Sometimes you find yourself with things that aren’t exactly bad, but your life would definitely be easier without them. I attribute the same feature to Babylon Search Toolbar. To be honest, I used to be a frequent user of Babylon translation service, until I got sick of their ads and decided to remove Babylon Search Toolbar from my computer. Not that this toolbar is responsible for random pop-up advertisements, I just really get annoyed by adds displayed right NEXT to it (I can stand them on my browser), so I went and deleted Babylon Search Toolbar from my computer.
However, after a while I’ve noticed that there were quite a few articles on this toolbar online, with people complaining that they could not get rid of Babylon Toolbar, and that it appeared “out of nowhere”. Well, newsflash for you here, Babylon Search Toolbar does not appear out of nowhere, you have to install it yourself. If you say that you haven’t, then you probably did not read the installation wizard carefully, because Babylon usually informs you about the fact that the toolbar is about to be installed. Continue reading →
Here I come with a post title that might sound a little bit too philosophic for my liking, but hey, never judge a book by its cover (or title) – some authors are simply terrible at titles. What I really wanted to talk about is this article by James Gallagher I read on the BBC website about how a paralyzed woman could control a robotic arm with her thoughts.
Of course, the woman is no psychic, she’s participating in a research on how robotics can be therapeutic for people with spinal cord injuries. And she could not really use the robotic arm at home, considering that the experiment took place in a lab. However, the experts claim that the ability to pick up and move a variety of objects with a robotic arm that is controlled by one’s thoughts was better than expected. The quotes regarding the experiment include “unprecedented performance” and a “remarkable achievement”. Continue reading →
I believe you commonly encounter browser extensions and plug-ins that are supposed to make your life easier. CouponDropDown is there to make your online shopping experience absolutely splendid. The negative aspect of using such browser plug-ins is that you can never know who or when it is going to be exploited. Therefore, you will find a lot of security websites out there, saying that you should remove CouponDropDown if you want to avoid serious trouble.
I bet there’s still a long way down until we see Optimus Prime waltzing down the street, but little steps are better than nothing, right? Scientists as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have created a small robot that can actually change its shape. In order to copy molecules that fold themselves in various shapes, this robot uses magnets. Admittedly, there’s still a long way to go, but if enough of work is done, then in the future shape-shifting robots can be used to perform different tasks, as they would be reconfigured over and over again.
The robot itself looks very simple, and its main perk is that it can be folded into different shapes from one continuous strip without any moving parts. The shape can be acquired because the robot has a so-called “electro-permanent” motor. Since the robot has pairs of powerful and weaker magnets and the magnetic field changes direction once an electric current is applied, the robot moves when magnetic fields add up or cancel each other out.
According to Jeremy Pitt, who is the deputy head of the Intelligent Systems and Networks Group at Imperial College London, right not the most interesting part will be the research between two groups of robot makers: “There is going to be an interesting research race between groups trying to create reconfigurable structures out of such chains and those trying to build them out of independent self-assembling units.”
I doubt that we’re gonna see real transformers as we imagine them within my lifetime, but hey, at least we’re going somewhere, aren’t we?