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Honda’s E2-DR Disaster Response Robot Can Climb Ladders

Robots are learning new tricks all the time and for every trick they learn they become more useful. These tricks are especially useful when you’re talking about disaster response. The disaster response team of the future is going to be all robot. And what that robot is capable of could determine your life or death. Honda has unveiled a working prototype of its E2-DR disaster response robot and it is very capable already. It stands 1.68 meters high and weighs 85 kilograms. E2-DR can walk, navigate over objects, climb stairs and ladders, get through narrow spaces and traverse piles of debris like a bot on a mission, which it is. This robot can even stand being in the rain for 20 minutes. To keep it as lightweight as possible, Honda exchanged traditional cables for optical fibers. It also has a 1000-Wh lithium-ion battery that delivers 90 minutes of...

First Look at Loop Personal Photo Display

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSLoop was a successful crowdfund digital photo frame. While it can show your photos from Instagram, and Facebook, it has other great functionalities that can keep you connected with your family. Let’s go through all the good and bad, then look at the overall picture. The Loop Personal Photo Display is a tablet-sized screen in the design of an old 1960’s television. You know, where the dials changed the channels? Loop presents photos and videos in that same channel format. You can bring photos from Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, and soon Google, and Flickr. You can also import items via SD card. Loop also has a camera on-board for you to contact other Loop customers. Therefore, you can have one Loop at home, another at your parent’s house. You will be able to communicate back and forth. Pros: Loop Photo Frame Easily...

1-Ring Moon Smart Security Camera Levitates

When you install a security camera in your home, you usually have to settle for a single viewpoint, but we can do better. The 1-Ring ‘Moon’ smart camera changes the game. Insert Star Wars “That’s no moon” joke here. This security camera is designed with a levitating design, allowing the camera to capture 360-degrees of footage in any space. Now everything will be within your field of view. It’s a brilliant design and I’m surprised we haven’t seen this everywhere by now. It is suspended in mid-air and ready to be a literal eye in the sky, just at a low altitude. It can instantly detect movement and events, so will automatically rotate to begin filming. You can access this gravity defying camera using the accompanying app and of course get notifications if there are any disturbances detected when you’re away from home. The 1-Ring ‘Moon’ smart camera...

Arkansas Dentist Creates Star Wars Spoof To Promote Laser Technology

Jonesboro, Arkansas dentist Dr. J. Steven Abernathy is obviously a huge Star Wars fan. So when it came time to promote PIPS, a precision laser activated irrigation technology, obviously he’s going to turn to Star Wars. Well, the spoof video that he created here is just wonderful. It’s like being in an alternate universe where somehow Star Wars and dentistry have collided. This is without a doubt, the most epic root canal commercial in existence. Honestly, I’m not sure how many even exist, but this is the best. I bet he shows this to all of his new patients first thing. It probably puts them at ease right away. All I know is that if I lived in Arkansas, he would be my dentist. The floss is strong with him. I can feel it. Truth be told, I wouldn’t mind seeing two more videos like this, one for...

Guy Straps Six Rafts Together For Crazy White Water Rafting Experience

I’m a big chicken. You won’t catch me jumping out of a plane, hang gliding or even whitewater rafting. These things are all dangerous enough as they are, but some people like to up the crazy factor. Like this guy. Navigating currents like this is dangerous even if you have the best gear and all of the proper safety equipment. How do you make it even more deadly? Well, you could always stack six rafts on top of each other and hit the rapids. Professional rafter Covey Baack did just that, using custom nine foot oar extensions. He navigated some class four rapids on top of this crazy creation. It looks like it could tip at any time. I would say it is his skills more than the structure itself that kept him alive and not in the water at all. I have to admit, it does look...

Nuada Hand Strength Enhancing Gloves

It’s hard to say if they have a working prototype of the Nuada glove or not. It may just be a concept with renderings. But it is still worth our while. The video is just 2 minutes worth of cartoon people. We do hear that the company has demonstrated a functional Nuada device at Disrupt SF, but it has a long way to go before it reaches the company’s description. Nevertheless, it is a great indication of where wearables are headed. The idea is that it can provide a boost in hand gripping, lifting, pushing, and pulling strength. This is great for the elderly who have lost some strength, or for others who just want a performance enhancement so they can lift things without straining. Think about it. A wearable like this changes everything. Once Nuada becomes what it claims, it will be a thin, flexible, and ergonomic...

