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Mark Cuban invests in PowerPot, a pot that charges your smartphone by boiling water

April 17th, 2014 at 10:50 am » Comments Off

Mark Cuban invests in PowerPot. The PowerPot is an awesome device that charges your phone by boiling water in a pot. The device has just become the next hot thing, thanks to its appearance on ABC’s hit reality show, “Shark Tank.” (Video)    

Mini mobile robotic printer roams around the page laying down ink

April 15th, 2014 at 2:07 pm » Comments Off

Pocket Printer Most pocket-sized printers are really just smaller versions of what you’d see on your desk. But,  Zuta Labs’ upcoming Pocket Printer robot may liven things up a little. Instead of using an old-fashioned paper feed, it runs over the page laying grayscale ink. This Roomba-like approach isn’t just a party trick, though. Besides leading to a very portable design, […]

CHAT – a translator that turns dolphin sounds into English

April 11th, 2014 at 11:04 am » Comments Off

Dolphins are believed to be one of the most intelligent animal species on the planet. Scientists have developed a working translator that can take dolphin sounds and turn them into spoken English. The translator called CHAT (Cetacean Hearing and Telemeintry), takes the whistling sounds that dolphins make to communicate, and matches them to a known database of meanings. […]

This Gates-funded toilet will change how we think about poop

February 24th, 2014 at 5:23 pm » Comments Off

Yan Qu and Clement Cid spend a lot more time thinking about poop than your average academics. The pair, both at Caltech, are part of a team working on what could be the future of bathrooms: a self-cleaning, solar-powered toilet that turns human waste into hydrogen and fertilizer.    

High-tech glasses help surgeons see cancer

February 17th, 2014 at 12:53 pm » Comments Off

The glasses are designed to make it easy for surgeons to differentiate cancerous cells from healthy cells. Researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine have developed high-tech eyewear that helps surgeons detect cancer cells, which glow blue when viewed using the special glasses.    

Google developing ‘smart’ contact lenses to monitor diabetes

January 21st, 2014 at 2:28 pm » Comments Off

Google’s smart contact lens. Google announced its next big project last week—smart contact lenses intended to help diabetics manage their condition. The tiny contact lens uses a wireless chip attached to a glucose sensor that measures glucose levels in tears.    

PulseWallet lets you pay for things by scanning your veins

January 14th, 2014 at 1:03 pm » Comments Off

PulseWallet A machine called PulseWallet scanns the veins in your hand and charges your credit card to pay for things. PulseWallet, or palm scanners like it, might soon call your local Starbucks home and provide one more way to pay for your Pumpkin Spice Latte.  

Budgee – a robot that follows you and carries all of your stuff

January 7th, 2014 at 12:33 pm » Comments Off

Budgee at CES 2014 Are you burdened by carrying too much stuff around? Maybe you have health problems, or maybe you’re a student with loads of heavy textbooks, or a traveler with heavy carry-on luggage. Or maybe you’re just incredibly lazy. Five Elements Robotics has created Budgee, a cute robot that will carry all your stuff […]

Keecker: A robot that that can project digital art and video in your home

January 7th, 2014 at 11:13 am » Comments Off

Thomas Frey with the Keecker robot — a new way to experience digital media – at CES 2014. People love their screens. Many of us have TVs in multiple rooms in our homes. We may prop our tablet up in the kitchen when we cook and tap away at our smartphone screen anywhere we happen […]

Gecko-inspired wall-crawling robot could someday be used in space

January 6th, 2014 at 2:53 pm » Comments Off

Abigaille, a robot inspired by the gecko. Inspired by the gecko, a robot that crawls up walls has taken a small but important step towards a future in space, scientists said on Thursday. The tiny legged prototype could be the forerunner of automatons that crawl along the hulls of spacecraft, cleaning and maintaining them, the […]

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