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Compute With A Gesture: Evoluce Displays

Developed by German manufacterer Evoluce, the I-Voluce is a 46 inch gesture control monitor. Not sure what that is? Read on.

Robot Rescuers: The Robotics Industry Responds To Japan

After the Tsunami that devasteted the coast of Japan, there's a lot of people in the field of robotics who have shifted their research in a different direction. Rescue workers put their lives in great danger every time they enter the field, and there's a lot of places they can't go, situations they can't be in: the risk is simply too great.

What if we could just send in a robot instead? 


Covert Robotics: Robots that Spy (and Hide) from Humans

The folks over at Lockheed Martin's Advanced Technology Laboratories (ATL) have come up with a prototype of a spy robot that's smarter than the average bot. Focusing on covert robotics, their Spy Robot will zig and zag to avoid any patches of light and scurry for cover to hide from any approaching humans.

PreVue Pregnancy eTextile Device Lets Mothers See Their Baby Grow

New to the world of eTextiles is the PreVue pregnancy screen, an abdomen attachment that lets expecting parents see their child's growth and development as the natal process progresses.

Emergency Triage By Computer Emotion Detector

A team of researchers from Delft University of Technology,  the Netherlands Defence Academy and TNO Defence, Security, and Safety are working on a little black box which can distinguish just how much of an emergency a caller has.  In other words, you call 911 to report that your house is on fire, and a 'trained' computer figures out how desperate you are.

 


Clean Your Keyboard: The Virashield UV Sanitizer

We've all seen the studies- keyboards and cell phones generally contain more germs on their surface than a toilet seat. Kind of a disturbing statistic, if you think about it. I mean, we're putting our hands and faces on and against these things for what sometimes amounts to hours at a time. The potential number of illnesses you can pick up in this way is staggering, to say the least.  And the fact is, disinfectant wipes can only do so much. Sure, they get rid of bacteria, but...there's more than just bacteria lurking on our electronics.

A company called Virwall Systems believe it has the answer. 

Have Your Capacitor And Battery Too - A Battery That Charges Fast & Produces More Power

A new development in battery design promises batteries with the power of a capacitor coupled with the energy of a battery.

Five Things You Can Control With Your Mind

It sounds like something out of the realms of science fiction, doesn't it? Turn on a computer with a thought. Drive a car using brainwaves. Control a prosthetic limb in the same way as you would an ordinary one. As technology advances further and further, we're coming ever closer to unlocking the secrets of the inner workings of the most advanced computer ever made- the human brain. 

This is just the start. 

Social Media 'Sock Puppet' Impostors OK'd By Military

How many remember the flack that emerged when someone impersonated the Dalai Lama two years back leading the Twitter founders to believe they could create "enlightenment in 140 characters" - only to learn he was an impostor leaving them no recourse but to exile him from the site. Well, now the government is condoning this activity as they enter the game of creating 'fake online identities' in hopes of using social media to counter anti-U.S. messaging around the world.

Good Hydro - Getting Power From Waterways

An efficient, easy-to-install hydro turbine is more effective than wind or solar power in the right places.

Social Media Games Win Awards, While Zynga Lacks Skin In The Game?

Do you remember last year this time,  when you were inundated with requests on Facebook by your friends to either help farm a field or join a Mafia family? Zynga and Facebook were not only adding virtual goods to the social media mix, they were taking home hard cash in the millions. The popularity of social media games reached such heights, the "Game Developers Choice Awards" added the category of ...

The World's First Computer: The Antikythera Mechanism

If someone were to ask you to name the world's oldest computer, you'd probably mention The Babbage Engine, Konrad Zuse's Z3 or  The UK's Colossus.  If you were asked when humanity built the first computing device, your estimates wouldn't go higher than a few hundred years or so.

What if I told you that there exists a computer system that was operational almost two thousand years ago?


Calling All Inventors: Edison Nation Sets Up $25 Million Innovation Fund For Inventors

Hoping to spur on some closet inventors in the U.S., Edison Nation, the search agent for several large retail outfits, has set up a $25 million fund to help inventors with great ideas fund their development.

Baby Bangs! Let Everyone Know Your Bald Baby Is A Girl

If you have ever had a bald baby girl you know the annoyance of having everyone refer to your little bundle as “him”.  I am not saying that it is always easy to tell if a baby is a boy or a girl just from looking at their face, but for some reason people tend to assume that if a baby has no hair it must be a boy.  With that in mind someone has developed Baby Bangs!.  They are a kind of baby toupee and headband combo. 

Plug.in Laptop Bag Is A Functional But Huge.eyesore

Laptops are becoming ever more prevalent and designer Viola Kosow has created the Plug.in bag as a way to not only carry around your precious electronic equipment but a power supply and other needed items as well, all with a bit of extra functionality.

LunchCommunicator Guilts Kids Who Don't Eat Their Lunches

I have heard many parents complain about how much effort it takes to make lunches every day and how little appreciation they get for that effort.  My mom makes great food, but for some reason when I was a kid I rarely ate the lunches she packed and I was forever trying to hide the fact that I didn’t eat them.  With the LunchCommunicator this deception would be a thing of the past.

Nudge Nudge Link Link - Get Your Emails When You Need Them

Emails getting buried? NudgeMail puts them where you need them, when you need them.

Correct Your Own Posture & Reduce Pain With PostureNOW Invention

... Computer users know more than anyone that bad posture causes pain.  If it works to improve our posture 'permanently,' as it claims, PostureNOW seems to be just what we need.

Powder Vibration Chamber Used In Materials Analysis Wins NASA's Invention Of The Year

NASA has recognized inXitu, Inc. with its 2010 Invention of the Year Award for inXitu's invention of the powder vibration chamber  The chamber is used in inXitu's portable X-ray scattering device (XRD) and represents such a 'leap forward' in materials analysis technology that it has been chosen to launch on the Mars Science Laboratory later this year.

 

 

 

Lawyers Beware: New Software May Replace You.

When you think of a computer or robot putting someone out of a job, what sort of job comes to mind? If you're like most people, it's probably a lower-end career: one which requires minimal education and may or may not involve manual labor (for example, a supply line worker at an automotive plant).A lot of people decry such a situation, but at the same time sit secure in the fact that their own job is safe from such an occurence.

Or is it?