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Cornell’s new soft robot walking across snow   If you've ever wondered what the military robots of the future will look like, Cornell researchers have a game changer in store for you: a robot that can withstand water, heat, pressure and extreme temperatures and in the form of a blob-- a pink one, at that.   The new robot looks a lot like a squishy starfish. Mostly made of silicone, the robot was built tough. While it doesn't exactly fit our idea of robotic innovation, it is in ...
Sound being recorded by MIT researchers via footage of vibration of nearby objects (via MIT) Maybe you heard this already... It seems that the far-fetched gadgets from James Bond films are becoming a reality.  Novel technology created by MIT researchers, Microsoft and Adobe can convert the subtle vibrations of an object in a room into sound waves in order to spy on conversations. While they hope this technology may lead to a variety of unexpected inventions, they are currently relishin ...
It begs to be admired... and craves to cut knees and feet. Part of the Gravity Collection (via Jolanvanderwiel.com) Playing with magnets is fun when you're a kid but for some, like Dutch designer Jolan Van der Wiel, the fascination never ends. That's why he created the gravity stool. By using magnets, iron shavings, dye, clay and water, Wiel manipulated the gravitational pull of magnets to make a true one-of-a-kind masterpiece.   Imagine landing on Mars and seeing an upside-down icic ...
The Tempescope recreates the weather outside in a nifty box, and you can make your own (via Tempescope Project)   A nifty gadget unveiled in the beginning of October at the CEATEC trade show in Japan is called the Tempescope. It is an 'ambient weather display' you can put on your coffee table or in your office. The Tempescope recreates the weather outside in your own home which allows you to gain a direct sense of what the real weather is like outside. Mostly, this new gadget is pretty co ...
Ebola pathogen killing robots being rolled out into a hospital near you (via Xenex)   With the recent Ebola outbreaks and widespread fear one company is capitalizing on their invention of a germ-zapping robots. Created by Xenexthese new Xenex robots are now being used in over 250 hospitals in the USA and the San Antonio company is trying to get the robots shipped to Africa to kill Ebola germs there. Xenex is also trying to secure contracts with airlines to have germ-zapping robots used on ...
Burgers and fries in space... waiting to be devoured by alien life forms (via youtube) This one slipped my recent "10 past and ideas for the future of Space Exploration" post... see those, and come on back!   Two crazy Brits have launched a burger and chips (french fries for you American types)into space as part of a marketing tactic for their Chosen Burger start-up. Fledgling entrepreneurs, Andy Shovel and Peter Sharman, tried to send a piece of their produce into space before but we ...
Imagine going to your local supermarket and being greeted, served and checked-out by robots. Think it’s impossible? Guess again. The UK-based Tesco supermarket is currently experimenting with a line of robotic, wearable and cognitive computing innovations to change the way you shop.   Tesco is trying to stay ahead of the competition – and not just by slashing prices. Tesco believes that the retail experience should get a digital face-lift, and is working on the very technology ...
  When people think of Disney, they don’t usually think, “Disney is one of the most innovative robotic companies,” but that is all about to change. The family-friendly brand is pouring tons of resources into its robotics division in the hopes of creating a new line of robots that interact with humans in a more, well, human, way.   One of the most impressive of Disney’s innovations is an air-pressurized system that allows robots to move like you. The system har ...
Microsoft Cube in action. Looks like a fun device for a club or art project... (via Microsoft) Sometimes a tech company’s best intentions can go astray.  Take, for example, Microsoft’s Cube, a Kinect-powered interactive art installation that is supposed to be unlike anything you’ve ever seen… except, that you have seen it before…   The Microsoft Cube is a cube structure composed of five, four-foot-tall, clear acrylic-coated, transparent projection ...
Yes, that is a man wearing a jetpack, running 200 meters in 25 seconds. Welcome to DARPA, where anything is possible. (via Arizona State) A new DARPA funded project in progress is a jetpack that would allow soldiers to run a 4 minute mile. Yep, forget flying technology. We're going old school with a project that seems more – well – down to earth.   While prototypes for flying jetpacks are super bulky, this pack is much slimmer and only weights about  11 pounds. It's w ...
The Soft Exosuit prototype from Harvard's Wyss Institute. (via Harvard) Harvard's Wyss Institute has been working on their 'Soft Exosuit' for a while. And, as some of you have seen from The Hacksmith's Elysium Exoskeleton, many people have been trying to create an Iron Man suit to fulfill the testosterone-filled dreams of men everywhere. But, Wyss Institute's Soft Exosuit is way different than the other suits that have been developed so far. While current exoskeletons typically look like a ...
The Snot Bot flying overhead with sensors below to measure how whales react when being approached by drones. (via Ocean Alliance)   Drones may begin to usurp dogs as man's best friend... or at least researcher's best friend. Ocean Alliance in conjunction with some researchers and students from Olin College of Engineering have developed 'Snot Bot' the friendly flying robot that collects 'blow' from whales. Why? Whale 'blow' is the snot that whales eject through their blow holes as they surf ...
A little girl is in awe of the beautiful holographic butterfly. The butterfly looks great fro the font, but.. (via Leia Display Systems) Ever since science fiction opened up minds about what is possible, people have been wondering when flying cars, hovercrafts, and holographic messages would become a reality. While we won't be seeing hover cars on the main street anytime soon, we may just be one step closer to those holographic messages. Leia Display Systems (LDS) is an innovation in disp ...
  Mbody Coach, smart shorts that track your activity and coach you real-time. (via kickstarter)   Myontec is looking for funding on kickstater to amp up their current Mbody high-tech smart exercise shorts. While their current Mbody exercise shorts are already being used by professional athletes who have the advantage of coachs and staff on hand that can interpret the incoming analytics, general consumers don't have this luxury. In fact, most fitness consumers also don't have the $100 ...
Sure, they’re blue but we can’t have white light without them (via wiki)   Eons ago (roughly 1907), scientists began messing with the idea of LEDs in the form of electroluminescence using a crystal of silicon carbide and a cat’s-whisker detector. Apparently, Edison’s light bulb was no longer cutting the mustard and people wanted tiny little lights in their radios, which is probably why RCA was playing around with gallium arsenide-based semiconductors back in 1955. ...
An Ariel view of Masdar City, a futuristic utopia near 11 miles from Abu Dhabi (via Masdar City)   What is better than a futuristic utopia that has a population of computers and robots? A sci-fi cheesy video about a deserted futuristic utopia that is saturated with computers. Yep. This video really demonstrates the oddity that is Masdar City, a self-contained city meant to house 10,000 people... and which currently holds none. OK, maybe there are a few humans around, but only because they ...
Robotic fabric in operation. (via Purdue) Soft robots are beginning to make a name for themselves within the community for robotics. First came the indestructible worm and now Purdue University is joining in on the fun with its robotic skin – a thin, robotic sleeve that can turn any malleable substance into a mobile bot.   The project at Purdue is headed by Rebecca Kramer and centers around creating a robotic fabric that can be easily slipped onto any flexible substance to make i ...

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