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Robocup, a worldwide initiative to get a team of humanoid robots prepped and able to defeat a human world champion soccer team by the year 2050, has been getting a lot of attention around the globe. Now China is starting to show distinct interest, with the continual development of the Robocup China Committee. read more »
Every once in awhile, I run into a three-dimensional, walking, talking and, most of all, hard-working soul, who embodies the qualities that make inventors successful. This time it's Robert ("Bobby") Amore who, with his "Toner Belt," made it to the round-of-twelve in season one of American Inventor (ABC, 2006). Bobby just happens to be one of the few contestants from season one and two who has reached the mass market with his product... now being sold as the "Walk n' Burn." read more »
This new "sleep station" will give people no reason to get out of bed in the morning. The Starry Night bed, as it's called, contains enough features to allow you to stay in bed all day and surf the Web, watch movies, or listen to your digital music collection with its built-in surround sound system. You won't believe some of the features that this "super bed" sports, and it all comes with a hefty price tag. read more »
Nowadays, the word "automatic" appears in front of almost everything we touch. Today a brief stroll around the aisles of most stores reveals a culture that can no longer, is no longer, interested in doing things the old-fashioned way: manually. Disagree? Then take a look at United States patent 6471679 . read more »
Last year in celebration of 15 years of business TAXI and its executive creative director Steve Mykolyn decided to give back to the community. Steve came up with the 15 Below project and recruited Lida Baday, Canadian designer, to design a coat for the homeless. She designed the 15 Below jacket. read more »
In many ways, Apple does a firm grip on the MP3 player and digital music market with its iPod and iTunes empire. Some people believe that Apple has been unfair in these respective markets from a consumer standpoint, saying that Apple overcharges for iPods and also for music at iTunes. read more »
The DYMO DiscPainter is a very cool device that will appeal to some people, while others will find the cost of operation to be unjustified. This little printer is a must-have for budding musicians, photographers, business professionals, and amateur cinematographers. read more »
The skyline of Japan's Inazawa City has a whole new look today, dominated by the Solae Elevator Testing Tower. A true triumph of architectural design, Solae is not only sleek and stylish but at 567 ft high, is the world's tallest elevator testing tower. read more »
Today's generation of tykes are all over the fashion scene, thanks to the wit of Generation X fashion designers wanting cute baby apparel choices for both their own kids and for a lucrative business opportunity. read more »
We all know that in today's world you are either a fan of Apple products like the iPod Touch, iPod, or iPhone, and for those people who don't swing Apple's way, you go with Microsoft stuff- most recently the Microsoft Zune. The Zune 80GB is a very popular MP3 player, but it doesn't have near the functionality of the iPhone - so doesn't it make sense that the Zune 3 should be iPhone-like? read more »
Can placing magnets on your skin cure aches, pains, and sprains? So-called "magnetic therapy" is often considered to be a hoax under the guise of "alternative medicine." But now a study by biomedical engineering researchers at the University of Virginia has found that magnets may really provide biological healing. The scientific evidence for the controversial therapy may lead to mainstream use of magnets for athletes, the elderly, and others. read more »
A company in Canada by the name of RabbitHoles has created a new technique of turning regular 2-D images, such as a movie poster, into high quality, full-color 3-D images that can even have animation sequences implemented into the photo. Check out the video of this new technology in action... read more »
"I Could Just Kick Myself." Well, now you can!
Did your parents ever tell you all you needed was a swift kick in the butt? If you were in grade school around the time I was - back when no one much cared about your self-esteem or your feelings - you might have heard a teacher say these very same words to/at you. Perhaps when you've screwed up, yet again, you've even uttered these words to yourself under your breath. The obvious problem in this last scenario is that people just aren't built to accomplish such a feat. read more »
On December tenth, Saudi blogger Fouad al-Farhan was detained for questioning by the Saudi Interior Ministry. In a case that has invoked international condemnation, possible charges against Farhan have not been elaborated on, except for a brief statement by a Ministry spokesman, stating that, Farhan was detained "for violating rules not related to state security." read more »
More and more people are choosing to "cut the cord" when it comes to their choice of computer mouse. Wireless mice are becoming increasingly standard in the computer world, and for good reason. They are typically easier to use, more convenient, and less of a hassle than the wired variety. They do have one drawback, though - they've always required batteries - until now... read more »
If you've listened to the news lately it might seem as though we are on the brink of another arms race. Oh sure, we've made some progress with North Korea, for now, but what about the rest of the world? If worrying about escalating international tensions is keeping you from making good on your new year's resolution to embark on a diet and fitness program that will help you transform yourself, I've got a patent that could put some of your fears to rest - temporarily - just long enough so that you can get up off the couch and into the gym.
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A 71-year-old farmer has found a unique solution to Japan's chronic shortage of space: grow 11 different kinds of fruit on a single tree! read more »
There are plenty of mysteries out there for scientists to worry about. Finding the cure for cancer or discovering a way to reverse ozone damage would be a good start. However, over in Russia they are concerned about something else: Saying hello to an alien read more »
If you were lucky enough to get your hands on a Nintendo Wii this holiday season, you may have gotten more than just a gaming system. A recent press release has stated that certain gaming consoles, like the Nintendo Wii and the Playstation 3, are able to act as a stereo receiver to play your online music collection. Find out how... read more »
More than 250,000 people pass through the Stockholm Central Station every day. In the past, the body heat they release has posed problems, requiring open windows to air it out. But soon, the excess heat will be used to provide heating for a new office building nearby. read more »
Baby oh baby, now this is one sweet ride! The name "Combi LX-720" may sound like a new Lexus 4x4 but about all it has in common with the high-end luxocruiser is its 4-wheeled layout... and, luxury. read more »
The Unofficial Lego Mindstorms NXT Inventor's Guide (300 pages)
David J. Perdue
(No Starch Press)
Lego Mindstorms is one of the latest educational toys aimed at getting kids interested in high-tech subjects the fun way: by building robots. Aimed at kids 10 years old and up, the robotics kit teaches young students about building, programming, and electronics. read more »
When a cigarette company decides to release a series of ads about smoking, the results are pretty much as you'd expect. When the cigarette company is Japanese, the ads take on a chilling yet child-like charm. Here are the first ten... read more »
Renewafuel, a start-up company from Minnesota, has invented cubes of plant materials that provide twice as much energy as other biomass and about the same amount of energy as coal. Because these "fuel cubes" are made of materials such as switch grass, corn stalks, and wood fibers, they don't contribute to global warming, the company says. read more »
Meet Yuki-taro, a self-guided, GPS and camera equipped robot snowplow that somehow manages to look as cute as Pokemon's Pikachu - this is Japan, after all! If that weren't enough, the friendly "snowbot" excretes perfectly formed igloo bricks from the snow it takes in - now how cool is that? read more »