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The RoboBee sticks to a variety of surfaces. Harvard's RoboBee takes inspiration from nature for its battery conserving power. (via Harvard)   The Amazing Spider-Man has the ability to swing from his web and stick to any surface. What about if a robot could do that? It sounds a bit terrifying, but it's not so scary when put into such a tiny bot. Researchers at Harvard have created a new flying microrobot dubbed RoboBees, which have the ability to perch to save energy, similar to bats, bird ...
Marlo conquers uneven terrain in sporty shoes. The new robot, Marlo, was created by University of Michigan and Oregon State University. (via University of Michigan)   There have been several innovations in the field of robotics mainly bipedal robots, but many of them still have issues waling unaided. Instead of looking fierce and ready for anything, these bots often look like unsteady toddlers. Boston Dynamics has successfully built robots with great stability and the capability to walk on ...
Special pods fitted to the wings of Embention’s drone enable it to drop insects at automated intervals. Their automated flights and economic use give drones an advantage in implementing sterile insect technique, a nontoxic approach to eradicating pests. (via Embention)   Sterile insect technique isn’t new; it’s been used for years to combat populations of pests that pose serious threats to human health and wellbeing. And the technique is simple:: a region is flooded with ...
Zapata Racing’s Flyboard Air can reach a height of 10,000 ft., has a top speed of 93 mph and has a flight time of 10-minutes.   Ok, I’ll admit it, I too was on the hoax bandwagon when I first saw Zapata Racing’s Flyboard Air hoverboard. When the company released their first video speculation on its authenticity went rampant with some accusing the French company of pulling off a hoax- was the pilot suspended by wires or was the video edited to make him appear to be airborn ...
Buyers to get 50% off Fusion 360 when they purchase 1-year licenses for three or more years.   Back in December of 2015, Autodesk and Newark element14 came together to form a new partnership that would benefit both companies by allowing Newark to sell Autodesk’s Mechanical Design suite along with their embedded, test and EDA software packages. What does this mean for you?   It means 3D modeling that works with PCB layout software. Imagine designing a PCB, and simply exporting tha ...
Root is still in the development phase. Root uses various lights and sensors to engage kids in the world of coding.  (via Harvard)   Our kids are going to be smaaaaaart! In our rapid growing digital age, it's never been more important to learn the basics of computers. Being able to type 60 words per minute and knowing how to set up an Excel sheet just doesn't cut it anymore. Now, it's all about programming and coding. Granted, these are pretty complex fields that takes time, patience, ...
A student guides the drone with just her mind. Drones in this race were controlled by using BCI software (via University of Florida)   These days drones are as common as Windows updates. Whether big businesses use them to deliver your unnecessary Amazon purchase or you just want to build them, drones are used for just about everything. So, it should be no surprised to learn about drone racing. What started as an activity exclusive within the drone community, has become a huge event that ha ...
Can you beat Puma's trainer bot? BeatBot is meant to push runners further and can keep up with Usain Bolt's record. (via Puma)   Usain Bolt is better known as the fastest person ever timed. He's the first man to have world records in both the 100 meters and 200 meters race. He gained worldwide notoriety after his double victory at the Beijing Games and his list of achievements keeps going. It's enough to earn him the nickname “Lightning Bolt.” But this fastest man has some comp ...
A robotic car made with the Ziro kit and a mounted smartphone (via Ziro)   We recently learned about a race where you can control a drone with your mind. How about a buildable robot you can control with your hands? No, I don't mean with an RC control. I mean telling a robot where to go, what to do with your hand. Ziro is yet another kit that wants to make building your own robots simplistic and fun. Think of it has a more advanced version of Lego Mindstorms. Ziro is a robotics kit made up ...
BB-8 at JPL. (via NASA/JPL)   May the 4th be with you... People all over the world fell in love with mini droid BB-8 when the Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released. The little guy stole our hearts so much people flocked to stores to have their own companion for their own home. Even I bought BOTH BB-8 toys... and cut them in half! See me cut it here: https://youtu.be/-bEMtfAbnb8   While we can expect to see him again in Star Wars: Episode 8, BB-8 can be found visiting the hall ...
  I am loving all the artificial intelligence news of late. Self-driving cars, A.I. beating humans at games, and now this…   Forget embedding deep learning Artificial Intelligence in your hardware. The Movidius Fathom Neural Compute Stick is an external USB unit that allows even the simplest of devices to utilize high-end visual processing as needed. Movidius is the powerhouse behind the Myriad 2 – a complex visual processing technology that enables deep learning featu ...
I have one. But before the review, I thought I would go over some of the buzz circling the device. It’s spawned startup companies, contests, and other innovations.   Virtual Reality (VR) development is increasing at Mach speed, and HTC isn’t any playing games. Immersive VR is no longer a pipedream, and HTC partnered with Valve to create the coolest VR headset and environment on the planet. With backwards compatibility and a huge developer network, the HTC Vive can be anything ...

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