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When it's time to get new furniture the first place many turn to is Ikea. But too many know the frustration, anger, and agitation of assembling everything together. Skylar Tibbits and the Self-Assembly Lab at MIT may have found a way put the Ikea frustration to rest. As part of the Fluid Assembly Furniture project, the researchers are currently working on a self-assembling chair. But before you scour the internet looking for one of these miracles there's a catch. Not only is the chair submerged ...
SAFFiR (via The U.S. Navy)   As robotic technology continues to expand, we see an increasingly impressive army of Artificial Intelligence-based robots gearing up to work “hand”-in-hand with humankind; like the U.S. Navy’s Shipboard Autonomous Firefighting Robot (SAFFiR), for example. Recently unveiled at the Naval Future Force Science & Technology EXPO, this firefighting biped is turning heads.   SAFFiR is quite impressive, as far as biped robotic capabilities ...
Faith Lennox and her $50 dollar 3D printed arm. (image via press-telegram) 3-D printing is an innovative technology that's being used for numerous projects from crafting to cooking. Now, one company has used it to print out prosthetic limbs. Meet seven-year-old Faith Lennox, a sweet blond haired girl who lost her left hand at nine months old due to compartment syndrome. Her position during childbirth cut off the blood flow to her hand and after spending nine months trying to save the limb, ...
Move over sheep-dogs, drones will soon replace you. But, not on cuteness... (via Paul Brennan) Drones are finding ways to make life easier everyday from delivering your online packages to getting a pizza to your front door. But one sheep farmer has found a different way to use drones to his advantage. Paul Brennan, Irish sheep farmer and drone enthusiast, has discovered that an RC quadcopter can be used to move sheep from one field to another. He calls the drone Shep, the world's first sheep ...
The DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) is a competition of hardware and software teams vying to develop robots capable of assisting humans in responding to natural and man-made disasters.  Designed to be extremely difficult, the DRC Finals, which will take place from June 5-6, 2015 at Fairplex in Pomona, California (just east of downtown Los Angeles), will require robots to attempt a circuit of consecutive physical tasks, with reduced communications between the robots and their operators. The w ...
ARC pen final (via Dopa Solutions) If you know someone with Parkinson’s disease, you may be familiar with how increasingly difficult everyday tasks may become for those suffering. That’s why the UK-based design company Dopa Solutions built the ARC pen, a pen that helps stabilize tremors experienced by those with micrographia when writing.   Micrographia is a condition often experienced by those with Parkinson’s Disease, in which handwritten print becomes progressive ...
The mDrawBot creates an image on an egg (via mDrawBot kickstarter page) Robots have been threatening to take over jobs all over. Now, they're ready to invade the art world. Meet the mDrawBot, a 4-in-1 robot that can hold a pen or pencil and draw pictures as well as do laser engraving with the right equipment. While it can draw on paper, it can also create images on just about anything, including an easter egg. There are four different modes: mSpider, a robot with the ability to draw on a wa ...
Sepios concept (via Sepios official) While some roboticists are focusing on the development of Artificial Intelligence, others are using their resources to enhance our knowledge of aquatic life. Students from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, for example, are doing just that. The student team recently developed one of the most easily maneuverable fish robots in the world, called Sepios.   Sepios Rollout Team (via Sepios)   The nautical robot is a dat ...
Vom leeren Blatt Papier zum fahrenden Formelrennwagen. Dieser Herausforderung stellen sich die Mitglieder von Infinity Racing – Rennteam der Hochschule Kempten e.V. jährlich im Rahmen der Formula Student. Seit 2008 nimmt das Team der Hochschule Kempten erfolgreich an den internationalen Wettbewerben teil und tritt dabei gegen hunderte Teams aus der ganzen Welt an. Hierbei wird der Bolide jedoch nicht nur dynamisch auf Herz und Nieren geprüft, sondern auch bei den statischen Diszi ...

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