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Baby turtles swimming to freedom, just an example... not their efforts. (via U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) The North Carolina tourist scene has had a problem for years now. Their beaches must be closed for at least six weeks due to little, baby Wolfpack Sea Turtles nesting on the sand. These Wolfpack Sea Turtles are endangered, so the US Fish and Wildlife service does what they can to keep people from accidentally smashing them underfoot.   However, this 6 week, no beach ban provid ...
The first hoverboard created by Hendo and up on Kickstarter (via Hendo Hover) Hold the phone and take me Back to the Future! Someone has created a real hoverboard! Recently, there was a big hub bub about a Back to the Future electric skateboard commemorating the awesomeness of Marty McFly. That is no comparison to an actual hoverboard!   Actually, I should preface this with the fact that you won’t be riding a hoverboard to work in the near future, but we could be driving hover- ...
Students, start-ups, and MNCs coming together to crowdsource solutions (via Agorize) Data is the big deal in business and large corporations like Google will do anything, and pay anything to get their hands on it. Currently, many companies will pay another company to conduct market research on their behalf so they can find out new product ideas and markets they currently haven't tapped. There is also the Amazon Mechanical Turk crowdsourcing Internet marketplace to use human intelligence to ...
A poor human being subjected to a ghostly robot presence... virtually. (Alain Herzog/EPFL) For the first time, scientists have successfully been able to reproduce a ghostly presence in the lab with a robot. There is a long stem of research into the phenomena of people feeling a strange presence of an entity that was not physically there, such as an angel or a ghost. Particularly, people with neurological conditions like schizophrenia, migraines, and stroke often report feeling a paranormal ...
One of my friends has bought a soft drink bottle cooler as a present for his partner. The outside of the machine is agreeable, but the state of the electr(on)ics is bad. More than 20 wires have been cut off by previous owners and restorers. The only part that still works is the refrigerator. At this moment I'm assessing the damage done by previous repairs, and building a plan to make the cooler dispense bottles in some way.   My current assessment: - the motor that activates the vendi ...
  Like something out of a Scifi movie with evil corporations - Apple, emulating a policy Facebook has already implemented, has taken an important step in encouraging gender diversity in the work place (or saving a few bucks by pressuring women to sacrifice their reproductive years for the company, depending on who you ask) by extending their employee insurance to cover egg-freezing procedures. Egg freezing is pretty much what it sounds like: Doctors will remove your eggs (oocytes) transvag ...
Borg Cube throwing a tractor beam on the Enterprise.. not too far from becoming a reality... the beam that is. (via CBS) Thanks to scientists at The Australian National University, we could all have tractor beam pens to move the TV remote closer. Tractor beams have been in the realm of science fiction for some time, whether it's the Star Trek Enterprise, or the Star Wars Death Star, all futuristic societies have figured out how to move objects using laser technology.   Naturally, sup ...
Aiko Chihara may have silicone skin but her arm movements are fluid enough for sign language (via Toshiba) Aiko Chihara is looking for a job either in the welfare or healthcare fields (or both) sometime in the near future, however she will need more education in the field of software programming refinements before that happens. Like most of the younger generation, she, too is working a temp job before she can advance into the career she was born to do. So before that happens, she will work ...
The McFly Hoverboard and High-top combo from ZBoards. Can these kicks work today? (via Zboards) The latest from Zboards is enough to get old Delorian purring with glee as they take a classic ride back to the future. Ever want to feel the wind flowing through your hair as you ride on a hoverboard like Marty McFly? Obviously, you'll be wearing your acid wash jeans and shell jacket to match. Well, now you actually can. One lucky winner will actually get the whole ensemble, complete with hoverb ...
Carvey (via kickstarter) The Carvey is a CNC router that carves your design into any piece of wood, soft metal, and plastic. What's more, is it's so simple a 5th grader could probably use it... or at least that's what their video suggests. Their campaign blew up Kickstarter as they reached their goal of $50,000 in 1.5 hours! The Carvey campaign is now huge, as they have currently raised over $650,000 in about ten days (I know – I wish I was them right now). The early bird Carveys are ...
The Air Umbrella: using air to protect against water (via kickstarter) A Chinese inventor named Chuan Wang has drastically reinvented the umbrella. In late September, Wang headed a successful Kickstarter campaign for his Air Umbrella. The Air Umbrella looks like a wand and deflects water away from the user, acting like an umbrella, using high pressure air. It seems like a cool futuristic idea, except for the poor person who happens to be standing next to you -they'll be pissed and soaking we ...
Prelude The previous post is at: [Building a quadcopter] [Part 1]   In the last post, I started by linking to the various resources and buying the basics and then testing the 'air' by getting the motors to run. In this post I will share my experience in building my own frame.   The frame  Since the BLDCs and ESC are OK tested at this point, I wanted to start with the frame. A look online and those carbon fibre frames are beautiful. Unfortunately, they are also very expensive an ...
RomoCart uses an overhead a pico projector and RGB depth sensor allowing users to play AR games (via 河本の実験室)   Romo debuted back in 2011 and has since gone through several revisions, giving it a more sleek design with better mobility. For those who don’t already know what Romo is, it’s a mobile dock from Romotive with tank-like treads that uses an iPhone as its brain, essentially turning the smartphone into an interactive robot. While using the iPhone for a robot is great in its ...
Prelude  Ever since I saw the quadcopter for the first time, I wanted to have mine. Unfortunately, I am financially err... 'less apt' to actually buy one and imports cost an arm and a leg. Hence i set out to build my own by either buying parts from the cheapest resource or extarcting from scrap what I could. I also blog about this stuff independently at http://embeddedcode.wordpress.com and you are welcome to check that out as well. This post is the first in a series where I will document t ...

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