Accessories & Peripherals

Creepy Crawlers Show Robot Researchers How To Get Around

Scientists are now studying the walking patterns of spiders, crabs and other invertebrates to figure out how to control motion in robots.

Invertebrates’ neural systems, which govern how they move, are relatively basic — which makes them the ideal study subject. Researchers figured out that rhythmic impulses known as central pattern …

iOS 5 May Not Come Until Later This Fall

According to our friends over at TechCrunch, Apple’s next major update to iOS 5 won’t happen until later this year – in the fall. Traditionally, along with the announcement of a new iPhone, updates are usually announced in the early spring and pushed for a summer release. Oh noes.

TechCrunch sources state that the iOS 5 update …

Twimal Speaks Tweets So You Don’t Have To

Yes, what you are looking at is an anthropomorphic toy that reads your Twitter updates aloud for you. And yes, you want one.

Its name is Twimal, and once jacked into your computer he or she will chirp out your latest tweets and replies, the always-important tweets from users you deem worthy, and even items from selected user lists. …

The Slow and Agonizing Death of the Landline Phone

When was the last time you used your landline phone? For many people, especially 20-somethings in the UK, the answer to that will be: “What landline?”

With cell phones now ubiquitous, and house prices so astronomically high that buying a home is beyond the means of many young couples, the idea of having a fixed phone line connecting …

Want to Scan Your Brain? There’s an App for That!

The picture above caught my attention, and I assume it’s grabbing yours. No, it’s not from a new line of 2011 DEVO headwear, nor is it a robotic metal spider frozen in mid-reach around your head, poised–as soon as you don the headset–to devour your brain.

It’s actually a wireless head-gizmo dubbed the “Mynd,” designed by …

The PolyPly Concept Stand Holds All Your iDevices

It’s a shame this prototype stand is not commercially available, but art student Andrew Kim just proved you can make a pretty nice looking stand by yourself. (Well, if you have access to a laser cutter.)

The stand itself is made from some acrylic plastic and birch plywood, and can hold up to three devices: mainly an iPad, an iPod …

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