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Build and program a robot that walks, dances and opens the world of robotics — for under $50

Plenty of kids (even big kids) are enamored of the thought of building their own working robots. The reality is, that’s usually easier said than done. Even some of the more renowned electronics starter kits are a bit too complicated or require too many advanced skills for young, inexperienced …

Google’s AIY Vision Kit Augments Pi With Vision Processor

Google has announced their soon to be available Vision Kit, their next easy to assemble Artificial Intelligence Yourself (AIY) product. You’ll have …

Simple Step-Climbing Robot Climbs Like It’s On Mars

[Navin Khambhala] is a master at making simple what most would expect to be a complex build. Now he’s done it again with a remote controlled robot …

Easy to Build Organic Robot Kits (video)

Practical Plantoid Robotics has this week unveiled new easy to build organic robot kits it has created which cleverly combine both organic plant …

This robot may be your next real estate agent

Meet Rex. He’s the robot that is slowly replacing human real estate agents in markets like California and New York.<p>“If you’re not a very good agent, you’re gonna have problems competing against the robot but if you’re good, you will still have a job,” Jack Ryan, CEO of Rex Real Estate Exchange …

MIT’s Scratch Program Is Evolving For Greater, More Mobile Creativity

Mitch Resnick has been working on how to give students new avenues of creative expression for over a decade. His Lifelong Kindergarten group at the …

Makerspaces

You have to watch these freakishly fast sumo wrestling bots

Seriously, watch the video<p>If you haven’t seen robot sumo wrestling before, then you’re in for a treat. Trust me. Most robot versions of human sports are underwhelming, but as this video compilation shows, the mechanical take on Japan’s national sport is very fast and very furious. And why? Because …

Martial Arts

Awesome Raspberry Pi Controlled Mira Robot (video)

Raspberry Pi enthusiasts looking for a robot project to keep them busy, may be interested in a new super cute Raspberry Pi controlled robot called …

The right and wrong ways to motivate your colleagues

Inspiring employees requires some simple steps, but many bosses fail to hit the right note<p>When Kate Sullivan assembled her staff for an all-hands-on-deck meeting called by senior management, things looked grim.<p>It was 2008 - the start of the financial crisis - and Sullivan’s boss was announcing cuts …

IBM launched a high school to churn out workers for corporate tech jobs — take a look inside

P-TECH, the Pathways for Technology Early College High School, is IBM's answer to an education system that has been slow to adapt to the changing demand for workers with more flexible tech skills, like coding and data analytics.<p>Students at P-TECH take four years of high school with a focus on …

Education

11 Things That Probably Won’t Exist in 2025

From your living room to your car, these pieces of technology may not be around much longer.<p>If there’s one thing that’s constant in the world of …

OLEDs

Top 10 Raspberry Pi Projects for Beginners

Maybe you picked up a Raspberry Pi for the holidays, or you’ve been sitting on one of the super versatile, palm-sized computers for a while now. If …

Six energy-harvesting gadgets powered by people

<i>By Cat DiStasio</i><p>People power is perhaps one of the world's greatest untapped sources of renewable energy. Smart devices that harness kinetic energy from everyday human activities help the environment in more ways than one. By turning motion into useable electricity, human-powered gadgets help reduce …

How to build a robot that “sees” with $100 and TensorFlow

Object recognition is one of the most exciting areas in machine learning right now. Computers have been able to recognize objects like faces or cats …

Solar cells woven into fabric could turn any tent, curtain or clothes into a solar panel

Six rectangular cells made from conductive polymer coated onto a fabric. Credit: Jeff Miller/UW-Madison<p>Marianne Fairbanks is a fabric designer who in …

3D Printed Door Latch has One Moving Part – Itself!

A group at the Hasso-Plattner Institute in Germany explored a curious idea: using 3D printed material not just as a material – but as a machine in …

31 Tiny House Hacks To Maximize Your Space

Just because your house is small doesn’t mean you can’t live large. Jenny Chang 01. Keep your window-to-wall ratio high. apartmenttherapy.com Large …

Inside Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh's radical management experiment that prompted 14% of employees to quit

On March 24, Zappos' 1,500 or so employees got a memo from CEO Tony Hsieh.<p>"This is a long email," it began. "Please take 30 minutes to read through the email in its entirety."<p>It concerned the retailer's transition to "Holacracy," a manager-free operating structure that is composed, in theory, of …

Team Building

Recommended Reading: Top 10 Creative Leadership Books Of 2014

Each of the top 10 books of the past year offers fresh ideas, actionable insights, and imaginative solutions to a range of pressing challenges faced by creative leaders. The listed titles, including the notables that follow, celebrate thinking differently and acting differently in order to foster …

Cool animated infographics show how things work

Aside from creating cool illustrations and infographics from his clients, Jacob O'Neal runs Animagraffs, site where he reveals the inner workings of …

2014 science breakthroughs: no more ageing, cave art and landing on a comet

Photograph: ESA/Getty Images<p>The Philae lander is pictured descending on to the 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2014/12/18/1418930328087/b070f148-f7f4-4384-983f-46f3d5a1326b-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: ESA/Getty Images<p>The Philae lander is …

Study Shows Video Games' Impact On Face-to-face Teaching

In the past, I have covered many studies that look at the efficacy of game based learning. But a recent study from A-GAMES, a collaboration between New York University and the University of Michigan, is significant because it looks at the way games impact the learning experience and the …

Unlocking DNA secrets with a Canadian genome search engine

Often called the book of life, human DNA has been no easy read for scientists, who face the staggering challenge of figuring out which genetic mutations lead to disease. People carry millions of them in their code, and there has been no efficient way to tell the ones that cause diseases such as …

What Makes Leaders Innovative? New Study Identifies The 10 Keys

“All the money in the world, all the research and development resources in the world aren’t really worth a hoot, without innovative leadership. Money does not follow ideas; it follows leaders,” said Forbes Contributor Henry Doss in his recent post about innovation. Many organizations would like to …

Pictures of the Week 6.5.14

The Best-Designed iPhone Apps In the World, According to Apple

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>At its Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple announced latest the winners of its annual Apple Design Awards. The award recognizes innovative Mac and iOS apps that raise the bar in "creative, powerful, and compelling ways."<p>Past winners have included …

Apps

Why Ukrainian Tech Companies Face Raids by Masked Police

Andrey Horsev’s own apartment and the headquarters of 908.vc, co-founded by him in Dnepropetrovsk, were ransacked by local police in November 2013, just a few weeks after a major disagreement Horsev had with his former business partners over their jointly owned website Klumba.ua.<p>“I don’t know the …

Oculus VR Now has a Publishing Arm to Help Develop Games

The Oculus Rift is a landmark piece of technology, representing the first truly immersive, consumer-friendly virtual reality headset. Oculus VR has been commended for its vision, but the problem until now has been the games. Until the Oculus Rift is out on store shelves and boasting a large install …

Anti-ageing compound set for human trials after turning clock back for mice

Australian and US researchers hope an anti-ageing compound could be trialled on humans as early as next year, following a key breakthrough that saw the ageing process reversed in mice.<p>The study, involving Harvard University and the University of NSW, discovered a way of restoring the efficiency of …