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Norway’s first all-electric battery-powered plane crashed into a lake on Wednesday. The crash poses a step back in Norway’s attempt to reduce fossil fuel-powered flights. Known as the Alpha Electra G2, the plane is owned by Norway’s airport operator, Avinor and was being operated by their chief executive, Dag Falk-Petersen when the crash occurred. On the same day, the CEO of Avinor was also giving tours to members of the Norwegian government, which also included junior governme ...
Wearable robot devices have been developed in the past by researchers at various universities and industry labs to help people in rehabilitation centers with walking or running, but small wearable devices could never seem to do both. Developing a robotic device to assist with walking and running can be a challenging task due to the different biomechanics of each gait. However, both gaits have the same extension of the hip joint, which begins whenever the foot touches the ground.   Research ...
A pair of Daimler’s Freightliner eCascadia battery-powered trucks are headed to customers at their research and development center in Portland. (Image credit: Daimler)   Electric auto manufacturer Daimler have been hyping their electric trucks for some time now, and the company is set to deliver a pair of their heavy-duty Freightliner eCascadia battery-powered semis to Penske and NFI later this month. In a recent press release, Daimler states the trucks will undergo trials at their r ...
In May 2019, NASA launched two tiny robots called Astrobees to the International Space Station. Both robots started their journey on an Antares rocket, arriving to the space station just two days later, with NASA’s astronauts welcoming them aboard. The bots, respectively named “Bumble” and “Honey” are free-flying caretakers designed to help astronauts on the space station by carrying out routine tasks like basic maintenance and discovering lost objects. Those two ro ...
The ADIFO (All-Directional Flying Object) features four ducted fans for VTOL and low-speed maneuvers, and a pair of vectored jets provide thrust and a high degree of agility in horizontal flight. (Image credit: ADIFO)   A pair of Romanian engineers, Razvan Sabie and Iosif Taposu, has designed a flying saucer of sorts, by merging a quadcopter and jet, giving the aircraft a high degree of agility and maneuverability. While the shape of the vehicle is very UFO-like, it’s inspiration com ...
The automated knitting system uses a neural network to create garments. Gloves created by the automated knitting system. (Image credit: MIT CSAIL)   Knitting is a craft that takes a certain amount of skill, finesse, and patience. But these requirements could be things of the past with MIT’s latest system. Researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have developed a computer-aided knitting system, which automates the design and manufactur ...
Wearable tails are a fashion trend that humans enjoy wearing for entertainment events or cosplay, but none of them have the ability to maintain their balance. Researchers at Keio University in Japan have developed a wearable tail named the Arque tail that can greatly improve the wearer’s coordination, including balance and agility.   The Arque tail acts as a balance and agility enhancer for the wearer and can even help workers lift up heavy objects. (Image Credit: Yamen Saraiji) ...
On August 5th, Japanese electronics firm, NEC Corporations, a global technology company, developed a “flying car” prototype that was able to hover in the air for just one minute during demonstrations in Abiko, Japan, 22 miles away from Tokyo. The new aircraft vehicle will be cheaper, more accessible and quieter than helicopters to fly. Japan will be aiming to have flying cars ready for everyday travel sometime in 2030.   NEC’s prototype flying vehicle will be used as a ...
Faris Rajak Kotahatuhaha and his team came up with a submarine prototype that can help fight off climate change. The submarine would be stationed in the Arctic, re-freezing sea water to produce mini modular icebergs that eventually merge together to create ice floes. Faris worked in collaboration with Denny Lsmana Budi and Fiera Alifa for an international contest hosted by the Association of Siamese Architects. Their prototype won the 2nd place prize in the competition.   "The main goal of ...
Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley have developed a robot bug that imitates the way a cockroach moves around on the floor. That may be more than enough to make some people writhe as they stare down at the robot, anticipating its every move. The robot is nearly as tough as a cockroach, so attempts to squash it into oblivion won’t be met with much success. Instead, it will continue moving around. However, researchers developed the robot sized bug for completely different p ...
Prosthetic wearers all have a common goal in mind – to regain the functionality of an amputated limb. While their prosthetics may restore some degree of movement, it doesn’t carry the feeling of touch when it’s worn. Now scientists at the University of Utah are on the right path to changing that with their latest prosthetic creation. There have been attempts on developing prosthetics capable of providing the wearer with sensation, but those sensations aren’t very precise, ...
The LightSail 2 spacecraft developed by Planetary Society is now operational, without any issues in orbit, while the mission team at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in California follows procedures to ensure the LightSail 2 spacecraft is ready for sail deployment.   LightSail 2’s deployment date has been set for Sunday, July 21st. (Image Credit: The Planetary Society) After a successful launch on July 2nd, the team was able to establish two-way communications with the spacecraft, and ...
NASA’s four-limbed robot LEMUR has successfully climbed a cliff in Death Valley and is now inspiring future climbing robots. LEMUR has four limbs and 16 fingers equipped with hundreds of tiny fishhooks. (Image credit: NASA)   NASA has been sending robots and rovers to Mars for years, but their capability for exploration is limited, especially when it comes to hard to reach places. To tackle this, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California developed the climb ...
These jumping robots were inspired by real-life ants in terms of their movement and how they work together. These bots use infrared and proximity sensors to communicate with one another. (Image credit: EPFL)   Size isn’t necessarily a disadvantage. Just think about ants. They’re small, but a team of ants working together can move objects larger than their bodies. By coming together, they can tackle larger than life tasks. This served as the inspiration for new tiny robots with ...
The 1967 U.N. Outer Space Treaty appears to be outdated when thinking about where space exploration is headed next. Is it time to update the space treaty? Probably. (Image credit: pixabay)   When man first landed on the moon 50 years ago, no one could’ve guessed one day there’d be talks of space tourism, asteroid mining, off-Earth settlements, and missions by private companies like SpaceX. With a renewed interest in space exploration, many are questioning the 1967 U.N. Outer Sp ...