MIT researchers seek to create robotic 'self-sculpting sand'
MIT has tested the potential of "smart sand" with these larger cubes with rudimentary microprocessors inside.
April 4th, 2012
04:01 PM ET

MIT researchers seek to create robotic 'self-sculpting sand'

By Doug Gross, CNN

It could be something out of "Harry Potter," or a scene from "Terminator 2" if you want to take it to a creepier place.

Take a box full of sand and tell it what you need - say a hammer, a ladder or a replacement for a busted car part. Bury a tiny model of what you need in the sand, give it a few seconds and - voila! - the grains of sand have assembled themselves into a full-size version of the model.

MIT robotics researchers say such a magical sandbox could be no more than a decade away. FULL POST

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Google unveils augmented-reality glasses
April 4th, 2012
03:58 PM ET

Google unveils augmented-reality glasses

By David Goldman, CNNMoney

Siri is about to get one-upped by Google.

The company on Wednesday unveiled a long-rumored concept called "Project Glass," which takes all the functionality of a smartphone and places it into a wearable device that resembles eyeglasses.

The see-through lens could display everything from text messages to maps to reminders. They may be capable of showing video chats, providing turn-by-turn directions, taking photos and recording notes - all through simple voice commands, according to a concept video produced by the company and released on YouTube.

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