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April 30, 2006 - May 6, 2006 Archives

  • May 5, 2006
    The NorthStar Stroke Recovery System is a new form of stroke treatment that implants electronics in the various nooks of your body. A three-fold design, the system places an electric stimulator in the chest which connects to an electrode implanted in the brain, which are both con... / Continue →
  • May 5, 2006
    Singaporean researchers have developed a credit card-sized battery that is powered by urine. Made of copper chloride paper sandwiched between strips of copper and magnesium, that battery only requires a simple drop of urine to create a chemical reaction that produces the charge.... / Continue →
  • May 5, 2006
    Philips recently held a show displaying prototypes and potential future products. Some of the featured products included ambient MRI lighting, lamps that change color depending on the color placed near a sensor, garden lights that change color as the wind blows, remote control w... / Continue →
  • May 4, 2006
    With summer fast approaching, it's probably time to shed that extra weight with some standard virtual horseback riding exercises. Panasonic has released the "JOBA horse riding fitness equipment," which uses "3-D virtual reality technology" to imitate horseback riding and increas... / Continue →
  • May 4, 2006
    Researchers in San Antonio have developed a new non-lethal weapon to help break up mobs, riots, and those bothersome peaceful demonstrations. The weapon dispenses a "super-slimy" substance that causes rioters and vehicles to lose traction and slip wildly about. The weapon uses a... / Continue →
  • May 4, 2006
    South Korean scientists have unleashed their first android upon an unsuspecting populace. EverR-1 is a humanoid robot that can understand speech, speak responses that are synchronized with the movement of her lips, blink with her eyes, and move her arms and hands. Ever-1 can als... / Continue →
  • May 3, 2006
    Sensatex, a leading electronic textile company, has initiated a Beta launch of its flagship SmartShirt System. The SmartShirt measures and transmits a wearer's heart rate, movement, and respiration rate using a conductive fiber grid that is knit into the material of the shirt. T... / Continue →
  • May 3, 2006
    LED Signs on Toronto's subway cars were flashing messages implying that Canada's prime minister "eats babies." The electronic advertising system, which usually displays transit updates and advertisements, started flashing the phrase "Stephen Harper Eats Babies" every three secon... / Continue →
  • May 3, 2006
    I'm sure you were excited when you found that you could customize your car's wheels with LED pictures, but what about people people whose only mode of transportation is by dirigible? The Lightships Group has them covered with the A-170 Video Lightsign Airship. Measuring 30 feet... / Continue →
  • May 2, 2006
    Kaya Special Optics specializes in optics and lenses that enable regular cameras to see through various types of materials. Placing Kaya's Infrared filters on certain consumer cameras and camcorders instantly creates images that "visually penetrate an object's surface to see wha... / Continue →
  • May 2, 2006
    The Medical Technology company Luminetx has begun shipping the VeinViewer, an instrument that uses infrared light to clearly project the location of veins onto the surface of skin. Although the VeinViewer can be used to find veins for drawing blood and inserting IV's, its main ... / Continue →
  • May 2, 2006
    When you have enough money to fund robotic lobsters, you might as well create a simulated city for robots to destroy. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has announced that its next Grand Challenge competition will take place in a simulated urban environment. P... / Continue →
  • May 1, 2006
    Students at the Tokyo Institute of Technology have successfully constructed and flown a ultralight plane that is powered solely by AA batteries. On Saturday, the manned ultralight managed to fly a "couple hundred meters" using 160 Panasonic Oxyride AA batteries. The glider's leng... / Continue →
  • May 1, 2006
    Levi Strauss & Co. has announced that they are now shipping jeans and pants that are individually tagged with radio frequency identification tags. The company is in a testing phase with the RFID tags, sending the shipment to only one unnamed retail location in the United States.... / Continue →
  • May 1, 2006
    The goal of the ENKI project is to induce a state of "extreme relaxation" through communication signals from electric fish. The project is based around "Brainwave Entrainment" in which the senses are presented with rhythmic stimuli that cause the brain to synchronize its electr... / Continue →
  • May 1, 2006
    Eye-Fi is a new product that will add wifi connectivity to most digital cameras. Eye-Fi is a specially designed SD-card that contains both storage and a wifi module built in. The basic idea of wifi in cameras is to create an easier way to transfer pictures from the camera to the ... / Continue →