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Taste test: Burger robot startup creator opens first restaurant

June 24th, 2018 at 4:55 pm » Comments Off

Creator’s transparent burger robot doesn’t grind your brisket and chuck steak into a gourmet patty until you order it. That’s just one way this startup, formerly known as Momentum Machines, wants to serve the world’s freshest cheeseburger for just $6. On June 27th, after eight years in development, Creator unveils its first robot restaurant before […]



This diving system lets you stay submerged for 2 hours, no tank needed

June 20th, 2018 at 9:02 am » Comments Off

Do you want a diving system that bridges the gap between scuba diving and snorkeling, minus the limitations of both? If so, a new Kickstarter campaign could be for you. Described by its creators as the smartest and safest hookah-diving system around, Supa Huka possesses neither the complications of scuba diving nor the restrictions of […]



We can now use AI to see through walls

June 19th, 2018 at 9:24 am » Comments Off

Wireless radio signals can be used to monitor a person’s precise movements through a solid wall, thanks to artificial intelligence. The technology could help us monitor people for health and safety less intrusively—but it also raises a range of security and privacy issues.



The company that invented the Vespa scooter is now testing this amazing luggage-hauling robot

May 30th, 2018 at 10:11 am » Comments Off

Developed by the company behind the Vespa scooter, Gita is a mobile carrier designed to make mobility and transportation easier and more efficient for pedestrians. A compartment within Gita can hold 44 pounds of cargo such as backpack, a briefcase, or any other items that make walking cumbersome. The robot uses cameras to track the […]



Record-breaking paper water purifier operates at near 100% efficiency

May 19th, 2018 at 10:35 am » Comments Off

Researchers at the University at Buffalo have created a highly efficient device that uses sunlight and black carbon-dipped paper to clean water. The paper is placed in a triangular arrangement, which enables it to vaporize and absorb water with nearly 100 percent efficiency. The simple, inexpensive technology could be deployed in regions where clean drinking […]



Boston Dynamics will start selling its dog-like SpotMini robot in 2019

May 17th, 2018 at 10:07 am » Comments Off

After 26 years, Boston Dynamics is finally getting ready to start selling some robots. Founder Marc Raibert says that the company’s dog-like SpotMini robot is in pre-production and preparing for commercial availability in 2019. The announcement came onstage at TechCrunch’s TC Sessions: Robotics event today at UC Berkeley. “The SpotMini robot is one that was […]



Scientists find way to bend, stretch diamond

April 24th, 2018 at 9:51 am » Comments Off

WASHINGTON, April 19 (Xinhua) — An international team of researchers has found that diamond, the strongest of all natural materials, can bend and stretch much like rubber and snap back to its original shape. A study published on Thursday in the journal Science opened the door to a variety of diamond-based devices for applications such […]



Computer system transcribes words users “speak silently”

April 11th, 2018 at 10:28 am » Comments Off

MIT researchers have developed a computer interface that can transcribe words that the user verbalizes internally but does not actually speak aloud. The system consists of a wearable device and an associated computing system. Electrodes in the device pick up neuromuscular signals in the jaw and face that are triggered by internal verbalizations — saying […]



The Latest XPrize Is For Building Remote-Controlled Humanoid Robots

March 14th, 2018 at 10:53 am » Comments Off

From caring for distant parents to entering burning buildings, there are lots of ways that people might use robot avatars to be in places they can’t go themselves. The XPrize Foundation is offering $8 million if someone can build one by 2021.



These cheap paper water filters remove lead, arsenic, and bacteria

March 7th, 2018 at 11:53 am » Comments Off

Just pour water through the Mesopaper and it does the rest. On a visit to Bangladesh in 2011–where an estimated 20 million people are exposed to arsenic in local drinking water–scientist Liangjie Dong worked with a team to teach residents how to use a filtration system he designed that could make the water safe. The […]



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