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Dyson makes £5m investment into research lab for robotics, bring on the personal butler robots

Dyson makes £5m investment into research lab for robotics, bring on the personal butler robots

By 9 February 2014

Bagless vacuum company Dyson has invested £5 million into a robotics lab at Imperial College in London. The research will be used to help robots understand the world around them, through better vision systems, the company told the BBC. It will cover... >>

What is So.cl?

What is So.cl?

By 21 May 2012

Microsoft has broadened its palate of services with another foray into the social scene with the appropriately named web application So.cl. While this is neither the first time that the Ballmer gang has taken some steps down this avenue nor a big shock... >>

Is Google making us stupid?

Is Google making us stupid?

By 18 July 2011

The way that humans' memories work is being altered as a result of computers and the Internet. That's the verdict of a science journal published by psychologists from Columbia and Harvard universities. The report suggests that we now use the web as "transactive... >>

Fujitsu to demonstrate improved e-paper

Fujitsu to demonstrate improved e-paper

By 10 May 2010

The scientists in Fujitsu's research department have managed to come up with a new version of the company's colour e-paper that offers a significant upgrade on the previous generation. It'll be shown off at the company's Fujitsu Forum exhibition in Tokyo,... >>

Quantum computer tested, delivers impressive results

Quantum computer tested, delivers impressive results

By 10 May 2010

Researchers in Japan have managed to get a quantum computer working, and have shown that it delivers results thousands of times faster than a traditional transistor-based machine. The computer, which has been built from a single Iodine molecule, was given... >>

Samsung tinkers with phase-change memory

Samsung tinkers with phase-change memory

By 30 April 2010

Not content with battery life on current phones available in the market, Samsung is experimenting with a new type of memory that it claims could boost the time between charges by as much as 20%. It's called phase-change memory, and the most common implementation... >>

Phones getting Natal-style interface

Phones getting Natal-style interface

By 26 April 2010

The University of Tokyo has developed a concept controller that allows you to control a pointer on a phone screen without having to touch the screen. You can see the concept in the video above, which demonstrates moving a pointer around, using a virtual... >>

24% of tablets in 2010 will be based on Android

24% of tablets in 2010 will be based on Android

By 5 April 2010

Despite the enormous success of the Apple iPad, judging by the opening weekend figures, research is showing that 24% of all tablets sold this year will be based on Android. The study comes from US market research company IMS which goes on to suggest that... >>

Japanese team shrinks SSDs by 90%

Japanese team shrinks SSDs by 90%

By 11 February 2010

A group of Japanese researchers has managed to achieve a remarkable reduction in the physical size of solid state drives, while retaining their data storage size. They've shrunk them by 90%. The team, led by Tadahiro Kuroda, also boosted the energy efficiency... >>

Human brains "can't handle" Facebook

Human brains "can't handle" Facebook

By 25 January 2010

Research at Oxford University has revealed that the human brain can't cope with a full-on Facebook addiction - it can only sustain a maximum of 150 friendships at a time. That's thanks to the size of our neocortex - the bit of the brain used for conscious... >>


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