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Cool Tech - In a time of “America First” the benefits of space travel are clouded by the smoke of hyperbole. In reality, there have been over 2,000 inventions courtesy of NASA that are making our lives better here on Earth. Everyday we...
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Cool Tech - What does Magic Johnson and a twenty foot robot have in common? You guessed it, Automate 2017. While this might seem like an odd pairing, it accurately reflects the current state of the robotics industry. Already 2017 is on pace to...
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Cool Tech - Last week was a big week for shape shifters. In Japan, researchers at Tohoku University and Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology announced that it had successful developed a shape-shifting molecular robot. The...
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Cool Tech - Recently, at RoboUniverse, one of the largest suppliers of industrial robots was noticeably absent, ABB. This powerhouse of automation that has installed over 250,000 robots worldwide could be resting on its laurels, but the latest...
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Cool Tech - My twitter feed was abuzz with news of a Russian spy boat miles off the coast of Connecticut’s US Naval Submarine Base in Groton. This would’ve been a good time to test the Navy’s newest weapon – the Sea Hunter – an...
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Cool Tech - Recently, I got flak from one reader for broaching the subject of ethics and robotics.  Later, I was pleased to learn about Clearpath’s $11 million in financing for developing new “ethical” robots.  According to the press...
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Cool Tech - Any real gaming experience includes two aspects; the game-play and the game-experience. While a game cannot exist without good gameplay, the in-game immersive experience brings it to the next level. Visuals, comfort, and state of mind...
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Cool Tech - It’s no coincidence that the list of 100 greatest robot movies of all time consists mainly of movies during or after the 1950’s—the start of speech recognition.Before the invention of Audrey, the first speech recognition...
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Cool Tech - Recently, scientists reported that the Earth reached its highest temperature on record in 2016, trouncing a record set only a year earlier, which beat one set in 2014. It is the first time in the modern era of global warming data that...
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Cool Tech - A CES 2017 Report Shelly Palmer (aka Mr. CES) is wrong. At the show, he declared in one of his daily missives that his vote for 2017 “best in show” was the Mercedes-Benz Vision Van. My retort: “Shelly, go outside the North Hall...
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Cool Tech - At a JP Morgan conference this month, former Mayor Michael Bloomberg stated that “forty percent of New York City’s jobs will be automated over the next 10 years.” This means over 1 million people will be out of work by 2026....
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Cool Tech - It is time to address the elephant in the room — jobs. First, I must confess that I was wrong to casually dismiss this issue in past posts. More than the technology itself, for automation to be successful, we need it to enhance...
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Cool Tech - At our #RobotLabNYC MeetUp recently, Stephen Gorevan shared with a hushed audience of 60 plus people how Col. John Glenn’s orbit of the Earth in 1962 inspired him to build a successful company that today tackles NASA’s hardest...
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Cool Tech - As we prepare for the busiest travel days of the year, it is time to reflect on how far transportation has progressed since the horse & buggy. This past week the number of cities testing autonomous taxis grew to include Boston,...
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Cool Tech -Last month, I toured around CES with a board member of the CTA who shared with me the image of the show 30 years ago, folding tables and all. A qualitative read on how well a market is growing could be the number and size of trade...
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Cool Tech - Since the beginning of the republic, Presidents have had a great deal of influence on promoting innovation. A year after Alexander Graham Bell spoke the first words on the telephone to Mr. Watson, Rutherford B. Hayes installed a phone...

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