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Monday, October 16, 2006

Virtual Insanity

Video Killed the Radio Star

According to this report from the Daily Mail:
    Is this the way we will all be "enjoying" our television programmes and computer games in the future?

    In this astonishing photo, a model is wearing a new gadget, from electronics manufacturer Toshiba, that enables the wearer to experience a full 360-degree view on a 40 centimetre dome-shaped screen.

    But, looking more like the helmet from Neil Armstrong's space suit than the next must-have gizmo, this three kilo full-faced helmet might make it a little tricky to relax with a drink in front of the football.

Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto

Ever wondered what it would be like if there were two of you? You may soon find out. Also from the Daily Mail:
    Chinese robot engineer Zou Renti unveiled an almost exact replica of himself which he built to demonstrate how advanced robotics has become.

    The humanoid was on show at a robotics exhibition in Beijing which showcased the latest developments in the field.

    "After improvement, my robot twin brother can hopefully become better at language recognition and response, and conduct my lectures for me," joked Mr. Renti.

    With skin of silica gel and a robotic skeleton, the simulation robot does not only look and touch like real human, but it can move its face and talk like a real man.
Some will read these news items and marvel at the great technological strides being made. As a cynic, I read reports like this and stand amazed at just how hard the human race works at remaining lazy.

1 comment:

Chris Wilde said...

That's not his robot twin! That's Donald Rumsfeld! A common mistake, though.

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