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Education iMac Drops Below $1,000: Will You Get One?

Education iMac Drops Below $1,000: Will You Get One?
I’ve mentioned before that I’m somewhat ambivalent about the all-in-one PCs, mostly because they use laptop parts to get to that svelte size, but Apple has announced the specs of their education iMac, which sits at $999.

RURO: The Cutest Robot You’ve Ever Seen!

RURO: The Cutest Robot You’ve Ever Seen!
This robot is probably too cute to be used as an effective security ‘bot, but it does have some interesting features for an educational robot. RURO the robot was designed to teach kids about recycling.
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South Korea Hires Robot Teachers

South Korea Hires Robot Teachers
South Korea isn’t a great destination for English teachers. There’s a shortage of English teachers in South Korea because the Koreans apparently work them like dogs (extremely long hours, from early in the morning to late at night including Saturdays on a fixed salary).

Humane Reader: the $20 Computer

Humane Reader: the $20 Computer
I’ve certainly seen our share of low-cost computers, but I can honestly say that this is the least expensive computer system I’ve seen yet. The Humane Reader is designed to provide computer technology to homes or schools without internet access or the budget for traditional PCs or Macs.

Nintendo Wants Ds in Schools in Japan, Forgets Every Japanese Kid Already has One

Nintendo Wants Ds in Schools in Japan, Forgets Every Japanese Kid Already has One
… possible even two. Legendary video game designer Shigeru Miyamoto told Forbes that he’s “devoting” himself to finding out more ways to get the Nintendo DS as well as the Wii into schools. Miyamoto also said that Nintendo will start “to roll out the Nintendo DS system in junior high and elementary schools in Japan starting in the new school year.” That statement cracked me up; makes it sound as if the schools in Japan don’t have any say in the matter.

Sony Wx1 Digi-Cam Snaps Panoramic Photos for a Good Cause

Sony Wx1 Digi-Cam Snaps Panoramic Photos for a Good Cause
So the guys over at Sony were kind enough to provide us with one of their nifty DSC-WX1 digital cameras so we could go out and shoot some cool panoramic pics – with the goal of putting some of these high-tech wonders in the hands of school kids. Sony asked a number of us bloggers to snap photos using the camera’s unique sweep panorama feature – then enter them into a competition.

Robot Learns to Make Facial Expressions, is Rewarded With a Measly “Signal”

Robot Learns to Make Facial Expressions, is Rewarded With a Measly “Signal”
At least dogs get food when they get things right. This poor robot Einstein, made by computer scientists from the Machine Perception Laboratory at the University of California, San Diego, was given time to play with its 31 artificial facial muscles while “staring” at its reflection in the mirror.

Space Invaders Explain Their Simple Plan on Your Wall, Courtesy of Blik Vinyl Decals

Space Invaders Explain Their Simple Plan on Your Wall, Courtesy of Blik Vinyl Decals
How do you think the Space Invaders figured out their marching orders? With this simple plan, of course! Now you too can embellish your bedroom wall with a constant reminder of exactly how to increase speed, drop down and reverse direction – just in case you need to do that sort of thing for your job. The guys at Blik Surface Graphics have now turned Neil Gregory’s hilarious A Simple Plan Threadless t-shirt into a set of vinyl wall graphics you can apply to any room.

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 technology.

The 8-Bit Computer is Back, Ready to Hack, and Plays NES Games to Boot

The 8-Bit Computer is Back, Ready to Hack, and Plays NES Games to Boot
When you think of 8-bit computers, classics like the Atari 400/800, the Commodore 64 and the Apple II probably come to mind. But there’s a new kid on the block that hopes to bring 8-bit computing back – this time for the hacker community. This bare-bones looking “TV Computer” is based on the same 1MHz 6502 processor chip that powered many of the great 8-bit systems of days gone by.

High School Drafting Made Fun

High School Drafting Made Fun
While I cut my teeth playing my Atari 2600, I never realized that I could use mine as a creative solution to completing my homework assignments. I guess I just wasn’t that crafty. Here’s a guy who managed to turn an Atari joystick into a drafting project for his high school industrial arts class. Back in 1983, designer Rob Marquardt (aka ‘someToast’) painstakingly drafted not only the exterior of the stick to show off his mad isometric drawing skills, he went through the trouble of diagramming out all of the gory internals of the classic digital gaming controller. While it might not be a 100% accurate rendition of the Atari controller, you have to admire his creativity and persistence.

Sound Lab Teaches Kids Circuit Bending

Sound Lab Teaches Kids Circuit Bending
Whether your child is an aspiring audio engineer or just likes to make weird noises, this educational toy looks pretty cool. The GeoSafari Digital Recording Lab lets kids (and kids at heart) experiment and create their own electronic sound effects.
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