Category Archives: Unusual

Telekinetics? Bed-Bound Patients Move Robots Using Just Thoughts


“They’re not quite psychic yet, but machines are getting better at reading your mind. Researchers have invented a new, noninvasive method for recording patterns of brain activity and using them to steer a robot. Scientists hope the technology will give … Continue reading

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Liquid Robotics’ Wave Gliders Begin Historic Swim Across Pacific


A few days ago, “four Wave Gliders—self propelled robots, each about the size of a dolphin—left San Francisco for a journey that combined will total 60,000 kilometers. Built by Liquid Robotics, the robots will travel together to Hawaii, then split into … Continue reading

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Slow Food for the Mind


For many years our focus has been on making things faster and faster. Computer chips are doubling their speed about every 18 months (Moore’s Law). But in our faster and faster spinning world we rarely focus on really long-lasting or long-term … Continue reading

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Fraunhofer Sends Spiders to the Rescue


Silicon.de recently reported on a new robot for hazardous missions: The high-tech spider developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA in Stuttgart (Germany). The spider is built using a 3-D printing technique and is extremely lightweight. … Continue reading

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QR Codes (Updated): From Urinals And Bus Stops to National Parks to Art, Shopping and Tombstones


We can observe more and more adoption of QR codes and their pervasiveness. In Asia you find these codes anywhere in the meantime and they allow quick responses usually by use of a smart phone’s QR reader. I have seen them … Continue reading

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Daddy, Is this iPad Broken? (Baby Handling a Magazine)


Recently I discussed Digital Recluses, Digital Immigrants and Digital Natives (see picture below) in a blog. But what is shown in this video makes a new category necessary. Maybe “Digital Thoroughbreds?”

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Robot Birds and Octoroaches On The Loose at UC Berkeley


As mentioned in an earlier blog (Quadrotors Can Now Play Catch, All-Robot Baseball Team Closer to Reality) I have a weakness for flying robots and having studied insects for a considerable time during my research years I find the objects mentioned … Continue reading

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