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Tokyoflash Kisai Seven futuristic wristwatch

Posted: 04 Nov 2011 05:57 AM PDT

We have seen all sorts of wristwatches available on the market, and if you're looking a futuristic watch for your hand, Tokyoflash might have the right thing for you.

Unlike other watches, Kisai Seven tells time by using two rings, but the principle is the same as with standard wristwatches. If you look closely, you'll notice that there's a black spot on each of these rings, and that black spot tells the current time. The inner ring tells hours while outer ring tells minutes, but there are also additional L-shaped bars above and below these circles that display 1-4 minutes. Besides its innovative design, this watch also has hard plastic case, a polyurethane strap with a seamless butterfly clasp at the back and a USB port that is used for recharging.

Tokyoflash Kisai Seven is one amazing wristwatch, and currently it is available with blue or white LEDs, and it is priced at $99.

[via TechFresh]


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CubeStormer II robot solves Rubik’s Cube in seconds

Posted: 04 Nov 2011 02:34 AM PDT

Today's robots can play Angry Birds on tablets, but other robots such as Ruby can solve Rubik's Cube in seconds, and speaking of Rubik's Cube and robots, today we have another robot that is capable of solving Rubik's Cube.

CubeStormer II is robot specifically designed by Mike Dobson and David Gilday for solving of Rubik's Cube. As for the parts, CubeStormer II is made out of LEGOs, or out of four MINDSTORMS NXT kits to be precise. Besides LEGOs, CubeStormer II uses Samsung Galaxy S2 with custom Android app that works as robot's brain. The process of solving Rubik's Cube is rather simple: phone's camera shoots images of each face of the cube before it begins solving it, and two-phase algorithm does the complex calculations.

As for the speed, CubeStormer II can solve Rubik's Cube in less than six seconds, which is impressive. Anyhow, we hope that we'll see future versions of this robot someday soon.

[via Ubergizmo]


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BitBot: First robot that plays Angry Birds on a tablet

Posted: 04 Nov 2011 12:59 AM PDT

As we saw earlier, Chinese robots can play a game of table tennis, but today we have a robot that can play Angry Birds on a tablet.

Jason Huggins created a robot called BitBot, and BitBot's specialty is playing Angry Birds on a tablet. In order to play Angry Birds, this robot is using finger-like rod that has a skin-like tip that allows it to use touchscreen display. Sadly, BitBot doesn't have artificial intelligence, so it doesn't play Angry Birds on its own, instead, it relies on a remote control and two servo motors to guide its rod. However, Jason Huggins has big plans for BitBot, and he hopes that his BitBot robots will test mobile applications in the future.

BitBot sounds great, but unfortunately, it doesn't come with any artificial intelligence, so it is completely dependent on human input. We just hope that Jason Huggins will find a way to improve this robot by giving him some form of artificial intelligence in the future.

[via Geek]


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