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Yamaha unveils Motobot, a motorcycle-riding robot

October 30th, 2015 at 1:46 pm » Comments Off

Yamaha has unveiled Motobot, a motorcycle-riding robot at the Tokyo Motor Show. Yahama claims that the robot will eventually be able to ride an unmodified motorbike at over 200 kilometers per hour (124 miles per hour). (Video)

World’s first ultrasonic tractor beam can lift and transport objects

October 28th, 2015 at 4:16 pm » Comments Off

Holograms are images that seem to jump out of a flat surface, full of depth that you can experience through perspective changes and parallax cues. The three-dimensional effect that a hologram creates comes from the three dimensional light field that’s created when photons diffract through the interference pattern on a holographic plate. It’s essentially a structure made […]

Human heart can now be 3D printed using biological materials

October 28th, 2015 at 2:53 pm » Comments Off

All 3D printed innovations have something in common: they are only producing inorganic, plastic-based material. What about organic materials, such as human organs? Wouldn’t it be great if new organs could be printed out and used in surgical operations to save people’s lives? (Video)

Researchers develop a drone with a sense of direction

October 28th, 2015 at 2:13 pm » Comments Off

Tasks like inspecting oil rigs and crops are starting be performed by commercial drones. But they still require a highly skilled human pilot, and even those that are semi-autonomous usually use prebuilt maps or access the data over a wireless link. (Video)

Nokero Solar launches world’s most efficient light bulb

October 22nd, 2015 at 12:29 pm » Comments Off

After nearly 6 years in the solar light business, Nokero Solar has finally created the perfect mix of performance and price.  This week they launched the world’s most efficient light bulb.

MIT researchers develop super-fast camera that photographs a trillion frames per second

October 14th, 2015 at 9:32 pm » Comments Off

Researchers at MIT have developed a new camera that can photograph a trillion frames per second. Compare that with a traditional movie camera which takes a mere 24. This new advancement in photographic technology has given scientists the ability to photograph the movement of the fastest thing in the Universe, light.

Japan starts driverless taxi experiment

October 12th, 2015 at 3:34 pm » Comments Off

Japan has hotels that are operated by robots and androids that serve as clerks at department stores. The latest unmanned project to come out of Japan is the robot cab. (Video)

Top 5 things you need to be happy at work

October 6th, 2015 at 3:15 pm » Comments Off

There’s a mountain of research on what makes people truly happy at work. What would make you happier at work? It’s not necessarily free meals and massages (though those are nice, as companies on Fortune’s list of the Best Companies To Work For have figured out). And it’s not even necessarily lots more money. We’ve scoured the research […]

Hitachi can predict where and when crimes will occur by monitoring everything from the weather to Twitter

October 6th, 2015 at 3:06 pm » Comments Off

In the  2002 Steven Spielberg movie, Minority Report, Chief John Anderton (played by Tom Cruise) says, “No doubt the precogs have already seen this.” In the movie Cruise plays the head of Washington, D.C.’s experimental “Precrime” crime-prediction department. The movie is based on Philip K. Dick’s 1956 short story (which is also now a new […]

Delta-bot 3D printer designed to print an entire house

September 30th, 2015 at 9:57 pm » Comments Off

Massimo Moretti has a background in 3D printing, and he’s brought building housing on the cheap from locally and 3D printing together by building a 12 meter tall delta-bot that can print a house from clay.

Building a rope bridge with drones

September 25th, 2015 at 12:24 pm » Comments Off

Drones can get to areas that aren’t exactly safe or accessible by humans. That’s why watching quadrocopters assembling a rope bridge that’s sturdy enough for a person to walk across is so awesome. The video below was filmed at RTH Zurich Flying Machine Arena in Switzerland, and, according to the YouTube description, aside from the […]

Mexico City to turn 10-lane highway into a park

September 25th, 2015 at 12:11 pm » Comments Off

Chapultepec Avenue slices through Mexico City splitting part of the city in two. With 10 lanes of chaotic traffic, it’s hard to cross the street, hard to bike, and generally not a place where people want to spend time. (Video)

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