Could the PaperPhone change the way we do mobile devices?

by Mark R

I think we all know that consumer electronics companies are struggling to make their devices thinner and thinner. We all know where this is heading, to a future era where every piece of paper is like a tablet PC, like on the failed Caprica TV series. This PaperPhone seems ready for that era, and it takes it a step further with a bendable interface. You can see what it is …

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Bio Robot Fridge keeps food cold in gelatin

by Mark R

Every year, Electrolux Design Lab has a a design contest where they challenge students to come up with new home appliances for a future era. In keeping with this year’s theme, the Second Space Age, Yuriy Dmitriev submitted the Bio Robot Fridge. This Fridge really challenges the idea of a fridge as it doesn’t even look like a refrigerator, or any other household appliance for that matter. There is no …

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Puppy Robotic concept vacuum makes Roombas into cute pets

by Mark R

Considering that most of us have Roombas or other robot vacuums patrolling our floors in search of stray dirt, it almost seems like they are pets in some households. This particular concept device really takes the pet vacuum cleaner to a whole new level with Puppy Robotic. You can probably see how it works. Puppy Robotic has a quartet of robotic pups that are dependent on one mother dog. The …

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Microsoft shows off the house of the future

by Mark R

About two years ago, we reported on a video of what Microsoft’s version of 2019 would look like. As I recall, it was full of giant touchscreens, and simple handhelds that can do just about anything. What you can see after the jump is another video showing what the average house of the future could look like.

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Get rid of those clothing store fitting rooms with mybestfit

by Mark R

I don’t do a lot of clothes shopping, and I usually treat the fitting rooms as one of those “necessary evils”. Generally, they are too cramped, and trying on clothes for “the right size” and “the right look” can be time consuming if you are shopping with your wife. I believe that mybestfit, this transparent capsule of a room that you are seeing here, is the future of fitting rooms. …

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Japanese technology creates a kiss over the Internet

by Mark R

What we are seeing here is not a man drinking out of a large juicebox, but a project from students at Japan’s Kajimoto Laboratory at the University of Electro-Communications. It is a way of sending a kiss through the Internet. Yes, I am telling the truth. You can watch the video after the jump if this sounds too improbable for you to believe, and I have to admit it is …

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Robot is inspired by the caterpillar

by Mark R

I have said before that if you are going to build a robot, then you should imitate something of nature. I have seen robots inspired from snakes and birds, but this is the first one that I have seen that have looked to the caterpillar. Actually, it is a certain type of caterpillar. Have you ever seen that type of bug that curls into a ball when it is touched? …

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Lego Audio Book Helmet can read to kids

by Mark R

Since the beginning of recorded audio, there has been books written to work in tandem with a record, cassette, CD, or digital file so that children can be read to. This concept helmet is by Jonathan Robson, and his helmet allows a child to hear a story by plugging a Lego Brick USB stick in back on a USB slot in the back. On the Lego bricks/USB sticks are stories …

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