Robot Swarm that can form any Shape
A team or Harvard researchers developed a self assembling swarm of 1000 robots that can form any shape. Inspired by flock behavior in old nature – think birds, fish or ants – the scientists created an algorithm that allows a flock of simple robots to assemble in any given shape.
The researchers expect that in the future such swarms of robots could help cleaning oil spills, provide immediate emergency help at a disaster site, or guide millions of self driving cars.
Watch Your City at Night from Space
There is an ambiguous luster in the satellite images of Earth at night. While on a ground level our cities appear as purely cultural artifacts, a traveler from outer space might just as well marvel at them as beautifully glowing organic fungi-like structures that sprouted on our planet. Less than a millennium ago, the Earth at night was all dark. Today it is all glowing and blossoming.
Last month graffiti artist Katsu, member of the online free culture and technology collective F.A.T Lab, presented his graffiti drone called the “spray copter”.
In his journey to find innovative ways to expand to previously inaccessible spaces, Katsu, took his art out from the material world and went into the digital sphere.
The practice of using robots for medical purposes is taking a new step towards the complete surgery executed by robotic hands.
Some doctors, like Mehran Anvari, are performing surgeries without being physically present in the operating room. This physician is not using his own hands to perform the surgery. He operates through a robot controlled from a console situated miles away from his patient.
You Push the Button, It Does the Rest
A stand-alone physical button that connects to the internet. Alone, it doesn’t do much. But connected with the cloud servers at bt.tn, it can do pretty much what you want! Using this simple button, you can harness the power of various Internet technologies, such as HTTP, Twitter, Facebook, email, or SMS.
Robotic Furniture puts IKEA to Shame
While science fiction taught us to think of robots as human-like beings, the ones that actually make it into your home will more likely look like furniture. A team at the EPFL Biorobotics Laboratory in Switzerland is developing multipurpose robotic building blocks, called Roombots, that put your regular furniture to shame.
The robotic furniture can self-assemble into a chair and move across the room with you in it, and reassemble into a table that delivers you a glass of water. The researchers created a video that shows them in action.
Razorius Gilletus Flexball Subspecies
Regular readers of this blog know we closely monitor razor technology as a symbol of our co-evolutionary relationship with technology. This basically means that, like the bees and the flowers, people and technology are intertwined in mutual dependence: we serve our technology as much as it serves us. And just like humans, technology wants to prosper, propagate and grow. The blindness ‘innovation’ of shaving razors, with more and more blades, strips and grips, exemplifies this development.
The latest subspecies in the Razorius line is the Razorius Gilletus Flexball. While the Gillete Corporation proclaims they have reinvented shaving, others argue Gillette’s new razor is everything that’s wrong with America.
DIY Wire Networks In India
The growing demand of electricity and digital communication has a major impact on Indian urban areas.
The increasing use of electronic devices in daily life and the ways we relate to them affect also fast developing countries, like India. This modernization process has led to the creation of DIY electrical and digital communication network in some areas of New Delhi.
Super Computer Chips
Nowadays computer chips are made of silicon, a great conductive material. Its suitable properties have been extensively employed to design fast processors.
Researchers at MTL (Microsystem Technology Laboratories) developed the smallest transistor ever built from a material other than silicon. They used indium gallium arsenide.