Robot guided by MRI performs brain surgery

Surgeons and robotics experts at the University of Calgary have developed neuroArm, a robot which is capable of performing brain surgery within the powerful magnet of an MRI. Being able to work within such a powerful magnetic field is a first for robots. Most brain surgeries are performed with their assistance, but so far no […]

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Nokia Morph concept – this futuristic gadget is all you’ll need

Nokia has recently announced their Morph concept, a gadget which should (in about 100 years) replace everything you carry in your pocket today. Featured in The Museum of Modern Art “Design and The Elastic Mind” exhibition, the Morph aims to be the only gadget you’ll ever need due to its adaptable nature. Made of flexible […]

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New energy-efficient chips can be powered by body heat

Texas Instruments has designed a proof-of-concept chip that uses a tenth of the power of modern-day chips. This is a huge innovation that could lead to far better battery life for anything that uses a chip and is powered by batteries including phones, medical devices, and sensors. The jump in efficiency was attained by reducing […]

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DORmino mouse powers itself from your laptop’s heat

Designers from Singapore have come up with a concept mouse that can use the heat generated by a laptop to power itself. The DORmino mouse works by placing an oversize mousepad under a laptop which then collects the extra heat and turns it into electricity using silicon nanowires. The electricity is then sent to the […]

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LucidTouch touchscreen lets you control from both sides

Microsoft recently showed off their LucidTouch concept technology that lets you control a mobile device via touchscreens on the front and back. Although currently just a concept (the proof-of-concept device shown has a clunky camera sticking out from the back to monitor the user’s fingers), Microsoft hopes to eventually implement the technology in a small […]

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Dutch robot fills car gas tank – human not required

Dutch inventors have unveiled a 75,000 Euro (about $111,100) robot able to fill up your gas tank without you needing to get out the car. The robot works by looking up your car model in a database and finding what fuel type (in addition to your fuel cap design) to use. It then extends its […]

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VirtuSphere takes virtual reality to the next level

The name says it all – the VirtuSphere is a giant… well… sphere that lets the user move around freely in a virtual reality world. Visuals are projected via a motion-tracking headset worn by the player. He can then run, jump, roll, or crawl around the virtual world in any direction. VirtuSphere works sort of […]

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New laptop fan cools with no moving parts

The nice folks over at Thorn Micro Technologies have developed an awesome new laptop fan – the RSD5. It is a solid state fan (no moving parts!) that uses an electrical current to generate airflow. More airflow, in fact, than standard mechanical fans. While typical mechanical fans generate a breeze of 0.7 – 1.7 meters […]

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Researchers develop mind-reading machine that knows what you are looking at

Scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, have developed a way to extract visual stimuli from brain signals. A new computational model was created that uses functional MRI (fMRI) data to see what’s going on in an individual’s visual cortex – the part of their brain that processes visual stimuli. So far, fMRI studies have […]

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New infrared solar panels work even at night

Researchers at Idaho National Laboratory have developed a flexible solar panel able to collect infrared energy instead of the usual photonic energy. The panel uses an array of nano-sized antennas that are able to harvest 80% of the available energy (most modern solar panels can only harvest close to 20%). The possibilities are endless with […]

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