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Even Your Cat Can Create an App with Google App Inventor

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ADwPLSFeY8&feature=player_embedded[/youtube] At least that’s what I thought was going to happen within the first 5 seconds of this video. Google’s gone ahead and released the App Inventor, a DIY app creation tool that literally requires you to possess

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Intel Big on 32nm Westmere Processors for Consumers in 2010

Intel Big on 32nm Westmere Processors for Consumers in 2010

At today's San Francisco event, Intel mostly discussed what we know about the upcoming Westmere processor, but revealed they're scrapping the next dual-core 45nm processors, in favor of 32nm Westmere chips in early 2010. The first Westmere chips will be the dual-core Clarkdale and Annendale pr

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Elettronico Faucet: Touchscreen Controls, Connects to a Plumbing Network

Elettronico Faucet: Touchscreen Controls, Connects to a Plumbing Network

We are only talking about a sink here, but I must admit that I am a sucker for a captivating design. That having been said, the Elettronico Faucet by Carlo Frattini definitely caught my eye. The allure of the system centers around an LCD display that can be used to turn the faucet on and off, c

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Want A 3D Mobile Phone?

Want A 3D Mobile Phone?

With Samsung and company outing 3D televisions for home viewers and China loving 3D newspapers, it’s not too farfetched to picture the technology being used in laptops and mobile phones. Focusing on the use of 3D in cellphones, Petr Kubik has designed this all-in-one-piece that includes the g

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HTC Incredible Review

Make no mistake – the HTC Incredible launches as the best phone on Verizon and the best phone in America – but is it for you? Our in-depth review of the “Droid Incredible” dives into all the features, discusses all the specs, tours the software, picks apart the 8MP camera (with lots of s

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Ferrari Gets a Limited Edition Motorola Milestone

Ferrari Gets a Limited Edition Motorola Milestone

As if owning a Ferrari wasn’t enough of a status symbol, the company has tasked Motorola with a custom deco of the original Milestone to slide into pockets lined with one hundred dollar bills. The phone looks pretty delicious in Ferrari red, but if you are hoping to get your hands on it you migh

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Space elevator a real possibility

Space elevator a real possibility

The space elevator may be a very real possibility within our lifetimes. Previously the stuff of science fiction novels, scientists and engineers around the world will continue their discussion at a conference in Japan this November. The space elevator’s basic design would include a cable tha

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This Living Human Bone Was Grown In Lab

This Living Human Bone Was Grown In Lab

Scientists have grown real, living human bones in the lab for the first time, completely from scratch, and ready to be inserted inside human flesh. Or given to my dog, as a delicious treat. Dr. Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic—Columbia University professor of biomedical engineering—achieved the fe

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Two Linguists Have Discovered a Completely Unique, Reality-Shifting Language in India

Two Linguists Have Discovered a Completely Unique, Reality-Shifting Language in India

Every two weeks, the last person capable of fluently speaking one of humankind's over 6,000 languages dies. Let that sink in. Then, consider that two linguists have discovered a new one—unlike any other ever encountered in history. The language, called Koro, was found within a tiny community of

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Walking With Paralysis Is Now a Reality

Walking With Paralysis Is Now a Reality

Amanda Boxtel is about to stand up. A skiing accident 18 years ago partially severed her spinal cord leaving her paralysed. Boxtel is wearing a new exoskeleton called eLEGS, which could soon help people with spinal injuries to walk again.

eLEGS is being readied for clinical trials by Berkeley Bionics, based in Berkeley, California. Unlike other exoskeletons, such as Raytheon’s XOS-2, and Berkeley Bionics’s HULC, eLEGS is not intended to augment soldiers with super-human strength, but is specifically designed as a rehabilitation device to help restore walking function to people with spinal cord injuries, as well as improving blood circulation and digestion.Tether me not

The suit consists of a backpack-mounted controller connected to robotic legs. It is driven by four motors, one for each hip and knee. The ankle joint is controlled with passive springs that keep the foot angled so that it can be placed on the ground, heel to toe, as the leg steps. in the legs relay position information to the control unit, which determines how to bend the joints and, in turn, walk. Onboard lithium-cobalt batteries allow the suit to be operated without a tether to a power source.

While the device can support a wearer’s weight, balance is left up to the person, via crutches, which also serve to control the system. To take a step, the wearer pushes down with the crutch opposite to the intended stepping leg. Similar gestures, such as pushing down on both crutches simultaneously, allow the wearer to transition from sitting to standing, or to make turns.

Berkeley Bionics claims eLEGS has the largest range of knee flexion of any exoskeleton, a feature they say offers a more natural gait than other exoskeletons.

eLEGS is not the only robotic exoskeleton aimed at restoring walkingin paraplegics. ReWalk from Argo Medical Technologies in Haifa, Israel, uses a similar design, with a backpack connected to struts and electric motors that attach to the outside of a person’s legs. It is currently being used in clinical trials in the US. AMT claims it will have the suit through the FDA approval process and on the market in 12 to 18 months.

Grant Elliot, an exoskeleton researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab, says rehabilitation devices like eLEGS and ReWalk are promising. Still, he says that attention needs to be paid to such devices to ensure they remain compact enough for their users to move freely without bumping into objects. “Humans are used to moving through human-sized spaces, like narrow hallways,” says Elliot.

In a demonstration for New Scientist last week, eLEGS wearers including Boxtel were able to negotiate tight spaces, such as walking between a table and a bin, without difficulty.

John Fogelin, director of engineering at Berkeley Bionics, says the company is working on ways to make the design sleeker by using smaller batteries and thinner struts, aiming for a day when it might be worn underneath one’s clothes. The company plans to begin clinical trials in early 2011, and estimates the cost on the market to be in line with that of a high-end wheelchair, around $100,000.

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