"Vogue!" bleats Madonna's voice, and three robotic dogs stare straight ahead, slowly lifting their front paws above their heads to the '90s hit. Perfectly in sync, they flip their paws inward and, yes, strike a pose. The dogs (which can be seen at www.aibopet.com) are Sony Aibos, and they learned to vogue courtesy of a passionate hacker and robotics hobbyist known only as Aibopet.
From fishing villages on the coast of the Arabian Sea to New Delhi slums teeming with people and poverty, children are learning the basics of computing—all by themselves. It's an experiment in what Sugata Mitra calls Minimally Invasive Education. "We often make the incorrect assumption that a teacher is required everywhere," says Mitra. If he's right, it could be a boon in India, where more than 40 percent of 6- to 14-year-olds (some 79 million kids) are unable to attend school.
Far too many of America's middle school science textbooks are just abominable. In recent years, some have featured maps that show the equator running through the southern United States, photos that don't match their captions, and misstatements of major laws of physics. Safety instructions for experiments (such as the use of protective glasses) are sometimes provided in the text but then ignored in accompanying illustrations. For decades, physicist John Hubisz of North Carolina State University in Raleigh has been campaigning to improve the texts, with little success.
Volkswagen's canoe-skinny mini could do New York to D.C. on 1 gallon of gas.
By John MatrasPosted 07.12.2002 at 1:03 pm 0 Comments
To listen to automakers snipe about tightening fuel economy standards, you'd think it impossible to squeeze more miles from a barrel of Extract of Arabia. This, of course, is not the case, particularly if you design a vehicle expressly to drive far and drink little.
Forget power, space, and speed: Volkswagen AG's latest idea-on-wheels does not address the requirements of the average American family driver. What it can do is travel more than 100 kilometers on a single liter of fuel. Translation: 235 miles per gallon.
1. BUST OUT THE BUTTONS Capcom's Steel Battalion, an irresistible giant-robot warfare oddity, comes with a more irresistible three-panel custom Xbox controller that's festooned with 40 buttons, two joysticks, a slider bar, and a trio of foot pedals. Available this fall for $150.
MICROSOFT XBOX Availability: This fall Price: $49.95 for a one-year subscription and headset Access: DSL or cable Player Matching: Included in subscription (with other services) Titles Expected at Launch: Unreal Championship, MechAssault, Whacked, NFL Fever 2003, and Midtown Madness 3
Doom III (PC)
The next iteration of this venerable shooter title from id Software stole the show at this year's E3 gaming convention, with its gruesomely realistic graphics (courtesy of programming legend John Carmack) and convincingly creepy soundtrack from macabre rocker Trent Reznor.