Forget Walking; Nao Robot to Learn Mountain Climbing

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We’ve always been fascinated with robots, particularly of the humanoid type. It’s been a challenge for scientists to give them human-like movements, which is why it’s taken them so long to get robots to walk, run, climb stairs, and play soccer. Nao is ready for more.

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$1 To Japan For Each Facebook Like

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Our good friends at AViiQ who manufacture all kinds of mobile accessories, have just tweeted that they will reach out to those troubled in Japan by the recent catastrophic earthquake and tsunami by donating $1 for each Facebook like they receive. Japan was hit by one massive 8.9 richter earthquake early on the morning of 3/11, and they continue to experience seismic activity totaling over 100 tremors in the last 24 hours.

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Electric nose lifter can lift your nose without resorting to plastic surgery

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For better or for worse (likely for worse), we live in a society that is very much caught up on appearances. We see all kinds of diet fads and fashion trends, but what about when it comes to your face? Do you hate your nose? Apparently, you’re not alone.

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Mazda2-based electric vehicle to compete with Nissan Leaf?

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Mazda says that “the internal combustion engine is expected to remain at the heart of the automobile for the near future,” but it also recognizes the importance of exploring the “development of various future eco-friendly technologies.” One of these has to do with electric vehicles and that’s where we find ourselves too.

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Talk-Torque 2 mute robot guides you through museum without talking

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The idea behind the Talk-Torque 2, which is almost more alien-like than robot-like, is that it can guide you through a museum using only gestures. The robot is supposed to “become a master at human communication without words,” directing your attention toward points of interest as it acts as a tour guide through a museum, art gallery, or some other similar exhibit.

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Google Android + retina display = Sharp IS03 smartphone

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What’s that? You thought retina displays were restricted solely to the Apple family? While it’s unclear whether or not they can actually use the word “retina” in their product descriptions, Sharp has indeed come up with a phone that uses one. And it’s powered by Google Android to boot.

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Nintendo 3DS to sell for $300, launches February 26 in Japan

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Man, I was really hoping that Nintendo would be a little more competitive with the price point on the new Nintendo 3DS. Most of us were hoping for something in the $200 range, maybe pushing $220 or $230, but that’s not where it is at all. Instead, they’ve bumped it to a whopping $300.

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