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Wall-Crawling Robots Could Weave A Room For You

August 19th, 2016 at 7:17 am » Comments Off

Last May, researchers at ICD Stuttgart revealed the Elytra Filament Pavilion—a vast, carbon fiber structure woven with the industrial arm of a modified Kuka robot. Now, in a thesis project led by Maria Yablonina, the same lab has managed to shrink the scale, from massive industrial-line robots, to a pair of drones that can crawl up your wall […]



MIT creates a video you can reach out and touch

August 17th, 2016 at 7:23 am » Comments Off

Strictly speaking, video isn’t an interactive medium, but a new research project from MIT aims to change that: The school’s CSAIL lab has come up with a technique through which viewers can reach out and “touch” objects in videos, manipulating them directly to achieve effects similar to what you’d expect if you were actually touching […]



Snacks: The killer app of 3D printing

August 16th, 2016 at 7:17 am » Comments Off

3D food printers have been able to create very basic food items, such as sugar sculptures and very simple pizzas — but now a team of researchers at Columbia University has developed a machine that can make more complex snacks.



Chinese man famed superhuman memory beat an AI in a facial recognition contest

August 16th, 2016 at 7:11 am » Comments Off

At a competition in China to see who is better at recognizing faces, man or machine, Wang Yuheng, representing the humans, emerged victorious. Wang is famous in China for his photographic memory. He successfully identified a specific glass of water out of 520 seemingly identical ones in a Chinese reality TV show. He also reportedly […]



On-demand dating? A new app lets women charge for a night out.

August 15th, 2016 at 6:56 am » Comments Off

Tara* (*Names have been changed to protect identities.) had struck gold. After spending a lazy Saturday afternoon browsing through the dating app she was currently experimenting with, she hit it off with a nice-sounding guy, and the two exchanged real names and numbers. She found herself Googling Stuart*, a Brit living in Amsterdam. He worked […]



Police unlock murder victim’s phone by 3D printing his finger

August 10th, 2016 at 6:28 am » Comments Off

Mobile phones hold a trove of personal information that can be valuable to law enforcement investigating serious crimes, but they are notoriously hard to get into without a passcode or the owner’s fingerprint. Police in the US found a way around this difficulty by 3D printing a murder victim’s finger to gain access to their smartphone and […]



Can an electronic face ‘tattoo’ biometrically map your mood swings?

August 7th, 2016 at 6:33 am » Comments Off

Here’s a tattoo your mom might actually condone you getting. The temporary, electronic “tattoo,” developed by a team of scientists at Tel Aviv University’s Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, sticks to skin and uses a carbon electrode and a conductive polymer to measure biometric signals for hours. When worn on the face, the electrodes are sensitive […]



Ridiculous Japanese robot hotel is serious business – really!

August 6th, 2016 at 7:19 am » Comments Off

“My name is Yoshiyuki Kawazoe. This is my hotel.” The University of Tokyo’s associate professor of architecture gestures behind himself to a flat, two-story building that doesn’t really look like a hotel. “Two-hundred people were involved in making this happen,” he says. “Experts in environmental design, engineering, architecture, robotics and construction … it’s their hotel.” The […]



A no-kill leather startup just raised $53 million

August 4th, 2016 at 6:17 am » Comments Off

Brooklyn-based startup Modern Meadow, founded in 2011, has secured a total of US$53.5 million in funding to grow leather in labs – instead of from livestock. The cruelty-free business model could end the slaughter of animals for leather goods, but it also has another benefit – cutting down on the physically and chemically intensive processes needed to […]



A Look at Mary’s Medicinals Transdermal Patch

August 3rd, 2016 at 8:12 am » Comments Off

  There’s a brand new product that has taken off the last couple years in the cannabis market: Mary’s Medicinals transdermal patch. Available throughout Colorado dispensaries and now being introduced into the state of Oregon, these award-winning patches administer specific doses through the skin and straight into the bloodstream—which is the most efficient way to medicate.



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