When opportunity knocks with a bionic arm

Some time ago I came across an article reporting on a new robotic arm that was so powerful it might have to be downgraded to serve as a “safe” prosthetic.
an i-Limb prosthesis
As prostheses become more affordable and powerful—how soon can we expect people that want to replace their biological arm with one that doesn’t tire, can lift twice as much and for twice as long?

Or, perhaps a more credible scenario; of those that get one out of need, how many will be content with human dexterity when super is an option?

Reaper UAV Frequently Used Against Enemy Targets

The MQ-9 Reaper flying over AfghanistanThe UK controlled Skynet 5C satellite was launched from the Kourou spaceport in French Guiana yesterday. It’s purpose is to allow various parts of the military to increase data transmission rates and pass two 2.5 times the current amount of data between command centers worldwide. One of the things utilizing these comlinks is the Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle, which reportedly has- and is being used in combat against enemy targets.

Our Conference Host is a Hologram

Yesterday, Telstra chief technology officer Dr. Hugh Bradlow hosted the Adelaine conference as a hologram. Positioned 725km away in Telstra’s Melbourne office, his image was projected in high definition onto a transparent screen.

To the Passing of a Hero: Arthur C. Clarke, 1917-2008

Sir Arthur Charles Clarke was born on the 16th of December 1917 in Minehead, England. Perhaps best known for his contributions to science fiction, and his inventions, his achievements will certainly not be forgotten anytime soon.

Arthur C. Clarke portraitClarke served in the Royal Air Force as a radar instructor from 1941-1946. It was there where he invented & proposed the idea of communications satellites in 1945 — an idea that materialized quickly and we now know, use and depend on to sustain our societies. His proposal won him the Franklin Institute Gold Medal and in 1994 he was nominated for a Nobel Prize. Consequently he became the chairman of the British Interplanetary Society.

He collaborated with Stanley Kubrick to create, in my and many others’ opinion, one of the greatest films of all time — and concurrently developed what later became a novel of the same name: 2001: A Space Odyssey shook the world and continues to inspire and provoke thought.

Moved to Sri Lanka in 1956. Knighted in 1998.


A 2001 Tribute to Arthur C. Clarke
A Hero Passed Away on March 19th, 2008.
Arthur Charles Clarke will be missed
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Nanotechnology Morally Unacceptable?

Nano-gear ban signNew survey results show that only 29.5 percent in a sample of 1,015 adult Americans consider nanotech morally acceptable. Europe ranked significantly higher. The hypothesized reason? Religious beliefs.

Wii Real-Time Head Tracking [Video]

Here’s a project I sincerely hope Nintendo’s big chiefs have seen. Write a bit of code, put the Wii remote on the TV and the sensor bar on your head and what do you get? Correct 3D perspective of the objects presented on screen. Like looking through a window.

Envisioning Absolutely Dark Material

The idea of completely dark material is fascinating. Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Rice University recently broke the record for the world’s darkest known material, four times darker than the previous record holder. But let’s leave pure regurgitation to the news sites; what’s color – and what would completely dark material be like?

Contact Lenses With Embedded Electronics

Scientists at the University of Washington have created contact lenses with embedded electronic circuitry and lights. The lenses have been successfully and safely worn by rabbits and do not obstruct vision. This development brings us a step closer to lenses that could enable us, for example, to zoom in on distant objects or lenses that can superimpose information on the external environment (augmented reality).

The Hours Preceding the MacWorld 2008 Keynote

It’s that time of the year again. A holiday aftershock. Crazed consumers say the man in the black turtleneck visits today. With the MacWorld 2008 keynote only about half an hour away I’m naturally at the computer, eagerly awaiting updates. I must admit that I haven’t been keeping a hawk eye on rumors or leaked information. I suppose that makes the keynote even more intriguing. I’m including a short list below of sites providing live coverage, plus a quick look at a product expected to make its debut.

Robot Videos From CES 2008

As usual, the Consumer Electronics Show 2008 has brought an onslaught of hot gadgets. Here are a few videos of new robotic products expected to hit the market this year. A special star goes to WowWee for their Rovio telepresence bot which sounds and looks truly fantastic.


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