Why Is My Smart Home So Fucking Dumb?

A few weeks ago, a couple friends and I were about to watch a surprisingly bad scifi movie in my crowded apartment. One of them asked if we could dim the lights, and started to head to the switch. "No, no, I've got it," I said, reaching into my pocket. "He's reaching for his phone!" said the friend. This was the… » 2/12/15 12:54pm 2/12/15 12:54pm

Real-life Spidey Sense suit tingles when objects get close

It won't help you sling webs or climb walls, but SpiderSense, the suit created by Victor Mateevitsi, a computer science PhD student at the University of Illinois in Chicago, will give you one of Peter Parker's powers. The suit uses a combination of robotic arms and ultrasonic technology to warn its wearer that… » 2/23/13 7:30am 2/23/13 7:30am

Artificial finger brings us closer to prosthetic limbs with a sense of touch

A breakthrough in tactile sensor technology could pave the way for advanced prosthetics, that have a better sense of touch than regular human fingers. Researchers at the University of Southern California's Viterbi School of Engineering have developed a robotic fingertip that can distinguish different materials by… » 6/22/12 3:16pm 6/22/12 3:16pm