Fast forward to today, when Apple has included the M7 chip in the iPhone 5S, with its sole purpose being to track the movement of the device. Moves was recently updated to take advantage of this addition to the iOS hardware, and the price went from … Read more
Honda's latest foray into the world beyond cars and bikes may sound like a bit of a leap, but it's the next logical step in the company's line of personal mobility devices.
The Walking Assist Device, which we took a look at back in 2008 but ultimately dates back to 1999, has evolved from an interesting concept that might make walking a bit easier to the subject of a new clinical trial that might help stroke patients improve their mobility.
Honda announced last week that it is currently testing its battery-powered device at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. As with its humanoid bot ASIMO, Honda says its Walking Assist Device uses cooperative control tech the company developed over the course of studying the human gait. Using readings from hip angle sensors of the patient's natural gait, a control computer activates motors to improve the symmetry of the timing of each leg lift and to promote a longer stride. The simple design includes adjustable belts to fit over differently-sized people and clothing.… Read more
I lived in New York City during the late 1990s and early Aughts, which is to say I lived in New York City at a time that predated the iPhone. I returned to New York last week and could not believe how different the city felt as the majority of pedestrians were walking around staring at or tapping on their phones. Eye contact was never something found in abundance in New York, but last week I felt as though I were surrounded by the (briskly) walking dead while ambling about the city, except instead of coming after my brains, these … Read more
The ankle is something of an anatomical puzzle.
"Imagine you have a collection of pebbles, and you wrap a whole bunch of elastic bands around them," Neville Hogan, a mechanical engineering professor at MIT, said in a school news report. "That's pretty much a description of what the ankle is. It's nowhere near a simple joint from a kinematics standpoint."
So Hogan teamed up with colleagues at MIT's Newman Laboratory for Biomechanics and Human Rehabilitation to test Anklebot, a robot that uses electrodes to record the torque and angular displacement at the joint and calculate stiffness in various directions.
To do this, the bot is mounted to a knee brace that is in turn connected to a custom shoe, and Anklebot… Read more
When consumers said "The blacker the berry, the sweeter the juice," they sure weren't talking about apps. With far fewer applications at their fingertips than iOS, Android, and Windows phone users, BlackBerry aficionados, who just can't do away with the much-prized keyboard, are missing out on much of the latest and greatest in mobile software. Former Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver bassist -- currently with Walking Papers -- Duff McKagan is one of the loyalists who's unwilling to give his device its walking papers.
Speaking of Walking Papers, the rock quartet's self-titled debut … Read more
I find the rotting undead far more frightening to look at than a defensive lineman or a naked private part.
I may, therefore, have been one of the fourteen (Technically Incorrect estimate) people who missed the premiere of AMC's "The Walking Dead."
However, Microsoft decided not to miss the opportunity of heralding this show's return. So it presented an ad dedicated to its at-oneness with Zombiefication.… Read more
"The Walking Dead" returned for its fourth season Sunday night on AMC. On one hand, fans were treated to the usual dose of creeping, shuffling, bloody dead things. On the other hand, everybody has to wait a week for the next installment.
Fortunately, you don't have to go zombie-free during that time. We've rounded up five of the greatest zombie short films to ever grace the Internet.
These shorts have it all, from pathos to intestines, from blood to deeply moving emotional moments. Just a warning: If you're at work, there are extremely gross moments and strong language in some of these. Here they are, in no particular order.… Read more
In this case, Wataru Kato has gone all out creating the best possible F40 to suit his needs.
One of the things that Ferrari fans know, and love, about the F40 is the fact that its signature paint was so thin you could see the weave of its bodywork beneath. Light weight and speed was the F40's M.O., so thin paint was a good start. However, the Liberty Walk F40 sits pretty in white. It's a stunning shade that adds an extra layer of awesome to the car.
Kato has extensively modified it under the skin -- … Read more
One way to be sure you won't miss "The Walking Dead" next season is to make it your homework.
AMC, Instructure, and the professors from the University of California, Irvine have created a free, eight-week massive open online course, or MOOC, touching on a range of scholarly topics all structured around the cable network's hit zombie drama.
Academic studies of pop culture are staples on campuses -- I recall friends at my university taking a "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" course while I was slogging through Econ 10 -- but the collaboration around "The … Read more