Posts Tagged ‘technology’


Jul12

Advanced prosthetics hit retail this year

2016 at 05:57 pm by admin | Comments Off

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In the latest development from US robotics industry DARPA and inventor Dean Kamen, one of the world’s most advanced prosthetic limbs will be made available on the market this year! The arm, titled the Luke Arm after the protagonist from the Star Wars franchise, is designed to provide amputees with a limb capable of almost-natural manipulation and control. The Luke Arm is capable of delicate procedures like holding an egg, and at the same time is durable enough to handle lifting heavy objects in day-to-day life. The arm will also be able to be adjusted for any level of amputation, and can even be used underwater! The first wave of the arm is scheduled to be released sometime in 2016, with future releases improving on accuracy, durability, and other user-friendly options. The release of this arm to the market is an exciting step in using technology to help improve the lives of disabled citizens and veterans, and will surely lead to more amazing advances in the field.

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Oct06

Harvard’s tiny drones can fly & swim

2015 at 11:53 am by admin | Comments Off

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Scientists and engineers at Harvard University have developed a miniature 100mg drone that is both able to fly as well as swim! The drone, known as the RoboBee, lives up to its name by emulating the flight pattern and wing construction of everyday bees, beating its tiny wings at a rate of 120 Hz in order to achieve flight. However, unlike their natural relatives, the RoboBee is also able to use its wings swim and tread water, allowing it to function in both the air and underwater. The drone is even able to easily transition from flying to swimming, and vice versa! Harvard scientists hope to make the RoboBees truly autonomous, and may one day be used in off-shore activities.

Sep28

YAMAHA’s musical chairs take the stage in October

2015 at 02:43 pm by admin | Comments Off

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Known for their work with the vocaloid idol Hatsune Miku, automobile and tech company YAMAHA will once again bring their technical expertise to the field of music this wall with a unique new musical wheelchair! The chair, which is called &Y01 or Andy 01, designed this wheelchair with ease of use in mind, as well as combining it with percussion instruments. The design of the chair was based around the eighth note often seen on traditional music staffs, with the large sail on the back made to emulate the wavy line of the note. The chairs will debut in a concert titled “Slow Movement -The Eternal Symphony-”, which will debut at the United Nations University in Tokyo, Japan on October 3rd. With the goal of making music accessible to all people regardless of condition, these unique wheelchairs will hopefully lead to new innovations in combining music into our daily lives in unexpected ways.

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Sep21

Art exhibit lets visitors control lasers with mind

2015 at 03:27 pm by admin | Comments Off

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A new kind of interactive art exhibit has opened up in London which lets visitors become the artists with simply the power of their mind! The new exhibit, titled “On Your Wavelength”, was designed by a team of professionals, including artist Marcus Lyall, composes Rob Thomas, and designer Alex Anpilogov, is a part of the recently opened Merge Festival in Bankside, London, and takes advantage of brain waves to paint out a light and sound performance. This is done by equipping the viewer with an electroencephalogram, or EEG, headset that detects electrical activity in the user’s brain. The headset is able to read mood and intensity of thought in the creation of the piece, displaying wildly different colors, sounds, and brightness with just a thought. With practice, users can decide which colors to display on the screen by putting themselves in the right mindset, creating a truly unique light show for every individual. The exhibit will be open for use until October 18th, making it an exciting attraction for both tourists and locals alike!

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Jun25

World’s first 3D-printed supercar

2015 at 10:51 am by admin | Comments Off

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Divergent Microfactories has revealed their first stab into the 3D-printed automobile market with their new supercar, the Blade! The vehicle was revealed earlier this week at the O’Reilly Solid Conference in San Francisco, California, where investors, manufacturers, and entrepreneurs gather to invent and display new hardware and software innovations in a variety of fields. The Blade itself is created from 3D-printed aluminum nodes in a variety of sizes and shapes that can be connected by simple carbon fiber tubing, which is then quickly assembled and fitted with the chassis. 70 nodes are involved in construction, and the process takes only 30 minutes to complete. This makes the Blade one of the most environmentally friendly 3D-printed cars to date, creating 1/50th the factory emissions and costs of other cars.

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The Blade is no slouch on the roadway either. Billed as the world’s first 3D-printed supercar, it is capable of going from 0 to 60 mph in 2.2 seconds, thanks to its 700-horsepower internal combustion engine that can run on either standard gasoline or compressed natural gas. The car is also safe and durable, weighing 90% lighter than other cars while maintaining a stronger, more durable frame. Divergent Microfactories plans to release the tools and tech used in the creation of the Blade to the open market, and hopes that independent factories and entrepreneurs alike will take advantage of their work to create their own car designs. While there is no news on whether the Blade will hit retail or the future of Divergent Microfactories, their work with this supercar is a good sign of the future of 3D printing in the car industry.

