Here’s how the first space colonies might live!

by Mark R

The space shuttle program might be ending, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t be thinking about living on another world. I’m very certain that one day there will be places to live on the moon and Mars, but unless you want a house made of rocks, you need to bring the building materials yourself. However, the space shuttle is not like a typical moving van, so whatever house you …

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BodyGuard electric gauntlet delivers a 500,000 volt handshake

by Mark R

This is the BodyGuard, an electro-gauntlet, which is actually the best description of this device that I know. The BodyGuard has some other features, like a laser pointer, video camera, and a hefty taser of with 500,000 volts. I suppose that one could classify it as a weapon, and I suppose that it is much less violent than a gun. I don’t know, but 500,000 volts sounds pretty harmful, however, …

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This robot does windows, and runs on water

by Mark R

There’s nothing I like more than reporting on robots on this blog, and this one has is certainly has something unusual on two fronts. First, it is can climb up walls, provided they are made of glass. It has suction cups, and they could take away all window washing jobs permanently. No more of those guys hanging off the sides of tall buildings. Unfortunately, the suction cups won’t keep the …

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ASUS shows off Padfone at Computex

by Mark R

It is a good time to be a tablet or smartphone right now, so I don’t see any reason why in the world someone couldn’t combine them. It looks like ASUS is doing that with the Padfone, and they showed it off at Computex Taipai in Taiwan. As you can see, the Padfone tablet opens up in the back so the Padfone smartphone can nestle safely in the back. Not …

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Disney’s Tactile Brush makes the user feel the film

by Mark R

I’m guessing that 3D is not good enough any more, as Disney is working on a process called Tactile Brush. You might have seen this type of technology at Disney’s EPCOT center with their “Honey I Shrunk the Audience” presentation where little mice are supposedly going through the crowd, a trick done with airhoses under the seats. The Tactile Brush uses 12 vibrating coils in the seats that create the …

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In the 1960s, the government had their own AT-AT

by Mark R

I’ve always wondered why in the world there isn’t a real-life walking vehicle like the AT-AT from The Empire Strikes Back. After all, what makes the wheel think its so great? Well, it has been tried. Back in the 1960s, the U.S. Army worked with General Electric to create the Cybernetic Anthropomorphous Machine (CAM) to create a walking machine for rough terrain. The purpose of the CAM was not to …

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ITP Thesis shows that the touchscreen is not enough

by Mark R

The touchscreen has revolutionized the last decade, and it will continue to improve this decade. However, this ITP thesis by Michael Kneupfel for NYU’s design program has shown that the touchscreen could use a little more accessories. There is a video after the jump so you can see what he has in mind. The one in the picture is for pulses, and I am not certain what to use that …

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Ollie the robot comes in blimp form, with a child’s mentality

by Mark R

The other day, we reported on some telepresence robots that were essentially miniature blimps that fly around with someone’s head on it, and I equated the floating heads with something rather dystopian. I now see a utopian age full of Ollie, a blimp who has been given the emotional range of a shy baby. There is a video after the jump, and you can see that Ollie is somewhat curious, …

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