Cyberdyne CEO Yoshiyuki Sankai is living by his vision of developing technology that helps people, as the Cyberdyne HAL robotic suit is helping the elderly and those otherwise disabled walk again. Promoted as the "world's first cyborg-type robot," the HAL platform help gives the wearer better physical functions.
HAL is able to detect and interpret bioelectric signals, and can assist with walking, sitting up, standing up, and safely moving around. There is hope that using HAL overtime can assist paralyzed patients, recreating the loop for cerebral nerve systems and the body's muscles.
The United States and Japan lead the current robotics market, with Japanese engineers greatly interested in creating solutions that can help the country's aging population. Cyberdyne rents HAL suits to hospitals and living car facilities in Japan, teaching medical professionals and wearers how to make the best from wearing it.
It looks like the bigger next-gen iPhone might not arrive this year, with Apple reportedly delaying the launch of its 5.5-inch iPhone 6 until 2015 as the company is having production issues. These issues aren't just exclusive to the larger iPhone 6, but the 4.7-inch version, too.
According to a KGI Securities analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo (who is usually pretty spot on with Apple-related rumors): "Production bottlenecks on 4.7-inch iPhone 6 center on the yield rate of in-cell touch panel and metal casing. As in-cell touch panel becomes larger in size, the edge of the panel may become insensitive to touch. Meanwhile, under new manufacturing process for the iPhone 6 metal casing, color unevenness is an issue".
Kuo says that these problems are amplified with the 5.5-inch iPhone 5, with concerns centered on the new sapphire displays for the bigger iPhone. Kuo thinks that the larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 might not launch this year, or if it does it'll be in extremely limited supply. If the 5.5-inch version is delayed until 2015, Kuo believes that Apple will cut the prices of the iPhone 5S and 5C when it launches the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 to keep customers happy.
It looks like Apple's upcoming next-generation iPhone 6 might feature the A8 processor from the company, something that would remain a dual-core design with a clock speed of 2GHz.
Apple's next-gen SoC will see an increase from the 1.3GHz clocked A7 processor found in the iPhone 5S and Retina iPad mini up to 2GHz for the next-gen iPhone 6. The A8 chip will be a 64-bit processor, manufactured on a 20nm process versus the 28nm-based silicon of the A7 chip. As for the manufacturers that Apple will use, the iPhone maker will split it between TSMC and Samsung.
The Pentagon is investing millions of dollars to develop technology that can be used for brain implants able to help patients recall memories. The surgically-installed implant is the latest idea from "neuroprosthetics," designed to help military personnel wounded and suffering from traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has teamed up with the University of Pennsylvania and University of California at Los Angeles, working together on the Restoring Active Memory program. Geared towards declarative memory, which is the brain's method to "record and recall times, places and other facts necessary for daily living."
"We don't have the Rosetta Stone for the memory system," said Michael Kahana, University of Pennsylvania computational memory lab director, in a recent statement. "The DARPA project is trying to dramatically accelerate that effort to decipher that Rosetta Stone. We're poised to do it. With this multisite effort, we might just be able to pull it off."
To celebrate this week's release of the semi sequel to '300' - 'Rise of an Empire' on home video formats, our friends at Warner Bros. Home Entertainment have supplied us with copies of the film on Blu-ray to give away to five lucky readers.
Filled with over an hours worth of extra features including a documentary and featurettes, '300: Rise of an Empire' is sure to be an audio and visual treat on Blu-ray.
To go into the running to take one copy home, simply correctly answer the following question in 35 words or less:
Which actor played King Leonidas in the original '300'?
To enter, simply 'like' this post and share via Facebook or Twitter and send your answers, along with your postal address to ben at TweakTown.com before the competition closes on July 17th. The total prize pool is approximately $199.75.
'300: Rise of an Empire' is available on 3D, 2D + UltraViolet Blu-ray, 2D + UltraViolet Blu-ray and DVD + UltraViolet combo packs from Australian retailers on July 16th.
