Archive for the ‘gadget’ Category


Researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine in November surgically implanted a pacemaker-like device into the brain of a patient in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, one of the first such operations in the United States. The device, which provides deep brain stimulation and has been used in thousands of people with Parkinson’s disease, is seen as a possible means of boosting memory and reversing cognitive decline...hopkinsmedicine.org

Ready for the next generation of robot combat? Syfy has greenlit and shot the first season of a new show where eight-foot-tall state-of-the-art humanoid robots will rock ‘em and sock ‘em in a boxing cage until one is defeated..insidetv.ew.com

Mahoro is a general purpose robot co-developed by AIST and Yaskawa designed to carry out dangerous lab work previously done manually by humans… geek.com

In his lab at Penn, Vijay Kumar and his team build flying quadrotors,
small, agile robots that swarm, sense each other, and form ad hoc teams — for construction, surveying disasters and far more.

Few things are less flattering than puttering around the local Walmart on an electric mobility scooter. But that could soon change if these urban concept vehicles make it into production… dvice.com

Move your butt over, Prius. Japanese toilet manufacturer Toto has a new take on a green driving machine. The Toilet Bike Neo combines a three-wheel motorcycle with a latrine. The kooky contraption runs on biogas… news.cnet.com.

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Cornell’s Creative Machines Lab decided to see what would happen if they put two chatbots face to virtual face and got them started talking to one another. Things didn’t go quite as crazy as might have been expected, but a fair amount of pointless argument, passive aggression, and random hilarity did ensue… spectrum.ieee.org

Researchers at IBM on Thursday unveiled a new generation of experimental computer chips “designed to emulate the brain’s abilities for perception, action and cognition”… globalpost.com (more…)

Sometimes technology just gets a little too creepy for its own good. This robotic singing head, created by researchers at the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology in Taipei, is the perfect example…geekosystem.com

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