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Rolls-Royce charts course for autonomous shipping

April 20th, 2017 at 10:00 am » Comments Off

The company has secured the grant from Tekes, the Finnish funding agency for innovation, which it plans to invest in an R&D centre in Turku, Finland. Engineers at the site will carry out development projects focusing on land-based control centres and the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in remote and autonomous shipping. There is still […]



A New Brain-Interface Device Lets You Control Animals With Your Thoughts

April 19th, 2017 at 12:30 pm » Comments Off

TURTLES AND YOUR THOUGHTS A team of researchers from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have developed technology that allows them to control the movement of turtles using human thought. Think of it as a real life — but significantly scaled down — application of the 2009 blockbuster Avatar concept where humans control the body of an alien […]



This bricklaying bot could be the architect of the future

April 18th, 2017 at 10:30 am » Comments Off

If you want curves like this, you’ll need a robot. Designed by architects Archi-Union, the undulating exterior of the Chi She Gallery in Shanghai was made using an adapted car-manufacturing robot. “We used digital tools to transform geometry data to digital-fabrication data,” says Li Han, chief architectural designer at Archi-Union, who spent five years making […]



How graphene is going to transform the way we get power

April 15th, 2017 at 9:49 am » Comments Off

Futurist Thomas Frey:  In 2002, when Dr. Bor Jang, a little-known researcher in Akron, Ohio, filed his patent for graphene, few people had a clue as to how revolutionary it would be. Certainly not the people at the Nobel Foundation who forgot to check the patent registry and instead awarded the Nobel Prize for graphene […]



Japan’s 3D Printed Pod Skyscrapers set to Revolutionize Highrise Living

April 15th, 2017 at 8:22 am » Comments Off

Could the skyscraper of the future dispense homes like a vending machine? Growing and adapting to Tokyo’s housing demand, this Pod Skyscraper is constantly under construction. Residents can order a ready-to-use modular dwelling manufactured by 3D printers on the top floor of the building, and then cranes lower it into place.



MIT’s Color-changing Robot ‘skin’ Was Inspired by the Golden Tortoise Beetle

April 9th, 2017 at 12:00 pm » Comments Off

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have created a 3D-printed robot “skin” capable of changing color according to the physical stimuli that it receives. The work was inspired by the so-called “goldbug,” a golden tortoise beetle, which changes color in the wild. “I was googling online about two and a half years ago, looking for creatures […]



The first self-driving car will debut in three years, but will you want to buy one?

April 9th, 2017 at 11:00 am » Comments Off

Right now, you can head over to a local Volvo dealership and test drive a 2017 Volvo S90. With the push of a button, drivers can watch the car take over steering to stay within a lane, slow itself down in rush-hour traffic and accelerate — up to 80 mph — on the highway. It’s […]



Scientists just made electronic skin that’s better than human skin

April 9th, 2017 at 10:00 am » Comments Off

Scientists at the University of Glasgow have invented a robot skin that surpasses human flesh. Professor Ravinder Dahiya and his team created a silicone and graphine skin which provides haptic feedback to the user. The thin layer of graphine acts as a sensor, making the electronic skin (e-skin) very sensitive to touch. It’s also flexible […]



Hyperloop tech company offers first look at futuristic travel pods

April 7th, 2017 at 11:00 am » Comments Off

Building a new 700mph transport system sounds pretty tricky, so one Hyperloop company has decided to kick things off by building the passenger pods first. Hyperloop is a proposed plan to transport people or cargo between cities at near-supersonic speed in vacuum-sealed pods. The technology is just a pipedream at the moment, with rival companies […]



Disney creates room that can wirelessly charge hundreds of devices

March 26th, 2017 at 10:00 am » Comments Off

Wireless charging was all the rage in smartphones a few years ago, but most device makers have backed off on the technology. Many phones simply charge super-fast via a cable now. The wireless charging fatigue is due in part to the range limitation of the technology. True wireless power is still a no-go in consumer technology, but Disney […]



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