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[20 Jul 2011 | No Comment | ]
Automatic Page Turner Helps the Disabled Enjoy Their Favorite Books

In the age of e-readers and tablet computers the idea of a machine that turns book pages automatically may seem a bit silly. But it might not seem so silly if you consider people with disabilities who are unable to pick up a book and read it for themselves, such a machine gives them the independence of reading one of their favorite books at their own pace. The Japan Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry acknowledged the value of these devices by giving one a Robot of the Year Award …

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[23 Jun 2011 | One Comment | ]
Need a Hug? Do it Yourself!

They say the best things in life are free, like hugs. But in case there’s no one around to give you one, then you can do it yourself… and it’s going to cost you around $2500. It’s called Sense-Roid, this demo consisted of a dummy and a vest worn by the user. Hugs and touches detected by the dummy’s sensors are re-created as the same sensation in the user’s vest by vibrators and feedback motors. So the machine lets you know what your hugs feel like.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNDGigppIf8
Besides the obvious applications …

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[19 Jun 2011 | No Comment | ]
A Better Way to Take Self Portraits

Seriously, there should be a better way of talking self-portrait photos that standing in front of a bathroom mirror. Of course any modern digital camera has a timer setting and more professional models come with remote controls, but is there a way to make it even easier to take a photo of yourself? Shaowei Chu and Jiro Tanaka of the University of Tsukuba have developed a system to allows the user to control a camera by the use of hand gestures.

Much like a Kinect program, the system displays a live …

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[16 Jun 2011 | 2 Comments | ]
The Breathalyzer Watch isn’t Afraid to Say You’re Drunk

Remember that ex you drunk dialed? Or that facebook status that ruined your life? Don’t you wish there was a way you could have known for sure that you were completely wasted? (Would it have mattered?) TokyoFlash’s new LED watch concept wants to solve that problem, it’s also a breathalyzer.

The “Alcohol Test Function” is activated by the touch of a button, a cap is then released revealing the port. To find out your blood alcohol level, blow into the port and await your results. Your blood alcohol is then …

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[14 Jun 2011 | One Comment | ]
Beer Can Robot in Disguise

Check out this transforming robot beer can from Ron Tajima. This genius created a Wii-mote controlled walking bot disguised as a cold one. Probably perfect for a reconnaissance mission at a house party. Let’s just hope no one crushes it on their head.

GetRobo

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[9 Jun 2011 | No Comment | ]
Spy Drone Stalks Female Reporter [Video]

This flying spherical spy drone being developed my the Japanese Self Defense Force seems to have a crush on this lady reporter, and it’s not too subtle about it. The following video is a pretty impressive demo of what this little stalker can do.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2h7dPgzMgf0
Dubbed the “Spherical Flight Vehicle”, this drone has been in development for a year and a half. It can fly for 8 minutes at a time and can reach speeds of up to 60km/h. This current demo is remote controlled but an autonomous flight system is being …

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[6 Jun 2011 | One Comment | ]
Fujitsu Design Award

In January the “Fujitsu Design Award 2011” was launched with the theme “A LIFE with Future Computing”. Over 3000 participants submitted concept designs of what our future computers will look like. Here are the winners, very imaginative designs by some talented artists.
The Aid by Egle Ugintaite (Grand Prize Winner)

The Aid is a walking cane with a built in health monitoring system, an LCD screen that displays the user status, an SOS emergency button and an accompanying headset for remote communication. This was designed for the elderly as a means to …

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[19 May 2011 | No Comment | ]
Sony Develops Markerless AR Technology

Sony has developed markerless augmented reality (AR) technology which they’re calling “SmartAR”. Instead of using 2D markers, SmartAR can generate on-screen virtual images from everyday objects such as menus and posters. SmartAR technology uses “object recognition technology” to achieve the markerless functionality and also Sony’s own proprietary “3D space recognition technology” which they use in their research robots such as AIBO. It also boasts extremely accurate high-speed tracking, 3D space recognition and interactivity.

Live demo

What does this mean? A lot more freedom and flexible for AR games and applications. If this …

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[18 May 2011 | No Comment | ]
Cute Japanese Maid Mods a Furby

Julie Watai is a model, cosplayer, photographer and sings in a chip-tune band. And if that isn’t enough to make any geek fall in love, she also knows how to mod a Furby to speak Martian. Watch how she skillfully handles a soldering iron.

Send your marriage proposals to Julie Watai
via Japan Probe

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[8 May 2011 | One Comment | ]
Cute Mind-Controlled Cat Ears

Necomimi (cat ears) is a wearable pair of feline ears that move according to the wearer’s thoughts or moods. Basically, you can make them move with just your mind. The ears “read your mind” with the use of attached sensors. They wiggle around if the wearer is excited, stand up when they’re concentrating and point down when they’re relaxed.

These ultra cute ears are sure to be a hit with cos-players but I’m sure there will be other amazing applications for this type of technology. Necomimi was developed by the company …

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