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Lights Out - A Sensor That Cuts Your Electricity Usage

A single sensor in your home could save you 40% of your electricity costs.

On This Day In Video Game History: March 10

Here's a bit of video game trivia before we take an even deeper plunge into the past: the first ever video game called "Tennis for Two" was created by William Higinbotham in 1958. But what happened on the 10th of March eleven years ago? Read on to find out!

Introducing HTC's Android-based Smartphone: The Merge

It's been leaked, the news has been tumbling around in the rumor mill for months, but HTC has finally decided to go public: its first Android-powered smartphone is here. It's HTC's Merge and it's coming to you very, very soon.

Lemelson-MIT Awards RPI Student For New Bomb Detection Method

A doctoral student at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) has won the 2011 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize for developing a new technique for detecting hidden explosives, chemicals, and other dangerous materials from a safe distance.

 


Size Matters: The World's Smallest Computer

It's fairly common knowledge that we love miniaturizing our technology. The first computers were massive, and often filled entire rooms. Since then, we've managed to make them smaller, and smaller, and smaller.. Last month, researchers from Michigan University unveiled a very interesting and exciting prototype.

Apple's iPad 2 is Coming to Town

The iPad arrived with a bang last year and was sold out almost instantly in retailers nationwide. Apple has just announced the launch of the iPad 2 and already the world is waiting for its arrival with eager anticipation.

Nintendo's 3DS Handheld Video Game Console Gives You 3D Without the Glasses

The successor to Nintendo's DS series is finally here: the Nintendo 3DS. This handheld video game console takes gaming to the next level by offering 3D effects without the need for any special glasses!

Clearing Up The Noise Part I: Shortfalls In Capturing DSLR Audio

Capturing quality audio is half the story when creating video; even more so at a concert or other live event. DSLR cameras are not up to par for five (correctable) reasons.

Touched By A Robot, But Just What Are Its Intentions?

Can the touch of a human nurse's hand on a patient's arm be duplicated by a robot?  The robotic nurse can certainly reach out and touch a patient, but the question of motive is not clear, because a robot touches in the same way regardless of its intention. The Georgia Institute of Technology presented a research report today at the Human-Robot Interaction Conference in Lausanne, Switzerland, which I think you will find very interesting.

 

Let Your Cat Hunt For Food: The Aïkiou Stimulo Interactive Cat Feeder

There are lots of puzzles on the market for dogs, but indoor cats need their noggins switched on too. And indoor cats have a tendency to gain weight, which can lead to digestive problems and less mobility. Fortunately, Aikiou didn't just design an interactive feeder for dogs, but a special feeder for cats, which slows down your pet's eating and digestion, as well as providing some fun!