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

Mapping the Brains of Human Echolocators

Vision and hearing are generally regarded as two very different senses. Unless, of course, you can echolocate. Now, scientists have revealed for the first time that human echolocators — blind individuals who navigate their surroundings by producing mouth clicks and listening to the returning echoes — actually process… » 6/03/11 8:00am 6/03/11 8:00am

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

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