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— Science

Scientists develop remote control system for cockroaches

Much to the annoyance of home-owners everywhere, cockroaches are amazingly tough, and they’re able to squeeze into remarkably small spaces. These are some of the same qualities that researchers would like to see in tiny reconnaissance robots that could perform tasks such as searching earthquake-damaged buildings for survivors. Such adaptable, robust mini-robots would be quite challenging to create, however. A team of scientists from North Carolina State University are working on an alternative – sensor-equipped real cockroaches that are remotely controlled by human operators. Read More
— Home Entertainment

Hands-on with uWand, the intuitive TV remote from Philips

Technology for televisions is advancing all the time, with TVs getting bigger, offering glasses-free 3D, and even being powered by bicycle these days. Sadly, the remote controls for operating TVs haven't advanced much past the "more features means more buttons" design that's been in place for years, forcing TV viewers to stare blankly at a monolithic array of controls just to find the one that changes the channel. Philips is looking to change that though with it's uWand remote, which lets users control Smart TVs with just three buttons and a few simple gestures. Read More
— Mobile Technology

Sony brings tablets into the Xperia fold with new Xperia Tablet S

Previously reserved for smartphones, Sony has extended its Xperia line to include tablets with the unveiling of the Xperia Tablet S at IFA 2012. The successor to the Tablet S (originally known as the S1) released last year, the new tablet is powered by an NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor and 1 GB of RAM and comes running Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich), with Sony promising an upgrade to 4.1 (Jellybean) in the future. Read More
— Automotive

Su Rui sedan from China’s BYD can be driven by remote control

When we think of remote control cars, we generally think of scaled-down vehicles that can easily get caught up underfoot. Not so Chinese automaker BYD, which has upsized the remote control car with the release of its Su Rui model in China. The mid-size family saloon that seats five includes Remote Driving Control technology that allows the driver to get out of the car and drive it using the included remote control “key.” Read More
— Robotics

Device takes pipe bombs apart, and preserves the evidence

While improvised explosive devices are certainly not designed to be “safe,” pipe bombs are particularly notorious for being unstable. When police forces respond to calls regarding such bombs, they usually utilize a remote-control bomb disposal robot to disable or detonate them. Unfortunately, this process often results in a loss of forensic evidence, that could be used to track down the bomb-maker. That’s where the Department of Homeland Security’s new Semi Autonomous Pipe Bomb End-cap Remover (SAPBER) comes into play. It’s a device that dismantles pipe bombs, leaving all of their components intact. Read More
— Medical

Wireless patches could provide "acupuncture" on demand

For a good 2,000 years or so, many people have sworn by acupuncture as a means of relieving aches and pains, and treating various other disorders. In order to receive treatment, however, they have had to go to clinics and get jabbed with needles. Now, New York College of Health Professions chairman Donald Spector has created a wirelessly-controlled wearable skin patch, that he claims is able to deliver acupuncture-like treatment on demand. Read More
— Drones

Spy Hawk RC-plane lets you snoop from the skies

If you’ve ever found yourself bemoaning the relative dearth of viable personal UAV (or "drone") options but still find the idea of an eye in the sky alluring, then you may well be in luck, because UK-based gadget purveyor RED5 has unveiled the Spy Hawk: a remote-controlled plane which runs from a rechargeable battery and features a video camera to facilitate easy snooping from up above. Read More