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Food Spoilage: Chinese Research Team Develops New Smart Tag

Is there a way to tell if food has gone bad without experiencing that unpleasant attack on the nostrils by opening the container?  Read all about the innovative Chinese research team that devised a smart tag to eliminate all that and possibly revolutionize the food and beverage industry.

Toyota Is Securing Efficiency By Replacing Robots With Humans

No, that's not a typo. While many automotive manufacturers are embracing robots in the workplace, Toyota is apparently taking the opposite approach: they're actually reducing the number of robots used in the production line. Even stranger, they're actually becoming more efficient as a result.

Immersive Virtual Robotics Will Soon Allow Us To Directly Control Robotic Behemoths

Turns out, the answer to the myriad safety concerns surrounding massive industrial robots is virtual reality. Johns Hopkins Computational and Interactove Robotics Lab has developed an Immersive Virtual Robotics Environment that allows workers to directly interact with and control robots.

Good Design International Award: Celebrating Modern Design

Enter its 64th year, the Good Design International Award continues to celebrate the latest and greatest innovative products and industrial goods from all over the world. With dozens of categories available to showcase your ingenuity, there’s surely a special place for your bright ideas to this classic Chicago-based contest!

Bay Trail Quad & Dual Gigabit LAN: Gigabyte's J1900N-D3V Motherboard

Looking to build a small NAS? Gigabyte's latest ITX motherboard might be right up your alley, with its energy-efficient yet speedy Intel processor and numerous expansion options.

Georgia Tech's Using Human Arms To Make Robots More Accurate

One of the biggest driving forces in robotics innovation is the manufacturing industry. See, the machinery used to construct cars could easily tear a human apart of miscalibrated. The latest development comes from the Georgia Institute of Technology: a control system developed using the human arm.

Robots Can Probably Manage Your Finances Better Than You Can

According to entrepreneur Mike Sha, in the near future we'll be handing all our money over to robots. Sort of - the Bay Area entrepreneur's startup, SigFig, has developed a set of algorithms designed to manage a user's financial portfolio automatically. He's not the only one with the idea, either.

China's Yutu Rover Might Be The World's First True Hibernating Robot

The moon isn't exactly known for its balmy temperature, and its nights are especially bad. They last about 14  days, during which temperatures can drop as low as -180 degrees Celsius. Scientists in China may have designed a rover capable of surviving such extreme conditions...by hibernating.

Google's New Robots Dominate At The DARPA Robotic Rescue Challenge

Although Google may be entering into the manufacturing sector in the long term, for the time being, it's entering its new robots in contests. Several bots developed by Google-owned organizations today dominated the early stages of the DARPA Robotics Challenge.

Workplace Mechanization Is The Next Frontier Of The Robot Revolution

For decades, robots and humans have worked separately from one another on factory floors as a matter of safety. Now, however, companies like GM and BMW are looking to close the gap between man and machine. They're looking to create integrated work-spaces, where robots and humans can work in tandem.