Twendy-One Has Man-Crushing Arms But a Featherlight Touch

Five feet tall, weighing in at 245 pounds, Twendy-One is all sensors and cybernetic muscle. Mechanical engineers at Waseda University in Japan developed the talking humanoid helper robot to be capable of lifting a handicapped person out of bed, but also handling a piece of toast or a straw without flattening them. The… »11/27/07 4:49pm11/27/07 4:49pm

Flexible Battery Charges in a Minute, Lasts for 1,000 Recharges

Scientists at Japan's Waseda University have developed a new new polymer-based battery, which not only charges in less than a minute, but also lasts for up to 1,000 recharges. The cool thing about the superthin (200nm-thick to be exact) battery is that unlike previous polymer-based batteries, this one won't won't… »3/23/07 5:15pm3/23/07 5:15pm