Spray in any direction with the ANYWAY Spray Bottle

by Mark R

I realize that I’m not exactly the master of cleaning, and one of the reasons I avoid cleaning is that I hate the spray bottles that they come in. I’m sure you have experienced this when using a spray bottle, but sometimes it just jams. Either the trigger freezes up, or it just doesn’t work no matter how many times you pump it. Sometimes, it trickles out what is in …

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ROCR robot can climb walls like a monkey

by Mark R

We have covered robots that climb before, two of them on one day, actually. This ROCR from the University of Utah can actually climb walls like a spider. It’s more like a monkey, honestly. Let’s just say it’s like a spider monkey. I’m not certain what ROCR is an abbreviation for, but I have a video of it after the jump. As you can see, it has a tail that …

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Super Mario Brothers controlled with eyes

by Mark R

Do you remember when we reported on the Nintendo DS game called Kao Glider, where the player uses their face to control the game? Well, Waterloo Labs has come up with a way to control Super Mario Brothers with your eyes. Yes, I didn’t think that was a logical progression, and I thought that I would see more face-controlled games before I would see the first eye-controlled game. Waterloo Labs …

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China apparently building big buses that go over traffic

by Mark R

I think we all know that mass transit can be improved, but this idea for civilian transport is pulled straight out of science fiction. Basically, this is a rail train that looks like a monorail, but it has two rails. Each of these rails are on the side of the road, which allows the cars to run underneath it. You will note how the rails are to the sides of …

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Telenoid R1 Robot

by Mark R

We have covered this technology of telepresence before, like the Anybot Telepresence Robot back at CES 2009. The purpose of telepresence tech is to make the user feel like they are having a conversation with a real person instead of a communication device. Japan’s ATR and Osaka University have developed this Telepresence robot called the Telenoid R1 Robot. As you may have noticed, this Telenoid looks very human. The reason …

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Float Table uses magnets to make magic hovering effect

by Mark R

This is the Float Table, and it combines some of the best technology from the seventies and the eighties, along with yet-to-be-invented hover technology. As you can see, the Float Table has that brown wood look that was so prevalent in the disco decade. The rotary phone is also a nice touch. As for the eighties, it certainly has that Rubik’s Cube thing going on. According to my Source, those …

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FedEX CEO envisions a future of robot planes

by Mark R

I’m sure that most of you have seen all the Fed Ex airplanes at the “Hub” in the film Cast Away. Yes, they really do need all those planes to get all of our stuff to the proper place, and FedEX CEO Fred Smith sees a better way. His vision is simple: robot planes. Yes, I know, there are many safety concerns with these. What Fred Smith envisions are not …

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Heads-up Virtual Reality (HUVR) Project at UC San Diego

by Mark R

This is a project going on a the University of California, San Diego. They call it the Heads-Up Virtual Reality device, or HUVR (pronounced like the word “hover”). I call it awesome. HUVR “couples a consumer 3D HDTV panel with a half-silvered mirror to project any graphic image onto the user’s hands and/or into the space surrounding them”. Apparently, the user’s head is tracked in order to get the correct …

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