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You can spend hours on Youtube looking at videos of robots awkwardly walking in labs on treadmills, but very few of them manage to look human. And that's what makes Boston Dynamics' latest robot such a game changer. The Google-owned robotics company has recently unveiled footage at the 11th Fab Lab Conference and Symposium of their Atlas humanoid walking robot and it's awesome, yet a little creepy. The videos show the robot walking on uneven terrain, keeping its balance as it's kicked, and even ...
(Photo Credit: SSL). Geostationary communications satellites can be very large, creating launch constraints.   Commercial satellite builder Space Systems/Loral (SSL) has been awarded a contract from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to study robotic assembly of geostationary communications satellites in orbit. Called Dragonfly, the program is designed to enable very large satellites that cannot be launched fully assembled (because the completed satellite will no ...
Miyazaki's Flaptter comes to life! Kazuhikio Kakuta has recreated the memorable machine from the acclaimed Hayao Miyazaki film. (via Kazuhikio)   Art and tech come together. Almost always, a work of love and fandom drives creating something like this. I find it inspirational, perhaps you will too.   Hayao Miyazaki has created some of the most iconic animated movies in history. Films like Howl's Moving Castle and Spirited Away are highly acclaimed for their story, visuals, and imagina ...
Kids top our biggest inspiration in this one...   Thanks to shows like Cake Boss and other baking competition shows, parents are inspired more than ever to create a cake their little ones will remember. They may be able to make pastries that look like their favorite characters, but can they make them move?   It sounds impossible, but Youtuber Russell Munro made his son a cake that'll make everyone jealous. As the video shows, the cake not only introduces itself as Optimus Prime, it ...
Dario with IKO Creative Prosthetic System and custom attachment. Columbian designer Carlos Arturo Torres developed the first-ever prosthetic to be Lego-compatible. Users can build-their-own add-ons, which range from a realistic hand attachment to Lego Mindstorms robot.(image: Carlos Arturo Torres)   No matter where they live, children of every age love building things with LEGO Bricks, including child amputees. That’s why Columbian designer Carlos Torres decided to develop a prosthet ...
Radinn Founder Phillip Werner catching waves on the Wakejet Cruiser. Swedish company Radinn will release its Wakejet Cruiser this October – a surfboard equipped with jets, GPS and a connected app that enable you to surf at 29mph while tracking your location on the sea for only $20,000 a pop. (via Radinn) Interfacing with the world is key here. I hope this inspires you as much as myself... Have you ever looked across the open ocean and wanted to skim its crystal surface without the need ...
SoftBank’s most recent Hackathon challenged hackers from across Japan to program Pepper the AI robot to be the best barista it could be. Be it learning latte art or charming the ladies, Pepper did it all, proving that robots won’t only take over the world one day, they’ll also take your women. (via Aldebaran & Softbank) While some are worried artificial intelligence may one day compete with human ingenuity, others have proved what we need to worry about is robot players ...
The U.S. Navy recently updated its mini Cicada drone, a palm-sized, inexpensive drone that can capture intelligence on the ground without putting human life at risk. This, in combination with a fold-up origami drone indicate military surveillance may rely heavily on drones in future.  (via Laurent Barthelemy/AFP) The days of soldiers deploying into enemy territory for intelligence may be over, with the Navy’s new Close-in Covert Autonomous Disposable Aircraft – Cicada. The p ...
Neil Armstrong wearing the historic suit inside the Lunar Module (via RebootTheSuit kickstarter) Sometimes you miss something important. This might be one of those times… #REBOOTTHESUIT   Ever since it started, Kickstarter has received both praise and criticism. While it has the ability to fund promising projects, there are also some sketchy ones, like the potato salad debacle. But thanks to its most recent campaign it also has the ability to preserve a piece of history. Last mo ...
Those affected by locked-in often can't speak verbally. University of San Diego is developing a system that uses eye technology for communication. (via University of San Diego) I love these stories.   Talking is a part of daily life whether it's saying hello to a bank teller or reminding yourself to take out the garbage, but can you imagine not being able to utter a single word? This is what happens to those affected by locked-in syndrome, a condition where a person is aware but can't ...
Humboldt University’s Neurorobotics Research Laboratory in Berlin, Germany spent two years creating Myon, a humanoid boy-sized robot who played the star role in the Komische Oper opera’s newest show: “My Square Lady.” (via Komische Oper) Since the beginning of robotics, people have wondered at the possibility of artificial intelligence matching or surpassing human intelligence. Beyond artificial intelligence, some even wonder if robots can feel. That’s why Berl ...
  Pincer next to U.S. penny. Researchers from Vanderbilt University recently created a device merely two-millimeters-thick that may revolutionize minimally invasive surgery. The pincer may be used to remove brain tumors and more. (via Vanderbilt University) While minimally invasive surgery definitely has its benefits, including faster recovery time for patients due to smaller incisions, it has limitations too. Even tiny, precise surgical robots, such as da Vinci, have their limitation ...
Maker Danny Benedettelli recently used an Android app, Arduiono and Bluetooth technology to wirelessly control a Lego humanoid with an exosuit. The technology isn’t new, but it may have big implications for the future of LEGO Bricks. (via DannyLabs/PolkaRobot) If you’ve watched any kind of futuristic show growing up, you’re probably familiar with the idea of robots being controlled wirelessly. Maker Danny Benedettelli took that idea and ran with it. While he certainly isn& ...
I am liking this bot. Have you ever been so tired after work you opted for take out instead of cooking? We all have. But imagine a world where your personal robot can handle the cooking for you. The technology is still under development, but Yaskawa (via RS Tech) recently showed the world that its industrial robots could be coerced into cooking egg sandwiches.   Looking like a Japanese Tea Ceremony master, the Motoman cracks an egg...   (via RS Tech youtube)   Yaskawa is ...
Sydney becomes first city to use electronic paper for city traffic signs with the help of E-Ink and Visionect. (via Visionect) Have you ever wondered if there was a better way to update traffic signs? (Traditional street signs not blowing your hair back?) Australian urban planners had the same question, and opted to use the same technology e-readers use to create traffic signs that are easy-to-read, solar-powered and easily updatable – no screwdrivers required.   image: Vision ...

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