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The Asteroid they planned on impacting Earth. (Image credit: ESA Operations)   On April 29, 2019, space experts from NASA, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the European Space Agency (ESA) created a simulation on a potential asteroid strike, creating experiments based on how to manage a disaster if one to ever occur. It took place at the yearly IAA Planetary Defense Conference and ran over five days, with a timeframe of eight years, but by the end, the simulation took a twist. ...
A Japanese startup company, Interstellar Technologies has successfully launched its experimental sounding rocket, "Momo" into orbit. The launch took place from a test site near Taiki on Japan's northern island of Hokkaido on May 4th. This was their third attempt with previous launches failing due to technical difficulties.   Interstellar Technologies' Momo-F3 mission was a complete success. (Image Credit: Kyodo News via AP) The Momo-F3 reached a peak altitude of 70.5 miles four minut ...
Drone transports organ to hospital for the first time A drone can now deliver organs to transplant donors at a hospital. (Image Credit: Mark Teske/University of Maryland School of Medicine)   Transporting organs to transplant patients will soon have a much different and more efficient route. A drone has already achieved this by delivery a kidney to a patient who had been waiting for nearly a decade for an organ donor. The kidney was transported on a 10 minute, 2.7-mile flight from Baltim ...
Stratolaunch's mega plane will be used to carry rockets and multiple launch vehicles. The aircraft can take flight in orbit at a high altitude in space. (Image Credit: Stratolaunch)   The Stratolaunch, known as the world's largest all-composite aircraft has completed its first flight with Stratolaunch Systems Corporation. The dual fuselage 385-feet wingspan aircraft launched its flight after 10AM EST from the Mojave Air & Space Port on April 13th. Flight time was measured at 2.5 hour ...
Boston Dynamics' robotic strength is admirable. In the robotic firm's latest YouTube post, "Mush, Spot Mush!" posted on April 16th, a set of ten specialized Spotmini quadrupedal robots titled Spotpower can be seen hauling off a full-sized box truck across the companies parking lot at a one-degree ascent. The pack of robots will be made available to the public, but the price is uncertain.   The ten SpotMinis hauling a truck in Boston Dynamics' parking lot. (Image Credit: Boston Dynamics) ...
  Motor control is not a new topic, but like most technologies, it continues to evolve.  Luckily, NXP has a broad portfolio of MCUs to support the next-generation of motor control designs.  For example, many new products enabling some form of motor control also now have a requirement for a rich HMI.  Take a look at the i.MX RT motor control demo by checking out this new video posted to the i.MX RT Tech Minute Videos. Or read up this technical blog written by NXP. ...
Open Bionics began selling its 3D-printed Hero Arm one year ago in the UK and France, but now it's available in the US. The start-up, Open Bionics specializes in producing inexpensive, lightweight prosthetics and their arms are inspired by the Iron Man, Star Wars, Frozen and Deus Ex films.   Every prosthetic arm the company designs is built for each individuals shape and size, coming in 3 different hand sizes and 2 different arm layouts. Each Hero Arm contains either a 3 Motor or 4 Motor ...
The disposable drones are made from cheap plywood and have enough space to carry over 700 kg. These gliders are essentially wooden boxes with electronics inside. (Image credit: Logistic Gliders)   I am hoping they release the designs for this. Seems like a fun DIY project. Definitely looks like one.   Most people still aren’t comfortable with the idea of delivery drones, but they could make a great impact on delivering supplies for the military. The US military is currently te ...
The Lego form helps the material stick together and create a tight seal (Photo from Brown University)   Researchers at Brown University recently developed a new kind of hydrogel material that can be used for various soft robotic applications. The hydrogel is a new type of dual polymer material with the ability to respond to its environment in dynamic ways. The components, patterned by a 3D printer, are able to bend, twist, and stick together in response to treatment with certain chemicals. ...
Boston Dynamics is making a return to the robot scene. This time it's with a re-designed version of "The Handle" robot from 2017. The bird-like robot's (2017 version was a humanoid) priority will be to stack boxes in a warehouse, and there's no stopping this crafty machine. The machine is only a prototype for now, and the company behind it hasn't made any plans to turn it into a commercial product.   Originally, Handle was intended to be an experiment that used Boston Dynamics' robot with ...
These fish and bees can now talk to each other thanks to these robots (Image credit: EPFL)   Unless you’re watching a movie involving anthropomorphic animals, you don’t expect bees and fish to communicate with each other. But thanks to new robotics technology by European scientists, these two species can now talk to one another. A team of scientists from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) and the University of Graz in Austria teamed up to create small robots ...
Tokyo's organizing committee for both the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) has announced the launch of its Tokyo 2020 Robot Project. The programmes aim is to deliver the most innovative games to date and to ensure visitors have the experience of a lifetime. The project is supported by experts of robotics, Japan's Cabinet Secretariat, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Panasonic Corporati ...
Stanford University is opening up a new institute to study and develop human-centered artificial intelligence technologies and applications. The university will be working with Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI) in an effort to gather input from various fields at the university including business, engineering, humanities and finance. They want to ensure artificial intelligence has a better future for humanity and wants to address any challenges and disruptions it may have on society. ...
Artists Irene Posch and Ebru Krubak have engineered The Embroidered Computer, an interactive 8-bit computer made of embroidery materials and traditional stitching techniques and patterns.   The design invites artistic abilities to weave through technology on an electronic circuit board. (Image Credit: Irene Posch)   The 8-bit programmable computer is made up of metal threads, gold, silver, glass, metal beads and copper, functioning similarly to decorative textile. Its appearance is ...
After a few years of testing, French company Stanley Robotics will push out its self-driving robot valets and put them to use at France's Lyon-Saint-Exupery airport later this week. It only costs $61 to park for a week in the cheapest parking lot (farthest from terminals) or $63 to park in the same lot where Stanley Robotics provides its services. This is much cheaper than having a human park the car for you - priced at $117.   The robot valet lifts the car up using a forklift-like arm ...