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These bots could be the future of surgical procedures. The Israel Institute of Technology research team have found an easier way to guide nanobots in the bloodstream. (via American Chemical Society) In the tech world robots are not only getting smarter, they're also getting smaller. There are some bots so small they can be put into the human bloodstream to treat diseases. It sounds frightening, but one team has found an easier way for nanobots to swim through the body. Researchers at the Isr ...
Note: This is part two of a three-part guide. Part 1 - Getting Started Guide for the Infineon RGB LED Shield Part 2 - Building a White LED Lamp (you are here!) Part 3 - Building a Full Color Lamp Introduction I needed some lighting for my lab, and having played with Infineon’s RGB LED Shield I was confident high quality lighting could be achieved with it. This short post is a consolidation of the earlier findings put into practice to build an LED lamp.   In brief, the Infineon RGB ...
Novatel Wireless, Inc., recently announced it has been contracted to update the AT&T wireless network in preparation for the Internet of Things. Serious security concerns, however, have yet to be addressed. Consumers wonder if the new technology will be safe.  (via ATT)   Despite growing security concerns related to the Internet of Things (IoT), AT&T recently entered into agreement with Novatel Wireless, Inc., to update their network in preparation for IoT-connected home secur ...
Freescale Semiconductors recently unveiled its new line of processors at the Freescale Technology Forum on Monday. The company claims its processors can function as MCUs and are both energy efficient and advanced enough to run high-performance graphics. (via Freescale) Every technology company is expanding current capabilities to capitalize on the ever-increasing IoT market, and Freescale Semiconductors is no exception. The Texas-based hardware business recently unveiled its new line of pro ...
Origami drone that folds and dissolves itself (via Evan Ackerman/IEEE Spectrum)   Scientists, engineers, makers, and the US Navy have been hard at work making some of the most groundbreaking, chilling, and downright bizzare drones we’ve seen yet. Drone innovations are happening faster and faster. Here is a collection of the most recent, noteworthy drone innovations.   First, MIT is still alive and kicking and recently wowed a crowd with their origami drone that folds itself, wa ...
Ricoh recently announced the development of a substance called, “Energy-Generating Rubber.” It is an electricity-generating rubber that produces the high output of piezoelectric ceramic with the flexibility of a piezoelectric polymer. (via Nikkei Technology) Japanese electronics company Ricoh recently announced the development of a new material that can convert pressure and vibration into electric energy. The substance is called “Energy-Generating Rubber” and promises ...
A picture that has haunted my dreams. Meet the deranged creations of Night Terrors. (via Nouvum Analytics)   Nouvum Analytics is developing a game called Night Terrors that will become a first ever augmented reality game of these proportions for iPhone. The game will also expand to Android and Windows phone platforms after its release. The project is currently on Indiegogo seeking a whopping investment of $70,000 to fully develop the game.   The team has currently managed to raise o ...
A new device to help the blind see. A Stanford research team has paired with Pixium Vision to give sight to the blind. Their new implant may allow the blind 20/120 vision with infrared light. (via Pixium Vision) It seems that a miracle is in the making with the release of a new retinal implant prosthetic that allows the blind to see. Clinical trials wont until 2016, but that is practically only 6 months away: great news for hopeful candidates who want to regain their sight.   While t ...
Etsy, who is dedicated to user-made and vintage items, may be in trouble if Amazon takes over (via Etsy) Etsy has always been the go-to site for kitchy items for any and all fandoms. Whether it's a homemade Doctor Who beanie or Game of Thrones plushies, you can be sure to find it at Esty. But with Amazon's latest business plans this could be the beginning of the end for the hand-crafted site. The Wall Street Journal recently reported that the online giant has been sending some of Etsy's big ...
Apparently this week was 'London Technology Week' (it is a trademark!) which seems a contrived week to be honest, although it is partly organized by London&Partners which is a registered company but appears to have some relationship to the Greater London Authority i.e. the Mayor of London. Excel London hosted some events, in particular a technology show called Interop London. At the same time Excel hosted a 'Protection and Management 2015' show too, which included security (people, property ...