Jun08

DARPA Robotics Challenge 2015

2015 at 11:27 am by admin | Comments Off

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Every year since its inception in 2012, the DARPA Robotics Challenge is the latest in the line of DARPA Grand Challenges which have sought to advance the future of robots and technology. DARPA, which stands for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, is an agency of the US Department of Defense that designs robotics and technologies for both military and non-military work, such as computer networking, information interface technology, and life-saving robotics. The latest competition hosted by DARPA sought to challenge engineers and scientists to design robots to navigate and operate in dangerous environments to respond to natural and man-made disasters alike. The competition was founded after the events of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan, and the course was designed around situations present during the disaster.

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The event has taken place in multiple stage since 2012, including a virtual challenge in June 2013 and two live challenges. The final event took place over this past weekend at the Fairplex in Pomona, California, pitting 23 teams against each other in a timed course of eight challenges. All challenges, which included traversing over unstable rubble, turning valves, and even driving a car, had to be completed in an hour to qualify. With a grand prize of $2 million, and $1 million and $500,000 for second and third place respectively, colleges and companies from all over the world participated in the event, including representatives from the United States, Japan, Germany, Korea, Hong Kong and Italy.

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In the end, only three of the 23 teams finished the course within the time limit, each earning one of the three top prizes. Third place went to USA’s Team Tartan Rescue from Carnegie Mellon University and their red-colored robot CHIMP, while Team IHMC took second with the running man Atlas. The grand prize of $2 million dollars was won by Team KAIST from South Korea, thanks to their transforming DRC-HUBO robot, who managed to finish the entire course in under 45 minutes! With the years-long competition finally coming to a close, DARPA hopes all the innovations and technologies developed throughout the event will be put to use in saving human lives in the future.

More info: http://www.theroboticschallenge.org/

May19

Inventor flies jetpacks over Dubai

2015 at 10:47 am by admin | Comments Off

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Yves Rossy, Swiss engineer and pilot, recently debuted a video of his newest invention to YouTube: a fully functional jetpack! Accompanied by skydiver Vice Reffet, the duo are shown soaring through the skies of Dubai with the prototypes, turning and performing maneuvers with all the grace of a bird. The flight packs weigh 120 pounds, and allow their uses to fly freely for 15 minutes in speeds up to 186 miles per hour. While the packs are still heavily in development, and require assistance in order to perform take-off and landing procedures, Rossy’s invention is a hopeful sign of the next generation of flight technology to come!

Mar04

Dubai plans for future-themed museum

2015 at 12:50 pm by admin | Comments Off

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Dubai officials have announced the planned construction of a brand-new museum in the popular coastal city, titled the “Museum of the Future”! The museum, which is scheduled to be open to the public in 2017, will function as both an exhibit space for prototypes and technology, as well as its own design and technological facility for creating innovative new tech. A video was released alongside the announcement, showing off the ring-like design of the building, as well as potential exhibits and locales for visitors and employees alike. While still only in the planning stages, you can check out an in-depth look at the potential behind this new museum in the video below, and wait patiently for its real-life opening in a couple years’ time.

Jan20

Solar-powered aircraft plans to fly around world

2015 at 01:04 pm by admin | Comments Off

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The world’s most energy-efficient aircraft is hoping to make history by completing the first ever flight around the world without using a single drop of fuel! The Solar Impulse 2 is an aircraft that runs off of the light of the sun, and is the product of years of research and innovations in clean fuel and solar panels. The upcoming event, which is slated to begin at the end of February, will send the single-seat Solar Impulse 2 on a global expedition, traveling nearly 21,800 miles over the span of 5 months. The plane will stay in the air for a duration of 25 days, and will land at 12 different locations for maintenance. The co-founders of the Solar Impulse 2, Betrand Piccard and André Borschberg, hope that the flight will not only break records, but will also raise awareness and support for clean technology. As for the flight itself, the Solar Impulse 2 will launch from Abu Dhabi and land in several countries around the world, including three stops in the United States!

Jan16

The Hobbit creators describe CGI process behind movies

2015 at 01:27 pm by admin | Comments Off

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Weta Digital, the New Zealand-based visual effects company known for their work on the Lord of the Rings franchise of films along with movies like King Kong, Godzilla, Iron Man, and more, have recently uploaded a video describing the creative process behind the effects of their latest film, “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”! The video details the effects behind the movie’s large-scale battle sequences, along with the creation of monsters like the infamous Smaug. It’s amazing to see how many tiny details have been implemented into making the film look as real as possible, and adds another layer of appreciation for fans of the movie franchise. Take a look below!

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