OH MIT NO: I don't know how I missed this when it made its splash back in January; maybe I was, oh, you know, spending too much time on Planet Sanity. But MIT Media Lab has unveiled its newest gee-whiz product: the Autom, a robot that tells you you're too fat.
That's right. It's a robot. That tells you you're fat
Image from our "Stan VanDerBeek: The Culture Intercom" slideshow.
Turns out, you don't have to look very hard to find the geeky bits of any given issue of the Phoenix. Here are a few choice morsels for your lazy-Sunday perusal.
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THE SONY NGP Is this a Magic Eye image? If I cross my eyes and back away, will I see a pussy?
I realize this controversy happened a week and a half ago, but it still makes me want to punch a wall until my hand falls off, so here we go.
Mr. Jaffe, you may recall saying the following statement about the new Sony NGP:
Concept art for Boston Dynamics' LS3In an uncertain technological future, it's nice to know we can depend on one thing: that the
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) will always be into some
seriously heavy shit. Responsible for such sinister-sounding past endeavors as the Sea Shadow and the MQ-1 Predator, DARPA permanently resides on the cutting edge.
What happens if Hognet becomes self-aware this Tuesday
In the spirit of the season, PETA have momentarily put aside their paint-slinging and nudity-exploiting, opting to set their sights on a new cause: freeing Punxsutawney Phil from a life of enslavement and untold horrors by replacing him with -- wait for it -- an animatronic rodent replica
Parrot's AR.Drone in actionThe exhibitors at CES can pack up and go home, because it's clear what this year's gadget is: the remote-controlled AR.Drone helicopter from Parrot.The
normal two-rotor remote-control helicopters currently on the market
will break your heart (and your windows) because they're just
impossible to steer. But with its self-stabilizing four-rotor design,
the AR.Drone can hover motionless in the air, ready to strike. It has
two built-in cameras that transmit live color video, so it can spy on
really unobservant people. You control it over wifi with an iPhone or
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