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New video from Boston Dynamics shows the quadruped robot dancing and moonwalking. (Video from Boston Dynamics)   This past summer, Boston Dynamics, known for making eerie robots, revealed that the SpotMini will be available for sale in the near future. Now, Spot gets to show off its impressive dance moves in a new video. The company recently posted a clip of Spot dancing to the smash hit “Uptown Funk.” Meant to show off its mobility, the bot shakes, wiggles, and steps in tune w ...
Swarm’s 1/4U SpaceBEE Satellites feature radar reflectors and GPS, allowing them to be tracked in orbit. (Image credit: Swarm Technologies)   Back in January, aerospace startup Swarm Technologies launched four picosatellites, known as SpaceBEE’s, with the idea of bringing low-cost space-based internet connectivity to billions of people around the world. An excellent endeavor for sure, but sending things into space requires thorough preparation and a mountain for paperwork, whic ...
(Image credit: Pexels)   Light pollution is known to cause several problems when it comes to both humans and nature, including interfering with wildlife migratory patterns, wastes energy with unnecessary outdoor lighting, unsafe driving conditions with lighting glare, and can disrupt your internal body clock to name just a few.   Some cities around the world have taken to light fixture shielding to help curb light pollution, while others simply shut off lighting that isn’t being ...
Zurich based company Verity Studios has been creating swam bots that create an unforgettable live experience. These tiny bots create an impressive light show. (Photo from Verity Studios)   This past summer, rap superstar Drake brought some unexpected, tiny guests with him on tour. During his songs “Elevate” and “Look Alive” a swarm of miniature autonomous drones joined Drake on stage, dancing overhead while lighting up the area. While it sounds like a unique stage s ...
A Japanese research team is working on building an “elevator” that would make space exploration cheaper and less polluting. Image is a preview of what a space “elevator” might look like. (via Obayashi Corporation) For adults, it is an escape from the daily stress into a world where everything is possible. Japanese “anime” (animated movies) often challenges human imagination, but recently some of them have been turned into motion pictures such as “My Hero ...
It is now possible to have an extra pair of hands on one’s body. A researcher in Japan created a set of hands that can be worn like a backpack. A person wearing the “backpack” with robotic limbs (Image via Yamen Saraiji)   According to Merriam Webster, science fiction is the branch of fiction that presents the effects of a real or imagined scientific fact on people or a community. Today, it is kind of hard to know whether fiction is inspiring reality or vice versa. Many s ...
A hotel in Japan uses robots to fulfill many of its staff positions, as a way to cut on costs, make the rooms more affordable and entertain the guests. A guest of Henn Na Hotel being helped by a female robot at the reception of the hotel. (Image via csmonitor)   Robots: some people are fascinated by them while others are rather fearful of the machines. No matter one’s position, robots are now becoming an integral part of society. Many businesses are involving more machines in their d ...
The jellyfish robots navigate underwater using eight pneumatic network tentacle actuators. (Image credit: FAU via IOPScience)   Researchers from the Florida Atlantic University have designed a robotic jellyfish to monitor and explore delicate coral and sponge ecosystems without using propellers, or any navigation platform underwater drones typically use that could potentially cause harm to said reefs.   According to the researchers, the jellyfish-like robot could be adapted for a myr ...
AIST’s HRP-5P robot stands at almost six feet tall, weighs 222 pounds, and has a combined total of 37-DOF. (Image credit: AIST)   Japan’s Advanced Industrial and Science Technology (AIST) unveiled their new HRP-5P robot that can perform basic construction tasks, such as hanging drywall and plywood. The tech company is known for their bipedal human-like futuristic robots, such as the HRP-2, HRP-4, and the human-faced HRP-4C. While those previous robots focused on a more streamli ...
The $1.4-million painting was seemingly cut to ribbons using a homemade shredder built into the frame. (Image credit: Sotheby’s)   Love him or hate him, Banksy’s art has fetched a high price over the last decade, with artworks such as “Space Girl and Bird” netting $479, 926, “Monkey Detonator” earning $587, 544, and “Keep it Spotless” netting an incredible $1.7-million. The latest auction from Sotheby’s for his “Girl with Red Ball ...
Human Controller’s Self-Solving Rubik’s Cube features a 3D printed core with servomotors that are programmed to match colors on each side. (Image credit: Human Controller via DMM.make)   The Rubik’s Cube has come a long way since it hit the market back in 1980, with 350-million cubes sold worldwide as of 2009. We’ve all seen videos of people who can juggle multiple cubes while solving them at the same time and the myriad of robots that can complete them in less than ...