The video below shows an incredible feat: a man walking up a flight of stairs with a robotic leg as easily as a man with two human legs. The man in the video is Zac Vawter, and he lost his leg in a motorcycle accident. But with his new leg, he can move around with little difficulty, because his robotic leg is attached to healthy nerves that run directly to his brain. The limb is entirely controlled by thought, and has a range of motion that is comparable to that of a human leg. This new technology is made possible by a collaboration between Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, designers at Vanderbilt University and Freedom Innovations, a prosthetics company based in Irvine, California. The end result is a substitute leg that is both lightweight and able to provide its wearer with a fuller life experience--no more dragging around a stiff piece of plastic. Zac's new leg allows him to tackle everyday tasks like climbing stairs, but thanks to the ability of rotating his "ankle" he can traverse sloped terrain, making more ambitious goals such as hiking possible.
In the smartphone war, Samsung has the largest market share, but Apple is prom king, due to genius marketing campaigns and sleek designs. Samsung's latest tactical move is the relase of the Galaxy Round, the world's first curved smartphone. The curvature is made possible by a technological breakthrough, however, its practical function isn't immediately apparent. At the very least, it is attention-grabbing, and raises the question about what the curved screen could be used for. Another cool feature is the Roll Effect, which allows users to check battery life, time, and missed calls by tipping the phone towards themselves at an angle when the home screen is off.
Artist Annette Jung has pulled off an incredible rendition of the Michael Jackson's "Thriller" video. The stop-motion video, released via Talking-Animals, is made entirely out of Lego's, and is probably the coolest thing you'll watch all day. Check out the video below, and see the magic for yourself!
We all remember wanting to jump through the television and into Orbit City where the Jetson's lived. Skypad apartments, a Robot Housekeeper (and her push-button space age conveniences), jetpacks, and let’s not forget the flying saucer. The Jetsons wasn’t just a t.v. show, it was an archetype for the most desirable future. It served as a profound statement on what Americans considered a technological destiny to look like. Now more than 5 decades later, the company Quirky makes us revisit.
Lego blocks are a fond nostalgic memory for all. When we were young, we would head to the Lego box and make the most complicated structures of the tiny fingers. And even more thrilling than the Lego blocks themselves were the Lego people: the yellow skinned, stiff-legged figures became either gymnasts or mad scientists, depending where you imagination leads. And now, despite the fact that we are well into our adulthood, there may be a legitimate reason to play with them again: Legos could be the next step after Google Calendar, to help people organize their time into manageable, bite-sized chunks.
The world of 3D printing is on the rise as it transforms and intersects with burgeoning technology. Customization of everyday objects has come to the forefront as one the most promising and useful aspects of it all. The newest addition to the 3D family is the Blizzident tooth-cleaning system created through both custom scanning and printing.
Getting a Blizzident toothbrush is accessible via dentist. You make an appointment to get an impression of your teeth. The impression is then sent to a dental lab, where they digitize the results, and upload/print your toothbrush. Blizzident retails at $300 and lasts for up to a year, which is 10 times more than a normal toothbrush.
Researchers at Bielefeld University in Germany started the JAMES project aiming to develop core cognitive capabilities that would enable a robot to interact with humans in a socially-appropriate manner. They reviewed how drinks are ordered and placed in a “bartending scenario” and assessed that robots can use auditory signals to interpret when a drink request is being made. In the study, the robot is able to greet customers, listen to orders, and react accordingly.
Waiting in lines can be a hassle, but for Apple’s new Iphone 5s and 5c people are willing to grin and bear it. Eager fans waiting outside Apple stores suggested that the unveiling was the highest record launch in iPhone history. The high-end iPhone 5s and the cheaper iPhone 5c went on sale in the U.S., China and nine other territories, culminating to 9 million sells by the end of its opening weekend.
Ever find yourself stumped, trying to recall the details of a dream you just awoke from? In most cases, by the time your feet hit the ground, you've forgotten what your dream entailed; vague details might make their way to your memories surface, but for the most part, you remain perplexed, and feeling a bit empty.
However, now with the development of Shadow, a new app recently launched on Kickstarter, you may not only be able to keep track of your dreams, but use the data to chart the landscape of your subconscious. While it's still too early to tell for certain, the data that Shadow gathers while we dream may provide greater insight to our habits and behavior. And as an added bonus, the app includes an alarm clock that gradually lifts the user from deep (hypopompic) sleep, disposing the need of the standard alarm clocks that monotonously, and brazenly beep their way into our peaceful calm.