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Today on In Case You Missed It: The Sandia National Labs robot that walked for two and a half hours on 350 watts of power; the amazing Halo 5 HoloLens demo that makes me want to pick up a gun (virtually of course); and the new electromagnetic aircraft launcher the Navy is having way too much fun t...

June 18th 2015 at 9:00am 0 Comments
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We're sure a time will come when watching something in 4K won't seem special. Now isn't that time. Astronaut Terry W. Virts is tweeting links to videos shot in Ultra HD during his time on the International Space Station, and predictably it's mesmerizing. NASA started uploading videos in the higher...

June 17th 2015 at 11:20am 0 Comments
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Today on In Case You Missed It: Super Mario Maker gets a release date and trial run at Best Buy and Range Rover is developing a smartphone app that allows drivers to steer when they're outside the car. Also this NAO robot tries to befriend a dog and freaks it out instead.

June 17th 2015 at 9:00am 0 Comments
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If you thought Amazon was already fighting tooth-and-nail for permission to fly delivery drones in the US, you haven't seen anything yet. The internet shopping giant has warned a House oversight committee that states and cities "must not be allowed" to regulate unmanned aircraft that get the Feder...

June 16th 2015 at 9:56pm 0 Comments
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Over the past few decades, engineers have leveraged Moore's Law to the fullest, resulting in powerful ultrathin laptops and feature-rich miniature wearables. Back in 1981, a 23-pound Osborne 1 computer was considered portable, with 64KB of onboard memory. Today, smartphones weigh just a few ounces...

June 13th 2015 at 11:00am 0 Comments
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Tired of your $10,000 anatomically-correct sex doll just lying there? Well, now RealDoll, purveyors of alarmingly lifelike silicone sex partners -- and apparently not movie buffs -- plans to give them personalities. According to the New York Times, RealDoll founder and CEO Matt McMullen has hired...

June 12th 2015 at 9:43pm 0 Comments
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NASA has taken on the job of preventing drones from crashing into things, and it's now revealed more info about how it plans to do that. It wants to link up drones up to a control system when they're flying, then "geo-fence" them off from trouble, according to its latest missive. And as the space...

June 12th 2015 at 1:32pm 0 Comments
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At the DARPA Robotics Challenge last week, a robot drove in on a red UTV. The vehicle slowly came to a halt on the obstacle course as it reached the door of a simulated disaster building. The driver, a six-foot-two Atlas humanoid, sat motionless for many minutes. About half a dozen researchers w...

June 12th 2015 at 12:30pm 0 Comments
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Well, here's a fun surprise! Parrot has just revealed a pile of inexpensive new minidrones, 13 in all, including one that tackles a new medium: water. That hybrid UAV/Boat is called the Hydrofoil Drone, and is joined by a couple of new 'Jumping' drones and a new flying model, the 'Airborne.' Parro...

June 12th 2015 at 7:31am 0 Comments
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If everything goes to plan, the mildly terrifying robot in the image above could bring joy to some deserving children later this year. Robots For Good is a nonprofit initiative that's building a robot for, well, good. The aim is to create a bot that can be controlled remotely by a hospital-bound c...

June 11th 2015 at 9:37am 0 Comments
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Mosquitoes are the worst -- but they could also be the key to giving us a heads up about emerging diseases before they become full-blown outbreaks. That's the focus of Microsoft Research's "Project Premonition," which aims to trap mosquitos and analyze their genomes to see the diseases they're car...

June 10th 2015 at 12:25pm 0 Comments