Check out this 26 foot snakebot camera!

by Mark R

Even though I am based in the United States, I am constantly thinking about Japan after the tsunami and earthquake. A while ago, we reported on a snake-like robot known as the Omnitread that is essentially a train of treaded cars that can got through rubble. It is a design that I have seen before in the Firegard, and this model here. This particular device is a self-propelled snakebot developed …

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LockCracker picks any combination lock

by Mark R

Have you ever been blocked from something by a combination lock that you didn’t know the combination for? I once had a locker in junior high school that someone put a combo lock on. Not one of my better days. I’m guessing that something similar happened to this team of students at the Olin College of Engineering. They have created the LockCracker, which has the ability to pick any combination …

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This skyscraper harnesses the power of lightning

by Mark R

This building is one of those concept buildings that I probably will never see built, but it certainly is downright useful. This Hydra skyscraper is made of graphene, which is light, strong, and very conductive of electricity. You will note that this structure is one big lightning rod, and there is a lot of open space on this building. My source says this is a giant Faraday cage, which can …

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Check out this Konect USB watch!

by Mark R

What you are seeing here is the Konect USB watch, and it appears to be designed for our post watch era. Seriously, I haven’t used a watch since I got my cellular phone, and I’m guessing that I am not alone. The Konect comes with a slot for a USB drive, and it does more than just keep it safe. The user will be able to access any tunes that …

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Attack of the RoboRoach

by Mark R

Do you remember when we did that report on the the Hexbug? Now some people have taken this robot bug toy and somehow grafted the technology onto an actual bug. Welcome to the age of the RoboRoach, where some circuitry can be put into an insect’s nervous system so it can be steered around the room. You can watch the video of it after the jump if you want to …

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Look out Apple iPad, here comes Iris by Asus

by Mark R

Apple figured out a long time ago that they could make a single gadget that supposedly does everything with the iPhone and the iPad. Asus takes that idea and gives it a quantum leap forward with the Isis. The Isis depends on a lot of technology that either needs to be seriously improved or hasn’t been invented yet. Clearly, it believes that holography is just going to get better and …

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Fly like an eagle with this Emotiv headset and setup

by Mark R

In case you thought the iPad 2 was the most exciting thing of the day, you should know that you can now fly using nothing but the power of the mind. Before you get any Peter Pan fantasies going on, you should know that this is in the experimental stage from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Their virtual reality device allows users to hang by a harness, but this year, the …

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DARPA and Boston Dynamics unite for a “cheetah robot”

by Mark R

I have seen DARPA’s ideas for defense before, and they always seem to see far-out, right out of science fiction. Take this particular robot cheetah. It clearly looks like the character Ravage from the Transformers. I think he had a cameo in the last live-action movie. DARPA and Boston Dynamics are teaming up to create this particular and peculiar robot cheetah. They are shooting for a speed of 20 to …

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