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The theorized method could make this replicated martini a reality (via Star Trek screen cap) Star Trek is known for the show’s technological marvels, including traveling faster than light, ‘beaming’ from one location to another instantly and of course, replicating everything from weapons to food in an instant. The idea of replicating food and objects surely seemed ‘out there’ by our technological standards, however a new take on an old theory may bring replicat ...
littleBits Space Kit satellite orbit (via Littlebits)   If you’re a self-proclaimed nerd older than 10 years of age, you probably learned all about electrical engineering by tearing apart various household electronics and seeing if you could successfully rebuild them from scratch. (Old tube television for me) But, what if there were an easier way? LittleBits is back with more.   littleBits was launched by Ayah Bdeir in 2011 to combine the building freedom of Legos with functio ...
Android-powered LG Nexus featuring The Dimple.IO device (via Dimple.IO)   If your generation was known for ski goggles and track suits, you’re also probably very well acquainted with cell phones that feature physical buttons. You were probably that cool kid that could dial a phone number without looking, because your sense of touch told you which buttons was which. Physical buttons seem like a thing of the past, but not all trends die so young. For all your 90s fanatics, meet The Dim ...
SRI International’s Magnetically Actuated Micro-Robots (via SRI) While when you hear the term robotics, you may think of R2-D2 or self-propelled vacuum cleaners, the robotics engineers of today are developing all kinds of cool mechanical projects, including tiny robots that build tiny products.   SRI International is behind a new project, called Magnetically Actuated Micro-Robots (MAMR). Put simply, they are small robots designed to build small things on a small, yet rapid, sca ...
Drones are everywhere these days and they are not just tools for military and law enforcement anymore. Online retailers Amazon and Google are looking to employ them to deliver packages, real estate agencies are looking to use them to market properties (Brian Tercero/Keller Williams) and multiple Search and Rescue teams all over the globe are using them to locate lost people in remote places. The prospect for using them in grand aerial displays just seems counterintuitive to their nature of being ...
Roboartist sketching Heath Ledger’s role as the Joker in The Dark Knight (via Screen cap and HaD) Have you ever seen a drawing so realistic that it makes you wonder if it was made by man or machine? Well, now you have merit to wonder. Robots have entered into the world of fine arts. Meet Roboartist – the robotic Renoir.   Roboartist is a vector drawing machine that can sketch anything its webcam can capture. Users can feed the prototype images as well, and the robot will m ...
Zuta Labs’ Mini Mobile Robotic Printer. (via Zuta Labs) Portable printers sure come in handy, especially when you’re on the move. You will often find college students in coffee shops printing out at the last minute research papers or authors printing out their latest chapters. Mobile businesses often use them to print out receipts or contracts on the spot rather than sending them through email. Most of those mobile printers are expensive, bulky and still require paper to be fed ...
While some drones are out fighting side-by-side with military servicemen, KMel Robotics’ takes on quite a different mission for its Hexrotor drones. They, how can you say, dance to a different beat.   And that’s quite literal. KMel Robotics’ founders Alex Kushleyev and Daniel Mellinger decided that they would amaze the world with what drones are really capable of – playing the best darn unmanned rendition of “Carol of the Bells” you’ve ever heard. ...
LA Hack Finalists Armateur: Robotic Arm + Leap Motion + Bluetooth  In case you haven’t noticed, we’re big fans of hackathons at Leap Motion, and when it comes to the left coast, there’s no hackathon bigger than LA Hacks. Recently, we caught up with a couple of teams from last month’s epic code battle, including finalists Team Armateur. When Gagik Movsisyan and his team stepped into UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion, they weren’t sure what they were going to build. T ...

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