IBM is developing a nanoscale GPS

It is an irony of modern life that GPS has made finding your location during a trip to a remote mountain range easier than positioning a microscope in an air-conditioned lab, where the level of precision required below a certain scale makes moving the probe to the desired location a major undertaking. That’s the latest…

This Italian exoskeleton could revolutionize physiotherapy

The term “exoskeleton” brings to mind images of futuristic battlefields and exotic industrial settings, but where bionics are most likely to achieve widespread use first is the medical field, in therapeutic and rehabilitative applications. Researchers at Rome’s Università Campus Bio-Medico hope to speed along that mechanized revolution with a new cybernetic support frame for the lower…

Microsoft is helping developers build robot brains

As a $340 billion company, Microsoft naturally has its activities spread out over a great many areas, the least advertised of which is probably robotics. Its vast developer division includes a little-known unit focused exclusively on autonomous control software that is quietly toiling away at the most fundamental challenges standing in the way of pervasive…

LG’s future monitors will cool themselves

Centuries after William of Ockham first uttered the wisdom that the simplest answer is usually the right one, it still holds true for even the most modern of problem-solving exercises. The geeks at LG are apparently well-versed in the truth of that saying judging by one of the latest patents to have come out of…