Mar 31, 2015

Why it won't be long until we ride in driverless cars

posted by Laura Domela

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Our future will include driverless cars.

At this year's CES, car companies and graphics card manufacturers alike featured the technology that they believe will power the vehicles of tomorrow. I remember each morning of CES as I sipped coffee on the stoop of The Verge's trailer, watching Volkswagen demonstrate its new driverless parking functionality. The demonstration looked silly, but felt like looking at the not-so-distant future — sort of like how the ASIMO demonstration at Disneyland feels both gimmicky and like a prescient warning of our robot overlords.
via The Verge

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Mar 31, 2015

What really happens when someone enters the witness protection program

posted by Laura Domela

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Longtime Department of Justice attorney Gerald Shur was the man behind the creation of the U.S. Marshall Service Witness Security Program (WITSEC). Shur has also co-written an informative book on the topic, Witsec: Inside the Federal Witness Protection Program. More than 18,000 people have been protected from harm under WITSEC since it was initiated in 1971.
via Neatorama

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Mar 31, 2015

Arduino-assisted automatic 3D-printed tea maker

posted by Larra Morris

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If the earlier Arduino projects weren’t your cup of tea, try out this Automatic 3D Printed Tea Brewer. 24 Hour Engineer Brian McEvoy designed this project which uses the Arduino to control a servo which dunks the tea bag for a predetermined length of time for perfect brew control. The LCD readout provides information about the brewing time for various teas.
via Dangerous Protoypes

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Mar 31, 2015

Bird-inspired self-folding wings could help drones recover from collisions

posted by Larra Morris

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If you've ever watched a flying bird weaving its way through a forest, you may have wondered how it could do so without hitting its wings on the trees. Well, birds actually do hit trees with their wings. Unlike the rigid wings of an aircraft, however, birds' wings simply fold back under impact, then immediately fold open again to maintain flight. Now, scientists from Stanford University have developed wings for flapping-wing drones that do the same thing.
via Gizmag

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Image: Stanford University

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Mar 31, 2015

How to make perfect sushi in five steps

posted by Laura Domela

If you can’t travel to Japan for the world’s greatest sushi in Sukiyabashi Jiro from Jiro Dreams of Sushi, the closest to tasting it is to score a reservation at the Sushi Nakazawa, which would put you on a long waiting list. For those who can’t wait that long,

Master Sushi Chef Diasuke Nakazawa—of Sushi Nakazawa—is the protégé of Master Jiro Ono, and he has showed Olivia Sterns of Bloomberg how to recreate his sushi in five simple steps.
via Design Taxi

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Mar 31, 2015

Colorado students create a bright red 3D-printed exoskeleton for a malnourished tortoise with a damaged shell

posted by Larra Morris

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When design students at Colorado Technical University (CTU) in Colorado Springs learned that a rescued female tortoise named Cleopatra at Canyon Critters had a severely deformed shell due to malnutrition, they set about finding a solution with a 3D printer. The result was a bright red exoskeleton that would lay atop the tortoise’s damaged natural shell, allowing Cleopatra to right herself and keep infection out.
via Laughing Squid

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Image: RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post

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Mar 30, 2015

The world's first drone sheepdog

posted by Larra Morris

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Paul Brennan is a sheep farmer in Carlow, Ireland. He has embraced modern techniques for managing an old profession. Instead of a sheepdog, Brennan uses a quadcopter named Shep (of course) to herd his sheep! You can see it works rather well.
via Neatorama

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