The designer of Passage, The Castle Doctrine and Diamond Trust of London, Jason Rohrer, has developed a game designed to be played by people he'll never know. Rohrer hasn't played it himself, he says, and has buried the game — designed to survive thousands of years — in the Nevada desert, making it likely that no one will ever play it.
R.bots Synergy SWAN is a telepresence robot with that works with any Android or iOS device. To make the robot work, you attach your smartphone or tablet. The device charges while its docked, and the robot interacts with the world around it.
A dedicated team of British police officers are monitoring social media around the clock in the wake of last night’s fatal attack on a soldier in the south-east of London, in order to gauge sentiment and be ready to respond.
Martin Scorsese's Hugo helped introduce many people to the wonder of automatons — i.e., mechanical people and other figures. But there's a lot more to automatons than Scorsese's film revealed, including some things you won't believe people managed to make move long, long before robots.
The project is called Sensors for Students, and it wants to build a sensor collection kit that includes a plate for an open-source Arduino board and Grove shield combo, along with one of a variety of parts for a number of different types of sensors, including accelerometers, electromagnetic field detectors, a color sensor, a plant watering kit (similar to one component of the Bitponics automated hydroponic garden), and many more.
A 'thank you' might be in order if you find a massive leak of a company’s sensitive customer records on the Internet and raise alarm so the problem can be fixed. But that’s not how it always goes down, as a team of investigative reporters for the Scripps News Service recently found out the hard way.
There's fresh evidence that American teenagers may be growing weary of Facebook. They don't like the fact that their parents, grandparents and other adults are also there, diluting Facebook's 'cool' factor. They complain about their friends' oversharing, and about too much 'drama' on the site. And they're increasingly flocking to other social platforms, such as Twitter.
Twitter just announced that it’s launched two-factor authentication for accounts. Two-factor authentication uses your password and an additional method to verify your identity. Google’s two-factor authentication, launched in 2010, texts a code to your mobile number when a new device or app initially accesses your account. Bank of America has a similar system. Two-factor is becoming table stakes for any online service that wants to call itself secure
If you've been dreaming of strapping on your own 'Iron Man' armor, you might have to wait a while longer. But revolutionary 'bionic exoskeletons', like the metal suit worn by comic book hero Tony Stark, might be closer than you think -- just don't expect to fly away in one.
Externally, the Kinect is more or less unchanged from its predecessor, but it's actually a very different device. It's been upgraded in a huge way, but the end result is simple: the Kinect just sees more.
Social media has definitely changed the game for job-seekers and recruiters. Traditionally, HR recruiters placed an advertisement, sifted through the responses, and interviewed the shortlisted candidates before appointing the best interviewee with the best references. Those days are over.
Anjan Contractor’s 3D food printer might evoke visions of the 'replicator' popularized in Star Trek, from which Captain Picard was constantly interrupting himself to order tea. And indeed Contractor’s company, Systems & Materials Research Corporation, just got a six month, $125,000 grant from NASA to create a prototype of his universal food synthesizer.