NEC PaPeRo serves as a check-out robot

by Mark R

I’m not certain if we are all looking forward to or dreading the day when all the “menial laborers” of the world, such as checkout clerks, will be replaced by robots. After all, my Safeway has four self-checkout stands. This PaPeRo robot is essentially designed to be a friendly presence at a self-checkout. There is a video here so you can see it in action, and this robot teddy bear …

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Community Transit: Probably the most private system of public transportation

by Mark R

Designer Dave Owsen’s concept for mass-transit is one that allows for privacy for its travelers, which is something that most public transportation systems shun. How many times have you ever ridden a bus or subway, only to be annoyed by a loud-mouthed passenger or bothered by misbehaving children? Community Transit, as it is called, is made so that every passenger or select group of passengers have a private car. I …

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OLED Wallpaper creates an interesting lighting effect

by Mark R

I realize that this still shot here looks like it was taken from a music video, but it is to demonstrate the power of OLED wallpaper. OLED wallpaper is something that LOMOX is working on, and the OLED lighting is designed for providing ambient lighting to any room. I’m guessing that it can be put on a low-light setting for the day, and high in the day. It better be …

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PR2: A robot that can fold towels

by Mark R

I hope none of you think low of me, but since I have been married, I have simply let my wife deal with laundry. I think it has been years since I folded any of it. I never really liked folding laundry, and have always classified it as one of life’s “necessary evils”. Fortunately, I can have this robot do it for me. After it gets perfected, of course. I’m …

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Square Soda Can to reduce carbon footprint

by Mark R

I think we are all are trying to reduce our “carbon footprint”, even if we aren’t certain what that is. Who cares? It has something to do with saving the planet, which is always a good thing, isn’t it? I mean, that’s why you recycle your cans, right? Or at least you should be recycling your cans. Imagine if you were using square cans. That’s right, someone has come up …

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This is a Robotic Skateboard

by Mark R

Man, I saw this guy here and said: “does this guy look cool or what?” Yeah, I had to cover this story. I mean, it is about a robotic skateboard for crying out loud! In all honesty, I don’t know whether I would call this a robot, and I think its got a little too few wheels to be a skateboard. I’m guessing that those two wheels are designed to …

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Glove Mouse brings both hands into your interface

by Mark R

Once again, someone has imitated the futuristic science of Minority Report to create a gesture-based computer. In this case, these developers from MIT decided to use black gloves, similar to the ones that Tom Cruise wore at the beginning of the film. You can see the video of the Glove Mouse after the jump. According to the vid, it took less than $100 of technology in order to make the …

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See your Inbox on your T-Shirt

by Mark R

I suppose that all of us don’t like to be away from our e-mail for a prolonged period of time, myself included. However, if I just knew that I didn’t have a lot of e-mails to check, I might be able to enjoy my time away from my computer. As you can probably tell from this photo, this is a DIY project. Chris and Madeline Ball posted their work on …

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