Judging from this Japanese robot, the guide dogs of the future will…

You're looking at the most recent prototype of Japanese robotics manufacturer NSK's mechanical seeing-eye dog. This model uses Microsoft Kinect to navigate obstacles, and its creators are adding such features as voice recognition to prevent the robot from leading its master astray. Will future generations be dealing… » 11/05/11 1:05pm 11/05/11 1:05pm

Blindness' Dystopian Fable Becomes An Overwrought Movie

The best thing about the movie version of Blindness » 10/03/08 5:00pm 10/03/08 5:00pm is how much it makes you appreciate the transcendent novel by Jose Saramago. The book takes a potentially hackneyed story — everyone goes blind, except for one woman — and turns it into a jarring look at how anything can become normal. At its best, the movie,…

Adapting Saramago's "Blindness" Was A Journey From Horror To Poetry,…

Fernando Meirelles garnered award nominations for City Of God and The Constant Gardener. So he was probably the perfect choice to direct the film version of Blindness, Jose Saramago's terrifying novel about an epidemic of inexplicable blindness. The paralyzes an entire country and reduces civilized city-dwellers to… » 10/03/08 12:44pm 10/03/08 12:44pm

First 5 Minutes Of Blindness Depends On The Kindness Of Strangers

The first five minutes of Blindness » 10/03/08 7:30am 10/03/08 7:30am has turned up online. So judge for yourself if the blind truly are being portrayed poorly, as the actual blind are protesting. And while you're at it, go ahead and pose the moral question upon yourself. If your friend had just gone blind, would you steal their wallet and lead them…

How Will The New Star Trek Movie Borrow From Star Wars?

Is it a spoiler to say the Force will be with the new Star Trek » 10/03/08 6:00am 10/03/08 6:00am movie? Only if you get into specifics, which we do below. And we also have another set report from which may hint at a dire fate befalling a beloved character. (Or may not.) And there are a few hints about the TV movie's last day of shooting. Plus,…

What To Expect — And Not To Expect — From Iron Man 2

Iron Man » 10/02/08 6:00am 10/02/08 6:00am director Jon Favreau gave a lot of insight into what comic-book villains and storylines you might see in the second chapter of the Tony Stark saga. And they're not necessarily the ones you'd expect. Meanwhile, we have a sneak peek at next week's , plus a glimpse of next spring's "Fugitives" storyline. There are…

Actual Blind Pretty Pissed About Blindness Movie

File this under 'Bound To Happen': Blindness » 10/01/08 4:00pm 10/01/08 4:00pm, the movie about people being hauled off and quarantined after losing their sight from an epidemic, has ended up really ticking off real-life blind people. The offended are protesting that the blindness epidemic in the movie isn't a metaphor for the collapse of society, but …

Can You Meet The io9 Spoiler Photo Caption Challenge?

A bit of a light spoiler day today, but there are still some pretty awesome bits of news. The director of the movie adaptation of Jose Saramago's classic novel Blindness » 10/01/08 6:00am 10/01/08 6:00am talks a bit about the movie's themes, and there are new pics from . Plus some new hints about , and a telltale set pic from . We also have a new pic…

New Clips For Blindness Show the Slow Descent into Milky White Anarchy

Now we're thoroughly satisfied that the once-defunct movie adaptation of Jose Saramago's Blindness » 9/16/08 7:40am 9/16/08 7:40am deserves your attention (after some much needed ). Here are a few clips of the masses unraveling while their city is swept with a blindness epidemic. The style is intended to evoke the "milky white" film that blocks the…

This Year's Children Of Men Gets A Much-Needed Extreme Makeover

Good news: the movie version of Jose Saramago's Blindness » 9/09/08 2:07pm 9/09/08 2:07pm showed at the Toronto International Film Festival the other day, and critics are saying it's improved dramatically from the version that was at Cannes. The painful Danny Glover voiceover? Gone. Some confusing transitions involving Julianne Moore's character?…

Movie Version Of Blindness Wrecks A Classic Novel, Say Critics

After an onslaught of splodey summer movies, we were excited for the movie version of Blindness » 9/03/08 8:20am 9/03/08 8:20am, directed by Fernando Meirelles (). The adaptation Nobel Prize-winning author Jose Saramago's novel takes place in the near future, where cities become ravaged with a mysterious outbreak of blindness. And the government…

The Pettiest Dictator On Earth, In New "Blindness" Trailer

Jose Saramago's novel Blindness is one of the most memorable examinations of humanity's dark side in literature. So the movie adaptation, directed by Fernando Meirelles, has a tough order to fill, even with a cast that includes Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo. The film's teaser trailer, which we posted in April, was… » 7/03/08 2:14pm 7/03/08 2:14pm