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Electric life forms that live on pure energy are unlike any other life on Earth

July 18th, 2014 at 10:54 am » Comments Off

Geobacter is one type of ‘electric bacteria.’ ‘Electric bacteria’ are unlike any other life on Earth, these extraordinary bacteria use energy in its purest form – they eat and breathe electrons – and they are everywhere. (Video)    

Jibo – the world’s first family robot for the price of a tablet

July 17th, 2014 at 8:10 am » Comments Off

Jibo Jibo is the world’s first family robot. He can relate to you and will become part of your family. Jibo looks like a sleekly designed minimalist version of R2-D2. Jibo is stout with a big round glassy face and turns to greet you when you walk in the door. (Video)  

FAA approves proposed SpaceX launch site in Texas

July 16th, 2014 at 8:14 am » Comments Off

Proposed launch site for SpaceX. A “Record of Decision” giving approval for a SpaceX Texas Launch Site in Cameron County, Texas has been published by the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) office of Commercial Space Transportation. (Video)    

Coolest Cooler Kickstarter campaign on track to beat Kickstarter record

July 15th, 2014 at 8:00 am » Comments Off

Coolest Cooler A man in Oregon has set out to reinvent the cooler that you take to the beach or on camping trips. He has already raised $3 million for the project, and his fundraising effort is on track to possibly beat the Kickstarter record, The Oregonian reports. (Video)    

GimBall is a crash-proof drone that can fly almost anywhere

July 11th, 2014 at 9:28 am » Comments Off

GimBall The GimBall is an autonomous drone that is in a fully immersive rollcage that keeps it protected from whatever it might fly into, but the robust safety of the thing means it might soon be perfectly applicable for combing disaster areas or any other tight spaces. (Video)    

Shadow’s robotic hand uses AI to grip any object

July 10th, 2014 at 10:46 am » Comments Off

Shadow’s Dexterous Hand It’s not easy to build a robot that can compete with that astounding piece of machinery called the human hand.  But the UK company Shadow has a solid contender. And while its robotic hands imitate nature, why keep nature’s limitations? Shadow’s Dexterous Hand “sees” the shape of the object approaching it to help it […]

‘Digital Ethereal’ – Invisible Wi-Fi revealed through light graffiti

July 2nd, 2014 at 9:17 am » Comments Off

“Digital Ethereal” Artist and researcher Luis Hernan from the University of Newcastle in the UK In a project he is calling “Digital Ethereal”, artist and researcher Luis Hernan at the University of Newcastle in the UK has rendered the invisible visible — revealing in red, yellow, green and blue the Wi-Fi signal strength in the world […]

The Rise of the Plasticsmith in China

June 25th, 2014 at 10:38 am » Comments Off

Plasticsmiths Gangjian Cui’s “The Rise of the Plasticsmith” speculates China’s post-industrial future. Cui envisions the rise of a new breed of workers who will use plastic crafts to tell the history of the industrial age. (Photos and videos)    

Reinventing the 3D printer to make it faster

June 25th, 2014 at 10:16 am » Comments Off

BAAM 3D printer 3D printers are slow.  They are so slow that in the time it would take to print a screwdriver, you could just drive to the store and pick one up with a half hour to spare. And that’s a problem when a manufacturing job calls for creating units as quickly as possible. (Video)   […]

Vessyl: A smart cup that tracks everything you drink

June 24th, 2014 at 11:42 am » Comments Off

Vessyl There are a lot of fitness and health trackers on the market today: Fitbits. Nike+ Fuelbands. Jawbone Ups. They’re all pretty good at measuring the calories we’ve burned and the hours we’ve slept, but they miss a huge chunk of the health equation: what we’ve ingested. (Video)    

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