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PanaCast camera module (via Aurangzeb Khan)   The days in which you can make faces at your boss during a conference call may be nearing an end. A new device, called the PanaCast made by Altia Systems, is offering HD video with a 200-degree field of view, which may make it difficult to hide during a video conference call. However, the expanded field of view also means that it is great for capturing an entire room of people and creates a much more immersive experience than the traditional we ...
The Leap Motion Controller hardware & software allows users to interact with their personal computers with a flick of a wrist. (via Leap Motion) The Leap Motion device offers consumers a revolutionary way to immediately add motion-control capability to a home computer or laptop with a tiny, palm sized piece of hardware that costs a mere only $79.99 - less than half of the Xbox Kinect sensor. The device, which will start shipping out all pre-orders on May 13th, has already been a big hit in t ...
Considering lighting is responsible for almost a quarter of the world’s energy usage, (the US alone uses around 200 TW of electricity for lighting annually), further rise in the efficiency and efficacy of light bulbs is very impressive to me. Phillips has just announced a prototype that will bring the efficiencies of LED’s to a new high while producing the most useful and certainly the most common kind of light, the warm light given off by traditional bulbs.   The TLED concep ...
The Synergy Swan bot’s Android-powered interface smiles and can react to human presence in addition to its remote telepresence operation (via R.BOT)   With advances in both smartphone & tablet capabilities and in-home robotics solutions, the integration of both technologies into a single, synergistic product is only natural. Combining tablets and/or smartphones with remotely controlled bots has developed a new market for in-home security rovers and personal remotely controlled co ...
(via Bolt)   Producing innovative software takes a lot of technical knowledge, but not much more than a program running on a PC due to the wide support community that has developed online. This type of innovation can be very lucrative but many times an inventor’s idea involves new hardware and this is when dreams are in real danger of dying.   The main goal of a new Boston company named Bolt is to accelerate product-focused hardware startups by allowing them to mature in a prof ...
BotZee prototype (via pocketlint)   Although tablets and smartphones already make for some great toys, very young users could have a hard time getting into them. So the company WowWee has made a little companion to help youngins, 3 y.o. or older, interact with the tablet using a touchless interface and learning from games in the process. The toy is called BotZee and some might see it as a glorified tablet stand but its makers say it will teach little boys and girls about numbers, letters, ...
i-limb ultra Revolutionn (via Touch Bionics)   Prosthetics that can be controlled by our wireless devices just makes sense in a world full of iPhones. The company Touch Bionics offers an active prosthetic that does exactly this. The iLimb Ultra has been on the market for some time now, but an improved version, called the iLimb Ultra Revolution, really makes use the new Biosim app for iOS.   The prosthetic is one of a kind. It connects to the iPhone with Bluetooth. It features a powe ...
EKSO Bionics exoskeleton promo image (via EKSO)   In the Marvel universe, multi-billionaire Tony Stark receives a life-threatening chest wound and designs a crude exoskeleton that both saves his life and lets him escape his captors - who wanted him to build a weapon of mass destruction. His suit enables him to fly, lift incredibly heavy loads and comes with a host of armaments to battle evil. That, of course, is in the comic books and movies, however a reality-based company has developed an ...
  German company Festo is one of the world's leading providers of pneumatic and electrical automation technology. Specializing in factory automation, tasks and services created from their products rotate, grip, position, connect, test, check, and join discrete materials. In addition, they also conduct research to develop new innovative technologies. Their most recent development, the BionicOpter, is a robotic dragonfly, which was inspired by nature and has mastered the complex flight of re ...
Fritz in action (via XYZbot & Kickstarter)   Robotics can be a very interesting area for many kids. Legos has paved the way with their robotic kits, however, finding others, or even less expensive ones is a challenge much like searching for gold. Startup company XYZbot, founded by Kerwin Lumpkins and Steven Gentner, is looking to change all that. They have created Fritz, a robot head that is fully customizable and powered by an Arduino.   Almost like a desktop peripheral, Fritz ...
Heather Knight and Data peforming (via NAte Lanxon & O2)   For anyone who is a fan of the S.T.E.A.M. field (Science, tech, engineering, art, math -  who here isn’t a fan?), an up and coming leader in the field has been making waves since she completed her bachelors in electrical engineering. Heather Knight is a rising roboticist that is blurring the line between the sciences and the arts and bringing it all to the social mainstream. For any ladies looking to get into the har ...
Ouya Makerbot case render. (via Thingiverse)   A new open source platform for gaming will be shipping to its Kickstarter supporters by the end of this month. The Ouya project was founded by Julie Urham, game industry pro, with the idea of delivering an experience much more personal than any other console.   That is because the user, private game developer and open source community can open up the Ouya (literally and figuratively) and perform any modification or create a new game, ta ...
Bio-inspired robotic vehicles are becoming ubiquitous in the tech world due to the evolving fields of animatronics and biomimetics. These robotic creatures are capable of advancing our understanding of the biological world around us while also benefitting us in the form of technologies inspired by naturally perfected systems and processes. Recently, a team of graduate engineers at Virginia Tech have created an eight-armed autonomous robotic jellyfish named. This new take on the jellybot is the c ...
Screen capture, Alice (antbots) travelling the maze. (via BBC)   The highway traffic system can be a bit of a pain at times - rush hours leaving many heading home from work in a seemingly endless line of vehicles tiptoeing their way forward. There must be a way of achieving optimal travel, ants, for instance, seem to have it down pat. On their daily foraging missions, ant colonies efficiently travel great distances with the minimal aid of visual cues, pheromone based route tracking, sun po ...

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