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Marco Tempest and EDI at TED2014 (via TED & Marco Tempest)   Any fans of Artificial Intelligence films can validate the human fear that robots will one day overtake our world, when and if robots ever gain the capacity to think. One man expanded upon this theory and built a robot that mimics the human body gestures that he believes would make robots seem human. Meet Marco Tempest’s EDI.   EDI (pronounced Eddie) stands for Electronic Deceptive Intelligence. It is a robot cre ...
Render - The Scribble Pen inside its customized case (via Scribblepen) There is an innovative product about to hit the market, exclusively on Kickstarter, that may revolutionize the way we see and think about color. The Scribble Pen allows users to capture any color in the world around them or online, and use that color on paper, real-time. If you’re an artist, you may be salivating at the moment, as this is the first and only product of its kind.   The Scribble Pen is essential ...
MIT’s Supernumerary Robotic Limbs (SRLs): Because everybody needs extra limbs. (via MIT) Scientists have already designed some interesting robotic prosthetics for people with disabilities, including some that can be controlled by the user’s brain. However, what about those of us who just want to have some extra limbs to help us through every-day, monotonous, tough, difficult tasks? Researchers from MIT have us covered with their new Supernumerary Robotic Limbs (SRLs), which wer ...
The DEKA Arm System (via DEKA) In an effort to alleviate much of the difficulty experienced by upper-limb amputees, DEKA Research and Development recently created one of the most realistic prosthetic arms ever devised. Dubbed the “Luke Arm” (after Luke Skywalker’s highly-advanced prosthetic), the arm has already been approved by the FDA and DEKA is currently researching the probability of successfully bringing it to market.   The Luke Arm, or the DEKA Arm System, is ...
Concept render of Roombots (via EPFL) The Transformers: More than meets the eye. We have all seen the movies, watched the cartoons and even played with the toys. Could they one day become a reality? Yes but not in the giant hulking robotic fighters from Cybertron that can turn into luxury cars and super-sonic airplanes but rather in the form of self-configuring furniture. Scientists from the Swiss Biorobotics Laboratory (EPFL) are developing what they call ‘Roombots’ that will be ...
Conceptualization of World Cup opening kick (via Colorado State & Duke immersive Virtual Environment) The World Cup is one of the biggest sporting events in the world. Whether you're watching the games or not, this year's opening event will be worth watching. A paralyzed teen will walk for the very first time and open the ceremony by kicking the first ball by using an exoskeleton and 3D printed helmet that are entirely mind controlled. Prepare your box of tissues – this one is going ...
Kevin Krumwiede’s RoboTar robotic chord player. (via kickstarter) Robotic musicians are on the rise and some are ‘heavy metal’ in the true sense of the term with concerts being played by Z Machines, Compressorhead and The Trons. Humans on the other hand have been playing musical instruments since the beginning of time, however it seems the gap between man and machine musicians has been bridged thanks to Kevin Krumweide and his RoboTar. The RoboTar is a robotic guitar player ...
I really like this piece of art. It's apparently a live performance that combines projection, three dimensional visual trickery and of course huge robotic arms!   This must've took some effort to get it correct and orchestrated properly.   ...
ANTVR kit (image courtesy of Kickstarter & ANTVR)   Gamers, hold onto your hats. The first universal all-in-one virtual reality kit is getting ready to hit mass production. Meet the ANTVR kit – an open-source, universal gaming kit that brings virtual reality to life right before your eyes. The ANTVR kit models itself after the Oculus Rift and Sony’s Project Morpheus, with a unique twist. The aforementioned sets are proprietary and only compatible with one console. What ...
Drones are becoming more and more apparent in everyday life. When they aren’t being used to film tricky angles in the next Fast and the Furious movie (we know... give it a break), they’re being used to ticket drivers with a particularly heavy foot. While certain people are a bit nervous around the flying machinery, some new drones may win their hearts for the very cool services they are providing to society.   Draganflyer X4ES (image courtesy of DraganFly)   Probably o ...
The Navy eReader Device looks like Kindle but that’s where the similarities end. (via US Navy) Mobile devices and e-readers are extremely popular with military personnel all over the world. Devices such as Apple’s iPod allow soldiers to ‘escape’ the monotony of long flights while listening to their favorite tunes or ‘get pumped up’ while working out. Laptops, tablets and e-readers are popular as well and offer-up all kinds of different entertainment from ...

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