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Category: Future Tech

Scientists Create Self-Healing Skin For Robots Using Human Cells

Scientists Create Self-Healing Skin For Robots Using Human Cells
Researchers at The University of Tokyo have covered a robotic finger with skin created from actual human skin cells. It’s also capable of repairing itself when a collagen sheet is applied. And repair itself, it’s going to need to because I’m taking that Terminator finger down!

Tiny Robotic Crab Is So Small It Can Stand on the Edge of a Penny

Tiny Robotic Crab Is So Small It Can Stand on the Edge of a Penny
Developed by researchers at Northwestern University, this tiny robotic crab is so small it can stand on the edge of a penny. Not the side of a penny, the EDGE. Now that’s small. So small there could be a whole army of them in your bed right now, and you wouldn’t even know it.

The Proto “M”: A Compact Holographic Display and Media Device

The Proto “M”: A Compact Holographic Display and Media Device
If Back To The Future II taught us anything, it’s that the future will be filled with holograms. Of course, Back To The Future II was supposed to take place in 2015, and we haven’t realized even a small fraction of the technology it promised, but enough about my resentfulness; this is about the Proto Hologram “M,” a compact holographic display and media device made for home use.

Tiny Drone Swarm Navigates Bamboo Forest Autonomously

Tiny Drone Swarm Navigates Bamboo Forest Autonomously
Because the robotic apocalypse can’t come soon enough for some people, researchers at China’s Zhejiang University have programmed a swarm of small drones to navigate autonomously to avoid obstacles. In this case, those obstacles are the entirety of a bamboo forest.

Toyota Patents Dog Walking Robot That Can Pick Up After Your Pet

Toyota Patents Dog Walking Robot That Can Pick Up After Your Pet
Because picking up poop is one of the least desirable aspects of dog walking, Toyota recently applied for patents related to a dog-walking robot that can even clean up after a dog takes care of its business.

Skeletonics Kinetic-Energy Exoskeleton: Humans In Disguise

Skeletonics Kinetic-Energy Exoskeleton: Humans In Disguise
Determined to win the costume contest at this year’s Halloween party? Look no further than the Skeletonics kinetic-energy powered exoskeleton – perfect for taking your Transformer costume to the next level. The next level being the 1st place pedestal at the costume contest, just so we’re clear.

Robotic Hands Taught to Delicately Peel Bananas

Robotic Hands Taught to Delicately Peel Bananas
What good is a robot servant if it can’t even peel your breakfast banana without smashing it to bits? With that in mind, researchers at the University of Tokyo’s ISI Laboratory have used AI to teach a pair of robotic hands how to delicately peel bananas.

The Cryptide: A Fully 3D Printed Shoe Inspired by Mythical Beasts

The Cryptide: A Fully 3D Printed Shoe Inspired by Mythical Beasts
Meet the Cryptide, the brainchild of German designer Stephan Henrich, who set out to design a shoe inspired by cryptids that could be entirely 3D printed. Interesting design perimeters. The shoe is 3D printed via selective laser sintering (SLS, in which a high-power laser forms tiny particles of polymer powder into a solid) using a thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) material, so they aren’t rigid and painful like the entirely-too-small wooden clogs my dad brought me back from a business trip to Holland.

Liquid-Filled Eyeglasses Automatically Adjust Focus: Bye Bye Bifocals!

Liquid-Filled Eyeglasses Automatically Adjust Focus: Bye Bye Bifocals!
Have 20/20 vision? That must be nice. My eyes are awful, and if they were any worse I’d be wearing dual eye patches right now. But here to push the envelope in vision correction is University of Utah electrical engineering professor Carlos Mastrangelo and Ph.D.

Qudi LED Emotion Face Masks: Wearing Your Heart on Your Face

Qudi LED Emotion Face Masks: Wearing Your Heart on Your Face
Have trouble expressing your emotions? I’m with you; my couples counselor says it’s something I really need to work on. And here to help is the Qudi Mask, a full face mask consisting of translucent ski-style goggles with LED eye rings and a bottom portion with 199 smart LED lights for better expressing yourself.

Virtual Reality Boots Promise an Even More Immersive Experience

Virtual Reality Boots Promise an Even More Immersive Experience
What good is virtual reality if it can still be distinguished from actual reality? So companies are hard at work trying to make the VR experience as immersive as possible. And one of those companies is Ekto One, which is developing a pair of VR boots that allow a user to actually walk without moving forward.

Finally, Researchers Teach Goldfish How to Drive a Car and Avoid Obstacles

Finally, Researchers Teach Goldfish How to Drive a Car and Avoid Obstacles
In long-awaited news, Israeli researchers at Ben-Gurion University have successfully taught goldfish how to steer a vehicle in order to reach a target and receive a treat, using a specially designed FOV (fish-operated vehicle). The future, ladies, and gentlemen – we’re finally here.

Lickable Monitor Tastes Like What’s on Screen: Willy Wonka, Here We Come!

Lickable Monitor Tastes Like What’s on Screen: Willy Wonka, Here We Come!
Because some people still care about making the future we all dreamed about as kids a reality, professor Homei Miyashita at Meiji University in Japan has developed a monitor that can imitate on-screen flavors, appropriately naming it Taste The TV (TTTV).

A $310,000 Fully Autonomous Robotic Massage Machine

A $310,000 Fully Autonomous Robotic Massage Machine
Do you have a knot in your back? Do you trust a robot to massage it out without snapping your neck in the process? If you do, you’re in luck, thanks to Massage Robotics’ MR-01, a $310,000 fully autonomous massage robot with two 6-axis collaborative robotic arms that operate using cloud artificial intelligence.

The Dronut X1: A Donut Inspired Drone

The Dronut X1: A Donut Inspired Drone
I was just thinking the other day somebody should combine a donut and a drone, and apparently Boston-based Cleo Robotics was already on the case, developing the $9,800 Dronut X1 – the world’s first bi-rotor ducted drone that can operate in much tighter spaces than traditional drones.

Robotic Tractor Kills Weeds with Lasers

Robotic Tractor Kills Weeds with Lasers
Sure Old MacDonald had a farm, but did he have an Autonomous Weeder robot from Carbon Robotics? I think not. E-I-E-I-O indeed! The Autonomous Weeder, designed to kill weeds without harming the soil or water, scans the ground with its 12-camera array, identifies weeds via onboard AI, then kills them with high-powered carbon dioxide lasers.