constant complaints about the high price of seemingly cheap memory products, Lexar's factory tour video, released on YouTube last week, details the long, grueling process involved in the manufacturing process of memory chips.

Comparing the LG Optimus 2X to the LG Optimus Black with Nova Display

Aside from smart vacuums and glasses-free 3D HDTV sets, the two media darlings at LG's CES booth last week had to be its pair of brand spanking new smartphones. The kicker is that the two phones have two very different things going for them.

Scooba floor cleaner means you’ll never have to wash the bathroom floor again

Announced at CES, the Scooba 230 is designed for cleaning bathroom floors such as tile, lino and sealed hardwood. At 3.5" tall and 6.5" in diameter, the robot can fit around toilets and furniture and under vanities. Using a three-stage cleaning system, it washes, scrubs and squeegees floors – and holds enough cleaning solution to scrub up to 150 square feet.

Droid 2, Droid X Snowbot commercial from Verizon shows Android’s dark side (Video)

Coke might have its polar bears, but Verizon has a big scary robot disguised as a kindly snowman. And it's awesome. I really like the Droid commercials from Verizon, mostly because they remind me of things like Terminator, and this one adds a little festive flair to it. Bow down to your snowbot overlords.

Sony Google TV remote design comes straight from the 80s

Sony has been around long enough that they may hang on to designs a bit longer than acceptable. For instance, this remote control QWERTY thing for Google TV. Its supposed to be released next week on October 12th, but I’d be more convinced if you told me it was released in 1985.

Best Buy to sell Rocketfish Android tablet soon

The iPad is selling like hot cakes, but the only one profiting from the impressive sales of the device are Apple. Well, Best Buy has its own in-house "Rocketfish" brand. And these two factoids are on the verge of combining. Last Friday, Best Buy CTO Robert Stephens effectively confirmed the existence of an iPad-esque Rocketfish tablet on the horizon by sending out a tweet with the image of the device.

HULC exoskeleton set for testing, real blood trials coming in 2011

You wont see soldiers catching missiles in mid air, or flipping tanks with one hand.What you will see is bigger backpacks and heavy gear, up to 200lbs worth. The HULC stands for Human Universal Load Carrier, it's an anthropomorphic exoskeleton part of a robotic militarized masterminded plan funded of Lockheed Martin.

Text’nDrive iPhone and Blackberry voice-to-txt app keeps your hands on the wheel

There are laws in many jurisdictions that restrict the use of cell phones while driving. Many people have invested in Bluetooth headsets for handsfree calling, but what about text and email messaging? For that, you may want to take a look at the Text'nDrive app.

iPhone 4 to launch in 17 countries July 30

News came today as Apple, makers of the notoriously famous iPhone 4, announced plans to launch their problematic smartphone to Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland on July 30th.

Opera Mini Web browser approved for the iPhone

Opera Mini Web browser is now available free to download on your iPhone. Apple has given it the green light, but shucks, still no Flash websites. If that were the case, Flash would be on the iPad next, and ya'll know how Apple feels about that. The title of Opera's press release Monday came bluntly - Approved: Opera Mini App approved for the App Store. Apple is no longer worried about its Safari browser being the dominant runner in web, it's not like the Company nets off it much. Compared to Opera, it's super slow.

Most mobile screens just don’t have the touch

Our friends at Moto Labs have gone to great lengths once again to show scientifically what we already knew. Most mobile touchscreens are way behind the iPhone in their accuracy and sensitivity. Originally, using a simple test technique, their fingers, the team would slowly trace straight lines across the screens of each device using a basic drawing application. They said: "Results with straight lines indicate a high degree of sensor accuracy; less-precise sensors show the lines with wavy patterns, stair-steps, or both." Unfortunately, tech-nerds all over the internet were critical of this approach and demanded a more controlled data set. In other words don't use their stubby, Cheeto-dust covered fingers.

Nasa to send Man to Mars

Barrack Obama has been a busy man, as we all know. He’s had to deal with a country in recession, sliding dollar value and an expensive war overseas. With all this on his plate, he’s held his head high and accepted the Nobel Peace prize. And like any good politician, made grand promises he has absolutely no intentions of keeping. But SuperBama has another conquest on his itinerary.

iPhone controlled quadrocopter is the Parrot AR.Drone

So that AR Drone Quadrocopter we saw at CES just the other week, well, it's made by a company named Parrot and we've managed to get a hold of some exciting footage of it buzzing around the streets.

This Cute 7 Year Old Girl Gets A 3D Printed “RoboHand” (VIDEO)

Faith Lennox is just a lovely 7 year old sweetheart who never imagined she'd have the need for a left hand, since she doesn't...

