May 29, 2015

Origami robot folds itself up, does cool stuff, dissolves into nothing

posted by Larra Morris

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At ICRA 2015 in Seattle yesterday, researchers from MIT demonstrated an untethered miniature origami robot that self-folds, walks, swims, and degrades. That’s the title of their paper, in fact, and they delivered on all of those promises: from a flat sheet with a magnet on it, their robot folds itself up in just a few seconds, is immediately ready to zip around on land or water driven by magnetic fields, and then when you’ve run out of things to do with it, drive it into a tank of acetone and it’ll dissolve. This is the first time that a robot has been able to demonstrate a complete life cycle like this, and eventually, it’ll be doing it inside your body.
via IEEE Spectrum

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Photo: Evan Ackerman/IEEE Spectrum

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May 29, 2015

3D-printed eggs can even fool wild birds into thinking they're real

posted by Larra Morris

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To study how host birds, such as the American robin, reject brood parasite eggs, scientists have relied on making fake eggs. That could be eggs taken from another bird (problematic, also limited sizes and shapes) or eggs hand made from plaster or wood (not hollow and not realistic). A possible solution then? 3D printing.

In a paper published in PeerJ, scientists described how to 3D-print hollow eggs of plastic filled with water. The eggs can then painted to give them the right color: blue for robin’s eggs, white for cowbird’s. 3D printing makes it easier to create fake eggs on demand and also continuously tinker with size and shape.

Initial tests show the 3D-printed eggs stack up pretty well against other out-dated alternatives.
via Gizmodo

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May 28, 2015

Google announces Cardboard Expeditions to let teachers take classes on field trips

posted by Christy Wilding

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Today at its annual I/O developer conference in San Francisco, Google announced a new implementation of Google Cardboard calledExpeditions, which brings the virtual reality platform to education.

Multiple Cardboards can see the same content as the teacher, as Google demonstrated in the video below. Teachers can sign up for the new program online. The Planetary Society, the Chateau de Versailles, and the American Museum of Natural History are on board with the new program for a rollout this fall.

via Venture Beat

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May 28, 2015

Bill Nye's ambitious solar sail has lost communication with Earth

posted by Christy Wilding

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Things are on hold for the moment for the LightSail, the new solar sail spacecraft launched last week by Bill Nye and his Planetary Society organization. The prototype satellite, which uses energy from the Sun to propel through space has suffered a computer malfunction while in lower Earth orbit, ceasing communication between the tiny spacecraft and Earth.

via Popular Science

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May 28, 2015

Implantable biosensor chip can monitor glucose and drugs in real-time

posted by Christy Wilding

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A team from the EPFL integrated Systems Laboratory have unveiled a new implantable sensor that is about a centimeter long that is designed to be implanted under a person's skin and gets power from a patch on the surface of the skin. The sensor is able to communicate with a mobile phone and is designed to measure the concentration of certain molecules in the body at the same time.

via Slash Gear

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May 28, 2015

Lenovo demos new smart shoes with a screen that displays your mood

posted by Christy Wilding

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Chinese electronics giant Lenovo unveiled a slew of new products at its inaugural “Tech World” event in Beijing yesterday, including laptops,personalized search experiences powered by Microsoft’s Cortana, a new media streaming device, an enterprise-focused storage product, and a tablet for businesses.

via Venture Beat

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May 28, 2015

Knitted supercapacitors to power smart shirts

posted by Larra Morris

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Researchers from Drexel University in collaboration with the U.S. Naval Academy, have invented a way to embed activated carbon particles into different types of yarn to form a knitted textile that can store energy to power sensors and electronics integrated into smart clothing.

Smart fabrics, which incorporate different types of sensors into garments, have been in development for decades. However, only in recent years have we started seeing the first consumer smart garments reaching the market, including biometric smartwear that can monitor an athlete's health
via IEEE Spectrum

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