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It seems that the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne has just a made a pretty big breakthrough, teaching paralyzed rats how to walk again.
The motion-tracking Swivl smartphone dock is cool, except for the marker device that you have to carry with you always and also the hefty $179 price tag. But the folks at Satarii have just introduced a more basic version of the accessory called Swivl-it which is currently available for $129, although that marker is still needed.
What you see above is the tōd (pronounced "toad"): a tiny Bluetooth 4.0 beacon that will let you know whether or not it is in range of your mobile device. You might not have realized it, but we are pretty sure that you will find a lot of uses for this new accessory.
The brain is without a doubt the most complex organ in the human body, and that is why creating a synthetic natural brain is a very difficult task. But it appears like scientists are getting closer and closer to completing the task of making a machine that behaves like a natural brain. Scientists involved in the BrainScaleS project, a collaboration between 15 research institutions, are trying to create hardware which emulates parts of a natural brain.
The apes communicate with the humans by touching the appropriate lexigrams and from the news doing the rounds, the group of seven have become pretty talkative after having gotten the hang of talking to their distant cousins.
You've seen it before in movies like Total Recall and iRobot, self-driving cars sound cool, you can get trashed with your friends then not worry about driving home later that night. But there's much more to this than an inebriated night out with the boys, people with disabilities such as the visually impaired could use self-driving cars to open up an whole new world that would allow them to go where they wish freely and independently.
If you have gone out shopping for shoes at least once in your life, you should know that it is a bit difficult to find a pair that fits perfectly on your feet, right? That problem might soon be solved all thanks to a new system being developed by the European ShopInstantShoe consortium. This system, which will be installed in shoe stores, will allow you to get shoes custom-fitted to your feet, and that too on the spot.
Maybe that's why so many artists have also turned to Autotune, but it looks like Yamaha is stepping up to a whole new level of artificial singing with its Vocaloid Keyboard. You literally "play" out the vocal sounds.
Your older brother’s arm wrestling grip is killing you? The Human Grasp Assist device might be able to give you a helping hand (or a helping glove actually). The device, which is also known as Robo-Glove or K-Glove, is the result of the collaboration between GM and NASA and has been developed to help astronauts and autoworkers stay away from stress injuries.
Today’s software can certainly perform magic and it’s always fun to learn about new developments, especially when it is coming with endless possibilities. The picture posted alongside is not taken from a primitive video game from the previous decade, but from a new game which has been designed almost entirely by an AI called Angelina.
Last week we saw the exciting and unique virtual piano that looked like a modern take on Nintendo's Power Glove. This week we give you DrumGenius, a wearable musical instrument designed by Guanyun Wang, Ye Tao, Zurui Jiang, Lei Shi, and Yujie Hong. Essentially this is an accelerometer based set of cuffs that you wear to simulate playing the drums. As you move your hands it will evoke the beating of a drum and even has a visual feature that aims to make it quite promising.
We've already seen what IBM Watson can do when it faces off against two of the best Jeopardy players of all time, but now we're going to see how it can handle the ongoing financial crisis on Wall Street.
Most of us have had this experience. You head into the busy downtown of a crowded metropolis and there simply isn't any parking on the street. There has to be a more efficient way to cram more cars into the same amount of space, and the Hiriko folding electric car looks like it will be able to do that.
Aldebaran Robotics is back to its helperbot ways, this time releasing a video of Romeo, a "humanoid robot that can act as a comprehensive assistant for persons suffering from a loss of autonomy."
You have probably seen self-driving cars in sci-fi films, well, soon you are going to be able to own one, provided you are living in Nevada. The state has become the first in the US to approve the rules governing the operating of driverless cars on the state's roadways.
Android fas rejoice! Another unique piece of Android swag for your collection has arrived, the Andru. This charming little guy not only manages to light up his eyes while charging, he can also move his arms, which is great for those like me that are either fidgety or have severe AD&D (they kind of go hand-in-hand though).
We're getting that much closer to the robot apocalypse. We already have computers beating us at trivia games. We already have robot flying machines that can act like a swarm. And now, we have computers that can read our minds, decipher our thoughts, and reconstruct them into comprehensible speech.
What's that? You thought the Parrot AR Drone was pretty cool? What if I told you that researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have developed a squadron of quadrocopters that can organize themselves into a swarm, flying in formation and automatically evading obstacles? Yes, Skynet is here and I, for one, welcome our robot overlords.
We're in the middle of another huge revolution when it comes to warfare and it has to do with the increased use of robots and unmanned drones. Instead of sending the actual soldier into the line of fire, you send a bot to do the job
You might have seen a few robot babies before. But this new creation is creepy and is going to disturb you a bit. If you found the above picture freaky, we encourage you to stay away from the video.
That's where human ingenuity takes over and has given us many breakthrough technologies in the past several decades to help with driver safety such as airbags and even GPS. Now Mobileye has announced a new technology that takes protecting drivers on the road a step further.
Enter the DragonBot. More specifically, Kombusto is the first of what will presumably be a series of DragonBots and it could be one of the most powerful kids toys in some time... as well as for the kid in all of us.