REVIEW – Scosche solCHAT Solar-Powered Bluetooth Speakerphone

It is illegal to use a handheld cell phone while driving in California. A similar cell phone ban recently kicked in over in the...

C-3PO Gets Resurrected as USB Flash Drive

We've seen quite a few unique USB flash drives. Some are shaped like pieces of sushi. Some have been made to look like severed...

REVIEW – LUXA2 H1-Touch Cell Phone Desktop Stand

A mobile phone is meant to be exactly that: mobile. We take our cell phones and smartphones with us everywhere we go, so it's...

Android Revolution Just Got Cheaper at Rogers Wireless

Maybe that whole "revolution" at Rogers Wireless isn't going exactly as planned. Google Android was supposed to be a pretty big game-changer, but it...

Five Gadget Gifts for Fathers Day

As with so many other holidays on our calendars these days, Father's Day may have snuck up on you and now you find yourself...

Get Ready for a Bigger Amazon Kindle This Week

The first Amazon Kindle introduced the e-book idea to the masses and the Kindle 2 brought a lot of great aesthetic and usability upgrades....

More Moto Android Coming with Motorola Ironman Smartphone

It seems that the Motorola Calgary won't be the only smartphone coming from Motorola that'll be getting the Google Android treatment. Tack this one...

3G iPod Shuffle Ripped Apart for All to See

Well, that didn't take long at all. The new iPod Shuffle was introduced to the world only two days ago, but we have already...

iPhone Hits Judgment Day with Terminator Salvation Game

Even without Christian Bale's on-set outburst, Terminator Salvation is garnering a fair bit of attention from fans of the series. The upcoming Hollywood movie...

Netbooks and BB Bold Get Jazzy with Gelaskins

I've been rocking a Gelaskins protective skin on my Nintendo DS Lite for almost a year now and it's still holding up quite well....

No More Jailbreak: Android Tossed Back in Prison

Unfortunately for the little robot that could, Google has decided to send out an automatic update that addresses the "issue" of having the Android...

Tech News Roundup: Google Android, iPhone Keyboard, Bum-Powered Flash Drives…

What's happening in the world of mobile technology? AT&T's working on a robot, a mobile suit excretes memory, and the friendly skies are getting...

Disposable Google Android Phone Coming from Hop-on

Hop-on is a company that prides itself in making ridiculously affordable cell phones, including a $10 disposable phone and an el cheapo iPhone 3G...

Japandroid: Google Android Invades Japan Next Year

A giant robot roaming through the streets of Tokyo? Why am I reminded of so many sci-fi movies? Sure, you may replace Godzilla and...

Steampunk Goes Crazy with Bluetooth Too

It's a name that most geeks recognize by now, because Steampuk has taken its retro mechanicals to all sorts of modern hardware. At long...

Survey: Japan Loves iPhone, Despises BlackBerry

Over in Japan, they are surrounded by some of the most advanced technology this world has ever seen. They've got everything from robotic dogs...

Video: R2-D2 from Star Wars Reduced to USB Hub Duties

Between the two best known robots from the Star Wars franchise, the one that had no real speaking parts had to be the one...

See Spot? Visual Search Launched by KDDI Japan (Video)

This isn't an entirely new development, but I still think that it's pretty awesome. KDDI Japan has just launched their ER Search application, which...

Softbank Transforming Mecha Phones Are For Real

You would think that something like this comes straight out of a cheesy Michael Bay movie, but it turns out that the transforming mecha...

Video: Get Behind the Wheel of BMW 1-Series

Creative advertising goes a long way in selling a product, regardless of whether said product is actually a winner or a loser. I need...

Motorola WiMAX Modems Look Like R2-D2, Black Obelisk of Power

Most modems are boring boxes with a couple of antennas sticking out the back. Not these bad boys, though. Motorola has taken a decidedly...

IBM Creates Solar Powered Submarines to Monitor the Hudson

We've seen all sorts of solar powered devices in our day. Some people are trying to implement them in cell phones. Others aim to...

A Real Life Transformer: Let’s Hope It’s an Autobot (Video)

Transformers are just science fiction, right? Just the wild imagination of some geek gone wild? Apparently not, because here is a real transformer and...

Another Transforming Cell Phone on the Attack

For anyone who has watched the Transformers Movie, I'm sure that you remember when they transformed the Nokia N93i into a little blasting robot....

Duofone: The Dual Handset Phone is More Than Meets the Eye

In Gestalt psychology, they teach you that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. That is apparently the case with the...

Video: Automatic Rubik’s Cube Solver by Lego NXT

The beauty of the Lego NXT system is that it can create just about anything that your imagination desires, even if you want to...