NewTek NDI Connect Spark First Look, Setup in Wirecast

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSIP video can be easy, and difficult at the same time. Especially if you are trying to record or stream 1080p 60fps. In the last year, NewTek has come out with the NDI protocol, which allows you to send video across an IP network with less pixelation and latency. The Connect Spark was released so you can send any camera video signal – from a Go Pro, DSLR, or even a commercial grade camera – over a network to the recording computer, or even a series of monitors. The NDI Connect Spark This device comes with HDMI or 3G-SDI connections, for whatever video system you use. The box itself can be connected to Ethernet, or a WiFi signal (5G Wifi recommended). Two USB ports and a micro-SD card slot are available for recording from the device. The Spark also allows for...

Cujo Smart Firewall is the Internet Dog that Protects Your Internet’s Front Door

Some of us have the cable company set up our Internet, which we assume as safe. Maybe you also get a Wifi router, which you think you add even more security to your system. But these devices don’t deal as much with security – only to get you online. you need something that will tell you what is coming into your Internet home and even block the bad. That is where Cujo comes in. The more you have connected to your “Smart Home”, the more a device is needed so others cannot use this door to come in. All you need to do is click a link in an email that looks official. Or maybe you get a new device that you instantly connect to your network, and put all your passwords in, thinking it’s safe. Next thing you know, your computers,smart thermostat, lights,smart TV, and many other...

How To Mute Annoying Friends On Facebook

Even though we enjoy talking with our friends on Facebook, we all have those friends who are annoying. Maybe they constantly post things you hate. Maybe they never shut up. Maybe you scrolled past 200 baby pictures already this morning. Maybe a brand is doing way too much advertising. It would be nice to be able to mute these people, rather than unfollowing them which would be awkward and make them feel bad. Well, there is a way. Facebook is testing a new feature called “Snooze.” It allows you to temporarily mute your friends for a pre-determined amount of time. A day, a week, or a month. This gives you a little more flexibility when it comes to hiding posts you don’t want to see. It’s easy and like we said, no one’s feelings get hurt, because they won’t know that you’ve muted them. This is a great...

This Guy Built A Commodore 64 VR Rig

VR is all about immersive experiences.The more real it is, the better. The problem is, not everyone can afford a $500 Oculus Rift headset and a thousand dollar VR-ready gaming PC. Well, there is a cheaper option. If you don’t mind taking a technological step backward. One Commodore 64 fan created a pair of virtual reality goggles for the classic 8-bit computer, the Commodore 64. You can find the supplies you need for cheap at thrift shops. Jim_64 added an LCD display to a cheap pair of VR goggles. These mirror what’s on an old CRT TV connected to his Commodore 64. So how to you get VR content on an old rig like this? Well, Jim_64 had to code his own virtual reality adventure game called Street Defender. When I say Virtual Reality, in this case it is what VR might have looked like way back when....

Live Stream at VMWorld with vBrownBag in Barcelona

All this week I will be in Barcelona, Spain with vBrownBag Tech Talks at VMWorld 2017. We had a great show in Vegas, and I am expecting Barcelona to be just as exciting. vBrownBag is an education channel for Enterprise technology. A place for engineers, influencers, and everyday people to get up and present on a topic they are passionate about. These quick-fire presentations will be available on YouTube shortly after production. Streaming will start Tuesday Morning at 11 AM GMT+2 (aka 4 AM EST, 1 AM PST), Wednesday starting at 11 AM, and Thursday from 8 AM.

Soldering Iron Is Hacked To Play Tetris

You know how it is, when you are soldering away and suddenly you realize that you want to play Tetris on your soldering iron. I’m sure we have all had that thought while soldering. I know, me either, but this genius’ mind obviously is wired different than ours. The TS100 is an open-source soldering iron that has the ability to program its temperature. So the device uses a tiny OLED screen, and this is what allowed YouTuber Joric to hack the device and play Tetris on it. Now it is a great distraction for when you should be soldering. Obviously, this is never going to replace your Game Boy. It is simply the kind of hack that you do just to see if it can be done, and because, why not? Check out the minute-and-a-half demo video below. It’s worth it for the music alone. I had no...

