If you needed to test out some protective suits and Army equipment how would you do it? You would build a blooming expensive robot mannequin, wouldn’t you? Go on, you know you would really. The good news is that the Ministry of Defence think in the same way. They have just revealed a robot which cost £1 million. For that sort of money you would expect your army robot mannequin to run, sit down and do a pretty good impression of a soldier’s movements. Hey, you’re in luck again. This little fellow can lift his arms, kneel, run and...

The Billboard Twitter Real-Time Charts are set to show us who the most popular songs and artists on social media are at any given time. The lists will be made up based on data from Twitter which shows the amount of traffic for each artist and song. Billboard will be working with Twitter to collate the information necessary to work out the popularity of each artist on a real-time basis. At the moment, the artist with most Twitter followers is Katy Perry, with 51.8 million people currently following her. As well as those established artists...

If there is one thing lacking from most pairs of jeans it is, frankly, a minty smell. After all, everything in life is better with a bit of mint, isn’t it? Well, your longing for that fresh smell on your denims is about to end very soon. This is because the nice people at Naked & Famous have come up with an idea which might just catch on; scratch & sniff jeans. That’s right, give your trousers a quick scratch and your nostrils will be filled with the delightful scent of fresh mint. Less Washing, Even if You Aren’t Really...

How would you like to use a tablet made of electronic paper? This is the latest product to be shown off to the world by Sony. It is called – perhaps unsurprisingly -the Digital Paper tablet. The device is just 7mm thick and it is the touchscreen which is made out of electronic paper. The screen is A4 size and uses an E-Ink display. This allows users to write onto it directly and to make notes on any document they look at. The Digital Paper tablet has been designed with office use mainly in mind. It can be hooked up to Wi-Fi and is expected...

The idea of cows hooked up to the internet sounds just a little bit silly, doesn’t it? After all, it sounds as though it involves a bunch of heifers looking up bargains on eBay or checking out their field on Google Earth. However, it is a bit more sensible than it sounds, unfortunately. A bunch of Scottish dairy farmers have connected their bovine buddies to the web to see if they can increase milk production in this way. The project has been designed to allow the farmers to check out how healthy their cows are and to quickly identify...

We all love the idea of standing up and singing at a karaoke but the reality is usually very different from what we had hoped it would be. You might think that you are going to warble like Old Blue Eyes or bring down the house like Bono but what if you end up sounding like James Blunt trapped inside a ferret? The key to avoiding karaoke based tragedies is to practice at home. The good news in this respect is that you can now use the Mini Karaoke Player to hone your skills and get ready for the big night. Hook It Up and Start Singing It...

We are a sucker for any gadget linked to sleeping more peacefully, as we are sure you are too. This being the case, it is with a shiver of delight that we read that you can now buy a Privacy Pillow. Even just the name sounds great, doesn’t it? It makes us think of snug nights in a big bed with our secrets all safely hidden from view. So what is this thing then? Basically, it is a pillow. A privacy pillow, really. If that isn’t clear enough for you then maybe we could mention the fact that it has a –whisper it, please – hidden compartment....

How often have you wanted to chat with a friend using your iPhone but not been able to because you aren’t connected to the internet and don’t even have network coverage? Well, the new and free FireChat app could be just what you need. This app works by using an iOS feature which allows the user to set up their own mini network. When you open up the app you get put into the “Everyone” room, which is where you will find, well, everyone, really. Actually, not quite everyone is in her. This is because you can speak to nearby people...

So what is this Project Morpheus stuff from Sony all about then? Well, this is the name which has been given to the firm’s plans for a range of immersive headwear for gamers and for other uses. It isn’t the first venture by Sony into this territory – the HMZ-T1 was tried out a while ago – but it looks as though it could be the one which makes immersive gaming take off. Of course, people will be looking to make comparisons with the Oculus Rift headgear. While they both have a lot in common it has to be said that the Sony project...

The announcement of Google’s Android Wear platform was recently made, at the same time as the unveiling of the first products to use it. Both of the new gadgets are smart watches. LG will bring out one called the G Watch and the offering from Motorola will be called the Moto 360. Two Different Looks As of yet, we don’t know a great deal about either of these smart watches. The pictures released show a couple of different looks, though. The Moto 360 has a round face and looks less of a big and bulky device that the existing range of...