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iRobot's DARPA-funded mechanical hand can take a beating, lift 50 pounds

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Most companies might think twice about inflicting blunt force trauma upon their carefully crafted prototypes, but most companies just don't love baseball the way iRobot does. While developing a mechanical hand for DARPA's Autonomous Robotic Manipulation program, iRobot took a metal baseball bat to its three-fingered prototype. No need...
iRobot's DARPA-funded mechanical hand can take a beating, lift 50 pounds
Apple's 'wearable video device' patent application looks like an iWatch blueprint
Goodbye world: I'm unplugging for a day (or at least trying to)

Apple's New iPhone 5 Ads Are Way Smarter Than The "Genius" Campaign

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It’s almost funny that Apple continues to run ad campaigns, seeing as how every product launch of the last six years has been watched closer than a space shuttle flying over California. Yet here we are, on iPhone 5 launch weekend, with a new set of TV spots for everyone’s...
Apple's New iPhone 5 Ads Are Way Smarter Than The "Genius" Campaign

X-RHex Lite robot grows a tail, always lands on its feet (video)

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By far the greatest challenge for robots with legs is staying upright when the going gets rough. A team at the University of Pennsylvania's Kod*lab has a hunch that we don't need extra smarts to make that happen -- just an extra appendage. The upgraded X-RHex Lite (XRL) carries...
X-RHex Lite robot grows a tail, always lands on its feet (video)

Caption this: Google's giant I/O robot hand

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A giant hydraulic arm wowed the crowd at a Google I/O party Wednesday night. But the poor robotic appendage really needs a good caption. Can you lend us a hand, readers? [Read more]...
Caption this: Google's giant I/O robot hand

DIY cyborg appendage is less exciting than it sounds (video)

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When we envision our transhumanist future, it's a little more profound than simply adding a sixth finger... but we suppose you've gotta start somewhere. Instructables user and employee Frenzy gave himself a rather primitive extra digit as part of a project for an Electronics and Robotics class at San...
DIY cyborg appendage is less exciting than it sounds (video)

Former Apple Human Interface Developer Speculates on Future 'iWatch'

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Former Apple employee and human interface developer Bruze Tognazzini published a blog post earlier this week listing his thoughts on the iWatch, a potential Apple product that made headlines late in 2012. The Pebble Smartwatch Tognazzini's post encompasses a wide range of ideas on the design and functionality of the...
Former Apple Human Interface Developer Speculates on Future 'iWatch'
The Internet of You: How the future of computing became screens and sensors on every appendage

Twitter Acquires Posterous, PayPal May Launch A (Triangular) Square Competitor, Dugan Leaves DARPA For Google

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Breaking news from your editors at Fast Company, with updates all day.Twitter Buys Posterous. Twitter has bought blogging platform Posterous. The team will join the Twitter band, and though Twitter has not announced a decision to close down the site, it will soon be posting instructions for users to transfer...
Twitter Acquires Posterous, PayPal May Launch A (Triangular) Square Competitor, Dugan Leaves DARPA For Google

Eyes-on: University of Pennsylvania's TitanArm exoskeleton (video)

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TitanArm already took home silver in a competition for senior projects at the University of Pennsylvania, and now the team behind it is visiting Orlando to compete in the Intel-sponsored Cornell Cup for embedded design. We stopped by the showroom and snagged a few minutes with the crew to...
Eyes-on: University of Pennsylvania's TitanArm exoskeleton (video)

Taking Dictation

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Q: Can I hook up my iPhone to my iMac and dictate into a word processor? Or should I just dictate into the Notes app on the iPhone and send that by email? I am executor of my mom’s estate and she left a lot of written memories that I...
Taking Dictation

Columbia University's low-cost robotic arm is controlled by facial muscles, we go face-on (video)

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We've seen Emotiv's Epoc headset control cars and trapeze acts, but now a small posse of students at Columbia University is teaching it how to control a robotic arm. The appendage, aptly named ARM for Assistive Robotic Manipulator, was envisioned as a wheelchair attachment to help the disabled. According...
Columbia University's low-cost robotic arm is controlled by facial muscles, we go face-on (video)

