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Memoto life-logging camera size comparison and promotional shot (via Memoto)   Looking for a way to keep track of the unexpected surprises that come your way in normal, day-to-day life activities? Well if you’re a fan of photography, then this might just be what you’ve been looking for. The Swedish startup known as Memoto made an appearance at this year’s SXSW Interactive to show off their brand new device that aims to revolutionize life-logging by snapping photos of your ...
"CHIMP" bot prototype. Carnegie Mellon’s Tartan Rescue Team have developed CHIMP to compete at the upcoming DARPA Robotics Challenge. (via Carnegie Mellon)   In response to Fukushima’s nuclear disaster that left Japan in a hazardous heap of trouble, the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) is hosting a Robotics Challenge to inspire the development of goal-oriented robots that can perform in such dangerous environmental conditions. Participants designated to the Trac ...
The concept amphibious "Salamandra Robotica" walks alongside Lake Geneva right after taking a swim (via EPFL & Kostas Karakasiliotis)   Robotics and animatronics have been keen on helping scientists understand the inner-workings of biological systems. Previous work by a group of Swiss and French researchers back in 2007 resulted in the development of a salamander-mimicking robot designed to walk, crawl, and even swim according to remotely signaled electrical impulses sent down the robo ...
  3D printing has risen in popularity ever since RepRap introduced their ‘Darwin’ model for the consumer market back in 2007. They’re excellent for fast prototyping and manufacturing just about anything we can imagine and don’t require remortgaging the house to own one. Not satisfied with simply creating objects quickly, a team of engineers, led by Skylar Tibbits, from the MIT Self-Assembly Lab (along with Stratasys) have taken the idea of 3D printing to the next lev ...
Belkin's WeMo power outlet promotional image from CES 2013 (via Belkin)   Belkin’s WeMo line is becoming a line of products intended to integrate the “internet of things” into your home’s commonly used appliances. The WeMo power outlet plugs into a regular outlet and it allows you to control any appliance that you connect to it using your smartphone and Belkin’s WeMo app. Till recently, WeMo only functioned with iOS devices but at CES, Belkin announced that, a ...
HR-1001 robot from Helical Robotics is designed to scale Windturbine towers to allow operators to perform maintainance remotely. (via Helical Robotics)   As the growing field of wind energy continues to develop, a question arises - how can we safely and routinely perform maintenance on such colossal structures? Maintenance is an important aspect to ensuring proper function of gadgets and our immediate environment - several bots have been released that help you clean your home, wipe off you ...
The eye in the sky. AR Parrot Drone (via ARdrone)   We are slowly moving through times that will decide whether technology leads us to a utopian society or a dystopian future. Ever since I was a little boy I wanted to have a remote control airplane. Back in the day they were not something you could but at toy’s R us, but today, for $300, you can buy an AR drone that flies more like a military helicopter.   Consumers aren’t the only ones buying these. Just a few days ago, ...
LeapMotion sensor (via LeapMotion)   Gestural interface devices have been at the forefront of interaction with our game consoles, mobile devices and PCs since Microsoft introduced the Kinect. One of the few companies capitalizing on the new gestural craze is San Francisco-based Leap Motion who is set to release their tiny motion-sensing device in May. While the Kinect is capable of full-body tracking in a space the size of a typical living room, the Leap Motion controller is considerably s ...
Bartendro robotic drink mixing system.. so close to funding.. (via Kickstarter)   In my opinion, there are not enough robots that use the open source platform to engage the community with the goal of improving partying. But this could be changing thanks to the Bartendro. Pierre Michael and Robert Kaye, creators of the aptly named company, Party Robotics, have come up with a robot that will mix you the perfect cocktail every time with just a tap on your smartphone or tablet.   Michae ...
Hitachi’s ROPITS single-seater assisted transport vehicle is operated by drawing in or pre-selecting a destination on a tablet map app (via Hitachi & Mondzukichannel)   Do you work in a busy city and find yourself having a hard time navigating from place to place? Perhaps you require assisted transport to get to your destination. On the other hand, maybe you just want to sit back and relax as a robot transport vehicle takes you where you need to go. Either way, Hitachi has develo ...
Example of the Matterport system. The images are not the most polished, but they are taken from the real world. The Matterport camera creates 3D models of entire indoor spaces, which are subsequently uploaded to the cloud for online view. (via Matterport)   With all of the recent news about unique re-adaptations using the Kinect’s 3D mapping ability, it’s time to start shining some light on a start-up’s new and mysterious camera technology. Matterport, a Silicon Valley co ...
System concept from Cambridge Consultants (via Cambridge Consultants)   With Lockheed Martin and the US Air Force partnership to deliver an upgraded GPS system to the world by 2014, companies are now beginning to inventively re-imagine new ways of using the current infrastructure to increase our location tracking capabilities. Cambridge Consultants, a world-class engineering and technology consulting firm with locations in Cambridge, UK and Boston, USA, has developed a system that uses GPS ...
The video game entertainment industry has always seemed to be at the forefront of many of today’s technological advancements. With swirling rumors of the next generation Xbox platform geared up to be more than 6-times more powerful than its predecessor, speculation about a second-gen Kinect can only be expected. The Microsoft Research lab has recently released a video detailing the use of a new technology on an upgraded Kinect system that may find its way into future system updates.   ...
GPS III satellite mockup. (via Lockheed Martin)   Access to Global Positioning Systems has become an essential component of most of today’s technologies, found in everything from cell phones, to computers, navigational systems, and even autonomous shipping containers. The GPS satellite constellation, now consisting of 31 operational satellites in orbit, was originally intended for military use but is now accessed by several industries, including: farming, construction, communication, ...
For those who missed the “Robot Combat League,” here is the first full episode.   Cutting past the introductions and vague robotic descriptions, the battle begin. To be honest, it has moments where it is cool, but most of the time it looks like giant versions of toys bumping into each other. Choreographed pyrotechnics liven up the hits, but I see right past it. Clumsy “fighting” aside, it looks like it might be fun later after a few versions.   The best part ...
SVCam-EVO "Tracer" PR image (via SVS-VISTEK)   Equipping machines with their own sense of sight has been one of the many innovative steps towards the development of fully autonomous systems. Industrial machinery, and most notably robotics, is now beginning to see the world much as we do - camera lenses for eyes that provide analysis of the environment, prompting them to perform subsequent tasks. SVS-VISTEK, the German machine vision hardware and software developer, has recently announced t ...
UPenn, under DARPA’s TEMP program, tests autonomous robotic boats that stick together with hook and tether mechanism (via UPenn)     Natural disasters tend to have an unpredictable impact on the amount of relief support needed to fully cover all humanitarian assistance during such tragic events. Several relief agencies, including the armed forces, are usually called into action and respond immediately. However, delivering that aid rapidly is an area that is still being develope ...
Fujitsu GPS cane at MWC 2013. With presenter water bottle, bottom right. (via Fujitsu & CNET)   Here’s a foreshadowing snapshot of how our tech generation will get around when we are in our later years. Fujitsu has unveiled its prototype of a souped-up walking cane jam packed full of gadgets that could help an elder, a person with disabilities or hiker get around safely and independently while having the option for support from far away family and friends. This new generation can ...

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