Category Archives: Uncategorized

Localised magnets allow precise control of individual tiny robots [#Robots]

Watch a tiny, magnetically powered robot construction crew go to work
“What SRI’s done though, is to create special surfaces for the microbots using printed circuit boards that let you control magnetism at a very local level. In this way, several of the things can get on with completely different tasks in close proximity to one another. And, to demonstrate how precisely microbots can be controlled with this technology, SRI’s had them building small structures in the lab. The thinking is that such technology could be used for creating “micro-factories” that manufacture electronics and the like, but SRI’s also interested in seeing what other applications researchers can come up with.” via Engadget

image

Post to Twitter Post to Facebook

Land Rover use heads up display to let a driver see through the bonnet to the road underneath [#Driving]

Land Rover reveals “invisible” bonnet for Discovery Vision concept
“Land Rovers have a lot of pluses, but visibility around that landing deck of a bonnet is not one of them. Anyone who’s ever tried to park one in a tight spot or negotiated a rutted path with only an inch of clearance knows how much guesswork is involved. To remedy this, the Vision concept steals a page from the latest fighter plane technology for its “Transparent Bonnet” virtual imaging system, that makes it appear as if the bonnet is made of glass.” via Gizmag

image

Post to Twitter Post to Facebook

3D display made of fog [#Displays]

Wild New ​Display Uses Fog As An Interactive 3D Screen
“Engineers have built an interactive display using a tabletop system and mounted personal screens made of fog. Projectors light the fog for each user and a camera system monitors movements, allowing each person at the table to manipulate and share three-dimensional data. A team at the University of Bristol in the UK say their device, called MisTable, is see-through and reach-through. Both fog screens and the table display can be manipulated by users” via Gizmodo

image

Post to Twitter Post to Facebook

Remotely driveable truck [#Driving]

Here Are The Video Game Controls The US Army May Use To Drive Trucks
“TerraMax gives soldiers the ability to control multiple trucks simultaneously from a digitally rendered top-down or third-person view, just like a driving game. All with a controller that will look familiar to anyone who’s ever taken a few laps in Mario Kart. The system works by pairing GPS, lasers, cameras, and other distance-sensing equipment from the truck to a display and hand controller via satellite signals. The vehicles have enough redundant navigational aids to be useable even where GPS coverage isn’t provided, because the TomTom app hasn’t been to Afghanistan.” via Jalopnik

image

Post to Twitter Post to Facebook

New technique simulates aging starting with a photo taken at 3 years old [#Aging]

Perfectly Age Your Face Through 80 Years Based on a Single Photograph
“Using what they call “illumination-aware age progression,” the method requires only one initial photograph as it “automatically produces a series of age-progressed outputs between 1 and 80 years of age, accounting for pose, expression, and illumination.” The results are stunning and even a little spooky.” via Gizmodo

image

Post to Twitter Post to Facebook

MIT inForm transforms into shapeshifting furniture [#3DSurfaces]

MIT Unveils The Shapeshifting Furniture Of The Future
“As part of the Lexus Design Amazing exhibition in Milan, the Transform is a table made up of more than 1,000 squares arranged in a triptych, each attached to a motor beneath the surface. The Transform changes shape depending upon how users interact with it and can also metamorphosize itself to influence the emotions of the people around it. Using a library of animations created by Philipp Schoessler, the surface of the Transform ripples, boils, turns into a school of abstract creatures, and even uses form and motion to sing a sort of geometric lullaby to calm people who interact with it.” via Co.Design

image

Post to Twitter Post to Facebook

Take shots of, and organize, your real collections of stuff with Snupps [#Collecting]

Snupps Wants You To Organise And Share Your Real-Life Stuff On Its Virtual Shelves
“London-based startup Snupps wants to appeal to the amateur collector in all of us. Whether your secret passion is hoarding fine wines or Pokemon figurines, it’s built the virtual shelf space where you can catalogue your collection by snapping photos of your stuff, uploading them to Snupps’ cloud platform and then slicing and dicing your virtual things into as many virtual shelves as you please — sharing the ones you’re particularly proud of, if you so choose.” via TechCrunch

image

Post to Twitter Post to Facebook

Small printer moves itself across the page [#Printing]

Pocket-Sized Wonder-Printer Would Work Its Own Way Across a Page
“instead of carrying a page-wide device that has to pull paper through it, this little marvel will instead print directly on a piece of paper while it rolls around on top of it. The printer’s arrow-shaped design makes it easy to properly position on a page—you just need to make sure it starts in the upper left-hand corner of a piece of paper. It works on any sized piece of paper, but with a standard letter-sized sheet the current prototype can fill a page in just under a minute.” via Gizmodo

image

Post to Twitter Post to Facebook

ThinkerToys modules thatkids can train, then program [#Robots]

This Incredible Robotic Building Set Is Like Lego Come to Life
“Each pre-designed model (dog, car, ant, etc.) also comes with a pre-programmed movement pattern. The second a kid takes it out of the box and puts it together, it’ll already be functional. But as kids become more comfortable with the toys, they can start programming their own movement patterns (up to 20 seconds long) simply by hitting record and moving the toy any way they want” via Gizmodo

image

Post to Twitter Post to Facebook