Ever wish you didn't have to get your hands anywhere near those icky-smelling flakes of fish food? Well, here's an answer to your problem. An Egyptian professor, Mohamad Abou El-Nasr, won third prize at last week's Embedded Systems Conference in San Jose, Calif. for creating a home aquarium that allows the owner to remotely control it from anywhere in the world. With the Wi-Quarium, you can adjust the heat, water filter, and lights in the tank, as well as feed the fish on command. You can also watch them on a webcam and obtain e-mail reports of … Read more
While we all wait for Windows Vista to bring the "Wow" and Apple Inc. to drop its Leopard, it's a good time to examine what might make a next-generation computer desktops really cool. One thing is certain; your next desktop will be more 3D and have task-juggling capabilities to satisfy even the most ADD among us.
BumpTop is a physics-based desktop prototype meant to behave as much as possible like an actual desk. It debuted last June but is getting renewed attention from the developer's presentation at Demo Camp in Montreal. With BumpTop, files can be … Read more
Have you ever played a game of Super Mario Bros. and wondered what it'd be like to be one of the bricks?
Sebastian Schmieg's Roy Block project may hold the answer to that question. Schmieg, a student at Merz Akademie in Stuttgart, Germany, created Roy Block as an interface experiment.
There are no traditional game controllers. Instead, players use two small wooden blocks, which are pressed against the screen. Rather than controlling the protagonist in the game, the player controls the environment by moving the blocks.
Confused? Just watch the YouTube video below.
Surgeons are using a four armed robot to perform prostate surgery.
The procedure is called the da Vinci Prostatectomy, "a new, less-invasive approach to prostate removal," according to the Swedish Medical Center.
Actually, it's no joke; an estimated 230,000 men in the US are diagnosed with prostate cancer each year and the da Vinci Surgical System promises to help surgeons perform the surgery with greater precision while speeding patient recovery.
Interested? Call 1-800-SWEDISH and let us know how it goes.
Astronaut Sunita L. Williams wouldn't miss the Boston Marathon for anything. Even if she's not on planet Earth.
As luck would have it, space is where Williams will be on April 16, the date of the 2007 Boston Marathon. She'll be competing anyway.
According to the Associated Press, Williams is registered for the Boston Marathon and will compete by running on a treadmill in the International Space Station.
Although Williams will be the first person to run the Boston Marathon in space, she won't be the first off-site competitor. Since 2005, U.S. soldiers in Iraq … Read more
Want the house of your dreams? Soon, it may be possible to design it on your computer and have it delivered to you in customized, Lego-like pieces.
That's the idea behind a collaboration between Bell Travers Willson Architects and Facit. The concept was showcased at the 1:1 Making the Digital House exhibition at The Architecture Foundation in London.
Using 3D modeling programs, an entire home or building can be designed on a computer. All the dimensions and screw-hole placements for the building materials are then relayed to a Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machine that cuts out the customized … Read more
Fresh from the Robo-One 11 bi-ped robot competition at Kourakuen Hall in Tokyo comes this impressive video of OmniZero.4.
As you can see, OmniZero.4 climbs ladders, clomps around, jumps rope, and makes crappy, shell-heavy omelettes.
According to Robots-Dreams.com, OmniZero.4 edged out the spawn of the Great Majingaa by a score of 453 to 432 to win the demonstration competition.
An earlier iteration of The Great Majingaa can be seen below, controlled by an emotionless child wearing some sort of robotic exoskeleton device.
You may also want to check out this epic Robo-One 10 battle between King … Read more
Who's stealing the spotlight at this year's Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association (CTIA) show? Decide for yourself. Take a look at all the most interesting future phones from each major manufacturer. We'll be updating this page with all the latest galleries as the show goes on, so bookmark it and check back often.
Motorola CTIA photo galleryMotorola unveiled a number of handsets at CTIA this year, ranging from the stylish and affordable Motomobile line to the more high-end Motorola Razr Maxx Ve. See the new collection here.
Sony Ericsson CTIA photo galleryWith its two new phones … Read more
The opening day of the CTIA show in Orlando was a little quieter than in past years but Crave still found plenty of new and note-worthy products on the show floor. Though the iPhone made only a brief appearance we caught glimpse of several new cell phones, smart phones and accessories.
Cell phones Besides complete photo galleries of the new cell phones from such companies as Sony Ercisson, Nokia, Kyocera, LG and Pantech, I caught the announcement from Alcatel that the company is entering the North American cell phone market for the first time and saw a number of cool … Read more
Over in Japan, the Oita Marine Center features a funky fish tank that seemingly defies the laws of gravity, matter, and sensibility: thanks to some vacuum technology, the fishies can swim "out" of the tank so that you can feed them, pat them, etc.
Cool, yes, but this would be an absolute atrocity if anything went wrong. Those poor fish! Though I must say, some hilarity would certainly ensue if water started randomly spewing out all over a crowd of unsuspecting aquarium patrons. But still...those poor fish!