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Test Drive Mitsubishi's Outlander Sport From Your Computer

Everyone wants a new SUV. But who wants to waste all that time and energy actually test driving one -- especially if it means having to spend time away from your computer? Well, if you happen to be interested in buying one of Mitsubishi's new Outlander Sport SUVs, you may never have to. Beginning November 1st, customers interested in taking the new Outlander for a spin will be able to do so...

Scientists Win IgNobel for Collecting Whale Snot With RC Helicopter

This year's IgNobel Prize winners, as always, came up with ingenious ways to do really zany things. This year's winner in the physics category, for example, discovered that people who wear socks on the outsides of their shoes are less likely to fall while walking on ice. Another researcher earned the vaunted prize for his straight-to-DVD research on fruit bat fellatio. Perhaps the weirdest...

Automatic Channel-Changer Signals Apex of Humankind's Sloth

Well, folks, it's official. Humankind has hit the nadir of sloth. It's not because somebody designed this mechanical, hands-free channel-changer. We're pretty sure it's a joke that you can witness after the jump. No, the reason we have lost faith in humanity is that we want the mechanical, hands-free channel-changer. Hook us up with this thing, a snuggie and a KFC bowl of sadness, and we'll be...

Remote-Controlled Robot Successfully Completes Heart Operation

Surgery, by definition, has always been a hands-on endeavor. It gets messy, it gets fleshy, and it definitely gets a doc's hands dirty. But all that may soon change, thanks to a new, robotic procedure that doesn't even require a surgeon be in the same room as the patient. Dr. Andre Ng, a consultant cardiologist and electrophysiologist at Glenfield Hospital in the U.K., recently became the...

'Power A' Case Turns Your iPhone into a TV Remote

The peripheral marketplace offers companies a fantastic opportunity to capitalize on the success of massively popular items. As is often the case, though, those peripherals are typically lacking in the performance department. An upcoming add-on for iPhones looks like it may actually counter that trend of inadequacy. The sleek two-piece Power A case fits snugly over the iPhone, and transforms it...

Remote Control Cockroaches Will Help Stop Nuclear Doomsday

Very few beings could survive in the apocalyptic holocaust following a nuclear attack. Dr. Manhattan, certainly. Maybe The Toxic Avenger. Possibly even his Toxic Crusaders. But the creature most likely to survive is the cockroach, perhaps the hardiest, and ugliest, creature on the planet. Scientists at Texas A&M University's Nuclear Security Science & Policy Institute have found a way...

Remote Control 'Star Trek' Model Boldly Goes Swimming

Right now, everyone may be focused on J. J. Abrams' reboot of the 'Star Trek' franchise, the Hollywood blockbuster that's received mixed reviews from Trekkers but certainly found success at the box office. Of course, there's over forty years of television and cinematic history that all came before, and this remote control model by a Japanese builder who goes by the name of Starfleet Yokosuka does...

Gift Guide: Dark Blade Mini Remote Control Helicopter

Dark Blade 3-Channel R/C Helicopter (Gadget Head, Under $50) A perennial winner for the holiday-gift satisfaction sweepstakes, remote control helicopters are the gift that says: "I know you're a textbook arrested development case, but everyone deserves to be happy -- so go fly your geek flag." Dark Blade's mini-chopper is a standout precisely because of its extreme mini-ness and excellent...

Gift Guide: Glide TV

Glide TV (Homebody, Under $250) More and more of us are watching video content from a notebook computer connected to our television sets, but efficiently interfacing with this content has proven to be something of a challenge. Keyboards and mice can be cumbersome and unwieldy (not to mention completely unusable when there's no flat surface to place them on). So what's an off-the-grid,...

Beer Pager Saves You From Ever Going Brewless

As it turns out, pagers are useful for more than just drug dealers and doctors. At least, that's what SkyMall is banking on with the 'Beer Pager.' With this device, you'll never again have to drink a hot beer just because you forgot where you left it. Snap on the removable coaster/coozie, clip the mini-remote control to your body, and let your worries disappear. According to Gadling, the 'Beer...

Mimi Switch Remote Control Relies on Facial Expression

For some reason, whenever gadgetry and smiling cross paths, things tend to get a little creepy. Where the smile trainer was mostly a curiosity, the Orwellian implications of the Okao Catch technology were a bit much -- even for the hardened tech blogger. Sure, the Mimi Switch is quite clever: instead of relying on your fingers, this remote control uses an earbud containing infrared sensors that...

Man Creates Huge, Foot-Activated DIY Remote Control

Crazy us, we thought that a remote control was meant to keep you on the couch -- it does seem rather counter-intuitive to build one that makes you leave your seat and jump around within arm's reach of the TV set. But when this guy saw an over-sized novelty remote at Brookstone, he knew that he had to have it. Not only that, but he had to best it -- by fashioning a controller for Windows Media...

Has Panasonic Reinvented the Remote Control?

Panasonic is looking to reinvent the remote control with its EZ Touch Remote prototype that it is showing off here at CEATEC. Rather than rely on a touch-screen interface that forces one to look down at a remote (and away from the object of one's entertainment), the concept puts the visual feedback where it belongs: on the screen. The remote can sense left- or right-handed users and adjust the...

Tmsuk Shows Off Shopping Robot

Tmsuk is back with even more crazy humanoid antics, this time demonstrating a shopping robot that can be controlled from far, far away. The modified TMSUK-4 humanoid showcased in Kitakyushu, Japan was actually being controlled by an elderly lady in her home via an NTT DoCoMo video-capable cell phone. Essentially, the technology enabled her to see through the eyes of the robot and presumably...

Apple's Remote: Turns Your iPhone Into a WiFi Remote Control

There it is, the new freebie from Apple which turns your iPhone or iPod touch into a remote control. It works with Apple TV and iTunes over the Wi-Fi network to play, pause, skip and shuffle your songs stored in your iTunes library. You get access to playlists, album art (displayed in the Remote app), control over AirTunes speakers, and the ablity to search your entire library. No video...