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MIT’s new wrist-mounted device enhances the ‘grasping’ motion of the human hand worn by Faye Wu (via MIT) We could all use a helping hand in life, even if it’s something as simple as using a screwdriver or twisting off a bottle cap, which isn’t so easy to accomplish single handedly. Now imagine trying to perform those tasks using less than five fingers and it becomes even more difficult. We as humans rely on (and take for granted) the dexterity and functionalit ...
A prototype of this ‘squishy’ robot made with phase-changing materials (via MIT) MIT and Google’s Boston Dynamic have collaborated to solve one of the age-old issues in robotic mechanics by inventing a new material. While robots are typically either created to be soft or hard, this robot can actually shift from soft or hard states to accommodate the task it need to complete. The real world applications of this are various, but it is of particular interest to the Medical fi ...
The Marbel Board (via Kickstarter)   The most lightweight electric skateboard in the world is here. The Marbel Board is making its splash in the market, weighing in at a record-breaking 9.9lbs with enough power to reach 20mph and with a range of 10 miles per charge. The Kickstarter campaign is nearly done and having met its goal this puppy is expected to come to market between this fall and next winter.   The Marbel Board is kicking tail and taking names. Not only is it the lightest ...
The Rotimatic which can create perfect flatbread in minutes. (via Rotimatic)   Yes, there is now a robot for everything and this robot is making me hungry. It is called the Rotimatic and can make perfect roti, flatbread, or wraps in under a minute according to the company. It has three hoppers which you fill with flour, water, and oil. Then, you can specify the type of flour, quantity of oil, desired thickness of the batter, and bake time to make different types of flatbread. The Rotimati ...
Since the invention of the drone, many people have been uneasy about the idea of an unmanned flying object hanging around, watching and potentially harming people – and for good reason. Sure, some drones come together to perform in symphonies, but others release tear gas from the sky. The good, the bad and the ugly, you’ll find them here. Introducing: the Top 10 coolest, most terrifying drones in the world.     1. The Skunk Desert Wolf’s Skunk (via Desert Wolf) & ...
Wheelchairs for feet? Nope, but Wile E. Coyote would be proud. (via ACTION)   Wile E. Coyote has to be one of the most hard working cartoon characters in history. He is renowned for coming up with the most preposterous ideas and contraptions in order to catch the ever-elusive Road Runner. When conventional tactics failed (like planting stop signs), he turns to the Acme corporation to help him catch the bird using crazy devices or contraptions such as the Acme Super Outfit (thought he could ...
Illustration of Bashir’s new walking bio-bot (via University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)   Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign developed one of the first classes of “bio-bots” that can walk. They are also some of the first biological robots to give bioengineers full control over their motion. If you aren’t freaked out about the prospect of 3D-printed organs, surely this will send a tingle down your spine. A new class of biological ro ...
We’ve never been much for slow technology. Imagine reading the headline “slowest robot in the world unveiled,” and surely yawns will follow. That’s why two new running robot designs were just released. The Outrunner and Raptor robots can run at 20mph or more, perfect for carrying weapons or stealing old ladies’ purses.   The first whizzing robot is Robotics Unlimited’s OutRunner. This robot has a unique running style, as its body stays in place while sp ...
…….or traveling to various inter-office meetings. (via TOPJOY on right and engadget on left)   People riding Segway’s can be found in almost every city on the planet. Some cops even use them to conduct patrols with, usually during outdoor activities where horses and MRAP (Mine-Resistant Ambush-Proof) vehicles are tough to navigate through. Sure, the Segway is a great ride but it’s still too expensive for most users and why use two wheels for transportation when you ...

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