November 17, 1987 |
It looks like a cross between R2D2, the robot of "Star Wars" fame, and a garden hose with a sprinkler attached. Called the Cobra RPB-2010, or "flying boroscope," it is a computer-controlled small camera system used to conduct visual inspections of jet engines, steam turbines, pipes and other places where people can't go.
July 18, 2008 |
The mobile trash compactor is a symphony of squeaks, thunks and rattles, rolling forward on treads to bring its pivoting eyes to bear on us. Within moments we identify completely, launching "Wall-E," one of the rare films to feature robots as the lead characters. Pixar knows how to create identity in a few signals. Research on "facebots" at MIT shows that the mere impression of a face's essentials -- sympathetic eyes and a mouth -- can evoke emotion from us. We read facial features in machines and take them as social signatures.
March 23, 2011 |
Star Tours 2.0 promises the possibility of 54 different experiences when the updated attraction reopens at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Florida on May 20 and Disneyland in California on June 3. Photos : Concept art for Star Tours 2.0 Star Tours 2.0, set between the " Star Wars " prequels and the original trilogy, will update the 1980s simulator ride with high-definition 3-D technology...
January 7, 1993 |
Mrs. Paul's has introduced a fishy product called Sea Pals: minced cod shaped like anchors, sea horses, sharks, starfish and just plain fish. A 5.8-ounce box has a suggested retail price of $1.59. Going Against the Gator A & W Brands, the root-beer outfit, is getting into the sports drink market with a colorless isotonic beverage bearing the hard-bodied name Everlast.
February 17, 1997 |
Forget about ISDN lines and fiber optic cables, Kelly Christensen helps manage a network with really huge bandwidth: the Orange County sewer system. As a source control supervisor with the county Sanitation Districts, Christensen is responsible for catching companies that dump hazardous materials in the sewer. The high-tech industry is one of the worst offenders, he said, but it is also part of the solution.
January 11, 1998
Tim Appelo accurately paints a picture of declining enthusiasm and hope in our culture ("The Future Isn't What It Used to Be," Jan. 4). This trend is prime fodder for the debate as to whether Hollywood and the arts community reflect societal attitudes or create them. Nevertheless, the author seems to slightly deride the Disney view of a great big beautiful tomorrow as passe and irrelevant--a perspective that couldn't be more off the mark. Philosophies, faiths and self-help gurus around the world know that "without vision a people perish," and you generally get what you expect.
March 22, 1998 |
So where are Demi, Julia, Jodie and Barbra? Granted, not every deserving movie star can have hand and footprints immortalized in the pavement in Mann's Chinese theater's famed forecourt, but take a look at these figures. Since Ted Mann bought Grauman's Chinese Theater in 1973, 28 men, including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Tom Cruise, Eddie Murphy, Jack Nicholson and, most recently, Denzel Washington in January, have been enshrined in cement at the Hollywood Boulevard landmark.
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November 25, 2008 |
It was a little like the scene in "The Empire Strikes Back" when C-3PO tells R2-D2, "You know better than to trust a strange computer!" Computerized sensors in California detected what appeared to be a couple of small regional earthquakes early Monday morning, but seismologists quickly realized the computers had picked up waves rippling out from an earthquake near Russia.
July 31, 1998 |
Forget the reindeer, the stockings hung by roaring fires, the Santas and wreaths and teddy bears and festively trimmed trees. That Neiman Marcus catalog that showed up this week is not--not--the fabled Christmas catalog. Sweltering Southlanders might have been amused, or horrified, to find in their mailboxes a 70-page booklet featuring on its color cover a chair perched in a field of snow and, on the chair, a pair of hand-stitched needlework pillows depicting jolly old St. Nick.