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  • Biorobotic Roaches Can Use Microphones To Search Rubble For Survivors

    Biorobotic Roaches Can Use Microphones To Search Rubble For Survivors

    Another day, another insectobot connected to a small, audio-sensing cyborg harness. Two researchers at the North Carolina State University, Dr. Alper Bozkurt and Matt Shipman, have mounted a small circuit board to a live cockroach and connected leads to the bug’s brain. By playing special tones, the board can trick the cockroach into moving left or right, essentially turning the bug into… Read More

  • Ahoy, Space Pirates, Spend Your Booty On This Crazy Watch

    Ahoy, Space Pirates, Spend Your Booty On This Crazy Watch

    Arrr! Here be space pirates and where there are space pirates there is need of a $230,000 mechanical watch. Wild watch makers MB&F have just announced their MB&F HM6, a watch based on a 1970s cartoon called Capitaine Flam (Captain Flame). The bulbous watch is built of titanium alloy and you can tell the time using the little curved bulbs on one end of the piece. You can see more… Read More

  • Check Out This Amazing Transparent Car

    Check Out This Amazing Transparent Car

    Spectrum has posted some amazing video of a “transparent” car created by Japanese researchers. The car uses projectors, cameras, and special mirrors to reflect what’s outside the car onto the surfaces inside. The resulting images allow you to see what’s going on all around the vehicle, even behind you and in blind spots. Created by Susumu Tachi and Masahiko Inami of… Read More

  • The HP Sprout Is A Bold But Goofy Experiment In Projected Interfaces

    The HP Sprout Is A Bold But Goofy Experiment In Projected Interfaces

    According to HP, what the world needs now is a touch-sensitive mat onto which are projected little 3D interface objects coupled with a touchscreen monitor. In fact, what the world precisely needs is Sprout. This $1,899 computer is the latest in HP’s efforts to remain relevant. Created as a sort of multi-media workstation a la the original Surface table, the computer has a built-in… Read More

  • Japanese Hobbyists Build A Working Transformer

    Japanese Hobbyists Build A Working Transformer

    Eee-urrk-urrk-urrk-urk! A pair of Japanese hobbyists have built a transforming robot that can walk or, when in sports car form, drive around autonomously. It’s called the J-deite Quarter and is four feet tall. The goal, apparently, is to make a full-sized transformer… just because they can. The team consists of Kenji Ishida and Wataru Yoshizaki of Brave Robotics and Asratec. The… Read More

  • Please Stop, HTC. Please.

    Please Stop, HTC. Please.

    Have a new phone? Better use fashion models to show them off. Because real people wear outfits that look like monochrome jellyfish and never smile and they want… no, need… your products. That’s just what HTC did today in an industry that is plagued with gender inequality and “booth babe” marketing. They had models of both sexes strut around with phones designed… Read More

  • Notion Ink Quietly Releases The Cain Windows Tablet

    Notion Ink Quietly Releases The Cain Windows Tablet

    I place this here not as a recommendation to buy but as a reminder of the great Notion Ink Wars of 2011. At the time, Notion Ink was offering an Android tablet that everyone thought was the second coming and, when the dust settled, it was a fat load of nothing. And now they’re back. Read More

  • Apple Just Uploaded A U2 Album To Your iPhone And iPad — And Seriously, WTF

    Apple Just Uploaded A U2 Album To Your iPhone And iPad — And Seriously, WTF

    Seriously. Go look. Depending on your iCloud setting, U2’s latest album might be sitting in the Music app, ready to play. Otherwise, the album is most likely still shown, available to download from iCloud from your iPhone, iPad, or iTunes app. Worse yet, it’s rather difficult to rid your phone and iTunes account of the album. Read More

  • MB&F Mixes Up Sci-Fi Canon With A New High-Tech Music Box

    MB&F Mixes Up Sci-Fi Canon With A New High-Tech Music Box

    Watchmaker MB&F aka Maximilian Büsser & Friends is well known for its dedication to the sci-fi cause. Many of the watches – some costing over $100,000 – are reminiscent of robots, steampunk engines, and alien heads. Now, however, you and yours can own a handmade music box that looks like a weird USS Enterprise and plays, oddly enough, the Star Wars theme. Read More