Swiss bionic hand offers true sensations through the nervous system

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Those wearing bionic hands and similar prostheses often suffer a frustrating disconnect when they can touch an object but can't feel it, even if they're using direct neural control. The École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne and allies in Project TIME have developed a hand that could clear that psychological...
Swiss bionic hand offers true sensations through the nervous system

Scientists develop robotic tentacle that can pick flowers, make us thumb our collars

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Okay, it's a little too late for Johnny 5's grass hopper, but thanks to new "gentle" robotic tentacles developed at Harvard University, future generations of insects could escape a similar demise. Researchers have created a new soft appendage made from flexible plastic, that uses three compartmentalized air channels to...
Scientists develop robotic tentacle that can pick flowers, make us thumb our collars

DailyDirt: Six Million Dollar Man People

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Science fiction about bionics grossly underestimated how much advanced prosthetics actually cost to develop. The Six Million Dollar Man was off by at least a couple orders of magnitude. But bionic limbs have been getting a lot better over the years, and more Paralympic athletes are becoming famous for their...
DailyDirt: Six Million Dollar Man People

★ Tynt, the Copy/Paste Jerks

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Shared by djacobs It's going to be buried in Saturday's papers, but Tynt is an Apple product. Over the last few months I’ve noticed an annoying trend on various web sites, generally major newspaper and magazine sites, but also certain weblogs. What happens is that when you select text from...
★ Tynt, the Copy/Paste Jerks

Curiosity rover starts light robotic arm workout in preparation for scientific main event

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As NASA promised, Curiosity has stopped at the quarter pole toward its first scientific destination to test its robotic arm and attached scientific instruments. After 100 yards of driving, the rover extended its 7-foot limb, and will now spend six to ten days checking its predetermined positions and range...
Curiosity rover starts light robotic arm workout in preparation for scientific main event

Geek-driven gentrification threatens San Francisco's bohemian appeal

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As tech industry booms, young and moneyed residents are driving housing costs beyond the reach of longtime residentsThe Romans used to celebrate victory by building triumphal arches through which troops would march, blowing trumpets. California's new technology lords are not quite so flamboyant but there is no denying the sleekness...
Geek-driven gentrification threatens San Francisco's bohemian appeal

90% Of 18-29 Year-Olds Sleep With Their Smartphones

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A cool infographic by Online Psychology Degree shows the extent to which smartphones have basically become a new bodily appendage: 90% of 18-29 year olds sleep with their smartphones 1 in 3 people would rather give up sex than their phone 95% of people use the phone for something...
90% Of 18-29 Year-Olds Sleep With Their Smartphones

Nokia's colorful DC-18 portable USB charger matches your phone, shoes

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For the most part, battery packs have become what CD cases were in the late 90s -- generic and utilitarian. Nokia's new DC-18 portable chargers dare to be different. The sharp, tile-like designs house a modest 1,720 mAh cell, retractable micro-USB cable (that doubles as a a switch,) plus...
Nokia's colorful DC-18 portable USB charger matches your phone, shoes

DailyDirt: Better Robots Keep Coming

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Robot research has made some remarkable advances over the years, but we don't quite have Star Wars servant droids or helpful general-purpose household bots from the Jetsons yet. While we've gained some autonomous vacuum cleaners, there's still plenty of room for improvement. Here are just a few robotic advances to...
DailyDirt: Better Robots Keep Coming

TiVo returning to the UK thanks to partnership with Virgin Media

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It looks like TiVo's freshly minted Premiere hardware will soon be setting sail eastwards as The Daily Telegraph is reporting Virgin Media's next generation set-top box will be built around it. Loyal readers of Engadget HD will already be aware that TiVo and Virgin hooked up last November and...
TiVo returning to the UK thanks to partnership with Virgin Media
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