Robots Waltz on a Pinhead

From The Future of Things (w/ pics!):

Researchers at the Donald Lab at Duke University have built miniature robots, only a few microns tall, capable of acting in concert to achieve collaborative tasks. This ability was recently demonstrated by orchestrating a dance to a Strauss Waltz between two of the spatula-shaped constructs. The group has tied as many as five robots together under a single universal control, the most complex system of untethered microscopic robots ever created.

Science

Bigfoot Found, Body Recovered. Press Release on Friday

 Searching for bigfoot

A body that may very well be the body of the creature commonly known as “Bigfoot” has been found in the woods in northern Georgia.

DNA evidence and photo evidence of the creature will be presented in a press conference on Friday, August 15th from 12 Noon to 1:00pm at the Cabana Hotel-Palo Alto at 4290 El Camino Real in Palo Alto, California, 94306. The press conference will not be open to the public. It will only be open to credentialed members of the press.

Vital statistics on the body they’ve recovered:
- 7 ft tall
- Weighs over 500 pounds
- male
- Reddish hair
- Black/Grey eyes
- 5 fingers/toes

The creature was found by Matthew Whitton (AKA Gary Parker) and Rick Dyer (residents of Georgia) in the woods in northern Georgia. The exact location is being kept secret to protect the creatures.

Mysteries

iPhone on the Cusp of Being a Legit Enterprise Device?

iPhone and Blackberry

HSBC, a global banking company with roughly 300,000 employees worldwide, currently has about 200,000 RIM blackberry devices issued to employees. It uses them to help the staff stay connected to their mail and calendar.

Arstechnica is reporting that HSBC is now seriously considering switching to iPhones now that it includes Microsoft Exchange support and other enterprisey features like remote-wipe and manageability.

If they do switch, would this may help legitimize iPhone in the enterprise and begin the death knell for Blackberry? Or is it a ‘drop in the bucket’?

Gadgets / Devices

Physicists Spooked By Faster Than Light Data Transfer

The statistician

Nothing can travel faster than light, right? Physicists appear to have accomplished it though by entangling two photons at a quantum level, then sending them down two separate fiber cables 18 miles away and found they were sharing state information 100,000 times faster than the speed of light.

Nature has the details.

Science

Extra-Wide Contacts = Anime Look

Here’s an interesting product being used to promote the ‘anime look’ via contact lenses. The lenses make your iris appear larger than usual, and depending on the brand can be dual color, tri color, rimmed in black to enhance the iris color and more.

Not to be outdone, Barbie is getting in on some of the action here via http://barbie-eyes.blogspot.com/.

For that anime look, here’s product information at Softlenseye.com for the Dueba lenses:

Dueba lenses are from Korea known to create beautiful stunning color eyes and make your eyes appear bigger due to the black ring design. This new concept lens is free from heterogeneous discoloration after wearing, so it continuously give comfort and you can naturally express your new image.

Anime Contact Lenses 2

Here’s a couple of examples to demonstrate the effect at

 Anime Contact Lenses

If interested, jump to Dueba’s product pages, this one is for their tri-color lenses.

I read through a lot of details from several manufacturers and retailers, I have to say that this is interesting in more ways than one. For instance, an interesting side effect from earlier colored lenses like this was the dye on the lens would bleed off onto the eyeball. Talk about giving the wrong impression with your eyes! The new brands however are coated with a protective layer on both sides of the lens capturing the colored gel in between.

[Found via Neatorama via Inventor Spot]

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