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StemBox DNA Workshop Group (image via StemBox & Kickstarter)   The days of boys-only computer science programs are in the past. Not only are more girls taking an interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), but there is also an increasing number of programs geared specifically for young girls. Sorry boys, but this piece is for girls-only.   Why STEM Programs need to focus on girls   Women only comprise 13 percent of the current engineering professio ...
That tiny fairy is actually plasma produced by femtosecond lasers (via arsiv.org)   Mid-air displays are nothing new (see Displair, LED Wave Display and Ariel Burton) in terms of technology advancements, they’ve been around for a few years now. But what if we could physically touch them as though they were something tangible, something that had some essence of substance? That day is closer than you think thanks to some cleaver group of researchers from the University of Tsukuba, Utsu ...
A recent study discovered medical robotic surgical machines were linked to nearly 1,400 injuries and at least 144 deaths. The study researchers called for improved safety standards for machines to ensure human welfare, but others disagree. Do we trust robots too much? Is it safe to entrust them with our lives? (image via CDC) A recent study conducted by the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, MIT and Chicago’s Rush University Medical Center discovered that robotic surgical mac ...
The competition features robot in a somewhat tame match of soccer... First it was robot weddings, now it's robot soccer.  Just when you thought things couldn't get any weirder for Japan, it was revealed that they took home the world championship of the RoboCup, a robot soccer event held in China. This annual outing features various types of robots that fight it out in different categories for the world cup. Over 40 countries participate in the games, including the Bold Hearts, a team of ...
Henn-na Front Desk. Japan opened the doors to the world’s first robot hotel. Henn-na Hotel, or Strange Hotel, is entirely robot run and promises to keep costs and its eco-footprint lower than the competition. (via Henn-na) If you thought I, Robot was a far away dream, think again. Japan just opened the doors to a new five-star hotel that’s entirely robot-run. Henn-na Hotel, or Strange Hotel, is the world’s first robot hotel and hopes to inspire the hospitality industry with ...
First Flight is Sony's answer to Kickstarter (via Sony's First Flight)   Sony is getting behind the crowdfunding platform in a major way. Earlier this month, the entertainment giant announced First Flight, a crowdfunding site, which will allow customers to decide the company's future product investments. Along with contributing to new projects, the site will also let backers directly buy and pre-order new devices made by Sony workers. The new platform was made in conjunction with Sony's Se ...
Ecocapsule (via Nice Architects) Ecocapsule interior (via Nice Architects)   Want to go off the grid without having to part with the comforts of flushable toilets and hot showers? A small architectural studio based in Slovakia called Nice Architects is preparing to launch its portable, off-grid home called the Ecocapsule. It is entirely wind and solar powered and can self-sustain its energy supply for nearly a full year without ever needing a charge.     (via Nice Ar ...
John Nash, the mathematician behind Game Theory, died in a car crash at 86. The Nobel Prize winner fought against Paranoid Schizophrenia and proved to the world anyone can accomplish anything. His legacy will live on through his students.  (via wiki images) Better late than never, my John Forbes Nash, Jr, eulogy. The genius mathematician who created game theory, John Nash, died May 23rd, 2015, in a car crash at the age of 86. The theorist won many awards for his mathematics, incl ...
ReWalk Robotics Ltd. has unveiled the latest edition of its FDA-cleared, electric-powered exoskeleton system—the ReWalk Personal 6.0. ReWalk is a device invented by an Israeli scientist which allows paraplegics to walk again, offering those in the spinal cord injured community what the company claims is “the most functional exoskeleton system with the fastest walking speed and the most precise fit.”  A computer-controlled device that uses servos in the hips and knees to h ...
NuVu Studios student’s Kate Reed and Nathaniel Tong designed their Wheelchair Hand Drive to allow users to easily propel themselves both forward and backward. (all images via Kate Reed and Nathaniel Tong)   The standard wheelchair design hasn’t changed much over the last 80 or so years (although they date back to the 5th century BCE). Unless it’s electric, users propel themselves by pushing or pulling the wheels, however there are easier ways to move around while being ch ...
How much do you trust a computer to drive a car without failing?   It's an important question, but I wonder if it's really the one that we should be asking. Instead, I think the question ought to be, "Can a computer drive as well as a human?" And most of us would probably agree that the majority of humans are terrible drivers (not us personally, of course, but other people), so in this respect the bar is actually set quite low for a self-driving car. They almost can't go wrong, when you ap ...
Just one of the many designs of INSIDE OUT. A new photography exhibit creates an artificial thunderstorm. (via INSIDE OUT and the creators project)   There are various websites and albums full of rain sounds and are used as relaxation methods, but one designer has found a way to recreate the mood and sounds of a thunderstorm artificially and you won't need headphones. Leigh Sachwitz's INSIDE OUT, her latest 360-degree interactive installation for the Triennale Der Photographie exhibition i ...
Vortex – a programmable, open-source robot toy – is available for backing on Kickstarter for $69. The makers promise it will help your child develop the programming and coding skills necessary to lead the cyber revolution. (all images and video via Vortex)   Parents are increasingly concerned that toys don’t have educational benefits for their kids. That’s why a team of engineers created Vortex – an interactive, programmable toy that teaches kids about robotic ...
The Bricasso, created by Jason Allemann, is made of Legos. (via jkbrickworks) In case you didn't get the memo, LEGO bricks are not just for kids. Just Google LEGO sculptures to see larger than life, breath taking LEGO creations. Jason Allemann, whose impressive Lego designs such as gravity powered walking animals and a LEGO computer keyboard, is currently working on Bricasso the world's first LEGO printer. This device scans an image and then prints a mosaic replica using 1x1 tiles. As if tha ...
MegaBot's Mk.II – a giant fighting robot. MegaBots Inc. first debuted on Kickstarter, asking for a pledge of $1.8 million dollars to make their dream of real-time fighting robots a reality. Their campaign was unsuccessful, but Autodesk funded their project and their giant robot is not set to challenge a Japanese robot to a duel. (via Megabots) Talk about an amazing PR stunt!   The founders of MegaBot Inc. have created what can only be named a boyhood wet dream. After heading an ...
This robot in disguise makes his debut at the 2015 Tokyo Toy Show   Transformers have been a hot seller in the toy world since the 80s. Thanks to the overblown Michael Bay films, the franchise has only gotten bigger and along with this came more advanced toys. But no matter how much you paid for that 16 inch McFarlane figure of Optimus Prime it can't transform on its own. TakaraTomy, the Japanese toy company, recently showed off its fully automated Transformers Adventure/Robot in Disguise ...
Der SMPC (Smart Mosfet Power Controller) ist unsere Platine, die für das Power-Management im Auto zuständig ist. Sie besteht dieses Jahr aus zwei aufeinander gesteckten Platinen um Platz und Gewicht zu sparen (kleineres und leichteres Gehäuse).  Auf der unteren Platine sind die Leistungsbauteile, die Spannungsversorgung sowie die Eingangsschaltung untergebracht. Insgesamt stehen 6 Low-Power, 6 Mid-Power und 2 High-Power Highside Ausgänge und 4 Halbbrücken zur Verf&# ...

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