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Drone Flies & Swims Underwater: Naviator

Drone Flies & Swims Underwater: Naviator
We’ve seen quadcopters and robots that can fly and walk (or roll), and one that can swim and walk. The Naviator drone on the other hand is equally adept at flying and swimming underwater. Prof. Javier Diez and several of his students at Rutgers University’s Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering have been working on the Naviator for years, but it took off earlier this year when they received $618,000 (USD) from the United States’ Office of Naval Research (ONR), who were apparently extremely impressed by the prototype.

Hyperloop Tests to Kickoff in Las Vegas in Q1 2016

Hyperloop Tests to Kickoff in Las Vegas in Q1 2016
If you haven’t heard of the Hyperloop, you are missing something that will be awesome if it comes to fruition. Hyperloop is a very high-speed transportation system proposed by Tesla founder Elon Musk, that will carry people and cargo from place to place.
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Prototype Bandage Glows under UV Light When it Detects Harmful Bacteria

Prototype Bandage Glows under UV Light When it Detects Harmful Bacteria
The smart man knows a bandage only hides his wounds. And University of Bath Professor Toby Jenkins is a very smart man. That’s why he and his colleagues from various UK universities and hospitals are working on a bandage that glows under ultraviolet light when exposed to toxins produced by pathogenic bacteria.

Joby S2 Concept: A Personal VTOL Aircraft

Joby S2 Concept: A Personal VTOL Aircraft
Growing up, I fully expected by the time I was “old” I would totally have my own flying car. I’m rather angry that science hasn’t made that happen yet. At least not in any meaningful way.

Japanese Scientist Invents Dry Glue that Looks Like Breath Mints

Japanese Scientist Invents Dry Glue that Looks Like Breath Mints
These tiny little crumbs look a lot like peppermints you’d use to freshen your breath after lunch, but you don’t want to eat these ones. What you see here are tiny spheres of a sort of latex liquid that are coated in calcium-carbonate nanoparticles.

GM Teams with U.S. Army on Hydrogen Chevrolet Colorado

GM Teams with U.S. Army on Hydrogen Chevrolet Colorado
One of the biggest concerns when it comes to military vehicles is their ability to operate quietly, while still offering up plentiful power. This poses a big challenge with traditional automotive drivetrains. Now, GM has teamed up with the U.S.

EM-Sense Tech Lets Your Smartwatch Know What You are Touching

EM-Sense Tech Lets Your Smartwatch Know What You are Touching
I thought smartwatches were pretty smart already. I love not having to dig my phone out of my pocket to see who is calling and if I want to talk to them. Thanks to a new technology that was developed by scientists at Disney Research and Carnegie Mellon University, smartwatches are set to get lots smarter.

AutoConnect Generates 3D Printable Connectors for Any Two Objects: The Missing Link

AutoConnect Generates 3D Printable Connectors for Any Two Objects: The Missing Link
Custom mounts, docks and other connectors are simple yet impressive demonstrations of 3D printing’s potential. Right now you can either design your own connector or look for existing designs, but a group of researchers have created a third option: have a computer figure it out for you.

Starship Robot Wants to Deliver Groceries to Your Door

Starship Robot Wants to Deliver Groceries to Your Door
Grocery shopping can be a hassle. There are the crowded aisles, getting in line to pay, then you have to put it all in the car and drive back home. We need a robot to do this for us.

SprayPrinter Makes You Banksy in Your Own Mind

SprayPrinter Makes You Banksy in Your Own Mind
I can appreciate the skill involved in making art with spray cans. I’ve watched videos on YouTube before of people seemingly spraying random colors of paint onto a surface and ending up with something awesome. If you are like me and lack the skills needed to do anything artistic, check out the SprayPrinter.

Yamaha Creates Motorcycle Riding Robot

Yamaha Creates Motorcycle Riding Robot
The only thing worse than the thought of a robot like Hector from Saturn 3 lumbering down the hall after me is the thought of Hector riding a motorcycle at 200 mph coming after me. To help fulfill my nightmares, Yamaha has created a humanoid robot that can ride a Motorcycle.

Acoustic Holograms are Sort of Like a Star Trek Tractor Beam

Acoustic Holograms are Sort of Like a Star Trek Tractor Beam
My first glimpse at a hologram came back in the ’80s when I was in a mall in Dallas, Texas. It was a video game with holograms that had lots of mirrors was at the arcade and I thought it was awesome.

Prototype Software Autocompletes Hand-drawn Animation: AutoCAA

Prototype Software Autocompletes Hand-drawn Animation: AutoCAA
A group of scientists have come up with a system that makes hand-drawn animation much less tedious for novices. Their software analyzes your drawing in real time and then shows an overlay of what you might want to draw next, giving you the option to accept or reject its suggestions.

Diego-San Robot Baby Smiles, Learns, Eats Souls

Diego-San Robot Baby Smiles, Learns, Eats Souls
If Hector from Saturn 3 mounted the Atlas robot and had a baby, I think Diego-San is exactly what their love child would look like. It’s intensely creepy with its chubby-cheeked smiling face and mechanical body.

Real-Time Facial Expression Transfer: Virtual Face/Off

Real-Time Facial Expression Transfer: Virtual Face/Off
In the near future, you may be able to make yourself speak in any language, or have video proof of your friend saying he loves to eat poop. It’s all thanks to a new tracking and animation system that can transfer the facial movements of one person into a photorealistic CGI rendering of another person’s face, all in real time.

Researchers Teach Robots to Fall without Breaking

Researchers Teach Robots to Fall without Breaking
Robots are really cool, but before they can start selling robots that will clean our houses and tend to our kids, they have to perfect them and make them safe and robust. Part of keeping an expensive robot safe is teaching it how to fall without cracking its shiny metal butt open.
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