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Stand aside for the smartphone generation

Something seems to have changed on the streets of Britain – or at least London – in recent years, and as far as I can tell, it has evolved out of ‘distracted walking’ with smartphones – though what I have observed is a separate, or ancillary behaviour. The phenomenon of phone-fixated pedestrians walking into traffic… Read More

‘GuardBot’: Martian explorer robot might get drafted into US Navy as bomb-droid

The US Navy is trialling the military potential of a spherical robot originally conceived for exploration on Mars. The ‘GuardBot’, by American Unmanned Systems, was first conceived in 2004 as a potential drone resource for scientific expeditions to the red planet. It can traverse a wide variety of terrains including sand, snow and non-level surfaces…. Read More

Swiss robot clock writes time on a whiteboard

Perhaps not the most stylish or practical clock to ever grace a wall, but nevertheless it’s Swiss and it’s cool – the Whiteboard Clock is a little time-keeping device designed by Maurice Bos which actually jots the current time onto a whiteboard with a dry wipe marker pen. The robot clock uses 3D-printed arms to… Read More

World’s first drone circus lands in Amsterdam

Drone deliveries, drone satellites and even drone waiters – we’ve heard it all … or have we: Enter Dutch performing drone troop, AIR. Not a flying trapeze artist in sight, these drones are set to star in their own 21st century ‘circus’ Air 2015, which will bring aerial entertainment to the 68,000-seater Amsterdam Arena, in the… Read More

Would it be barking mad to email a tree?

The City of Melbourne has made a bigger-than-average bid for the attention of tree huggers everywhere, by giving them the chance to email any tree in the city – and have a tolerable chance of an intelligent response. But this is not the beginning of the Internet of Trees (IoTr?) – even though it is… Read More