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Georgia Institute of Technology’s pressure sensor. (via Georgia Institute of Technology)     We interact with pressure sensors almost on a daily basis, especially when shopping for products, as using a credit or debit card requires signing a pressure sensitive pad (unless those stores still use paper). The problem with checkout pads is that they degrade through repeated use becoming scratched, which requires more pressure to obscurely sign your name. A new development in sensor ...
QBotix Solbot R-225 robotic farm hand. Turns the solar panels as needed... (via QBotix)   Solar parks or PV farms are on the rise as more countries are adopting renewable energy alternatives to fossil fuels. In order to generate a significant amount of energy, these installations tend to be on a massive scale. With that in mind, maintenance is often tedious and requires arrays to be precisely calibrated to track the position of the sun, which is often done through automation but sometimes ...
BrewBit Model-T (via kickstarter)   No one actually knows just how many different kinds of beer there is all over the globe, however some of the more modest estimates put that number at well over 20,000. (I made my own beer once, “Dos Cabes,” so add another one to the count). That’s a lot of beer, however most of that number could probably be broken down to the micro-brew category as they have become more popular over the last couple of decades. Even with all the differen ...
NeverWet makes for a water-resistant surface. It isn't a miracle. (via Rust-Oleum)   Man has endeavored to waterproof things since the first rainfall. A few hundred years ago, pitch and tar were applied to protect a boat’s hull and the roofs of houses against the elements. Tar is still used to waterproof foundations. Throughout the years, many different methods and products have been developed to prevent moisture from permeating everything from clothing to electronics. Things like pa ...
(via Kibo Robot Project)   Sending robots into space is nothing new as NASA sent up their Robonaut 2 to the ISS back in February of 2011. The robot’s primary function is to conduct repairs either autonomously or by remote control via personnel on the ISS or at ground control stations. Even though it resembles the human form, ithe robot cannot interact with people on a human level such as having conversations with its counterparts. On the other hand, Japan’s first robot astronaut ...
  While 3D printing dominates the news lately, not much is heard about the venerable CNC machines anymore. In fact, CNC machines haven't changed much. Workers will design what they need on a computer and then bring the material to the machine to be cut. In a recent move to invigorate the CNC world, Shopbot decided users should be able to bring the CNC machine to the materials. They created the Handibot, which functions as a portable CNC machine.   The Handibot is built and designed ...
FragWrap robot from the UbiLab at Keio University   Robots are fast becoming a normal part of our daily lives with most programmed to perform a routine function of one kind or another. We now have robots that can assemble automobiles or work on an assembly line while others autonomously rove around the home vacuuming floors, cleaning gutters and even windows (iRobot’s Roomba and Looj/Ilshim Global’s Windoro robots respectively). While those do indeed serve a basic function, oth ...
WaterColorBot. Looks like an amazing tool for people who have low hand/arm dexterity. They can still create! (via WaterColorBot's kickstarter)   Back in April of this year (2013), the White House hosted a national science fair in conjunction with the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program that brought 100 students to Washington from all over the nation. Showcased were a mix of different projects ranging from oil producing algae to UUVs as well as a myriad of game and app ...
Aireal demonstrating a haptic feedback event (via Disney)   Gamers have been using haptic feedback game-pads since Nintendo released the Rumble Pak for its N64 controller back in 1997. After its initial launch, almost every other mainstream console manufacturers thereafter (Sony, Sega and Xbox to name a few) featured controllers with haptic feedback built into them, which provided a level of immersion into the games themselves. Fast forward to 2010 and haptic feedback in gaming devices are ...
(a) Two Alice robots facing each other, with (left) and without (right) the additional module for light detection. (b) Three Alice robots pursuing a light trail. (c) Typical time course of an experiment with three loops (access to a fourth loop that is visible had been blocked) and symmetrical bifurcations. The letter S indicates the starting area of the network where the robots are placed at the beginning of the experiment.  The letter T indicates the target area. The top three pictures re ...

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