This new robot, named Phil, looks fairly human. With video and pic.
Remote-controlled humans. Apparently applying a small electrical current to an apparatus behind the ear will make someone turn, due to an artificial shift in their balance. Sounds like it could be a lot of fun to play with. I'm curious if I could make one of these at home.
Posted by Robert Stern on 8/06/2005 01:29:00 AM
Apparently there's a new robot kit that might be useful. "The starter kit, which debuted in April at $299.99, comes with everything a kid needs to build virtually any kind of radio-controlled robot. Among the 500-plus parts are a Microchip microcontroller, which, when programmed, becomes the bot's brains."
Posted by Robert Stern on 8/06/2005 01:25:00 AM
Maybe it's not quite dead yet -- Gizmondo North American launch delayed until October. It could be good for hacking, at the very least.
Posted by Robert Stern on 8/06/2005 01:13:00 AM
Doctors Transplant Salivary Gland Into Girl's Eye. Apparently she was going blind and unable to produce any moisture for her eyes, which is understandably painful. So hopefully this will allow moisture to be produced so she can have surgery on her cornea and be able to see again.
Posted by Robert Stern on 8/04/2005 02:13:00 PM
My keyboard has an open apple key. On the plus side, it's wireless (Bluetooth of course, otherwise I'd have gotten some generic one), simple, and rigged to work with my Windows system. Does this mean my computer is now part Mac?
Posted by Robert Stern on 8/04/2005 01:52:00 PM
Glow-In-Dark Lamps. "The 'Glow-lux' fluorescent tubes from American Environmental Products shine normally when plugged in. When they are turned off or the power goes out, they glow with a dim, eery blue-green light." Apparently you can even use the shards from a broken one to provide light.
Posted by Robert Stern on 8/04/2005 10:41:00 AM
ElectroNeedles may provide diabetes patients a painless way to check blood glucose levels. There's also a watch-type device that measures glucose levels electromagnetically here.
Posted by Robert Stern on 8/04/2005 10:39:00 AM
Monkeys for Nate: Lab monkeys escape and threaten San Juan.
Elephants for Erin and I: Baby elephant born at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo. With video!
Tiger cubs for Beth: Zoo in hunt for dog mother to feed tiger cubs.
Kittens for Alyssa: Kittens survive delivery ordeal in FedEx box.
And last but not least, Pirates for Jake (and the rest of us of course, who doesn't like Pirates of the Caribbean info?): Davey Jones from Pirates of the Caribbean 2.
Posted by Robert Stern on 8/01/2005 04:30:00 PM
"Yeah, I made my prom tux out of coke cans... because I'm just that cool..." Cool isn't quite the word I'd use to describe wearing a bunch of trash to your prom...but I'll be nice...
Posted by Robert Stern on 8/01/2005 04:16:00 PM
Cosmic rays may prevent long-haul space travel. Apparently you wouldn't actually get cool super powers, like stretchiness or being able to turn invisible or fly around on fire. Instead you just develop cataracts, serious brain damage, and a cocktail of various cancers.
Posted by Robert Stern on 8/01/2005 12:27:00 PM