Originally developed as a therapeutic tool to help autistic children with social communication, this robot is now being released as a toy that can dance in time to music or clapping. Sensors make the robot sensitive to types of touch, allowing it to respond differently to, say, pokes and squeezes.
Chris Foss has created some of the most iconic images in science fiction over the course of his 40-year career. He has painted covers for the books of Isaac Asimov, James Blish, Arthur C. Clarke, Philip K. Dick, and many more. TRSF is his first major U.S. commission in recent years, and this video shows how Foss developed the painting from the sketch of an idea to a gripping image. For more about Foss’s work, visit www.chrisfossart.com.
The youngest of the space shuttles blasted off from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida at 8:56 AM EDT on May 16. It is headed to the International Space Station for its final 16-day mission.
At his startup’s headquarters in New York, Avi Muchnick, a 2010 TR35 member, explains where the inspiration for his online multimedia editing suite, Aviary, came from, and how people can use it to share work.
Jeff Bigham of the University of Washington demonstrates WebAnywhere, which allows the visually impaired to use a Web browser on public terminals without the need to install or configure special accessibility software.
Stephen Cass, senior editor of special projects at TR, interviews Dwight Merriman, CEO and cofounder of 10Gen, a startup that is developing a database designed to cope with the idiosyncrasies of cloud computing.