The Future Robot FURO helps you shop

by Mark R

I’ve seen a lot of robots that were meant to be guides before, such as these little red ones in Santander’s Group City in Madrid. This is the Future Robot who is designed to make a shopper comfortable while shopping. You will note how this robot has a head that is nothing more than a television set, and its animated likeness doesn’t look like how a human being would interact, …

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MIT Media Lab creates Invisible Mouse

by Mark R

I did a report the other day about how some MIT students made an interesting projector/computer out of their desklamp called the LuminAR, and it just shows how much MIT creates some of the stuff that I would like to have. It would appear that the Pranav Mistry at the MIT Media Lab has created something even cooler than the desktop laptop with the “invisible mouse”. It uses “an infrared …

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Treadway Motorized Shoes take you where you want to go

by Mark R

Imagine living in a world where you can zip along the road at about 10 miles an hour. True, you can do that on roller skates at faster speeds, but if you want to go driving afterward, then you have to take them off. Sometimes those roller skates can be a pain if you are taking them off and putting them on all the time. These Treadway motorized shoes are …

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Countertop display tells you what to do with your food

by Mark R

Some of you might remember when we reported on the Smart Fridge that can tally the food in your fridge, and even figure out what recipes to make from them. This is the Oasis system, which takes essentially the same technology and puts it on the kitchen countertop. For example, slapping a side of beef on the countertop will cause the nutritional stats to be displayed next to it, thanks …

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Yu Kwang Soo’s Speaker Furniture

by Ally

If you’re bored of looking at all of the furniture with speakers built into it that are currently out on the market, you should check out these new items from the designer Yu Kwang Soo.  It all has a very luxurious feel and makes sure that your music is always nearby.  It’s all being created for the DMY International Design Festival Berlin 2010, but those of you that won’t be …

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Ville, the shopping cart bicycle

by Mark R

I know that there are a lot of countries where the bicycle is a primary form of transportation and not the car. I would imagine that daily trips to the grocery store are needed just to get supplies, and it would be handy to have a bike such as this. This is the transforming Ville, a bike that can fold in half in order to become a shopping cart. It …

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Child creates vacuum cleaner-powered Spider-man suit

by Mark R

When I was a kid, I discovered that I could brace my arms and legs against a door frame and then “climb” to the top. My family called it my “spider-man” trick for lack of a better word. I never perfected my “spider-man” trick as good as 13-year-old Hibiki Kono. Kono has managed to take two 1,400 watt vacuum cleaners and make it so they really suck up against a …

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Let HERB take care of your household

by Mark R

My wife can tell you how much I hate to do household chores, and perhaps it is time that we got ourselves a HERB. The Home Exploring Robot Butler is project in development by Intel, and it is able to do some basic chores like clearing the table, serving meals, and my least favorite chore: doing the dishes. Yeah, it is too good to be true. Not only that, it …

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