The technology has many nicknames. Besides “wearable robot,” the inventions also are called “electronic legs” or “powered exoskeletons.” This version, called Indego, is among several competing products being used and tested in U.S. rehab hospitals that hold promise not only for people such as Gore with spinal injuries, but also those recovering from strokes or afflicted with multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy.
Tiny winged robots — This photograph provided May 6, 2013 courtesy of Harvard University shows miniature winged robots inspired by flies that could one day help pollinate crops or aid the search for survivors at collapse sites — once they get off the leash, that is. The prototypes by researchers at Harvard University weigh 80 milligrams and have managed short controlled flights by flapping their mechanical wings while still tethered to a tiny power cable, the journal Science said this week. The coin-sized robots sport two thin wings that flap 120 times per second. Flight tests have shown they can make basic maneuvers, including hovering in place for about 20 seconds before crashing. (AFP PHOTO/Courtesy of Harvard University/Kevin Ma and Pakpong Chirarattananon/Getty Images)
Graphic: Rise of the mobile phone Forty years ago this week, reporters watched amazed as Motorola electrical engineer Martin Cooper made the first public mobile phone call — to his competitor at Bell Labs, no less, reports Kristopher Morrison. It took 10 years before Motorola went from demo in New York to producing the first model for retail. Since then the technology has surged and this week Mr. Cooper said he believes the best is yet to come. “Technology has to be invisible. Transparent. Just simple. A modern cellphone in general has an instruction book that’s bigger and heavier than the cellphone. That’s not right,” Mr. Cooper told CBS.
Review: Bientôt l’été encourages players to rethink video games as art Are video games art? At this point, it’s a debate which has raged for years. But most gamers would likely agree that yes, video games are indeed an artistic medium. Of course, just like other artistic mediums — music, film, etc. — there are those who place a greater value in the artistic value of independent games compared to big budget commercial games produced by multinational publishers.
In the eyes of this reviewer, video games can only be defined as art when the experiential nature of the game — that is to say the interactivity — becomes an essential part of the experience. That may be a stringent category, but it’s the single element that makes video games unique in how they deliver narrative, aesthetic, and intent when compared to other media. (Tale of Tales)
Mr. More’s two-bedroom bungalow “with beautiful mountain views” is priced at the equivalent of $405,000 in bitcoins.
A so-called crypto-currency that exists only electronically, bitcoin was created in 2009 and has grown in popularity, the darling of digital enthusiasts and, increasingly, doubtful types who value the anonymity and ease of doing business it provides.
Hands of Japanese engineer Yasushi Matoba (L) on water projecting lights as on a screen on March 20, 2013 during the 15th edition of Laval Virtual, an international meeting on vitual reality and converging technologies, in Laval, western France. (JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER/AFP/Getty Images)
“What we’re excited about is these little gems coming out,” Lazaridis said in an interview in Toronto. “The medical tricorder would be astounding, the whole idea of blood tests, MRIs — imagine if you could do that with a single device. That may be possible and possible only because of the sensitivity, selectivity and resolution we can get from quantum sensors made with these quantum breakthroughs.”
Star Trek-like holodeck may be closer to reality than you think Perhaps no other piece of fictional technology from the Star Trek universe — with the exception of the iconic transporter that first “beamed up” characters from the original 1960s series starring William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk — has inspired the imagination of fans and the general public quite like the holodeck.
While the technology needed to create a virtual reality chamber once seemed light years away, many technology companies are already working on early prototype designs for holodeck-style chambers, and technologists now believe machines worthy of bearing the name “holodeck” could be as little as 10 to 15 years away from realization. (Handout/Paramount Pictures)
The Court of Appeal for Ontario says it’s all right for police to have a cursory look through the phone upon arrest if it’s not password protected, but if it is, investigators should get a search warrant.
The court’s ruling comes in the case of a man who appealed his robbery conviction, arguing that police breached his charter rights by looking through his phone after his arrest. (Fotolia)
“This is the first commercial campaign to explore the small asteroids that pass by Earth,” Deep Space Industries Chairman Rick Tumlinson said in a Tuesday release.
The two FireFly space craft are planned to launch in 2015 on missions that will range from two to six months. The craft are just 25 kilograms (about 56 lbs) and Tumlinson says that they would have been impossible just a few years ago.
“My smartphone has more computing power than they had on the Apollo moon missions,” said Tumlinson. “We can make amazing machines smaller, cheaper, and faster than ever before. Imagine a production line of FireFlies, cocked and loaded and ready to fly out to examine any object that gets near the Earth.” (Deep Space Industries/Bryan Versteeg)
Ahmed Al-Khabaz, a 20-year-old computer science student at Dawson and a member of the school’s software development club, was working on a mobile app to allow students easier access to their college account when he and a colleague discovered what he describes as “sloppy coding” in the widely used Omnivox software which would allow “anyone with a basic knowledge of computers to gain access to the personal information of any student in the system, including social insurance number, home address and phone number, class schedule, basically all the information the college has on a student.”
“I saw a flaw which left the personal information of thousands of students, including myself, vulnerable,” said Mr. Al-Khabaz. “I felt I had a moral duty to bring it to the attention of the college and help to fix it, which I did. I could have easily hidden my identity behind a proxy. I chose not to because I didn’t think I was doing anything wrong.” (Image courtesy of safesolvent.com)