  • Eight Ridiculous Examples Of How Xiaomi’s MIUI 6 Copied iOS 7 And 8

    Xiaomi just revealed its latest mobile OS update today. Called MIUI 6, it packs a significant number of updates, upgrades and improved features from its older counterpart and Android in general. However, as the following examples show, it also bears a striking resemblance to Apple’s iOS 7 and upcoming iOS 8. As I previously wrote, though, Xiaomi knows exactly what it’s doing. Read More

  • Watch This Robot Learn To “Walk Off” An Injury

    Watch This Robot Learn To “Walk Off” An Injury

    What do you do if you’re a robotic hexapod and one of your legs is broken? Do you give up? Lie down and burst into flames? Cry from tear duct-less eyes? Or, through a process of trial-and-error, do you brush yourself off, hide your broken leg, and learn to walk again? You guessed it. Researchers Antoine Cully, Jeff Clune and Jean-Baptiste Mouret have trained a hexapod to try… Read More

  • This Temporary Tattoo Can Unlock Your Phone

    This Temporary Tattoo Can Unlock Your Phone

    I’d think this was just a clever April Fools joke, if it wasn’t the middle of July. Motorola and VivaLnk have made a temporary tattoo that can unlock a smartphone, no PIN required. Slap it on your skin, hold your phone up to it, and bam — phone unlocked. Who needs gestural passwords or face recognition when you can unlock your phone like a time traveling space wizard? Read More

  • WTF
    Product Guy Tries To Cancel Comcast Service, Hilarity Ensues

    Product Guy Tries To Cancel Comcast Service, Hilarity Ensues

    If there’s one guy in the world who knows whether or not he wants to cancel his Comcast service, it’s Ryan Block. The former head of Engadget, founder of GDGT, and now product dude at AOL, Block probably knows exactly why he wants to cancel his Comcast service and, presumably, he’s not going to tell you or a Comcast service rep who refuses to take “No” for an answer. Read More

  • Tech Company With $39 In Assets Now Worth More Than $6B

    Tech Company With $39 In Assets Now Worth More Than $6B

    Are we in a bubble? We’re in a bubble. CYNK Technology, a ‘company’ with a grand total of $39 in assets, has seen its share price rise dramatically, spiking to a valuation of more than $6 billion in a matter of days. The company’s 52-week low valued the firm at less than $18 million. Read More

  • Researchers Create Walking, Muscle-Powered Biobots

    Researchers Create Walking, Muscle-Powered Biobots

    In today’s mildly squiggy but kind of cool news, we learn that researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have created tiny robots that walk when current is applied to their bio-based muscular engines. The tiny robots can twitch their way across a surface or through a liquid. Read More

  • Extortionists Are Using Bitcoin To Steal Cash From Business Owners

    Extortionists Are Using Bitcoin To Steal Cash From Business Owners

    Extortionists are going completely anonymous thanks to social media and bitcoin. Brian Krebs just posted on a number of pizzerias that received anonymous letters asking for one bitcoin in order to keep the owners from receiving bad ratings on Yelp, the Better Business Bureau and the like as well as to keep the extortionists from “SWATing” – calling the police to report… Read More

  • Microsoft Social Media “Strategist” Targets The Wrong Guy

    Microsoft Social Media “Strategist” Targets The Wrong Guy

    Oh, social media strategists, will you never learn? Even after the great Samsung Debacle of a few months ago, a “strategist” working on behalf of Microsoft (and I don’t believe this is Microsoft’s fault, honestly, because even Microsoft wouldn’t be this stupid) sent our own former EIC and anti-payola-crudsader Michael Arrington a nice note: Read More

  • This Chocolate Drone Will Fly Directly Into Your Distended Belly

    This Chocolate Drone Will Fly Directly Into Your Distended Belly

    Look: you and I both know what’s going on here. This is either a viral ad for Milka or a riff on Üter Zörker at the Springfield Chocolate Factory but let’s retract our marketing antennae for a moment and just revel in the idea: this is video of a quadcopter made of chocolate. The body is made of chocolate. The motors, obviously, are metal and the propellers plastic, but the rest… Read More