Tag: Manufactured Animals

Humane-Technology

Let Your Drone Mow Your Lawn

Having to mow the lawn might be one of the peskiest tasks humanity has created for itself. If you don’t want to slave away under the sun, pushing a bulky mower around, drones can now do it for you!

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Digital-Presence

Your Cat Can Post on Instagram Now

Do you take photos of your cat, but wish there was a way for your pet to take snapshot and share it on Instagram by itself? Thanks to a camera developed by the cat food brand Whiskas, this might soon be a reality.

Named Catstacam, the system comes with a collar camera which takes six photos every minute. When it comes within the range of a WiFi network, the camera shares them on an Instagram account created for your cat. Prototypes of Catstacam have been distributed to cats owned by celebrities already.

If this is not a joke, we predict a lot of cat lovers will want to get their hands on this product. You can check some of the photos shared by tester cats here.

Story and image via Design Taxi

Biopolitics

Recreating Woolly Mammoth DNA

Bioengineering might soon enable us to bring long gone animals back to life, à la Jurassic Park. Recently, a team of scientists at Harvard University managed to insert wooly mammoth DNA into the genome of its closest relative – the Asian elephant.

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Biomimicry

Turning Cockroaches into Rescue Robots

Certain natural disasters such as earthquakes and Tsunamis often trap high numbers of people under unstable rubble, making search-and-rescue operations very difficult. Cyborg cockroaches might be of critical help for these disasters.

North Caroline State University carried out a study in 2012, where researchers attached electrodes to the antennae of Madagascar hissing cockroaches to steer them. Currently, the team is working on tiny backpacks attached to the back of cockroaches, to transform these critters into moving networks of sensors.

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Manufactured Landscapes

Interview: Liam Young on Speculative Architecture and Engineering the Future

Liam Young is a speculative architect who, in his own words, “operates in the spaces between design, fiction and futures”. With his London-based design think tank, Tomorrow’s Thoughts Today, he explores the future implications of emerging urban developments. Named by Blueprint magazine as one of 25 people who will change architecture and design, Young uses fiction and film to discuss probable futures. He has also co-founded Unknown Fields Division with Kate Davies, an award winning nomadic workshop that travels on annual expeditions to the ends of the Earth, investigating unreal and forgotten landscapes, alien terrains and industrial ecologies. Unknown Fields have developed projects through expeditions from the Ecuadorian Amazon and the Galapagos Islands to North Alaska, the mining landscapes of the Australian Outback, the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone and Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

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Manufactured Animals

A Swarm of Micro Drones

Researchers at GRASP Laboratory have developed agile micro drones able to act like a swarm. The drones are capable of complex motion behavior, either as individual units or as a group. Each unit contains several sensors, allowing the micro drone to stabilize itself in mid-air and recover from unexpected errors.

While the drones still require external localization, the results represent the first steps towards the development of advanced swarm behavior within drones. This could have a major impact on the future of automated unmanned aerial vehicles, commercial airlines or even flying cars.

Designed-by-Evolution

Genetic Modification Could Prevent TB

Tuberculosis might sound like a thing of the past but it is still a serious problem, causing an estimated 1.3 – 1.5 million deaths in 2013 alone. The main root of tuberculosis is infected cattle, which is transferred to humans via consumption of unpasteurized dairy products. However, it has recently been announced that genetic modification allowed scientists to produce cattle resistant to tuberculosis.

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Augmented-Bodies

Drone Racing in First Person View

If you have ever watched Star Wars and wished that you could take part in a so-called “pod race”, get yourself a drone and some FPV goggles and you will get very close to that dream.

Around the world small groups of men gather and start racing their homemade drones on self made parcours.

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