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Four students at Jackson State University invented a temperature-monitoring floor mat that allows users to manage their risk for lower extremity ulceration and amputation due to diabetes. It is a revolutionary idea that may significantly lower the prevalence of diabetes-related amputation. (image via Pixabay)   Diabetes is a serious disease that is claiming thousands of new victims every day. In countries with unreliable access to advanced medicine, including India and China, it has been d ...
New generation robotic arm named, “KATIA” a.k.a. Kick Ass Trainable Intelligent Arm. Carbon Robotics is breaking out a new technology into the prosumer market. Robotic arms have long been used to accomplish tasks in large factories, but their version brings a multi-purpose, trainable robotic into your home to do just about anything.  (via Carbon Robotics)   Carbon Robotics is a company that intends to stir up the prosumer market for robotics by bringing a robotic arm with ...
We will soon have our own personal driver.. maybe if we want it or not (image via Pixabay) When we got word self-driving automobile technology was being developed, it was like hearing that hovercrafts were going into mass production – no one believed it. But now that the U.S. government pledged $4 billion to develop the technology, we’d better believe it’s going to be a thing.   The Department of Transportation recently released details for the initiative. The Obama ...
Associate Professor Sile O’Modhrain of the University of Michigan is developing a Braille display for tablets that will revolutionize data transmission for the blind community. The unit will be a fraction of the cost compared to current technology, and will also allow for the Braille display of graphical information; currently an impossible feat. (via University of Michigan)   This is one of those projects you wished you made....   To help connect the blind with the great advan ...
London’s visually impaired may now navigate in Euston Station for series of trials (via Wayfindr)   Wayfindr is a non-profit organization with some hefty goals that are potentially gaining ground. Wayfinder’s vision to empower ‘vision impaired people to independently navigate the world’ was birthed as part of Ustwo studio’s “invest time” program. While this incubator program helped give it legs, Wayfindr has been independently teaming up with leade ...
Ziro control glove and module. (via Ziro) Ziro UI, it is a robot…system. It consists of basic robot building blocks and how the bocks are assembled is up to you. According to their website, you can build their parts into your own cardboard creation. They mention re-using your old Amazon boxes for this purpose. What’s is so unique about the Ziro is the interface. The Ziro UI interface is a glove. Hand motions control the movements of your creation.   Configuring the hand ...
Spencer running in a terminal in Schiphol Airport. KLM in partnership with many, has been developing an autonomous robot, Spencer, to guide lost passengers to their travel gates. They ran their first trial in December 2015, so it’s only a matter of time before Spencer may run fully with real passengers.  (via KLM & Spencer project)   Passengers travelling to Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport this December may have caught a glimpse of the robot making headlines this month. K ...
The secret of VertiGo’s ability to drive on walls lies in the dual propellers that produce enough thrust to cling to vertical surfaces. (All images and video via Disney Research)   Disney is widely known for their popular animated movies, however some might not know that they have a research department that’s involved with developing any number of new technologies, including robotics. Their latest creation- a robotic vehicle, is capable of not only driving on horizontal surface ...
Ring Worm by Alan Resnick. Paper-Thin was created by Daniel Smith and Cameron Buckley to display the work of digital artists. (via paper-thin)   When you think of art, you often picture physical museums, off limits paintings, and stuffy art connoisseurs. But with all the technology available in the 21st century, creators are changing the way we think about the art world. Now, there are artists that are strictly digital, but as you would imagine it's hard for these creators to actually disp ...
As the new year starts, remember, you actions have concequences. Here is a roundup of some hard working members of the design team… animal testers. (Here is my stance on it all..) Chameleons play video games for science; helps researchers learn more about their eyesight. A simple game was used to track the eye movement of chameleons. (via Reuters)   Video games are no longer for so-called geeks and nerds. With so many different games out there you can even find your parents ...

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