Telepresence Robots

Telepresence robotics R&D is intriguing.  It reminds me of the start of the personal computer industry.  Industry analysts had little to no idea what use personal computers would have, but personal computers were kind of neat and everyone suspected they must be good for something.  Here are some NEWWorthy articles on telepresence robotics you might find interesting.

Telepresence robots for business travel, and a similar Huffington Post article on the topic.

Anybot has been around for more than a year, but I’m including it here because it has become fairly well known among telepresence robots.

IRobot has built a health-field telepresence robot.

Mantarobot is yet another telepresence robot of interest.

Botiful was featured recently as a Kickstarter project and appears to have received the funds needed to proceed.

Cars 2012-2013

Som research on best new cars for 2013.

Kelly Blue Book on cars for 2013.

According to Popular Mechanics these new cars are worth waiting for.

How Stuff Works guide to 2013 (and 2014) cars.

Automobile magazine guide to new cars in 2013.

US News ranking and reviews.

Forbes on the most anticipated cars of 2013.’s take on the best new cars of 2013.

Not much information about who runs this website about the best new cars of 2013, but it looks nice.

NEWWorthy technology news

If you prefer computer-oriented online news, here are well-known publications that contain some NEWWorthy articles in each issue.

Computerworld, Cnet, and Infoworld all have certain viewpoints and agendas, but they will generally keep you up on what’s happening in computer technology.

If you prefer a more newspaper-like experience, check out San Jose Mercury News, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Wired.

New kinds of CAPTCHAs – separating human from machine

The problem with any CAPTCHA used to detect humans (versus machines) is that “human solvers” may be used as an intermediary to an otherwise automated machine process.  However, assuming that most human solver methods are too expensive for most automated CAPTCHA hacks, here are some interesting CAPTCHAs for 2012.

Although some of these have been around for more than a year, I’m including them here because they are still NEWWorthy.  When enough new CAPTCHA techniques are introduced in 2013, I’ll enter a new post.

You’d think audio CAPTCHAs would be difficult for machines to figure out, but apparently that isn’t the case.

NuCaptcha uses video to weed out automated attempts to break the CAPTCHA.

Civil Rights Defenders CAPTCHA is another seemingly unique method of separating humans from machines.  They seek the user’s opinion on a civil rights issue and assume that a machine would not be able to pick the right answer.

Sweet CAPTCHA let’s website owners create their own CAPTCHA.  I don’t know how effective this is in keeping out machines, but it looks cute!

Minteye is a new kind of CAPTCHA that doesn’t require typing.  Instead, you move the slider until the image looks correct.  It’s not only harder for machines to figure out, but it can also include attractive advertisements.

Solve Media uses video advertisements in their CAPTCHAs.

NEWWorthy technology – financial predictions

We’re not suggesting Top Tech investments for 2013, because there are too many opinions and too much room for bias.  We suggest reading about what’s happening in technology and forming your own opinions about what is a good investment for 2013.

That said, here are a few top 10 lists of financial interest for 2012-2013.

Market Watch’s top 10 trends to watch in 2013

Forbes 10 calls on tech in 2013.

The Street’s top 10 healthcare technology stocks for 2013.

Technology top 10, top 20, top …, Lists

Some “Tops” lists in NEWWorthy technology and science for 2012-2013.

The Scientist’s “Top 10 Innovations 2012”.

Cleveland Clinic’s top 10 innovations in medical technology 2013.

Gartner’s “Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2013”.

Mind Food’s “Top 10 Health Innovations for 2012”.

Techland Time’s “Best Inventions of 2012”

CES Innovation Awards for 2013

Enterprise Systems top technology trends for 2013..

Executive Travel’s Best Tech in 2013

Technoratis’ list of technology blogs.

NEWWorthy Technology & Science magazines and journals

Each of these magazines contains a consistantly generous number of NEWWorthy technology and technology-related articles.

MIT Technology Review reports on new technology and has several blogs that provide interesting takes on what it all means.

The Scientist is about research and technology in biology, genetics, and the life sciences.

Scientific American has long given us interesting stories about new & future technology.

New Scientist is about “… scientific discovery, and in its industrial, commercial and social consequences…”

Discover is the “Magazine of Science, Technology, and the Future”.

Popular Science, “The Future Now”.  About science and technology news since 1872.

Popular Mechanics, “…the latest developments in science, technology, aerospace, industry and discovery…”

Elsevier provides enormous lists of technology and science journals.


Hotels near Manhattan

According to the article in USA Today, “More hotels popping up outside Manhattan”, you can get a nice view and save money by staying in nearby areas like Brooklyn or Long Island.  The article claims that the “image” of Queens and Brooklyn is changing.  You might also find the NYPD crime statistics page helpful when considering specific precincts.

Evolution of the most common English words and phrases over the centuries

Sometimes, even old data can become NEWWorthy of a look.  It is interesting to see the 100 most common words for various periods of times from 1520 until now.  The website also shows the most common 2, 3, 4, and 5 word phrases used in those time periods.

Hotels listings with year built and date renovated

Travel Weekly includes “year built” and “date renovated” information for many of the hotels in their database.  It does not appear that you can search by “year built” or “date renovated”, so you’ll have to locate the hotel(s) you’re interested in first and then see if they include these facts as well.