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  • Watch manufacturer Sinn loses its mind with a hybrid mechanical/Apple Watch band

    Watch manufacturer Sinn loses its mind with a hybrid mechanical/Apple Watch band

    As we approach the coming mechanical watch apocalypse strange things will begin happening. Dogs and cats shall live together. Beloved watch brands
    shall buy each other for no good reason. And storied and historical watchmakers will bow to the will of Cupertino. Behold, then the first horseman: it’s called the
    Sinn Dual Strap System and it consists of two strap halves. On one half you… Read More

  • The Roboroach Is Either The Best Or Worst Holiday Gift Ever

    The Roboroach Is Either The Best Or Worst Holiday Gift Ever

    Let’s say you have a certain someone on your list who is really into biohacking. Let’s also assume you’re Ok with having discoid roaches in the house. Then also let’s assume you don’t mind people operating on those roaches on your dining room table. Have I got a Christmas gift idea for you! We first talked about the Roboroach back in 2011 when we found the idea to… Read More

  • Watch This Robot Hunt And Kill Destructive Starfish

    Watch This Robot Hunt And Kill Destructive Starfish

    Dear friends: there is now a robot that can kill starfish underwater by hunting them down and injecting them with poison. The starfish in question is the Crown of Throns Sea Star, a destructive seadweller that has been hurting coral reefs for a while. They are so pervasive that they create massive populations – 100,000 per kilometer – in a few years. So now there’s a robot… Read More

  • Researchers Teach Robots To Avoid Childhood Bullies

    Researchers Teach Robots To Avoid Childhood Bullies

    Kids are mean. Just ask any robot. Robotics engineers have discovered a tendency for little kids – kindergarteners and grade schoolers – to be abusive towards robots when they’re not near their parents. To prove this, the researchers sent a wheeled robot out into a mall and watched it perambulate around foot traffic. When a little kid approached with his or her parent, the… Read More

  • Behold! Watch As The Power Of The Wind Instantly Energizes This 3D-Printed Thingamabob

    Behold! Watch As The Power Of The Wind Instantly Energizes This 3D-Printed Thingamabob

    Do you believe in perpetual motion? The Flat Earth Theory? The sauroids who run our governments? Have I got something for you. The Wind Energy Stored In Gravity project allows you to store wind energy using a “gravity battery” and, with a flick of a switch, expel that stored power in the form of kinetic energy. This technology, which was created by Mike Blakemore, could completely… Read More

  • The MB&F MusicMachine 3 Is A Rich Nerd’s Dream

    The MB&F MusicMachine 3 Is A Rich Nerd’s Dream

    As we approach Peak Star Wars at last week’s Comic-Con, I’d like to present something so inexplicable yet potentially beguiling that it seems on the verge of exploding into a supernova of rich nerd lust. It is the MusicMachine 3, a music box shaped like an Imperial TIE Fighter. In fact the MusicMachine 3 contains two mechanical music playback systems, hidden in the rear of the fighter. Read More

  • Marketers Tricked SXSW Tinder Users With A Chatbot

    Marketers Tricked SXSW Tinder Users With A Chatbot

    There are a few universal truths in online dating: most photos are carefully staged, most profiles are slightly puffed-up, and most people on them (and this is clearly fast-changing) are actually human. Until some unlucky Tinder users spotted Ava. A company promoting the movie Ex Machina created a fake account, Ava, with a photo of the star of the movie. Ava is an AI in the film and… Read More

  • Swiss Police Confiscate The Things Purchased Randomly By A Darknet Bot

    Swiss Police Confiscate The Things Purchased Randomly By A Darknet Bot

    Robots need ketamine too! And to supply their robot with drugs a group of Swiss techno-artists programmed an agent to randomly buy an item on a random darknet site with bitcoin, resulting in a cache of drugs and other contraband that, at first, was a fun art project and then caught the eye of the authorities. Called the Random Darknet Shopper, the robot simply found a random item and bought it. Read More

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