MIT “mechanical protein” is a chain of motors that can twist itself into new shapes [#nanotech]

MIT’s Reconfigurable Robots Are Tiny Transformers That Will Turn Into Anything
"The idea is to create a motorized chain that can fold itself into anything you want at your command. Each motorized link is called a "milli-motein" for "millimeter-sized protein" and can readjust itself and its neighbors to fold into a theoretically infinite number of combinations using tiny motors. It’s like a robotic version of what proteins already do. Conceived by the head of MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms, Neil Gershenfeld with help from Ara Knaian and Kenneth Cheung, the tech is in its earliest stages, but is already looking equally promising and just plain awesome."
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Popslate iPhone case has an E-ink display in it for showing photos externally [#eink]

E-Ink iPhone Case Updates Display With Photos In Real-Time
"Popslate is a smart iPhone 5 case with an ever-changing display thanks to the 4″ E-Ink screen on the back. It’s ruggedized, low-power, always-on, and customizable. The case comes with an accompanying photo app, which allows you to easily “pop” pictures to the E-Ink screen. You can also “pop” images on the web, iPhone screenshots, photos from Instagram, and pictures from friends, either individually or as a slideshow. This could be very handy if you need to make urgent notifications, sports scores, maps, notes, calendar, etc., available at a glance."
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Staples office-supply stores to have 3D printers you can send files to and pick up locally [#3Dprinting]

Staples to get in-store 3D printers
"Some Staples stores in Belgium and the Netherlands will have MCOR color 3D printers that will print out model-files uploaded to a store website for in-person pickup. MCOR printers use plain pulp paper as build material, so the resulting models will be essentially cellulose, dye and glue, and should be easy to recycle."
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Dad creates flying ‘coptor to follow his kid to the school bus stop [#drones]

A Genius Dad Made a Flying Quadrocopter to Walk His Kid to the Bus Stop
"So Wallich made a beacon to fit inside his son’s backpack. He chose a RF modem to send out GPS signals to the copter and bam, flying drone kid walker. Well, it’s not as simple as that. Battery life is an issue and so is wind but it’s pretty awesome to imagine a kid having a homemade quadrocopter trail him on his walk to school."
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StickNFind low-power Bluetooth tag helps you keep track of things [#tracking]

StickNFind system uses your phone and coin-like tags to find lost items
"The tags are about the size and shape of an slightly-fat U.S. quarter dollar. Each one contains a circuit board, a replaceable watch battery, a buzzer and an LED light. They also each have an adhesive backing, which allows them to be stuck to things like keys, TV remotes, or any number of other things that tend to go AWOL. Using a custom app on a paired iOS or Android smartphone, users can assign specific tags to specific objects. Should they subsequently need to find one of those objects, a display on the phone’s screen will show them how far away it is – as long as it’s within the maximum range of about 100 feet (30 meters)."
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