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[1 Jul 2013 | No Comment | ]
Mice Cloned from a Single Drop of Blood.

Japanese scientists have managed to clone mice using only a single drop of blood. This is quite the achievement given that cloning smaller animals such as mice has been a challenge for quite some time.
Researchers at RIKEN center in Tsukuba City, were able produce perfectly genetically identical mice by a extracting white blood cells called “non-lymphocytic cells” from a drop of blood. The team has said that their technique has an accuracy of 85% and should be able to use on other species.
The group hopes that this study will be …

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[26 Jun 2013 | No Comment | ]
Toshiba’s Light Emitting Glasses

Toshiba displayed these trendy light up glass to show-case their new “Transmissive Single-sided Light Emission OLED Panel” technology. The selling point of these OLED panels is that they have the ability to not only emit light but also be transparent at the same time.
There have been panels that can light up and be see-through, but the problem has been getting them to do both things at once. Ordinary transparent OLED panels have light emitting electrodes on both sides and can only be transparent when the lights are switched off. So …

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[26 Jun 2013 | No Comment | ]
RAPIRO the Adorable Raspberry Pi Robot

Meet RAPIRO, as its creator describes it: “Looks small, acts large, its limitless possibilities all depends on how you program it.”. This new humanoid robot kit was designed for the popular Raspberry Pi micro-computer and aims to give users a number of ways to control their own humanoid robot.

The RAPIRO, is quite easily assembled, no soldering or advanced knowledge of circuitry needed, just a screw driver. This makes it acceptable to those new to robotics and mirco-computing. It comes with 12 servos, 1 for the neck, 1 for the waist, …

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[19 Jun 2012 | One Comment | ]
Videos: Realistic Marine Robots (2009)

Raincoats, plastic bottles, styrofoam, windshield wiper motors and a love for the sea; that’s what marine biologist and self-taught roboticist Masamichi Hayashi used to make these realistic aquatic robots. Among Hayashi’s creations are a porpoise, great white shark, green turtle, manta ray, killer whale and hammerhead shark. Back in 2009 they were featured on Japanese TV, Hayashi explained how they are used to teach kids about marine animal behavior and locomotion.

The 5 ft long coelacanth robot below weighs 105 lbs and cost 2 million yen ($22,000) to make.

via: Pink Tentacle

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[12 Jun 2012 | One Comment | ]
Japanese Darknet monitor draws inspiration from scifi anime Ghost in the Shell.

Though these images look like a cool user interface from a sci-fi movie, they are actually screen grabs from a very serious program. This is “DAEDALUS” (Direct Alert Environment for Darknet And Livenet Unified Security) developed by Japan’s National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT). It’s a system designed to monitor the Darknet for any potential cyber threats such as computer viruses.
The system has been getting some attention because its GUI reminds Japanese anime fans of the series “Ghost in the Shell”. They speculate that the designer got his …

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[3 Jun 2012 | 2 Comments | ]
SWUMANIOD – Swimming humanoid robot

There are many different types of humanoid robots out there but this is the first one created solely for swimming. SWUMANIOD (SWimming + hUMANOID) was created by researchers Motomu Nakashima and Chung Changhyun of the Tokyo Institute of Technology. The robot was made to reproduce the motion of human swimmers while measuring water resistance.
SWUMANIOD was made by first doing a 3D scan of a real person’s body, then using 3D printed parts to make a 1/2 model. Next they added 20 water-proof motors and programmed the bot to imitate human …

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[29 May 2012 | No Comment | ]
How to avoid leaving your fly unzipped

Guys, it’s happened to all of us. The weird looks you get from strangers after leaving the bathroom. Maybe you’ve got something on your face? Nope, your fly is open and to your horror you realize that girl wasn’t smiling at you because you look so sexy in those jeans.
Probably frustrated by this happening over and over again, a resourceful Nico-Nico Douga user created a device to prevent forgetting to zip up. It’s pretty simple, if your zipper is open, an LED lights up making it easier for you to …

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[24 May 2012 | No Comment | ]
Subway advertising using FeliCa NFC chips

Japanese advertising agency Shunkosha have come on with a clever way to get more eye-balls for their ads in Tokyo subways. They’ve started embedding FeliCa NFC chips in straps on the train. Commuters are encouraged to hold their wallet cellphones up to the straps so that the phone browsers will be taken to an embedded URL. These straps can be seen on the Marunouchi and Ginza subway lines. Travel agency H.I.S was the first company to start using this medium.

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[22 May 2012 | No Comment | ]
Video: What happens when lightning hits a florescent bulb?

Getting struck by lightning certainly won’t give you superpowers, you’ll be lucky to walk away from it. But if you happen to be holding a florescent bulb when it happens you’ll look really cool. Back in 2010 the Japanese T.V. show Tobidase! Kagaku-kun conducted an experiment to see what it would looks like. They used a 12-million-volt artificial lightning generator to hit a dummy holding a florescent bulb. You can the results above in super slow-mo.

via: Pink Tentacle

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[21 May 2012 | 2 Comments | ]
Transparent touchscreen prototype by Docomo

NTT DoCoMo has developed a portable device that not only has a transparent display, but is also touchscreen, touchscreen on both sides! Apart from being really cool, the ability to operate both sides of the screen allows the user to input more complicated gestures. Being able to input gestures on the opposite side of the screen means the user’s fingers would not obscure their view of the display. DoCoMo demonstrated the accuracy this input method by showing a Rubik’s puzzle being solved on the device. One downside of the transparent …

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