In 1983, a Chinese fast-food restaurant hired a curious-looking pair of servers: Tanbo R-1 and Tanbo R-2.
April 19, 2012 | By Matt Novak
Think that all the best inventions happen in rich countries and trickle down to poor ones? Think again.
April 18, 2012 | By Randy Rieland
Alarmed by the sinking of the ocean liner, a radio pioneer devised a way to detect icebergs—and then submarines, reefs and schools of fish
April 13, 2012 | By Peter Smith
Frankenstein is back, but this time his story is interactive, as publishers scramble to "enhance" novels.
April 12, 2012 | By Randy Rieland
Whether it's tiny robots swimming inside our bodies or super-efficient 3D solar panels, nature never stops providing answers
April 09, 2012 | By Randy Rieland
The internet giant's newest innovation is a wearable computing device that projects data right in front of our eyes
April 06, 2012 | By Joseph Stromberg
Nike's latest innovation promises to improve runners' comfort, help the environment, and revolutionize shoe manufacturing
April 06, 2012 | By Sarah C. Rich
The new Marlins Park in Miami isn't another retro stadium. No, it's high-tech and arty and a little bit wacky
April 05, 2012 | By Randy Rieland
In the 1940s and 50s, shoe stores were dangerous places. At the center of the shopping experience was the shoe-fitting fluoroscope—a pseudoscientific machine that became a token of mid-century marketing deception.
April 04, 2012 | By Sarah C. Rich
Some urban planners and architects say we can do a lot better than asphalt slabs and concrete boxes
March 29, 2012 | By Randy Rieland
New artificial intelligence programs can analyze data sets to produce news articles that mimic the human voice
March 29, 2012 | By Joseph Stromberg
Could futuristic technology have saved the milkman from extinction?
March 28, 2012 | By Matt Novak
In many ways, 3D printing could be a superior way to manufacture shoes. But comfort isn't one yet.
March 28, 2012 | By Sarah C. Rich
A new device uses laser pulses to create 3-D images of areas beyond its line of sight
March 27, 2012 | By Joseph Stromberg
The big buzzword in digital technology now is "frictionless," meaning the less we humans have to deal with, the better
March 26, 2012 | By Randy Rieland
I have glimpsed the future. And it is teeming with creepy crawly cyborgs
March 26, 2012 | By Cassandra Willyard
The rapid development of artificial intelligence is bringing us closer to the day when machines will be able to think for themselves
March 23, 2012 | By Randy Rieland
Technological wizardry is allowing us to see the natural world in stunningly new ways
March 20, 2012 | By Randy Rieland
Computer analysis of satellite imagery has revealed what could be a record number of archaeological sites
March 20, 2012 | By Joseph Stromberg
How our need for convenience is redesigning our food supply
March 16, 2012 | By Sarah C. Rich