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RU’s new color display technology can produce vivid colors likened to HD LCD displays (via Rice University)   Having the ultimate camouflage has certainly helped fictional characters such as Harry Potter, the Predator and Sue Richards (Fantastic Four) but could it ever become a reality for us mere mortals? It’s certainly a possibility thanks to some researchers from Rice University, who are developing metamaterials that could copy the way a squid camouflages itself by changing ...
These hair-like structures bend when exposed to a magnetic field allowing water to defy gravity (via MIT) MIT engineers have designed some interesting materials that include a graphite-based foam that converts solar energy into steam and a self-assembling material that can be used for flat semiconductors. Adding to that list is a new elastic material that is coated with microscopic hair-like structures that bend when exposed to a magnetic field. As strange as it sounds, this allows the mat ...
Right side up, upside down makes no difference when utilizing the USB Type-C cable (via USB.org) Most all of our devices have a USB (Universal Serial Bus) port of some type in order to be recharged and sync data with other devices. There are several different USB 3.1 types that are currently on the market that were set by the USB Standards for use with our devices, including Type-A (pictured above), Type-B (the box-like connector), Micro (smartphones/tablets) and Mini (GPS, external hard drive ...
Engineering students Laura Hodges and Fred Westling test drive robotic couch (via UNSW)   If you belong to the group of folks whose couch is indented with butt prints from prolonged hours of gaming and TV-watching, you're in for a treat. Now you can direct your magic couch to take you everywhere you want to go. No, this isn't a dream, although you may dream of this lovely little loveseat for other reasons...   The couch was created by a team of engineering students from the Universit ...
Strike a pose! MIT is developing software for Boston Dynamic’s DARPA-funded robot. Put a human inside the Atlas frame somehow, bam, Iron Man. (via MIT) Boston Dynamics’ Atlas robot has been around only for about a year or so and has been making great strides (literally). The bi-pedal robot is actually the product of several companies, Sandia National Laboratories designed one of the robot’s hands while iRobot designed the other, while Team MIT provides the code to get it t ...
James Hobson demonstrating his super strength fortified by his DIY exoskeloton. Looks like he's about to blow an o-ring too. (via the Hacksmith) Alright folks, do you know what time it is? It's time to geek out! As part of a collection of DIY projects in a series titled “Make it Real,” The Hackman (aka James Hobson) and a group of mad scientists at Rimstar have collaborated to make a 'real' Elysium Exoskeleton. Why let all the fictional superheros have all the fun when anyone wi ...
Pepper, the first humanoid robot with emotions, at a press conference in Tokyo. (via Softbank) Holy moly! Your next hospital nurse could be a robot! Masayoshi Son, the CEO of SoftBank, has announced the first humanoid robot with an emotional engine intended for personal use.  At a press conference in Tokyo, Pepper introduced itself to the public speaking Japanese and mimicking Japanese gestures.   Pepper is 4-feet tall and has fully functional, life-like arms and fingers. It also ...
Again from Japan, new improvements in robotics in an effort to fuel the new robot uprising – I mean – research. This tiny robot isn't groundbreaking, but it could open up new avenues for using less processing power to walk, run, and somersault. While other bipedal robots use computational ZMP-based methods to balance and control their movement, this robot uses high-speed cameras.   The robot was created at University of Tokyo Ishikawa Watanabe Laboratory by the same researcher ...
SaviOne robot (AKA A.L.O. Botlr) is programmed to assist the hotel’s concierge. (via Savioke)   Robots were designed to serve humans to perform menial tasks such as vacuuming, building cars or sorting products on conveyors. The last few years have seen them transition into different rolls that are normally performed by humans. We’ve seen them in hospitals ferrying medications, linen and lab samples (Aethon Tugs) or even consoling patients who are terminal (Last Moment Robot). Th ...
  A mock up of the much awaited iWatch which will be unveiled at the September 9th Apple event   As some of you may already know, Apple is holding a huge media event on September 9th, and it is suspected by everyone in the Macrumors community and beyond that the latest iPhone 6 will be released along with a new iWatch.   The iWatch is a concept that Apple has been talking about for a while and intends to be a wearable technology that will serve as an all-in-one multipurpose de ...
Harvard’s Kilobots assemble to form complex shapes using simple programmed rules (via Harvard) Harvard isn’t usually an institution we associate with robotics like we do with MIT, Carnegie Mellon or Georgia Tech, however the Ivy-League school can hold their own when it comes to ‘The Swarm’. Why have only one complex robot to perform tasks when you could use thousands? That’s the notion behind Harvard’s tiny, swarming Kilobots, which can ‘self-assemble ...
NASA created self-driving 'swarmie' robots that could explore extraterrestrial life one day (via NASA)   A small group of NASA engineers and interns, including Kurt Leucht, Gil Montague, and Karl Stollieis, have been testing a new concept, which is expected to become a new trend in robotic space exploration for years to come. Of course, the team has just been starting a long line of tests for viability before continuing to develop these and other robots, but the viability tests have been p ...

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