Street walkers and criminals trying to exploit prostitution are finding great success by becoming more Internet savvy, promoting their activities with little risk of law enforcement interference. Higher-end escorts - generating $500+ per hour for their "company" - rely on websites and Internet advertising to generate interest.
A survey of sex workers found they gave an average response of 3.91 on a scale of 1-10 when asked about risk of arrest - and more than 31 percent of those asked rated risk just 1 or 2.5.
"If a prostitute invests in her website's copy editing, professional photographs, or video, this may signal to potential customers her quality, education level, or income (and thus popularity or success in the market)," said Scott R. Peppet, University of Colorado law professor, in a recent research paper. "Such signals matter: evidence suggests, for example, that sex workers proficient in English can charge higher prices and are more likely to attract customers, and that prostitutes willing to reveal an accurate picture of themselves command higher prices."
The use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) is popular with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection, with patrols increasing along the U.S.-Mexico border. The General Atomics MQ-1 Predator drones are flying along the border, but the large costs in manufacturing and staffing drone teams remains controversial.
The federal government has $39.4 million in funding committed to surveillance, and billions spent combating illegal immigration and drug trafficking, drones are an effective, yet expensive option.
"Border Patrol wants the money and it wants the drones," said Gregory McNeal, Pepperdine University law professor and drone expert, in a statement to NBC News. "This is the kind of crisis where, if you are Border Patrol, you seize the opportunity to get more funding from Congress."
Sony has been pushing into the smartphone market for a while now with its very well-built Xperia line of devices, but now we're hearing about the purported Xperia Z3, which looks like it might come with a slightly modified design.
The Xperia Z3 from these leaked photos looks a little different, which might make it slightly more comfortable in the hand thanks to its curved sides. We can see a magnetic connector, microSIM slot, microSD card slot, rounded power button, dedicated camera shutter button, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. We should expect the same water- and dust-resistant goodness from the previous Xperia smartphones, too.
On the rear, we have the incredible 20.7-megapixel Exmor RS sensor, which was a real treat on the Xperia Z2. We should hopefully hear more about the Xperia Z3 at IFA 2014 later this year.
Samsung is on the offensive lately, taking a stab at Apple iPhone users calling them "wall huggers" but in its latest ad for the Galaxy Tab S, it takes a swipe at the iPad's inability of multitasking.
You can see in the first video a father and his baby, where the baby gets upset because the tablet is only capable of displaying one thing at once. But when the dad puts on a kids movie, the baby becomes happy - because the Galaxy Tab S can multitask, and do two jobs at once. The second advertisement, below, sees the Galaxy Tab S display (which is a 2560x1600 panel) versus the Retina display on the iPad Air (which runs a 2048x1536 display).
This ad concentrates on the Super AMOLED panel, where the iPad user can't see a character within a movie. But on the Super AMOLED-based Galaxy Tab S, that man appears in plain sight. The ads don't do much to convince customers to buy the Galaxy Tab S (well, to me anyway), but it's a good way to show that the Galaxy Tab S has some specs that punches right into the iPad category.
What may come as a surprise with few gamers, free porn video website YouPorn is interested to sponsor an E-sports team who are playing either League of Legends, DOTA 2 or HearthStone.
League of Legends, DOTA 2 and HeartStone are few of the games that are played on the professional level in many countries, with a large userbase of players, spectators, fans and even sponsors. The Prize pool is also equally large. Hearthstone Blizzcon Tournament had a prize pool of $250,000. Valve's 'Ther International' 2014 tournament reached a prize pool of a jaw-dropping $10.5 Million. Many smaller events were held in many countries, both as either a city-wide or a national tournament held every year.
YouPorn recently posted a Twitter message (NSFW Warning) asking opinion about the website sponsoring an e-sports team. As one would expect, this attracted a lot of comments, including those who have been asking if YouPorn would be interested in sponsored an E-sports team for Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and even for Starcraft 2 team.