Watch This Room Fill With Foam To Test Foam Fire Suppression System

It’s a classic sitcom bit of comedy. Usually someone fills the washing machine or dishwasher with way too much soap and the room becomes to fill with foamy soap suds. No matter how stupid the show, it’s always a fun bit to watch. That’s kinda like what this is, except on a much larger scale and with foam. Safety personnel at the Fort Indiantown Gap Army Reserve base in Pennsylvania need to make sure that the foam fire suppression system actually works before they bringing any planes into its new helicopter maintenance training facility. Financially, it’s important. So how do you do that? You just let the system do its thing and fill a giant room with foam and try not to yell, “LUCY!” It is a cool test of the emergency equipment. This foam is normally used where there are highly flammable liquids, since it helps to...

Wirecast 8 First Look, New Features Explained

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSTelestream released Wirecast 8 Studio and Wirecast 8 Pro to the public today. Many new cool features, and some enhancements to the software switcher. We’ll look at all that Telestream has fixed, updated, and changed. Get Wirecast Here. Check out the Slideshow Wirecast is a software video switching program that allows you to create broadcast quality shows using your computer. You can create scenes, overlay graphics, and switch to other scenes with the press of a button. You can also record, or stream to Facebook, YouTube, Periscope, Livestream, uStream, and many more services using the RTMP protocol. So what is new? Wirecast Updates the Render Engine Creating new scenes has been improved with new tools that will help you resize, rotate, and even embellish your scenes. A new Z-Rotation has been added so you can flip video around. If you have...

This Smart First-Aid Kit Uses Algorithms In Emergency Situations

Sadly, when an emergency situation occurs, chances are that the surrounding bystanders do not have any first aid training. That is the sad reality. And this is why Mobilize Rescue Systems has released an intelligent first aid kit that seeks to overcome this problem. It is called the Comprehensive Rescue System. This unique kit has an embedded tablet in its lid that has lessons and instructions from thousands of pages of triage and emergency response documents. It uses artificial intelligence to perform triage and walk you through first response treatment. It’s like having an EMT at your side. It has everything you need, clearly labelled with large-print numbers and letters. The ard-case version is $2,250, while a soft-case version will cost $1,750. Sure, it is expensive, but we’re talking about something that can save your life. If both are out of your price range, they also have a...

Anthouse Robot Pet Companion

Today humans are busier than ever. We don’t have time and energy for all of the things we used to be able to do. And our lifestyles are only getting busier. This means that your pets are missing out on quality time with you. It isn’t easy for the 21st century pet, but the Anthouse Robot Pet Companion is here to improve your pet’s life. The idea is that owners can “telesocialize” with their pet via an Internet connection. You miss your dog and your dog misses you, so this provides a way to connect and not leave your pet completely unattended. This robot is controlled with the accompanying app for iOS or Android and connects through your home WiFi network to let you see your pet in real-time. You can take photos, videos and communicate using the built-in speaker. Your pet will love that you are able...

First Look: Vegas Pro 15 by Magix

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSMagix has rolled out an update to the popular video editor Vegas Pro, adding in new features including an interface type, which will allow for theme color changes. Along with new updated codecs for 8th generation Intel core technology, and nVidia graphics. This will be the second update since Magix has acquired the software from Sony. Render Faster with nVidia Graphics,  Intel Skylake, or Intel KabyLake Processor One of two major updates is to the main codec of Vegas Pro, utilizing Intel 8th generation Core processors with Intel® Quick Sync Video (QSV) technology. 8-bit HEVC/AVC decoding and encoding will be accelerated with Skylake processors, and 10-bit HEVC/AVC encoding and decoding for Kabylake processors (or better). Also, nVidia cards with the Fermi architecture will get a boost in processing. A NVENC template will appear if your system has the card. This helps...

Colin Furze Rides a Bike Armed With 1,000 Exploding Rockets

If you have been following Colin Furze, then you’ve seen him pull off all kinds of crazy stunts. How this guy isn’t permanently in the hospital or in a grave, I have no idea. If you have not been following this mad man, all you need to know is that he is fearless and possibly insane. In the video below, he rides a custom-built bike that is packed with 1,000 rockets. He’s not even wearing a helmet, though he does have a fireproof slab of foam strapped to his back. Fire and explosives are nothing new to him, but this stunt is not one where he can stand at a safe distance away. He may be riding a bike, but this is just like having all of those fireworks strapped to his back. And it is a crazy amount of fireworks, because why go small? Watching him peddle...

