Barcodes have made grocery checkouts much simpler, so it seemed inevitable that someone would create a robot that could do the same jobs as your friendly supermarket cashier and bagger. The PR2 robot handles both tasks, but I'm a little concerned about its bagging skills.
Touchscreens are great, but you do feel like you're losing something without being able to really feel the icons and buttons on the screen. That's not the case with this new prototype screen from Kajimoto Labs at Tokyo's University of Electro-Communications.
At this point the only feature missing from the ever-changing category of smartphones like the iPhone is durability. Now this new Paper Phone prototype may mean the beginnings of a new phone paradigm for the future of mobile devices.
Microsoft Home is a private testing ground for their researchers to try out new concepts. And some of them are pretty wild!
In the not too distant future, street-based charity workers may very well be replaced by a mechanical alternative that returns a bit of entertainment value in exchange for your donation.
This week in Orlando the wireless industry's hoi polloi and hoity toady will gather for the twice-annual CTIA exhibition (why the entire consumer electronics industry manages to squeeze its business into a single CES but the cellphone people need two shows is one of those "why is Kim Kardashian famous" mysteries — but I digress). I could postulate on what the major handset makers will do, but we'll know for sure in a few scant days — and so will you. Or, do a Google search on "Mobile World Congress 2011 new phones" to get a glimmer of the goodies likely to be launched this week. Maybe I've been doing this too long, but I'm getting a bit cynical about significant further cellphone innovations. Over the next six months or so, well be seeing more dual core phones to follow the Motorola Atrix (perhaps some that also will serve as the core for a laptop accessory like Atrix), and a lot more LTE phones, and a few of both — perhaps the iPhone 5, for instance. But there'll likely be no revolutionary technology breakthroughs at CTIA, which begs the question: Have we reached the cellphone Peter Principal? Are all the great cellphone breakthroughs taken? Let's discuss.
Believe it or not, but the future of yesteryear is already here. Decades ago, we envisioned powerful smartphones and tablets. Today, we're fulfilling those dreams with Androids and iPads. What does tomorrow's future look like? I can't say for sure, but I hope it will be a lot like this "A Day Made of Glass" video by Corning.
A group of researchers have just unveiled one of the few, fully working and immediately available robots ready for actual use in real world human environments--and the bot just happens to have a head with a Microsoft Kinect sensor.
Scientists have made significant advances in the realm of thought-controlled computers, but a new development would give us the ability to actually drive entire automobiles with our minds.
The design genius of Russian studio Podvaal offers a timepiece that looks more like a personal time travel device than the next evolution of the wristwatch.