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Pheonix Freeze: Empowering Lazy-Ass Computer Users All Over the World.

Pheonix Freeze: Empowering Lazy-Ass Computer Users All Over the World.

Currently in beta, Phoenix Freeze is a program that allows users to use thie Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones as “keys” to their computers. After pairing your computer with your phone, Phoenix Freeze will automatically lock the computer…

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Morals Software for Robots: Life Imitating Asimov

Morals Software for Robots: Life Imitating Asimov

Asimov concocted the Three Laws of Robotics in 1942 and built many of his stories around these rules. While Asimov benefited greatly from those rules as an artistic concept, giving him ideas to explore, in the…

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Tap Your Screen if You’Re Present: iPhone to Take Attendance in Japanese University

Tap Your Screen if You’Re Present: iPhone to Take Attendance in Japanese University

If there’s one thing I can say about the Japanese, it’s that they’re weird. Now if there are two things I can say about the Japanese, then I say they’re weird and they’re quick to embrace…

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Camspace Turns Any Object Into a Controller

Camspace Turns Any Object Into a Controller

Almost a week ago, Kotaku’s Brian Crecente wrote an article regarding the re-emergence of video game peripherals, spurred on by the success of Guitar Hero, Rock Band, and of course the Wii. In the article, Wedbush…

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Sixthsense Wearable Gestural Interface: Microsoft Surface + Google in a Portable Package

Sixthsense Wearable Gestural Interface: Microsoft Surface + Google in a Portable Package

Last October, Pattie Maes had the idea of making a gesture-controlled interface similar to what was in the movie Minority Report. But unlike the interface in the movie, which was projected onto a screen and was…

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Transducer Network of Silence: Mit Engineers Working on Sound Masking Tech

Transducer Network of Silence: Mit Engineers Working on Sound Masking Tech

MIT engineers Joe Paradiso and Yasuhiro Ono want to patent what they’re calling “Distributed Acoustic Conversation Shielding”. Yup, it’s like Get Smart’s Cone of Silence, except that it actually works. I hope. Paradiso and Ono’s acoustic…

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Steampunk Camaro Could have Singlehandedly Saved the U.S. Auto Industry

Steampunk Camaro Could have Singlehandedly Saved the U.S. Auto Industry

When I came across this design for a retro-futuristic Chevy Camaro (aka the Steampunk Kamaro), I nearly lost my mind. Then I realized that it wasn’t real, and only a graphic rendering by artist John ‘Jazz’…

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Spotlight Gps Pet Locator Will Make Lost Pet Posters Obsolete

Spotlight Gps Pet Locator Will Make Lost Pet Posters Obsolete

Positioning Animals Worldwide, Inc. (PAW) and the American Kennel Club will soon be offering a high-tech way of keeping track of your pet dogs. The service is called SpotLight, and it combines Assisted GPS technology along…

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Touch Screens Could Get Bumpy Someday

Touch Screens Could Get Bumpy Someday

As much as I dig my iPhone and HP Touchsmart touchscreens, there’s something that I still miss about actually feeling buttons under my fingertips. And while I’ve gotten pretty good at typing without even looking at…

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Out of Body Experience: Machine Keeps Disembodied Animal Hearts Beating

Out of Body Experience: Machine Keeps Disembodied Animal Hearts Beating

Researchers at North Carolina State University have invented a machine that can keep an animal heart functional even after it has been removed from its body. Freaky. Andrew Richards, a Ph.D. student in mechanical engineering, designed…

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Panasonic Fukitorimushi: the Roomba’S Strange New Robot Floor Cleaner Rival

Panasonic Fukitorimushi: the Roomba’S Strange New Robot Floor Cleaner Rival

Panasonic demoed their own robot floor cleaner at the Tokyo Fiber Senseware exhibition in Milan. It’s called the “fukitorimushi” (wipe-up bug), although if you ask me “Creepy Pillow” would be a better name for it. The…

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Next iPhone to have Built-in Magnetometer: Yay for Miners and Geologists. Yay.

Next iPhone to have Built-in Magnetometer: Yay for Miners and Geologists. Yay.

The folks at The Boy Genius Report have a couple of screens from an iPhone debugging menu, and their Apple insider is telling them that the evidence points to a built-in magnetometer for the next hardware…

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Resistance is Futile: Radio-Controlled Cyborg Beetles

Resistance is Futile: Radio-Controlled Cyborg Beetles

Oh crap. I knew it. Those stupid robots at SparkFun’s race were publicized to lull us all into a false sense of security: “Wow it just went for a dive at the lake HAHA st00pid botz.”…

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Somniloquy: the Future Will be Filled With Environment-Friendly Pirates

Somniloquy: the Future Will be Filled With Environment-Friendly Pirates

People leave their computers on for a long time for various valid reasons: when backing up, scanning malware, reformatting and restoring because the malware couldn’t be removed, installing SP3 for the third time, downloading a large…

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Everything but the Kitchen Sink: Xstreamhd to Beam 1080p Movies, Music, HDTV & Games via Satellite

Everything but the Kitchen Sink: Xstreamhd to Beam 1080p Movies, Music, HDTV & Games via Satellite

I can imagine how a streaming service can send movies, HDTV, and high-quality music to homes, but games as well? Hmmm. That’s what XStreamHD claim they will provide, apparently via Care Bear satellite beams. Seriously though,…

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Web-Slinging Here We Come: Scientists Add Metals to Make Super-Strong Spider Silk

Web-Slinging Here We Come: Scientists Add Metals to Make Super-Strong Spider Silk

Yet another proof that geeks are indeed cool: A bunch of scientists – whose professional motto is “Why not?” – decided to combine certain metals with the silk of the Araneus spider, and came up with…

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