The Terminator Multimedia Speaker

Talking to Alexa using one of Amazon’s Echo speakers is cool. But not nearly as cool as talking to a T-800 Terminator speaker from the Terminator movies. This Terminator T-800 Speaker has Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant onboard. It has arrived from the future, not to kill us all, but to help. So now you can play your tunes and get Alexa’s help from the head of a cyborg. Will this give rise to Skynet and kill us all? I guess we are all about to find out. It is made by AC Worldwide and is a nicely detailed reproduction of the endoskeleton skull. Try not to be intimidated by having this thing on your desk. The skull comes mounted on a platform with a plaque bearing a message that you can customize. You can have it say, “I’ll be back!”, or whatever else you want. It stands 18...

First Look: Sound Forge Pro 3 for Mac

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSAny podcaster or musician out there knows – the better the audio, the better chance people will give you. Adding in something that you might not expect can bring some great results. Next thing you know, people are asking you how you made it sound so good. That is where a program like Sound Forge Pro 3 for Mac comes in. With a version for Mac and one for PC, you can bring in tracks, or even whole songs, and get all the bumps and bruises out. You can re-organize thoughts, and even extract samples for other projects. Even if you have a multi-track editor or movie creator, a program like Sound Forge Pro allows you to take time away from the whole project and focus on one bit. Most video and audio editors will have a function in the settings...

Self-Healing Polymers Make For Self-Healing Robots

Robotic teams everywhere are working on soft robots, because many situations need a gentle touch. Soft robots can squish into tight locations, pick up fragile objects without breaking them and more. However soft robots are obviously more easily damaged as well. Say a soft robot encounters something with sharp edges. Well, that soft material is damaged and basically the equivalent of a human with an open wound. To solve this, a team of researchers from Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Belgium have developed a way to create soft machines that can heal themselves. The method is simple. They just use heat. In the video below, a robotic hand has artificial muscle that has self-healing properties. The hand gets stabbed and then proceeds to repair itself. The material is made of jelly-like rubbery polymers with many strands that reorganize and lock together when heat is introduced. This basically means that...

OJO Nintendo Switch Dock And Projector

One of the coolest things about the Nintendo Switch compared to other gaming consoles is the portability factor. You can take it with you and play games on the go and when you are home you can just dock it and play on your TV. But what if your TV isn’t available? Maybe your wife is watching Netflix, or maybe there is no TV where you are. The OJO projector is here to fill this niche. The OJO is being called the world’s first projector for the Nintendo Switch. You just dock the Switch and project your game onto another surface, like the wall. It claims to be able to project images as large as 120-inches at 200 lumens, and it has a 20,000mAh battery that lets you charge the Switch on the go, and other mobile devices too. This device is sure to be handy for gamers...

Is Hulu Live TV Worth the $40 a Month? I Install on Different Platforms to Test

Podcast: EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSTVoIP (Television over IP) is really gaining momentum. So much that your cable company might be your Internet provider only and you’ll have many options to choose from. Hulu wants to be one of those to deliver live tv, and they put together a great plan so you can start watching right away. It does come with some limitations, though. What is Hulu Live TV? Hulu.com has added 55 channels which you can stream at any time from your devices at home. Starting at $39.99, you will get favorite cable channels from AMC to USA. In some locations, you will also get local stations. The channel lineup is dependent on where you live, so check with the channel lineup in your zip code. Advantages of Hulu Live TV You can watch on many different devices. It’s in Beta, so more options...

The NES30 Arcade Stick Works With Android and Nintendo Switch

Whenever Nintendo comes out with a new console, some retro arcade sticks always follow. Arcade sticks are perfect for certain kinds of games, like fighting games for instance and many of us grew up playing with arcade sticks in the arcade anyway, so we enjoy using them for other games. So it is no wonder that retro controller maker 8bitdo has introduced the good looking NES30 Arcade Stick. This arcade stick is a retro wireless controller with Bluetooth connectivity for wireless compatibility with the Nintendo Switch, Windows, Android, Mac and Steam. The built in battery will deliver up to 18 hours of continuous play time, so your fun doesn’t need to be interrupted. Other features include eight big red 30mm size buttons for all of those combos you need, D-Input and X-Input functionality, Turbo and d-pad/joystick modes. It is easily mod-able and customizable too. It is designed to...

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