EasyJet, Europe’s second largest discount air carrier has successfully completed a trial for the use of automated drone technology to scan and inspect its planes, reporting on any damage that may require further attention or maintenance work. With the successful test, the airline plans to roll out the small unmanned aircraft to inspect aircraft for damage at its 10 engineering bases across Europe within the next year. These include London Luton, London Gatwick, Geneva, Basel, Berlin, Paris ...
Drones search for illegal loggers in the Amazon. Max Messinger holding his flying wing drone. (via NPR) Companies, like Amazon, are trying to adapt drones for various services, but the public is still hesitant to fully accept them. They are often perceived as dangerous and invasive. What they don't know is they can be used for more than getting your package on time. The Amazon Basin Conservation Association in Peru is using a custom UAV to scan large portions of the rain forest to search fo ...
In a competitive industry how do you give university graduates a great chance to stand tall above the rest?   Formula Student is one of the largest motorsport events in the world, with over 100 teams from almost 40 countries entering just the UK event in Silverstone. The students will tackle challenges that go beyond what they would study at University, such as; working in a very large team on a lengthy and multidisciplinary project, pitching a business in a 'Dragons Den' environment, gain ...
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BRETT working through a given task (via UC Berkeley) These days artificial intelligence can do some amazing things from drawing pictures to removing stalled cars, but it knows how to do these things through explicit instructions. Is it possible for a robot to learn a task on its own? A research team from the University of California, Berkley seems to think so. BRETT (Berkley Robot for the Elimination of Tedious Tasks), a Willow Garage Personal Robot 2 (PR2), has the ability to complete task ...
Team Kaist’s DARPA Robotics Challenge winner DRC-HUBO completes the vehicle egress task The DARPA Robotics Challenge Finals competition was held Friday and Saturday at the Fairplex in Pomona, California. After years of research and development, several intense days of preparation at the competition site, a day of rehearsal and two full days of head-to-head competition the winner, taking the  $2 million in prize money that goes with it, was DRC-HUBO, the latest of the "HUmanoid rob ...
It can't be bargained with. It can't be reasoned with. It doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead. Or it falls down.     ...
  Researchers at Georgia Tech’s GRITS Lab recently developed a technology that programs robots to follow a beam of light, controllable with your fingertip. The development could allow for a swarm of thousands of robots to report to a specific location, avoiding all obstacles along the way (including one another), without any necessary programming.  (via Georgia Tech)   Since the advent of drones, many thought the tiny robots would immediately take the place of military int ...
The Tynker app is available for Android and iPad. Tynker teaches kids programming by letting them create their own games and animations. (via Tynker) With technology present in most homes across America, toy companies have dedicated time to create kid friendly apps and tablets with an educational focus. Now, there's a startup that can teach children programming fundamentals. Founded by Krishna Vedait, Tynker focuses on teaching children of all ages programming by having them create their ow ...
MIT researchers who previously built a robotic cheetah have now trained it to automatically detect and leap over multiple objects while it runs. The scientists claim it's the first four-legged robot to be able to do so. To get a running jump, the robot plans out its path, much like a human runner: As it detects an approaching obstacle, it estimates that object’s height and distance. The robot then gauges the best position from which to jump, and adjusts its stride to land just short of the ...
Prelude The road more travelled 1. ArduPilot 2. DJI NAZA 3. OpenPilot CC3D 4. NAZE32 5. KK2.1 6. KKMulticontroller 7. MultiWii About a RC Transmitter and receiver Using the CC3D Calibration of the CC3D and testing Calibrating the Remote Taking Flight Conclusion   Prelude I started a series of posts on how to build a Quadcopter from scratch and in the previous posts, I had explained the basic hardware build. I built up the wooden fr ...
Eine sehenswerte Kulisse, 30 aufgeregte Studenten und viele müde Gesichter: nach acht Monaten Anstrengung und vielen durchgearbeiteten Nächten war der große Moment am Freitag gekommen, an dem Infinity Racing - das Rennteam der Hochschule Kempten - stolz seinen siebten Rennwagen präsentieren konnte. Die Studenten haben in Eigenregie viel Wissen und Anstrengung in die Fertigung des neuen Rennwagens gesteckt. Unter dem Motto „Wer nicht vom Fliegen träumt, dem wachsen ...

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