It was only a matter of time before our friend Helena from Chip-Chick found someone with whom she could truly relate. Thankfully we were there with her at CES 2014 to capture the moment. You can check out Chip-Chick’s great content here; when you visit, make sure to wish Helena and her new pal the best!Read more
When Elana and I moved into our current home, we increased the number of windows more than ten-fold. Yes, our house is more windows and sliding doors than it is wall. We love it, but boy does that glass get dirty. That’s where the WINBOT I saw today on the floor at CES 2014 could come in quite handy.Read more
There is something rather neat taking place at my synagogue tonight, and Judie and I thought it would be fun to share it with you all. Dr. Amir Shapiro, the Director of the Robotics Lab of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, is joining us. Dr. Amir develops robots that benefit humans and improve the safety and security of not only
Five years ago, researchers and scientists from General Motors and NASA began collaborating on a project called Robonaut 2 (R2 for short) that led to launching the first human-like robot into space in 2011 that is now a permanent resident in the International Space Station.
Now the two are jointly developing a robotic glove inspired by the unprecedented level of
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When I reached my puberty/adolescent heavy-reading phase, I got totally enamored with The Big Three of Science fiction. Isaac Asimov’s work was a huge influence on me growing up (and I even took “Yitzchak” as my Hebrew name in his honor!), and I though his writing wasn’t as poetic as Arthur C. Clarke could sometimes
Engadget caught this bizarre and amazing video from some Cornell researchers, who pitted a Chatbot in a conversation with itself. Apparently, all Chatbot wants is to study philosophy! Don’t believe me? Watch the video below, and then check out my commentary showing how the Chatbot(s) just want to talk Plato.
Let’s see…the Chatbot(s) start with social contract theory. They exchange
I cannot lie. Yes, I am a grown man and yes I love all remote controlled toys! There, I said it! Of course I have two young sons so I can always use them as the excuse to buy or play with anything RC. At a very young age, I began a long love affair with cars, boats and anything
Show me a person who could watch the Pixar movie Wall-E without getting a little bit misty, and I’ll show you a person with a heart of stone. The premise was that Earth, long inhabited by wasteful humans was eventually rendered unusable, and there was a mass exodus to a fleet of spaceships provided for by the Buy N Large
There is no question that automation has had an impact on numerous industries and has been responsible for some significant job-loss or, at least, job-shifting.
For example factories now need less people on the line but can output more product at an ever-increasing pace. Yes, the impact is everywhere but this is one place where I never expected
Just what’s needed to brighten up a dreary cubicle and provide entertainment when your warden supervisor isn’t looking – Zibits, a new series of miniature remote controlled robots that are about 2″ tall, move in “several directions including a full 360º rotation”, and that are equipped with “robotic lights and sounds”.
Zibits will show up at Toys ‘R Us
Already going through sports withdrawal now that the Super Bowl has ended? Not too excited about the upcoming Winter Olympics? Well, how about we add one-part thrill of competition, plus one-part agony of defeat mixed with a heaping mess of Robots. Yeah, you read that right. Robots.
Hand-to-hand robot combat? Check.
Sumo-wrestling robots? Check.
Fire-fighting robots? Got them, too.
Deep Blue besting Gary Kasparov was a landmark moment in artificial intelligence, so much so that it has become almost a cliche of artificial intelligence. It’s even been stolen as a plotline for “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles“!
Interestingly, the plotline for T:TSCC actually hits very close to Gary Kasparov’s own thoughts on computers playing chess; that it
I have a confession to make. I like penguins. Part of this is I am a Linux user and Tux, the Linux mascot, is a penguin. The other part is they are so darn cute. That’s why I decided to take a look when Arimaz offered to send a sample of MyDeskFriend AKA Pingo.
Part Tamagotchi, part Facebook app, part
My Tuxdroid keeps me company every Wednesday night as I do the Tech Show, and now Tuxdroid has a brand new buddycalled My Desk Friend. His real name is Pingo, and he will read your mail to you, update you on your friends’ Facebook status, dance around your desktop, as well as read RSS feeds. Pingo is much smaller thanRead more
Hoya Robot, A South Korean company, is developing a robot that one day might just help save the lives of both victims and firefighters. The Firefighter’s Assistant Robot can enter burning building and size up the scene as well as check for victims who may be trapped inside.
The unit can operate for up to 30 minutes and withstand temperatures
Kysoh.com has released the new Tux Droid 2.0. Tux Droid is essentially a Open Source Nabaztag that looks like Tux the Penguin (Tux was originally designed as the Linux mascot by Larry Ewing). The Tux Droid is wirelessly connected to your computer via its cute fish shaped dongle, which has a striking resemblance to Tux himself. What does Tux
The concept of conciousness and awareness has always fascinated me. It was what drew me to science fiction as a kid, and to philosophy as I got older. One of the tropes of science fiction is artificial intelligence, the idea that a computer robot can become sentient and move beyond the limits of its programming.Read more
Here’s an interesting twist on the boring old web camera. Just like 8 bazillion other web cams this will provide video through an Internet connection. And (yawn) it does so via Wi-Fi. But here’s where things get interesting. This version goes mobile and provides images via 802.11b/g while simultaneously performing 360 degree turns. For a projected cost of only $169Read more
Oh to be one of those geeks who can effortlessly start up a remote control helicopter and make it fly, but alas. When I play with those type toys I am the one who will almost always immediately crash and burn…assuming I can even get lift off. It’s okay, though; I have found a flying toy which I can operate,Read more
When I was a child, I absolutely loved stuffed animals; I had such a massive collection residing on my bed that they threatened to push me off should I stretch out or roll over in the middle of the night. One of my fondest wishes at that time was that some of my favorite stuffed animals could be more life-likeRead more
Today I unboxed and set up my recently received iRobot Roomba 560 evaluation unit. I figured it might be fun for those of you who are curious to see what’s involved…and then we could send it on a test run together. Consider this part one of its review, because I will be posting initial impressions tonight and final impressions afterRead more
When I was a kid, my parents bought me my first robot. Except this was in the early 70s, so it wasn’t a real robot – it was a fuzzy effigy, a mechanized kitten thing. The kitten was tethered by co-joined wires to a long battery box which also served as a remote control. It could walk forward…stop…walk forward…stop; itRead more
It seems like I have been waiting forever to get my hands on the Ugobe Pleo, the robotic baby dinosaur that I first read about on my way home from CES 2007. A year has passed and even though Wal-Mart canceled my Pleo order right before Christmas, in the end Ugobe came through with a review loaner forRead more