May 06, 2015

NASA's radar found 4 men trapped in rubble in Nepal by their heartbeats

posted by Laura Domela

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A couple years ago, NASA and DHS unveiled a portable radar unit based on technology used to detect alien life on distant exoplanets. This radar unit, though, would be used closer to home—to find people burried under rubble. In the first real-world demonstration of its use, the device helped save 4 men trapped under earthquake rubble in Nepal.
via Gizmodo

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May 06, 2015

World's largest swarm of miniature robot submarines

posted by Larra Morris

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Forty one tiny robot submarines is a lot of tiny robot submarines. It’s so many, in fact, that controlling them individually doesn’t make sense, and the only way to go is to give them levels of swarm intelligence, so that each individual robot can take care of itself while the swarm as a whole completes an objective.

The CoCoRo (Collective Cognitive Robotics) Project, sponsored by the European Commission, has been working with a heterogeneous swarm of autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) since 2011, and the most important thing you need to know about these robots is that 20 of them are named Jeff.
via IEEE Spectrum

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May 06, 2015

A French company will turn your dead relatives into perfume

posted by Larra Morris

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Katia Apalategui, a 52-year-old who works in insurance sales, is teaming up with researchers from the University of Le Havre in northwestern France to develop a technique to bottle a person’s unique scent into a perfume, she told The Guardian.

The smell-ologists would collect a person’s clothing and extract the odor using an unspecified process, according to The Guardian, collecting around 100 molecules that would then be used to create a specific eau de dead-loved-one. It could also be used to create perfumes for other, less ghostly reasons, like to give to a partner or child during a time of separation.
via Mental Floss

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May 06, 2015

The PancakeBot will print your pancakes for breakfast, in any shape you can draw

posted by Larra Morris

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Meet the PancakeBot, a new cooking tool that will revolutionize your breakfast routine. Invented by Miguel Valenzuela, the PancakeBot allows you to design your pancakes, upload the image on an SD card, and print your pancakes onto a heated griddle to cook! Once you have uploaded your image, select which parts of the drawings you would like outlined (these are the sections that will be printed first) and which parts your will like shaded in. Because the outline is printed first, it cooks longer, allowing it to brown and give shading and dimension to your pancakes.
via Drool'd

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May 05, 2015

The EIP Laser Turntable plays records without touching them

posted by Laura Domela

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You like your vinyl records but don’t like the fact that you’re killing them? The new EIP Laser Turntable plays records without touching them… The catch: a $15,000 price tag.

“The Laser Turntable employs patented technology that produces phenomenal fidelity while never physically touching the record, thus eliminating the deterioration to the album’s surface inflicted by conventional turntables. The laser’s precision allows you to pick up audio information that has never been touched or damaged by a needle. This virgin audio information is then reproduced without digitization maintaining true analog sound as close as possible to when the master tape was recorded. The Laser Turntable even allows you to play records that have been severely warped or damaged over years of wear and tear.” – EIP

via Decode Magazine

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May 05, 2015

New font based on Albert Einstein's handwriting

posted by Laura Domela

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In honor of Albert Einstein’s innovative style of thinking and penmanship that was as beautiful as his equations, a font has been designed based on Einstein’s handwriting. 

Developed by Harald Geisler and Elizabeth Waterhouse, a German typographer and an American dancer/theorist respectively, they hope to immortalize the legacy of the genius who pioneered the general theory of relativity by introducing the font into most digital devices soon. 
via Design Taxi

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May 05, 2015

These 3D printed nests make homes for city birds

posted by Larra Morris

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Printed Nest, an open-source community of bird lovers and designers, has created a range of 3D printed birdhouses that the company hopes will provide habitats for winged friends in urban areas. (Cities are home to some 20 percent of bird species.) The brightly-colored mesh nests feature antlers for birds to land on and ample space inside.  
via Mental Floss

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