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Here’s why the future of haptic technology looks (or rather, feels) like

January 4th, 2019 at 11:34 am » Comments Off

This graspable haptic device, called Foldaway, is the size of a drink coaster when flat, making it conveniently portable. The user places a joystick where the three hinged arms meet, and the arms offer resistance, to give a sense of the objects being manipulated. (Screenshot of image series by Alice Concordel) Bringing the sense of […]



L’Oréal’s wearable sensor will track your UV exposure throughout the day

November 23rd, 2018 at 9:57 am » Comments Off

It even integrates with Apple’s HealthKit. L’Oréal has announced a wearable device that measures your exposure to ultraviolet radiation that can seriously damage your skin and eyes and potentially cause skin cancer. The La Roche-Posay My Skin Track UV sensor is designed to clip onto your clothes or bag, and it relies on NFC rather […]



Quantum ‘compass’ promises navigation without using GPS

November 20th, 2018 at 11:35 am » Comments Off

It could keep society humming when satellites fail. GPS is vital to modern navigation, but it’s extremely fragile. Never mind coverage — if a satellite fails or there’s a jamming attack, it quickly becomes useless. Scientists may have a much more robust answer, though. Scientists have demonstrated a “commercially viable” quantum accelerometer that could provide […]



Scientists have created programmable shape-shifting liquid metal

November 3rd, 2018 at 12:56 pm » Comments Off

Researchers at the University of Sussex and Swansea University have applied electrical charges to manipulate liquid metal into 2D shapes such as letters and a heart. The team says the findings represent an “extremely promising” new class of materials that can be programmed to seamlessly change shape. This open up new possibilities in ‘soft robotics’ […]



Robot masters human balancing act

November 2nd, 2018 at 8:26 am » Comments Off

Mercury, a biped robot developed in Cockrell School of Engineering professor Luis Sentis’ Human Centered Robotics Lab, is able to maintain balance when hit unexpectedly or when force is applied without warning. AUSTIN, Texas — When walking in a crowded place, humans typically aren’t thinking about how we avoid bumping into one another. We are […]



’Venus Flytrap’ spheres catch and destroy BPA

November 1st, 2018 at 4:26 am » Comments Off

Scientists have created micron-sized spheres built to catch and destroy bisphenol A (BPA), a synthetic chemical used to make plastics. BPA is commonly used to coat the insides of food cans, bottle tops, and water supply lines, and was once a component of baby bottles. While BPA that seeps into food and drink is considered […]



The newest industrial revolution: How a tech unicorn’s 3-d metal printers could remake manufacturing

October 7th, 2018 at 9:43 am » Comments Off

Ric Fulop, the 43-year-old cofounder and chief executive of Desktop Metal, is eager to show off the skunkworks for the company’s giant 3-D metal printers, which can produce stainless steel, aluminum and other metal alloy parts at assembly-line speeds and in large quantities. It’s the first time he’s taken an outsider to the facility in […]



Lex folding wearable chair lets you take a seat anywhere

September 18th, 2018 at 9:57 am » Comments Off

Imagine if anytime, anywhere you felt a little fatigued in the legs you could simply lean back and take a load off? The developers of Lex are working towards such a future with a folding exoskeleton that turns into an ergonomic chair in just a few seconds. Lex is much like Chairless Chair we looked […]



Who needs ink cartridges? Harvard’s acoustic printer can spit out honey or cells

September 13th, 2018 at 8:03 am » Comments Off

We’re all about innovative printing methods here at Digital Trends and, boy, have the folks at Harvard not disappointed with their latest piece of research. It involves using sound waves to make it possible to print with virtually any liquid imaginable. That includes everything from human cells and liquid metal to optical resins and even […]



Award-winning robot travels through water pipes to detect leaks

September 8th, 2018 at 2:35 am » Comments Off

It sounds unbelievable, but each day around 20 percent of clean water produced in the world is lost as the result of leaky pipes. According to the American Society of Civil Engineers, this amounts to an estimated 6 billion gallons of clean water per day in the U.S. alone. The problem is exacerbated by current […]



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