Desktop Ballbot can keep its balance

by Mark R

I don’t really have a good sense of balance, as I know from playing on the WiiFit Balance Board. I don’t think that I could stand on a ball for too long, but this Ballbot, as it is called, seems to do a very good job of it. Apparently, there was a larger version of this robot made a while ago, but this one is designed to be on the …

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Sphelar solar cells provide a transparent power generator on windows

by Mark R

What you are seeing here is the Sphelar solar cells. They are made by the Kyosemi Corporation, which debuted at the PV Expo 2010 in Tokyo. The purpose of the Sphelar solar cells is to improve on regular solar panels. You know how most solar cells are flat, and are at only one angle? That isn’t really an accurate way to collect the sun, but Sphelar solar cells are solidified …

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Cravendale Milk Jug alerts of sour milk

by Ally

No one ever wants to make the mistake of drinking sour milk.  Personally I’m so careful about it that I’ve probably dumped perfectly good milk down the drain before.  It’s usually because I’ve noticed that the milk is right within that gray area and rather than risk it, I get rid of it.  This would be great for anyone that wants to be sure just where they stand when it …

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SIMsystem keeps track of underwater status, wirelessly

by Mark R

Welcome to SIMsystem, which is being hailed as the world’s first electric underpants. I can scarcely believe that this is the first electric pair of undies. Hasn’t someone made a pair of electric underwear to keep your torso warm? Anyway, the SIMsystem is designed for people who live in rest homes, and the workers who love them. Or, if nothing else, must work with them and change their Depends every …

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Wrecking Ball and Crane Lamps

by Ally

There are just those times when you really need a little extra lighting in some of the darker corners of your home.  Overhead lighting just never seems to cut it when you’re curled up with your favorite book.  Well for those of you that enjoy industrial looking items, Studio Job has come up with a couple of different interesting choices.  The Wrecking Ball and Crane Lamps were created specifically for …

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NTT Docomo shows off “Eye-Controlled Earphones” at CTIA 2010

by Mark R

Now this is why I go to conferences like CTIA 2010, to see a man control headphones with his eyes. Yes, it is true, and it was on display at the NTT Docomo booth. Here is how it works. Apparently, it can detect eye movement by electrodes. Eyeballs have electric potential positive at the cones, and its negative at the retina. When the eyes are looking forward, they both carry …

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Self-sustaining blimps could be our future

by Mark R

I once did some research on the invention of airships, and I was always disappointed that we didn’t end up living in an age where dirigibles fly around in our skies like giant birds. It would appear that this concept high-altitude reconnaissance and surveillance platform known as ISIS (Integrated Sensor Is the Structure), could herald in that age. Yes, this blimp is designed for combat zones, or at least hovering …

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Firegard robot grows through flaming rubble on its cool wheels

by Mark R

I’ve seen concept robots before that are meant to go through fires, like the Omnitread. The Firegard doesn’t have the snake-like construction of the Omnitread, but it does have an interesting wheel construction. Hopefully, those star-shaped wheels are sturdier than they look, because I’m not certain how they could be bent in such a manner. Clearly, they are designed to go over burnt rubble in a building. On the “head” …

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