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Japanese Convenience Stores to Get Robots to Stock Shelves

Japanese Convenience Stores to Get Robots to Stock Shelves
Technology and efficiency are definitely two things you’ll encounter in abundance when you visit Japan’s modern cities like Tokyo and Osaka. Now, FamilyMart one of Japan’s biggest chains of convenience stores (aka “konbini”) is aiming to increase its efficiency by adding robots to its staff.

Disney’s Avatar and Star Wars Theme Parks Get Opening Dates

Disney’s Avatar and Star Wars Theme Parks Get Opening Dates
During an earnings call, the Disney CEO Bob Iger announced that the Pandora: The World of Avatar park will open on May 27, 2017 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Florida. This sounds really cool, but I have to wonder how many people even remember the film that the park is based on today.
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Disney’s Animatronic Avatar Robot Is Impressive and Scary

Disney’s Animatronic Avatar Robot Is Impressive and Scary
Disney has been working for quite some time on an Avatar themed attraction, and they recently gave the world its first look at one of the animatronic Na’vi characters from the upcoming Pandora attraction at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Florida.

Microsoft Is Adding a Wheelchair Option to Xbox Avatars

Microsoft Is Adding a Wheelchair Option to Xbox Avatars
Great news for disabled gamers who play on the Xbox One. Microsoft is adding the ability for avatars to ride in a wheelchair. Now more folks can have cool avatars that represent them better. It looks like they are also adding some visual tweaks as well.

Russia Building Robot Super-Soldier: Terminator Meets Avatar

Russia Building Robot Super-Soldier: Terminator Meets Avatar
As if the world didn’t have enough problems, Russia is apparently creating a scary humanoid robotic soldier, affectionately being called “Ivan the Terminator.” Thank God they didn’t call it the T-800. The idea of the robot is to eventually replace humans on the battlefield.

Eterni.me Lets You Live Forever… In Digital Avatar Form

Eterni.me Lets You Live Forever… In Digital Avatar Form
Some people live on in the memories of others, even when they pass on, because of the life they’ve led and the differences that they’ve made on the lives of others. Others may be forgotten, while still others will live on as avatars in the online realm.

Study Claims the Avatar You Use for Gaming May Affect Your Real World Behavior

Study Claims the Avatar You Use for Gaming May Affect Your Real World Behavior
A very strange new study has been published by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign that tries to link the behavior of gamers in the real world to the avatars they use on gaming services.

Pokémon & Heroines T-shirts: PokéPinups

Pokémon & Heroines T-shirts: PokéPinups
Many Pokémon have an affinity to natural elements, a trope that they share with other superheroes. Singapore-based shirt designer Barefists figured it would be nice to mashup the critters to famous heroines that share their elemental strengths in what he’s calling PokePinups.

Avatar Aquarium: Pandora in Your Living Room

Avatar Aquarium: Pandora in Your Living Room
The scenes of Pandora in Avatar are still some of the most impressive naturalistic CGI worlds to ever grace the screen. Between the floating islands, the greenery, the waterfalls, and the exotic flora and fauna, it was really a visual spectacle.

Allergic Second-Grader Sends Robot Avatar to School in His Place

Allergic Second-Grader Sends Robot Avatar to School in His Place
Devon Carrow is a fairly normal kid, except for the fact that his allergies are so severe that he has been compared to David Vetter, the boy who inspired the film The Boy In the Plastic Bubble.

Classic Sci-Fi Scenes Get the LEGO Treatment

Classic Sci-Fi Scenes Get the LEGO Treatment
Official LEGO Star Wars sets have been around since 1999, but what our other geek needs? Where is our Blade Runner? Or TRON? Why is there no Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy set? LEGO, you are missing out on all of my money.

DARPA Wants to Create Real Avatar Robots

DARPA Wants to Create Real Avatar Robots
DARPA has chopped $7 million out of its budget for program it’s is calling “Avatar.” Yes, DARPA is talking about that Avatar. Rather than growing the towering blue aliens that James Cameron had in his awesome science fiction movie, DARPA wants robots.

Megacity Aviation Personal Aircraft Perfect for Flying on Pandora

Megacity Aviation Personal Aircraft Perfect for Flying on Pandora
Clearly, the dude that designed this flying rotorcraft has been watching some Avatar. This helicopter style device has the duel rotors on top that are surrounded by fan-like rings that the movie’s flying machines sported. It also reminds me somewhat of a refined version of that M.A.S.K.

OriHime Robot Strikes Sexy Robot Poses

OriHime Robot Strikes Sexy Robot Poses
The OriHime robot was developed in Japan by Kentaro Yoshifuji, an engineering student at Waseda University, and it attempts to takes the robotic form to a sexy new level. While it has a more feminine form than the typical ‘bot, it definitely won’t be putting Victoria’s Secret models out of a job anytime soon.

Monkey Avatar: Wired Primates Can Move and Feel Virtual Objects

Monkey Avatar: Wired Primates Can Move and Feel Virtual Objects
Movies like The Planet of the Apes and The Rise of the Planet of the Apes just freak me out sometimes. I mean, so we’ve been told that our closest ancestors are these primates because apparently, we’ve got a lot in common with these animals.

Geekette Makes Avatar Mosaic From Blu-ray Discs

Geekette Makes Avatar Mosaic From Blu-ray Discs
I really liked the flick Avatar. I ended up seeing it twice, which is very rare for me. It was a cool film and I am really looking forward to the next inevitable installment. One geeky chick, Laura Hadland, has taken about 4,000 Blu-ray discs and used them to create a gigantic mosaic of a Na’Vi from the film.
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