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Review: Sleeping Giants

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Review: Sleeping Giants

There I was, this tiny little thing at the bottom of a hole, lying on my back in the palm of a giant metal hand.

Rose was only eleven years old when the ground opened underneath her. The rescuers who arrived on the scene found, not a sinkhole, but a fifty-foot square shaft, covered in glowing carvings, surrounding an impossible artifact at least a thousand years older than human civilization.

Seventeen years later, physicist Dr. Rose Franklin finds herself in charge of the team assigned to find out how the gigantic robotic hand works, what it was doing beneath a forest just outside Deadwood South Dakota, and whether there are more pieces buried in other parts of the world.

The hand isn’t just impossibly old; it’s made of elements that couldn’t have been found on Earth, and the technology is far beyond anything humans could have made. Worse, it might be a lot more than humans can control.

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Lost in Sci-Fi: Episode 14: Robot Love

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Lost in Sci-Fi: Episode 14: Robot Love

This week Elizabeth and Leland get down and dirty and talk all about all the love being given to robots/AI. Yup, we go blue right up top. Because, why not. That’s the fun stuff. Whether it’s a sexy AI voice you fall in love with, a creepy sex-bot, or something as strange a having relations with your computer, they discuss it all. So please download and enjoy.  Read On

Movie Issues: Pacific Rim

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Movie Issues: Pacific Rim

In Pacific Rim, Sons of Anarchy take on giant monsters with the help of Heimdall, It’s Always Sunny… and everyone’s favorite, Hellboy!

When giant monsters called Kaiju rise from the depths of the Pacific Ocean, the world unites to create a line of defense called Jaegers. These equally giant robots are controlled by two pilots psychically synced to work as one to defeat these would-be destroyers of man, but these creatures from the unknown are becoming tougher to beat each time. Soon comes the day where man must make his last stand.

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Weekly Geek Question!

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Weekly Geek Question!

Wouldn’t it be great to have a sidekick in life?  Many of us probably see our best friends as our own sidekicks, but what if we could upgrade them… WITH LASERS?

That would be pretty amazing, right?  Maybe make them a mobile hotspot so you can always have Wifi no matter where you are.

There have been so many robot sidekicks that it’d be tough to decide on which one you’d want, but that’s what we do here at Comic Issues.  We ask the tough questions!  Get down to brass tacks!  And other such cliches!

So this week for our Geek Question we asked:
Geek Question! If you could have any robot sidekick that currently exists in fiction. Who would it be?

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Robot Gymnastics – More proof that we will all die

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Just wait for the robot to make your jaw drop. No, I’m not going to tell you the exact second in the video where something spectacular happens.  You need to let the moment build, marinate, and then realize that sometime in the near future, these robots that Japan are making for fun will be the end of all of us.

Nice going Japan.  Why can’t you just stick to your crazy memes and cosplay?

ROPID Robot kid on happy juice

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As Christmas rolls in, the fight for the no.1 Christmas gift gets going. Robosapien made it one year, Pleo another, so it’s not that much of a stretch to see day of the ROPID have it’s day in the near future, the fastest and best jumping robot to hit the mean streets of Japan. Styled like the cutest kid you’ve ever seen and able to run around like a kid in a candy store whilst still responding to vocal commands with both speech and action (possibly together, although I doubt it’ll be programmed with profanity unlike real unruly brats). Watch out for this on Christmas lists in the next couple of years, just keep him away from Coke eh?

[Robot Watch Via Gizmodo]

Robotic Girlfriend keeps you lonely singletons company

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rLonely guys everywhere rejoice! Stop spending your hard earned on Match.com or speed dating. Buy yourself a robotic girlfriend and be satisfied with a companion that you just just turn off when you’ve had enough!

Introducing EMA, the Eternal Maiden Actualization, a ‘big-busted, petite, and very friendly’ 15-inch battery powered saucy minx.

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What can your router do?

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What can your router do?
Can your router roam a battlefield equiped with treads and remote control? No? Not even my Airport Extreme does that (Extreme, ha, yeah right).
Come back you little scamp!

Come back you little scamp!

iRobots new venture the Ember microbot that is supported by a $2.5 million contract from DARPA (you know that wacky government insane asylum that brings the US military things like REAPERs and other terminator type goodies). The LANDroids initiative aims to provide wireless connectivity across the battlefield with robots no bigger than a pack of cards. Ember isn’t that small yet but it’s still an impressive feat. Packed with an integrated camera and extension capabilities via USB (iTunes server on the battlefield anyone?) and SDIO the little rover has all sorts of possibilities especially since their aim is to bring them down to $100 or less. I would definitely buy one of these badboys at that kind of price point.

SimMan 3G – human simulator

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Give us a kiss Darlin'

Give us a kiss Darlin'

The future of medicine might lie in the molecular world of genes and nanobots but meanwhile medics in training still require practice for the more mundane stuff like CPR. Practicing on humans causes its own problems, both for the realism aspect and also the danger of inflicting damage on the healthy. This is where Laerdal’s SimMan 3G fits in. He’s a robot that simulates the symptoms of emergency illness including crying, bleeding, convulsions, cardiac infarction and a whole host of other symptomatic resposonses. If you can get over the ultimate in creep factor he is actually a pretty sophisticated piece of kit that allows the practice of many a proceedure with proper ‘human like’ feedback including convusions, CPR, intubation, vascular catheter insertion and many more. I still would not like one of these in the home and I hope that by the time robots become comon place they’re more like the white shineyness of iRobot than the freaky fake human of SimMan.

Hit the read link for a video of the SimMan 3G in action: Read On

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