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Finexus doesn't rely on a direct line of sight between electromagnets and sensors. Oculus and University of Washington have teamed up to develop Finexus, a system that combines fingertip electromagnets and sensors to track hand movements.  (via Finexus)   Virtual reality has been a dream for many after being presented is various movies, including Back to the Future. Some companies have tried to make VR a reality, but it often involves weird controllers, clunky headgear, or special glo ...
Yanto Shen is the leader researcher on this project. Researchers from UNR and UALR team up to work on a new device to help the visually impair detect and grasp object. (via UNR)   A team of researchers from the University of Nevada in Reno (UNR) and the University of Arkansas (UALR) are using advanced technology to help the visually impaired. Last week they announced plans to develop a wearable robotic device that would help the visually impaired to get around obstacles in their surroundin ...
The projected launch of NASA's Space Launch System at the Kennedy Space Center. Congress promises to give NASA $19.3 billion dollars, $1.23 billion than the agency received last year. (via NASA)   NASA is always at the forefront of space exploration and innovation, but what some people don't realize is it takes a lot of money to conduct the research the organization needs. There's some good new for NASA as the Republican-controlled Congress has promised to give the organization an estimate ...
Nereus was the only robot that could reach the deepest parts of the ocean (via Nature) Oceanic exploration may be even tougher before; the only robot that can explore the deepest ocean trenches perished on the job. Nereus was a hybrid ROV that could operate autonomously or be controlled remotely by scientists. What made it so unique was how it could explore parts of the ocean 20,000 feet below the surface. Sadly, Nereus imploded in the Pacific Ocean in 2014 due to unknown reasons.   I ...
We're only a day away from the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens aka the most anticipated movie of the year - maybe pf all time. The franchise is loved by millions for various reasons: the story, the action, the characters, and the technology. When audiences first saw the Millennium Falcon zipping through space or those lightsaber (laser sword) battles back in 1977, they were awestruck. You couldn't imagine any of those gadgets in real life. Almost 40 years later and much of the technology ...
Simbe Robotics created an inventory automation and analytics robot called Tally. Tally promises to be cheaper than human resources, while executing inventory tasks – including ensuring shelves are stocked and displayed properly – with higher accuracy. (all images via Simbe Robotics)   I thought all the service droids from Star Wars were a little far-fetched in ability, but this bot is pretty close to an R2 unit. Also... putting stock boys out of work, not the future they wanted ...
NASA’s R5, humanoid robot, also called Valkyrie. NASA created their R5 robot a few years ago but they have been struggling to create software sophisticated enough to enable the R5s to take on dexterous challenges. Hence, the new Space Robotics Challenge is funding two University teams to upgrade the R5 for possible space missions. (via NASA) Two university teams have received major capital to fund further research on NASA’s humanoid robots, called Valkyrie. This summer’s DA ...
The Pico automated homebrew machine. (via PicoBrew) Okay, truth time. I made the Drinkmotizer, the Raspberry Pi drink mixing robot, for almost the exact same reason of these guys here. I should have kept going all the way to kickstarter...   Could you be serving homebrew at your next holiday party?! The Pico, created by PicoBrew Inc., is trying to revolutionize the way we think of creating and drinking beer with a new and kind-of affordable kitchen gadget that automates the beer making ...
European project TOBI came to a close this summer with the EPFL’s successful demonstration of a mind-controlled robot. The study exhibited a 100% success rate, proving that robots can be controlled by thoughts alone – but the technology may die on the vine.  (via EPFL)   The European Tools for Brain-Computer Interaction (TOBI) project recently came to a close with a successful demonstration of mind-controlled robotic capabilities. The seven-year-long, € 20 million pr ...
Professor Hass working on li-fi technology. Li-fi technology uses internet connection, a photo dectector, and LED lightbulb to work. (via purelifi) It's hard to imagine a world without instant WiFi access. Actually, hard for me to imagine a world of wifi access outside my house. A new way of delivering data is currently in the works that is supposed to have better speed than your standard WiFi connection. Called Li-Fi, it can provide internet access 100 times faster than the current Wi-Fi, o ...
  Ross Brawn hat über die Formula Student gesagt: "There are two really innovative forms of motorsport left: Formula One and Formula Student." Ross Brawn, das ist im Motorsport ein durchaus nicht unbekannter Name - umso interessanter ist selbstverständlich so eine Aussage. Die Anerkennung solcher Größen des Sports macht mich noch stolzer, dass ich in der vergangenen Saison ein Team führen durfte, auf dessen Leistungen ich sehr stolz bin: municHMotorsport, das T ...

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