Robot Programmed to Fall in Love with a Girl Goes too Far

Researchers at Toshiba’s Akimu Robotic Research Institute were thrilled ten months ago when they successfully programmed Kenji, a third generation humanoid robot, to convincingly emulate certain human emotions. At the time, they even claimed that Kenji was capable of the robot equivalent of love. Now, however, they fear ...

Google engineers insist 20% time is not dead—it’s just turned into 120% time

Under Larry Page, launching new initiatives is not for the faint of heart. A lively debate among current and former Google engineers is waging on Hacker News about Quartz’s piece on the death of 20% time at Google—that formerly hallowed portion of an engineer’s week ...

Cerberus anti-theft – an exploit allowing you to access any device

You may or may not have heard of Cerberus, an anti-theft application for Android devices. Cerberus allows you to remotely control your device if it has been lost or stolen. Features include: locate and track your device, start alarms, get a list of recent calls, download SMS messages,

'Maker Movement' enabling more women to launch tech businesses?

Arguably the popularity of e-commerce and social brands such as Etsy and Pinterest have incited a new do-it-yourself (DIY) movement. But it also appears that businesses like these are giving way to a new trend in the tech startup community, now referred to in some circles as "the ...

Video: Water surface becomes interactive touchscreen, via Kinect

Thanks to designtaxi.com for highlighting this one – water-based touch screens. They are dubbed an “immersive” experience, geddit? Apparently, the University of Electro-Communications in Tokyo has prototyped an interactive touchscreen on the surface of water in a bath. Designed to provide digital entertainment during bath time, where users do not ...

Gesture recognition gets a thumbs up

“With the wave of a hand” may move from magicians’ banter to car salesman’s description within a few years. Many automakers and suppliers are racing to devise gesture recognition that lets drivers manage complex functions without being distracted.Hyundai previewed some of its concepts for gesture control of an ...

DIY Prosthetic Hand & Forearm (Voice Controlled)

Do you live with only one hand, or ever feel two just isn't enough? Well now you can make another! This project combines two very cool things: an ardu... Parts: Arduino Uno EasyVR Shield 5 x Servo Motors (either a HK15298 or an MG995 variant - anything with ...

10 Retro DIY Projects To Do Before Summer Ends

Including a backyard trampoline, a playhouse built from window blinds, a flying saucer that doubles as a water ski, and more Summer is almost over SIGH. If you're eager to squeeze in some last-minute leisure, check out these retro do-it-yourself projects, culled from the Popular Science archives. They ...

Criminals use 3D-printed skimming devices on Sydney ATMs

A gang of suspected Romanian criminals is using 3D printers and computer-aided design (CAD) to manufacture “sophisticated” ATM skimming devices used to fleece Sydney residents. NSW Police recently arrested and charged a Romanian national with fraud after a money transfer officer contacted police over a suspicious transaction. Police ...

A Smart Phone Uses as Much Energy as a Refrigerator?

When you plug your smart phone into the wall, it draws a negligible amount of energy compared with other household electronics such as your set-top box or refrigerator.But add in the amount of electricity it takes to move data across networks to deliver a total of, say, an ...

Mercedes Is Testing Google Glass Integration, and It Actually Works

Mercedes North American R&D head Johann Jungwirth snaps a photo of our reporter testing out the automaker’s Google Glass integration.I put the car in park, unplug the phone, and put Google Glass on my face. Within seconds, I’ve got step-by-step directions to a coffee shop down the street ...

SATA v3.2 heralds tiny but very speedy SSDs

The Serial ATA International Organization (SATA-IO) has ratified the SATA 3.2 storage spec, adding support for a SATA Express spec that can piggyback on faster PCI Express lanes, and defining a new embedded single-chip microSSD. SATA 3.2 also embraces the tiny, SATA Express based M.2 form factor, which ...

Awesome 3D printed rolling ball "roller coasters"

Erik Pettersson from Enkoping, Sweden made an inspiring gear painting on his eMaker Huxley 3D printer back in 2011. Last year he created a beautiful 3D-printed Kinetic sculptures. This year Erik Pettersson comes up with another 3D printed art-project: the ball sculpture. It reminds me the SpaceWarp, line ...

Electric Imp Garage Door Opener

The Electric Imp is a fantastic device that enables WiFi control of anything and everything. With a small amount of effort, you can control anything you want with your smartphone, web browser or other Internet enabled device. This ‘ible shows you how to connect the Electric Imp to ...

CIA declassifies covert details on the secretive Area 51

Debunking many conspiracy theories, a massive 355-page declassified report details the birth of Area 51 and the U-2 spy planes developed and tested there.When U-2 spy planes first soared over Nevada in 1955, they flew higher than any other plane ever: 60,000 feet. The development and construction of ...

Schneier on Security: The NSA is Commandeering the Internet

It turns out that the NSA's domestic and world-wide surveillance apparatus is even more extensive than we thought. Bluntly: The government has commandeered the Internet. Most of the largest Internet companies provide information to the NSA, betraying their users. Some, as we've learned, fight and lose. Others cooperate,

Samsung updates Exynos 5 Octa chip with six-core GPU

Samsung has announced an updated eight-core Enynos 5 Octa processor for tablets that features a six-core Mali T-628 GPU. Samsung has been the first ARM vendor to ship consumer products using an eight-core processor that makes use of ARM's Big Little configuration. Now the firm ...

Bow tie kindly suggests that you back off

Everyone’s had their “personal space bubble” burst. You just wanted a friendly conversation, but now some overzealous blockhead is standing on your shoes and breathing in your face, making you guess what he had for lunch. Fortunately, [Grissini] has created this sylish bowtie solution. Stand too close (within ...

New Form of Carbon is Stronger Than Graphene and Diamond

Chemists have calculated that chains of double or triple-bonded carbon atoms, known as carbyne, should be stronger and stiffer than any known material The sixth element, carbon, has given us an amazing abundance of extraordinary materials. Once there was simply carbon, graphite and diamond. But in recent years ...

Google is preparing for screenless computers

The spread of computing to every corner of our physical world doesn’t just mean a proliferation of screens large and small—it also means we’ll soon come to rely on mobile computers with no screens at all. “It’s now so inexpensive to have a powerful computing device in my ...