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Category: Future Tech

iMobot Robot Adapts to its Surroundings

iMobot Robot Adapts to its Surroundings
Whether walking, crawling, climbing or rolling, most robots have a single form-factor. Not so with the iMobot, a robotic platform capable of taking on different forms based on the appropriate mode of movement for traversing its…
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Festo SmartBird Flaps its Wings into the Sky

Festo SmartBird Flaps its Wings into the Sky
Man has been flying for a very long time and early in the development of aircraft, we tired designs that mimicked birds with flapping wings and things never worked out well. The cool part about birds…
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Paranga Simulates Page Flipping for E-Book Readers

Paranga Simulates Page Flipping for E-Book Readers
If there’s one complaint that people have about E-book readers (besides the fact that they’re not flexible yet), it’s that they don’t really replicate the feel of a real book. A team of researchers in Japan…
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PreVue is Like a Wrestling Championship Belt and Sonogram Mashup

PreVue is Like a Wrestling Championship Belt and Sonogram Mashup
Any parent knows that one of the best days of a pregnancy is when you get a sonogram for the first time and look at the baby. If you are lucky, you can also find out…
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NEC ArmKeypad is Going to be a Hit with Masochists

NEC ArmKeypad is Going to be a Hit with Masochists
NEC has invented a pair of wristbands that lets you control a device just by clapping or tapping specific spots on your arms. Called the ArmKeypad, the wristbands detect the movements with their built-in accelerometers. NEC…
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There’s the Beast! What? Behind the Purple 3D Rabbit?

There’s the Beast! What? Behind the Purple 3D Rabbit?
If Monty Python and the Holy Grail ever gets a remake, this is the tech that will be used for the evil bunny. This might sound like some sort of silly joke, but a trio of…
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Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid Race Car is the First Hybrid I Would Own

Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid Race Car is the First Hybrid I Would Own
If you walk up to a bunch of automotive enthusiasts and start talking about the virtues of a hybrid we might listen if only because we need someone to buy the Prius and Focus Hybrids, so…
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Rocksmith Guitar Game: A Levelled Up Guitar Hero?

Rocksmith Guitar Game: A Levelled Up Guitar Hero?
One of the criticisms about the now extinct Guitar Hero and its competitor, Rock Band, is that they don’t really teach people how to play songs or how to use actual musical instruments. Which, of course…
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U.S. Army to Deploy Individual Gunshot Detectors with Soldiers

U.S. Army to Deploy Individual Gunshot Detectors with Soldiers
If you live in an area where people hunt during different times of the year, you know how hard it can be to tell which direction a gunshot comes from. If you are outside for a…
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Celluon Evomouse Turns Any Surface Into a Virtual Trackpad

Celluon Evomouse Turns Any Surface Into a Virtual Trackpad
While it might look cute, Celluon‘s Evomouse is actually pretty useful. The dog-like device uses an IR sensor to track your finger movements, turning any flat surface into a virtual trackpad, yearning to replace your mouse.…
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Researchers Developing Software That Matches Mug Shots with Police Sketches, Can’t Help Witnesses with Bad Memory

Researchers Developing Software That Matches Mug Shots with Police Sketches, Can’t Help Witnesses with Bad Memory
A group of Michigan State University researchers led by Computer Science and Engineering professor Anil Jain and doctoral student Brendan Klare are working on a program that can match mug shots of known criminals to police…
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DIY Pulse Laser Pistol is So Much Better than a Laser Pointer

DIY Pulse Laser Pistol is So Much Better than a Laser Pointer
I am a big fan of lasers and laser guns. Sure, they are mostly the stuff of science fiction, but the military is making some great advances in using lasers on the battlefield today. I want…
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Obsolete: Homeless ‘Bot Begs For Energy

Obsolete: Homeless ‘Bot Begs For Energy
Artist Pawel Hynek‘s striking image isn’t all that recent, but it’s thought-provoking to say the least. The image features an almost derelict robot begging for power in exchange for processing data. It’s funny, but uncomfortable at…
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Nokia + Burton’s Push Snowboarding Tracks Boarders’ Stats in Gory Detail

Nokia + Burton’s Push Snowboarding Tracks Boarders’ Stats in Gory Detail
The guys at Nokia and Burton have collaborated to create a custom rig which allows them to track key statistics from snowboarders as they careen down the mountainside.…
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Kinect and Arduino-Controlled Delta Robot is the Crane Game of the Future

Kinect and Arduino-Controlled Delta Robot is the Crane Game of the Future
I am at times a crane game savant. You know the game at the store where you can win prizes by grabbing them with the gaping maw of a crane scoop. I once won two toys…
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Geminoid-DK: Robot in Disguise

Geminoid-DK: Robot in Disguise
We already featured one of Hiroshi Ishiguro’s Geminoid-F androids a while back. You’ll see how the people working on the robot are getting closer and closer to making something that’s indistinguishable from a real human.…
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