There are many ways to pay homage to the Genius design of Apple products. One of them, certainly will invite some attention from Cupertino giant is the Hackintosh movement. The folks out of this group of talented hackers must wear their Apple's "Cease and Desist" letters as badges of honor or something. Now, 9to5mac.com demo'd a Samsung tablet normally meant to run Windows 7 but running OS X Lion instead; they call it the HacPro Touch.
Simple robots known as crawlers have become very important in specialized tasks that require moving extremely heavy objects. Robots that are similar to crawlers...
Since a lot of people worry about how much space junk is circling the Earth at any given time, some have found a way to at least make that junk useful.
. All the Android fans in the audience are surely lusting after the many new features to be included in Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but what if you can't wait for its official release? What if you don't want to buy the Galaxy Nexus? Thankfully, there are some ways to get a taste of ICS without actually getting ICS.
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich software features are now public and the UI and experience has changed dramatically, enough so to get us excited about it. A new typeface called Roboto is used throughout the UI, while landscape controls have moved to the screen, making a bit of magic as they disappear when viewing videos or in widescreen mode.
Researchers at UCLA have come up with the world's first fully stretchable OLED display. This is quite different from just being bendable. That's because they can take this strip of OLED and pull it, stretching that light to expand up to 45 percent along one axis. This flexible and stretchable property could make this kind of tech remarkably useful for applications like robotic skin and other embedded medical devices.
Paul Budnitz, the Kidrobot founder, has created a high-end bike that should last a lifetime. There are two models available; the No1 and No2 bikes are both handmade in the United States. At the heart of both models is a Titanium Cantilever frame that's said to be as light as carbon fiber, stronger than steel, and rust and corrosion-proof. The frame's curved tube bends under pressure to absorb road shock.
We are getting so much closer to becoming borg. Science fiction warns us of our impending assimilation into highly destructive and intelligent robotic overlords, the bible warns of the mark of the beast, and possibly a chip implant. Now researchers have developed a method for applying electronic components directly on our skin, not unlike the process you'd get with a temporary tattoo.
There's no mention of whether or not the modified PR2 robot from Willow Garage has an affiliation with Skynet, but they are saying that this is the "world's most advanced personal robot platform." Willow Garage is now ready to offer the PR2 SE with a single arm for $285,000. Perhaps they left the other arm off for DARPA to mount a rocket launcher to it.
n innovative 3D motion capture figure has been recently developed by the Japanese company SoftEther. Dubbed Quma, the human-like figurine creates 3D computer generated animations and graphics in real time. The virtual doll features a set of sensor-equipped joints in strategic places all over the body, which not only place Quma in the right position, but allow the user to move it freely.
The Jedibot is a mechanized arm with a foam lightsaber at the end of it. What's cool is that it has several different articulated attack motions and when it detects contact with your foam lightsaber, it'll recoil and prepare for the next attack. They say that it can unleash an attack every 2-3 seconds.
Leica released a video that details the meticulous manufacturing process behind their lenses. The standard Leica lens is made in Germany, and consists of 100 different parts. The beautiful thing about the video is how much of the process is done by hand.
Some people claim that the next big thing in personal transport will be fully automatic, driverless cars. In May 2011, Danish architectural firm BIG proposed a driverless highway system where cars navigate the roads using robotic technology. The benefits of driverless cars, they claimed, were little or no accidents, as humans are responsible for close to 100 per cent of all traffic injuries. To further their point, they pointed out that airplanes operate smoothly on auto-pilot.
SWITL is a robot arm developed by Furukawa Kikou, capable to pick up materials in a semi-liquid state without changing their shape. The arm incorporates a very thin Teflon sheet which is used pretty much as a high speed shovel. Or maybe a comparison between a chameleon flicking out its tongue and SWITL would be more accurate in terms of speed.
A group of mechanical engineering students from the University of Adelaide, Australia, have designed a very cool eco-friendly vehicle. They dubbed their creation EDWARD, which is actually the acronym for "Electric Diwheel With Active Rotation Damping."
It's not quite the same as Skynet going live with its cybernetic organisms, but we are inching that much closer to Judgment Day. The Mobile/Handheld Computing Environment (CE) is essentially a military Android framework.
Last week, we saw the Kondo Spider Bot. That seems like a cool toy that might actually have some purpose. Today, we take a look at the Spider Table... and it doesn't quite look at useful.
Robots are pretty awesome. As great as the humanoid bots may be, it's even better when you get something like the Kondo Spider-Bot. It's a robot that looks like a spider, complete with spider-like limbs that move the bot in a spider-like way. There's just one problem: it only has six legs.
"A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away" really doesn't seem all that far away anymore. If you've been itching to have your own personal R2-D2 or C-3PO, it looks Pal Robotics is getting us closer with the introduction of the REEM-H2 humanoid service robot.
A professor at Osaka University came up with a creepy human-shaped phone that tickles you when it rings. The phone looks like a cross between Casper the friendly ghost and the freaky mutant things in Silent Hill. You talk into the phone’s stomach and it speaks back to you, playing the voice of the person on the other line through its face.
When it comes to supercars, there are a handful of names that immediately come to mind, even if you're much of an automotive enthusiast....
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.
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.
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.
Mankind has managed to one-up nature once again with a 19g robot hummingbird capable of precision flight, hovering and espionage.
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 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 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.