Planning Password Obsolescence: NFC and the YubiKey

Information security is one of the most important issues of our present and certainly of our future. But the habits of writing down dozens of passwords with random asterisks and underscores are antiquated. Our on-line information is distributed across social networks, blogs and banking systems, and our security isn’t any more sophisticated. Parisa Tabriz, Google’s…

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The Rise of the Levitating Mouse

Russian designer Vadim Kibardin has designed a levitating mouse for the computer. This may either sound like magic or science fiction, but Kibardin’s design is based on principals of basic ergonomics. The repetitious movements of mouse work at the computer, if you’re a graphic designer or gamer, eventually lead to impaired movement and flexibility of…

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Look, It’s One of Those Flying Jellyfish Robots!

Scientists have drawn inspiration from the ocean by creating a flying “jellyfish” robot in order to rethink flying technology. Leif Ristroph and other colleagues at New York University have created a winged prototype that moves like the aquatic creature. This particular design is more stable in air than any other insect-modeled counterpart. The frame is…

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Google This, Google That, Google Robotics

Google wastes no time with investment in forward-thinking projects–the company has plucked former Android chief Andy Rubin to lead their new robotics research. The once solely search-focused company will be taking robotic engineering very seriously; they acquired seven companies that were working on all manner of robotics. Notable among these companies is Bot & Dolly…

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The Invisible Infinity Tower

The architecture of modern skyscrapers tends toward grandiosity, but the proposed Infinity Tower in South Korea rethinks this trend. The design is impressive because it uses networks of cameras and LEDs to cloak the tower in a state of semi-invisibility. By day, the tower will reflect the surrounding landscape and hide its actual form. By…

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Delivery Drones: Amazon Prime Air

Drones have either a horrible reputation or an optimistic future. Either perspective you have, they’re an important robotic feature that is relevant to our everyday lives. And Amazon.com has decided to make drones a key part of their future plan for quick delivery. The Amazon Prime Air octocopters are small drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles…

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What Would I Say? is the Beginning of Status Prediction

[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B00EUDOSS8″ locale=”us” height=”75″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/511U%2BDrag1L._SL75_.jpg” width=”59″]Status prediction could be a crucial step needed in order to advance future robot consciousness. What Would I Say? is a program that analyzes all a Facebook user’s status updates and constructs a randomly generated “Frankenstein” status from the user’s history. The program was co-developed by Princeton graduates for…

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Future Physics Can Be Influenced By Monument Valley

[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B00140P9G0″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41UvorjkGmL._SL160_.jpg” width=”113″]Future physics in gameplay can change the way we think and interact with physics in the future. Monument Valley, an upcoming iPad game created by ustwo, puts the player in control of a girl named Ida who solves puzzles and exists in an isometric world inspired by the works…

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Digital Holography Ushers Medical Tech Innovation

[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”354021934X” locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41wRGDK9cLL._SL160_.jpg” width=”103″]Digital holography has come to the medical field in a big way. RealView Imaging Ltd, an Israeli start-up company, has created the world’s first 3D holographic interface that allows surgeons to work with digital representations of anatomy in real time—meaning that the hologram of a heart will palpitate just…

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Neurocam Wearable Camera: Record Video With Your Brainwaves

Neurocam is the worlds first wearable camera that reads your brainwaves and takes videos of what you are interested in. According to Diginfo : “The Neurocam arose from the neurowear project, which is involved with items that use brain-waves and bio-sensors, like necomimi, which works using brain-waves. The algorithm for quantifying brain-waves was co-developed with Associate…

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