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TWTWTW: Join the mile high tub…

Another week, another gallop through the interweb. In a bid to do my bit for cutting waste, i’ve made efficiency savings to my usual intro, so straight on… Wired’s tribute to Jobs This week sadly saw the passing of Steve Jobs, Apple’s ubergeek – the staff at Mint Digital came up with a rather nice … Continue reading

Coat Hanger King-Kong and Hawking exoskeleton at V&A

I found myself with an hour to kill in London this week and so thought I’d head to the museum district in South Kensington. I’m glad I did. The museum is hosting an exhibition called the Power of Making. It aims to explore the impact that making and crafts has on our lives, from an … Continue reading

TWTWTW: Dad, when did we go on holiday to Endor?

On a personal level this week has been dominated by sport:  Norwich City gained their first home win, and frightened (at least a little bit) the mighty Manchester United; The baseball play-offs started, England managed to scrape through to the quarter-finals of the Rugby World Cup and I’m currently listening to the NFL on the … Continue reading

Open Hardware: community-focused commerce

I finally got round to watching some of the sessions from the Open Hardware Summit thanks to UStream. There were some fantastic presentations, and it was nice to put a voice (if not a face) to some of the companies and people I’ve been reading about for the last few years (and latterly writing about … Continue reading

TWTWTW: NASA drops a clanger

Well, it’s that time of the week again.OK The exciting highlight of the week for me was the Open Hardware Summit, but i’m still wading through the presentations. I’ll be posting some thoughts on the event of the next few weeks (yes, I know it’s not exactly timely, but I won’t bore you with my … Continue reading

TWTWTW: The Revolution will not be televised – but you can print it out…

A quick one this week, no time for niceties, so once more unto the internet breach dear friends, once more… First up, some sport. Oh Micky, you’re so fine… In 1988, I was standing on the terraces of Old Trafford watching Norwich City. I saw them do this.  The reason it’s in a weekly web … Continue reading

Now that’s a mobile platform…

When the robot overlords arrive, they are going to want somewhere to park. Helpfully the boffins at Georgia Robotics and Intelligent systems lab have developed just that. The researchers have created an algorithm which allows the robots to move in formation and carry out a predefined task – without directly communicating with each other. It’s … Continue reading

Manufacturing as the next ‘big thing’

You’ll have probably come across the following phrase a lot over the last few months. A  writer will describe a new trend, movement, object or process and hail it as the second coming – well the second industrial revolution at any rate. I’ve now seen this phrase be attached to 3D Printing, renewables, open source … Continue reading

TWTWTW: Build a better robot and DARPA will beat a pathway to your door…

Again this week the news has been dominated by the continued revelations at News International, so being a good former journalist – I’m leaving that to the Guardian. Instead here’s my run down of the non-telephone hacking related stories that caught my eye this week. Robot round-up There’s a great story in the New York … Continue reading

Playing catch with robots

I was watching the Tech Show on Discovery Science this week, and they covered the story of Justin the ball catching robot – with a nice sideline in coffee-making. It’s being designed to help with space exploration, but the visual recognition and tracking capabilities are already out of this world. I’ll fetch my coat…