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Michael Phelps Bringing Kinect Swimming to Xbox

Water levels in video games have been terrible since Mario's first attempt at swimming in level 2-2, and things haven't improved much over the years as Ecco, Link and countless others have waded into the sea. Games that approximate the sport of swimming itself, often hastily tacked onto the year's Summer Olympics package, have been universally bad, marked by mindless controls, poor animation, and...

'GhostBot' Swims Vertically, Mimicking Movements of Knifefish

Researchers at Northwestern University have created a robot that mimics the movements of a knifefish, a creature that deftly swishes its lone fin in a ribbon-like motion to swim vertically. According to Fast Company, professor Malcolm MacIver noticed the curious way in which a knifefish he had in his aquarium tank would shoot upward. After studying the fish, MacIver and his colleagues discovered...

Student Equips Amputee Swimmers With Amazing Appendage

Prosthetic limb technology continues to advance at an astounding rate. Despite incredible developments like mind-control capabilities and super-hero implants, two -- albeit incredibly different -- areas still remain vastly underdeveloped: animal-inspired limbs and submersible prosthetic swimming equipment. Bionic paws for cats do already exist, and scientists actually fitted one double-amputee...

New York Town Stops Using Google Earth to Spy on Rogue Pools

Over the course of the past few months, German politicians and privacy advocates have been waging war against Google as part of an initiative to ensure that citizens' homes aren't displayed on the site's Street View feature. Politicians in small town New York, on the other hand, have Google-related issues that concern a far more global phenomenon: swimming pools. As the AP reports, council...

Pool Jet Propels Kids Through Water, Gives Them New Toy to Fight Over

While many gadgets don't fare well near water, BladeFish's Pool Jet is one that's designed strictly for summertime swimming. This scaled-down water scooter is similar to the larger ones you might have seen divers like Jacques Cousteau holding while they glide through the ocean. However, the $128 Pool Jet scooter is safe enough for kids to use, and is designed to work in the confines of a swimming...

Double-Amputee Gets Mermaid Tail

New Zealander Nadya Vessey, who lost both of her legs to the knee when she was a child, has just received a prosthesis that's unlike anything we've ever seen, outside of 'Splash'. About two years ago, she approached Weta Workshop, which specializes in design and manufacturing of costumes and special effects -- their credits include The Lord of the Rings' trilogy -- to see if the company might...

Michael Phelps Video Game On Its Way

Being famous has its perks. Take, for instance, Olympic superstar, Michael Phelps. Besides being the greatest Olympian of all time with 14 career gold medals, the 23-year-old swimming superstar undoubtedly has millions of dollars on the way through various sponsorship deals. Next on Phelps' list? His very own video game. While details are scarce at this moment, this isn't the first time Phelps'...

High Tech Fin Lets You Leap Like a Dolphin

We're sure that at least some of you have dreams of swimming like a fish, kicking a giant fin, hitting inhuman top speeds, and breaching the surface of the water only to dive back in like a dolphin. And now, for the absurd price of $1,250 (at a minimum), you can. The Lunocet is a fin-like hydrofoil that attaches to your feet and flexes as you kick your legs (in unison), generating lift and...

Olympic Medalist Says Nintendo Wii Helped Him Prep for Competition

Look folks, we won't deny that hardcore usage of the Wii could result in weight loss, but we have all ideas Japan's Kosuke Kitajima relied a lot more on swimming laps religiously and eating a set diet than playing Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games. Nevertheless, the Olympic gold medalist, who snagged said medal in the men's 100-meter breaststroke earlier this week, did mention that he used the...

Swiss City Heats Public Pool with Computers

One of the byproducts of extreme computing power is heat. The problem is that all of this heat represents wasted energy, and instead of trying to recapture it, we use even more energy to dissipate that heat with air conditioning. But in the city of Uitikon, Switzerland, the local government, GIB Services, and IBM have come up with a rather unique solution. The IBM-built data center run by GIB...