RIM, the manufacturer of BlackBerry smartphones, will be making their devices compliant with Bluetooth Message Access Profile and enable Ford’s SYNC text messaging capabilities in upcoming devices. Ford is adding to it’s popular SYNC services and aims to get texting by voice under it’s umbrella. Ford plans to add other features to encourage riders to more »
Anybots’ has created a QB mobile telepresence robot which will can be your avatar for office environments. That means you can sit back at home while having a conference meeting with co-workers. The robot will show a live view of your face to your audience while you’ll be able to see whatever it sees. The more »
Welcome to another week gone that you are not getting back. No matter how much we loathe the week, it’s in the books and no amount of illegal narcotics is going to change that fact. For these nominees, who I suspect are on crack, this week hasn’t been kind. Let’s get to it: Verizon
Honda debuted it’s new short film, “Living with Robots” at the Sundance Film Festival as part of Honda’s Dream the Impossible series. Honda’s new film focuses on ASIMO, (Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility) and Honda’s role in paving the way for future robots living side by side humans. The film is also available for viewing more »
Wouldn’t it be great if your speakers would follow you around the house when you’re doing work? Well you’ve got two options for that; put speakers in every room of your house, or hope Mintpass makes this robot and buy one. Labeled on their “Select” page as Mint Robot #3, the “Tank” would pretty much more »
Robots are classy, this much we know. So when Suck UK announced they had Salt and Pepper Bots, we knew they had a hit on their hands. These new bots are fully capable of walking across your table to deliver their bounty. The biggest question remaining about these bots is if the capacity indicator on more »
San Diego Comic-Con 2009 is kicking off and Mattel is introducing a new set of toys based on the movie “Avatar” that brings augmented reality to kids. Here’s how this works: each toy (vehicle, action figure, etc.) has a 3-D tag which can be scanned using a webcam. Then the computer will display info about more »
More odd stories from the world of technology this week. Tired of fumbling around your pockets for a camera? What if you could take a picture with your shirt? M.I.T. is working on that. Want to report a problem in the city of Boston? There’s an app for that. Want to see the latest in spy technology? Check out the robotic hummingbird (with video).
Welcome back to the oddball tech stories of the week. We all know that robots are quite good at building cars (well, some cars), vacuuming, and serving tennis balls. Did you know that they could one day help us colonize Mars? Technology is good, however sometimes it makes us do dumb things. How dumb? How about stealing a computer from a jail? It actually gets dumber. Keep reading.
You can’t make this stuff up, people. Well, you could probably make this stuff up if you really tried. Nevermind. Anyway, this week on Oddball Tech, you can have a t-shirt that tells everyone you tweet. Why? Because you can. Motorola picks a side in the upcoming humans vs. robots war. Maybe we should have bought KRZRs, huh? Fresh out of the Google labs is “Google Prophecies.” All this and astronauts, too!