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  • The Suima crib is the world's first fully automatic baby bed

    Kyuushuu University in Japan (where else) and Nagasaki-based Maruki Kaihatsu have developed a baby bed that makes it possible to console crying infants automatically. The so-called Suima crib [JP] is only available in Nippon and according to the makers, it’s the first one of its kind. (Very convincing) video after the jump. Read More

  • Canon takes the hassle out of burning Blu-ray discs

    Not that a lot of people even get the chance to have that hassle, but Canon’s always been a forward-looking company. These camera-to-disc recorders are nothing new; it’s been a way for mom and pop to put their DV footage onto DVDs for years, but this sucker is next generation. It takes regular MPEG-2 SD footage like the rest of ‘em, but now it also takes HD in the form of… Read More

  • German Restaurant Boots Waitstaff, Goes Completely Automated

    I hate dealing with waiters and waitresses, what with their stupid stares and demanding of tips. That’s why I’m thrilled to have read about a German restaurant that has replaced its human waitstaff with technology. Yup, no more wannabe actors and actresses, just the cold, unforgiving nature of automatic ordering and table service. The restaurant’s owner says that billions… Read More

  • Japanese Automatic Beer Pouring Machine: Homer Simpson Would Be Thrilled

    In addition to their fantastic planes, trains and automobiles, the Japanese brew some fine beer. Also, breaking news, the Japanese also know a thing or two about creating electronics, gadgets, robots, you name it. So when I saw this automatic beer-pouring machine I knew I had to write about it when I got back. Read More

  • NYC's Robotic Parking Garage

    The Big Apple is catching on to the increasingly high demand for more parking and is solving the problem in Chinatown with robots. Automotion Parking Systems will be opening the first automatic, robotic parking garage in NYC next month. The garage will have only one attendant available to take cash payments and to explain the system to new users. Costing about $400 a month or $25 per day, a… Read More