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Sony soon to deliver child robot

December 23, 2002

Shades of A.I. the movie: Sony is developing a 24-inch child-like robot that can interact with its “carers,” expressing emotions through words, songs and body language. It can recognize up to 10 human faces and voices and adapt its behaviour according to the way it is treated. The SDR4X Dream Robot will be available April 7 for $60,000 to $80,000.

Sony Takes Aim At Amazon’s Kindle

August 7, 2009

Sony has announced two new Readers — the Reader Pocket Edition and the Reader Touch Edition — that will come out at the end of the month and cost less or the same as the older, more established Kindle.

Sony Teams Up With Skype For Free PlayStation Calling

January 9, 2008

Sony is transforming its PlayStation Portable into a handheld videophone, enabling users of its PSP-2000 to make low-cost telephone calls and free calls around the world via the Net.

Sony, others to create 3D standards

March 7, 2003

Several high-tech companies including Sony and Sanyo have officially unveiled a consortium to create technical and safety standards for bringing three-dimensional displays to desktops, laptops and cell phones. To see images or run programs in 3D on these screens, users won’t need special glasses or additional software.

Sony, Toshiba to push chip technology limits

February 13, 2004

Sony and Toshiba announced today they will pool resources to develop 45-nanometer-process chips. The chips could be significantly smaller, faster and consume less power than today’s cutting-edge 90 nm semiconductors.

Sony: Emotion-reading games possible in ten years

August 25, 2011

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Sony’s executives believe that in ten years’ time, video games will have the ability to read more than just movement on the part of the player, the develop blog reports

“Having a camera being able to study a player’s biometrics and movements [is possible] so perhaps you can play a detective game that decides whether you’re lying due to what it reads from your face,” said Mike… read more

Sony’s Ando: PCs to function like a brain

December 9, 2002

Sony President Kunitake Ando foresees a future personal computer that knows a person’s individual tendencies and tastes, functioning almost like a surrogate brain.

Hybrid PC-television devices will evolve for consumers and people will be able to retrieve their personal information from powerful networks that allow anytime, anywhere across a variety of individual devices.

Sony’s Humanoid Robot Learns How to Jog

December 18, 2003

Sony has demonstrated a walking robot that can smoothly simulate running. The breakthrough required sophisticated features in the robot’s joints and CPU to keep its balance and manage delicate maneuvers.

Sony’s New Internal Wireless Tech Snips Wires Inside Your Gadgets

February 11, 2010

sony wave

Sony’s new short-range, intra-gadget technology replaces wire with 11 Gbps wireless signals between 30 and 300 gigahertz, allowing for tiny (1 mm.) antennas on components, less breakdowns, and smaller packages.

Soot blamed for global warming underestimate

June 30, 2005

Global warming looks set to be much worse than previously forecast, according to new research.

Three top climate researchers claim that the greenhouse gases already in the atmosphere should have warmed the world more than they have. The reason they have not, they say, is that the warming is being masked by sun-blocking smoke, dust and other polluting particles put into the air by human activity.

But they… read more

SOPA opponents unveil ‘Digital Bill of Rights’

June 13, 2012

United States Bill of Rights

The “Digital Bill of Rights” debuted at the Personal Democracy Forum in New York City on Monday. The document draft comes from Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), two key figures in the battle against SOPA.

Issa and Wyden created the Digital Bill of Rights because they were concerned about what seemed like a legal oxymoron: lawmakers trying to regulate the Internet without understanding how individuals use… read more

Sophisticated nano-structures assembled with magnets

February 19, 2009

Magnetic and non-magnetic materials have been coaxed to self-assemble in a “ferrofluid” into intricate permanent nanostructures by researchers at Duke University and the University of Massachusetts, raising the possibility of using these structures as basic building blocks for applications such as advanced optics, cloaking devices, data storage, and bioengineering.

Sorenstam’s Got Game, in Reality and Virtually

May 25, 2003

A virtual golf course has been created with the strengths of male and female golfers. It rewards precision, while penalizing shots that are too long or too short, leveling the playing field between men and women.

In a simulated four rounds of golf, golfer Annika Sorenstam was the winner.

Sorting out circulating tumor cells in the blood with sound waves

Could help assess cancer’s spread
August 28, 2014

sorting out

A research team has developed a device that could be used to detect the extremely rare tumor cells that circulate in cancer patients’ blood, helping doctors predict whether a tumor is going to spread.

Developed by researchers from MIT, Pennsylvania State University, and Carnegie Mellon University, the dime-sized device separates out tumor cells from white blood cells by exposing the cells to sound… read more

Sorting out semiconducting and conducting nanotubes

November 21, 2011

Polimer coated nanotubes

A technique to selectively sort semiconducting single-walled carbon nanotubes and conducting nanotubes has been discovered by researchers at Stanford University, University of California-Davis, and the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology.

When nanotubes are manufactured, semiconducting nanotubes, which work for transistors and solar cells, are mixed with conducting nanotubes, which work for batteries. Mixtures of conducting and semiconducting nanotubes do not carry enough current for wires or battery… read more

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