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Is your dress looking at me?

Jun 25, 2013
Designer Ying Gao has created dresses that are embedded with eye-tracking technology.
Posted In: fashion, clothing, Tech
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Talk to the hand, now you can

Jun 24, 2013
A new wearable bluetooth phone lets you make a call from a glove.
Posted In: cell phone
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NeverWet: The end of the mustard stain?

Prone to spilling on yourself? A new spray-on substance called NeverWet may just be for you. The industrial liquid repellant is a few years old, but a consumer version hits shelves this week. Click on the video below to see it in action. 

And tell us, would you use NeverWet and what for? Marketplace Tech host Ben Johnson suggests turning tuxedo pants into a really stylish swimsuit.

 


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Jun 19, 2013
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Ford's new robot driver

Ford Motors just released a video of what it claims is an automotive industry first: succesfully test-driving trucks with robots. Check out the video below to see their robot putting it into gear.

 

h/t Gizmodo.


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Jun 18, 2013
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Robo nurse, coming to a hospital near you?

Medical machinery has come a long way -- and now robots are getting in on the action. Click on the video below to watch a robotic nurse bathe a bed-ridden patient autonomously.

 

It may move slow, but it seems to do the job. Healthcare Robotics, the company who makes the robot, reports its efficacy as such:

In our experiments, the robot removed most of the debris (>96%) on four parts of the limbs. In addition, the robot performed the wiping task using relatively low force.


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Jun 17, 2013
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The 'What if' problem of government surveillance

Count me in the camp of people who aren't worried about the NSA dragging me away because of communications I've had on the phone or online. But there's one big problem with secret government surveillance of data on U.S. citizens: the "what if" problem. While our current political system doesn't seem to punish people recklessly for speaking up and excercising free speech, that could always change. And that's the heart of the issue, to me. We can't know what the future holds for our political system, and because of that, we need to be vigilant in protecting our First Ammendment rights.

Tell us: What do you think?


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Jun 11, 2013
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YouTube karaoke, Tajik-style

Jun 6, 2013
Did the government of Tajikistan ban YouTube over an embarrassing karaoke performance?
Posted In: Tech, YouTube
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Scientists snap first ever pictures of molecules before and after reaction

Using a new state-of-the-art atomic force microscope, scientists at UC Berkeley were able to capture the first images of a molecule just before and after it reacts. The images show the molecule's structure in detail, even the bonds connecting atoms. Until now, scientists have only been able to infer this type of information.

The series of images on the left side (labeled A) show the molecule before, while the images on the right (labeled B) display the after.

 


   

Non-contact atomic force microscope (nc-AFM) images (center) of a molecule before and after a reaction improve immensely over images (top) from a scanning tunneling microscope and look just like the classic molecular structure diagrams (bottom). Source: UC Berkeley News Center

 

 

 

 

 


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May 31, 2013
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Put a GIF in your bike wheel

If you love GIF animations and love to cycle safely, here's a new crowd-funded product you'll love: The Monkey Light Pro. The bike accessory uses LED light bars that fit in the spokes of your wheel to create a rideable display system. Kind of ridiculous, but kind of great, too? 

 


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May 29, 2013
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Happy Birthday Robert Moog!

Correction: The original entry referred to Robert Moog as still alive. He died in 2005.

Robert Moog would have been 79 today. He invented the analogue Moog synthesizer that first gained notoriety at a performance during the 1967 Monterey International Pop Festival. It's been used by keyboard lovers like Stevie Wonder ever since.

Happy 77th Birthday, Bob Moog!


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May 23, 2013

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