College pranks usually involve livestock, panties, the use of permanent marker on an unconscious, not-so-innocent partygoer or a combination thereof. But when you gather the cream of the geek crop at a hallowed higher learning institution like MIT, those playful tricks turn into wide-scale works of technical wonderment.
Domestic robots have been attempted before, but a new company, Jibo, believes it has what it takes to deliver something more autonomous than a remote-control toy, but less complex and more affordable than something like ASIMO .
In honor of the 30th anniversary of Tetris, one fan decided to bring the popular game to a new platform: his t-shirt.Marc Kerger uploaded a video of the unique t-shirt to YouTube, showing how you can actually play Tetris on the shirt. Adafruit originally discovered the video and posted it on its site.
He also discusses one strategy he’s implemented at Snapchat that helps employees communicate better. Spiegel learned it at his high school, Crossroads, and says it was also used by The Ojai Foundation.“Once a week, for about an hour, groups of 10 or so team members get together and talk about how they feel," Spiegel said.
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Last week I wrote about using drones to capture photos. Actually, let me rephrase that. Last week I wrote about attempting to use drones to capture photos.Instead, I spent most of my time crashing the drones.Determined to master the art of flight with a camera —this is the future, after all — I asked Amit Gupta, the founder of the online photography storePhotojojo,to give me a few lessons.Mr.
Pulp sci-fi novels have painted a picture of a bleak future, with dense, dystopian urban sprawl forcing us into ever-shrinking living spaces. Such ignominious abodes would probably benefit from something MIT Media Lab's Changing Places team has been working on.
We already know Apple isworking on improving Siri, butgosh dangit, the folks in Cupertino just aren't moving as fast as some would like. That's why a quartet of freshmen at the University of Pennsylvania decided to try making Siri do more on their own... at a hackathon, no less.
The planet's 1.5 billion cows are (innocently) an environmental scourge thanks to the copious amounts ofhorrible greenhouse gasestheydisgorge. Scientists from Michigan State U have flopped that around, however, and figured out how to turn the resulting manure into something good for the planet: fresh water.
Kids: they're our future, and apparently are also great at finding backdoors within video game security measures. Take 5-year-old Kristoffer Von Hassel from the San Diego area, for instance. His parents were curious about just how their son was accessing games on Dad's password-protectedXbox Oneprofile.
"It was always going to be tomorrow's city today. A new heart of New York City; Midtown expanding west." -- Thad Sheely, SVP operations for Related Companies
Tourists come to stop and stare, and sometimes throw pennies. This isn't a long-standing tradition. There are no wishes to make here.
Protests in the Middle East, known as "The Arab Spring," echoed around the world. On Friday, December 17, 2010, a fruit vendor named Mohamed Bouazizi covered himself in flammable liquid and lit a match. His body was quickly engulfed in flames and, despite attempts to save his life, Bouazizi died on January 4th, 2011. He was 26 years old.
In the30 years since Alexey Pajitnov first launched Tetris, the world's most popular game has regularly been immortalized in fashion. Luxembourgian Mark Kreger wanted to do the same, but instead of cooking up a colorful print, he's staving off boredom with something much more interactive: a playable Tetris T-shirt.
Robots need some very specific instructions in order to successfully accomplish tasks. If you want a robot to bring you a beer while you recline on the couch, it needs to know what a beer is, that a beer is in a refrigerator, what a refrigerator looks like, how to open said fridge, and so on.
Pro photographers can spend ages setting up lighting for a shoot. That work may quickly go out the window if the subject moves, however, and an assistant won't always be there to help. Thankfully, MIT researchers have devised a clever solution to the problem: meetLitrobot, an aerial lighting drone.
Never tested in snow or heavy rain, potentially ignoring police, and confused into swerving by crumpled newspaper: Google 's self-driving cars face more than a few lingering problems before they're truly ready for the road.