For many years, losing a limb or a finger meant that you simply went the rest of your life with a ridged non-articulating prosthetic limb at best. If a finger was lost the person never really had a chance to get the dexterity lost back, which could mean a significant impact to the quality of life the person lived.
It's not quite as exciting as a motorized head-up display, but Bionic Eye for the iPhone 3GS does at least save you from squeezing into some Lycra and leaping aboard the nearest push-bike. Currently available in the App Store, Bionic Eye is another augmented reality (AR) app which overlays information about the immediate environment onto a real-time camera view. In this case, it uses a POI database including restaurants, WiFi hotspots, subway stations and more.
Yeah they have four drivers in each custom molded ear-bud, but come on, $1150? They appear to be energy efficient too only costing you/your connected device 1mW of power for 110dB’s of sound.
$1150!! I still can’t stop obsessing over the cost of these things! Yeah sure, you can’t even afford a physical system that included 4 subs, 2 mid ranges, and 2 tweeters for less than that, let alone being able to divide all that by two and then cram on half in each ear, but still.
I'm in two minds about this story - impressed, because nanotechnology is cool and tiny robots are even cooler, but more than a little disturbed at the idea of killer robots flying around and zapping people in the neck. Reuters is reporting that Israel are developing a bionic hornet that could chase, photograph and eventually kill enemy combatants or terrorists. Able to navigate tightly confined areas and so small as to be difficult to target by traditional weaponry, the concept is expected to reach prototype stage within three years.
It's uncertain as yet whether the robots would be remotely controlled or have some sort of AI, though a combination of both is perhaps most likely; general targeting by remote, while short-range sensors automatically manage obstacle avoidance, tracking and flight.
Everyone loves a home cooked meal, but would it taste the same if it was made by a robot? Moley Robotics just revealed its robot-chef, which uses sophisticated robotic hands to cook just like a human. It doesn't cook any faster than a human, so it's not going to revolutionize the industrial side of cooking. This bionic-chef is designed for home kitchens. The robo-chef has the aptitude to learn from a real chef's delicate movements. Motion capture technology relays all the actions of an actual person preparing the meal and translates the actions into moves for the robotic hands.
It won't be long now and Metal Gear Solid 5: The Phantom Pain will be landing in the market. And to celebrate that momentous occasion, Sony and Konami have worked together to come out with a special limited edition of the PlayStation 4 that bears the unmistakable markings of the franchise' protagonist, Snake. Now, while it isn't yet sure what will be bundled with the console, though best guess is MGS 5: The Phantom Pain, that might not matter to those in the US and Europe, as the variant will be an Asian exclusive.
A contact lens with a built in zoom that the wearer can switch at will between regular and telescopic vision could mean the end to dwindling independence for those with deteriorating eyesight, researchers suggested today. The rigid lens covers the majority of the front surface of the eye, including both the whites and the pupil, and contains an array of tiny aluminum mirrors that together can enlarge the world by 2.8x. Winking flips the view between regular and magnified.
LEGO Star Wars The Force Awakens will be just one piece of the puzzle this year. The biggest toy company in the world has released notes at NYC's Toy Fair on their 2015 line of Star Wars sets, with LEGO bricks ranging from Star Wars Rebels through to the prequels and back to Star Wars Rebels. In all, LEGO has announced that 32 new sets will be coming to their Star Wars collection - and that's just so far. There may well be more up their sleeve.
Personal drones are fun toys (and useful tools), and we've seen them surface in increasingly fashionable forms. There's the Bionic Bird, for example, which looks like any other bird but comes with a few mechanical upgrades. That Back to the Future DeLorean drone is even better, mashing together nostalgia and skilled craftsmanship for a miniature time traveler. And now there's the Millennium Falcon drone, latest to the growing number of flying vehicle replicas taking to the sky. As always, we've a video of it in action after the jump.