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SCAMP Robot Flies, Perches & Climbs: Cosmic Spider-Bot

SCAMP Robot Flies, Perches & Climbs: Cosmic Spider-Bot
First, we saw a robot that could both fly and walk. Then we saw a robot that could fly, walk and perch. Now we have SCAMP, a robot that can do all of the above as well as scale vertical surfaces. SCAMP stands for Stanford Climbing and Aerial Maneuvering Platform and was made by engineers at Stanford University’s Biomimetics & Dexterous Manipulation Laboratory. 

Lyric Speaker Displays Song Lyrics: Sing & Tell

Lyric Speaker Displays Song Lyrics: Sing & Tell
One of the Spotify desktop app’s coolest features is its ability to display the lyrics of the song that’s currently playing, turning your PC into a cheap karaoke machine. An upcoming speaker called Lyric Speaker has that function built-in, thanks to its transparent LCD screen. Lyric Speaker connects to the Internet to download the lyrics of the song that’s currently playing.
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Modular Metamaterial Can Be Programmed to Shapeshift: Real Life DynoCaps

Modular Metamaterial Can Be Programmed to Shapeshift: Real Life DynoCaps
We’re one small step closer to having Dragon Ball‘s miraculous capsules, thanks to a group of scientists that have created a metamaterial that can be programmed to change its shape, volume and stiffness. The scientists, led by Harvard Associate Professor of the Natural Sciences Katia Bertoldi, were inspired by a form of origami called Snapology, which involves connecting folded pieces of paper together to create a variety of geometric shapes.

Pigeons Carry Tiny Sensors in Adorable Backpacks to Monitor London Pollution

Pigeons Carry Tiny Sensors in Adorable Backpacks to Monitor London Pollution
I live in a more rural area so I don’t have the hatred of pigeons that some city dwellers have, you might not find this quite as adorable as I do. A company has released a small flock of ten pigeons flying about London for the next few days wearing tiny and adorable backpacks.

DIY Remote Controlled Flamethrower: Wi-Fire

DIY Remote Controlled Flamethrower: Wi-Fire
The Internet of Things isn’t just about connecting your garage door to your car or your fridge to Amazon. It can also be about connecting your smartphone to a flamethrower, as SparkFun’s Nick Poole shows in a DIY project that he made to promote their new ESP8266 Thing dev board. Nick made a webpage that contains links to toggle the flamethrower’s valves and ignitor.

Eyeglasses with Autofocus: Omnifocals

Eyeglasses with Autofocus: Omnifocals
The lenses in prescription eyeglasses are usually tailored to the wearer’s vision. There are also multifocal or progressive lenses that provide different focal powers, but each power is confined to portions of the lens. That’s why a company called Deep Optics is working on a pair of electronic eyeglasses that automatically change the entire lens’ focal power based on where the wearer is looking. Deep Optics’ Omnifocals have a transparent sheet of liquid crystals on both of its lenses.

BigScreen Virtual Reality App Lets You Hang out and Share Your PC with Other People

BigScreen Virtual Reality App Lets You Hang out and Share Your PC with Other People
We’ve seen examples of virtual reality being used to project two-dimensional displays for a single user’s work or pleasure. A new company called BigScreen has come up with an application that enhances the social elements of virtual 2D displays by letting participants see each other’s computer screen. Currently in open beta, BigScreen lets up to four people share a virtual space and see what’s on each other’s computer screen.

DIY Wall Mount Frame for Old iPhones: Reframe

DIY Wall Mount Frame for Old iPhones: Reframe
Got an old iPhone or two lying around unused? Instructables member Purincess may have a great woodworking project for you. He calls it Reframe, a wall mount frame that lets you use your old phone as a digital clock, picture frame and more. The idea behind Reframe is to hide the obsolete iPhone, leaving only a portion of its display exposed.

CowTech Ciclop 3D Scanner: The One-eyed Scan is Cheap

CowTech Ciclop 3D Scanner: The One-eyed Scan is Cheap
Three years ago I used one of my cooler puns on the Photon 3D scanner, which I called cheap because you could snag it from its crowdfunding campaign for $390 (USD). CowTech Engineering’s $99 Ciclop 3D scanner takes that crown in a lop-sided price war, and supposedly without sacrificing on quality. The CowTech Ciclop can scan at up to 0.5mm

AxiDraw Plotting Machine: Penbotship

AxiDraw Plotting Machine: Penbotship
We’ve featured a plotting machine kit before, but if you want something that’s ready to go out of the box then check out the AxiDraw, a USB plug-and-play machine by Dr. Lindsay Wilson and Evil Mad Scientist. AxiDraw can write or draw on practically any flat surface using normal writing implements, such as a ballpoint pen, chalk or an edible marker.

Win Amazing Prizes in the LG + hhgregg Play For Keeps Sweepstakes!

Win Amazing Prizes in the LG + hhgregg Play For Keeps Sweepstakes!
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of hhgregg for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Being a total gadget junkie, I like to spend time checking out home electronics stores for new gadgets and gizmos.

NES Emulator Renders Games in 3D: DDDiorama

NES Emulator Renders Games in 3D: DDDiorama
Classic video games are sometimes remade with more modern graphics, but that often requires redoing the assets. Programmer Trần Vũ Trúc is working on 3DNES, a NES emulator that dynamically generates 3D graphics from NES ROMs. Trần hasn’t gone into detail about how 3DNES works, but it appears to create voxels out of the two-dimensional sprites.

Review: 2016 Dell XPS 12 – A 2-in-1 Wonder

Review: 2016 Dell XPS 12 – A 2-in-1 Wonder
I’ve been a regular user of the 2015 and 2016 model Dell XPS laptops – the XPS 13 and XPS 15, and have been very impressed with the overall performance, usability and build quality of these portable workhorses.

Raspberry Pi Zero Motor Controller: ZeroBorg

Raspberry Pi Zero Motor Controller: ZeroBorg
PiBorg specializes in motor controllers and sensors for the Raspberry Pi, as well as robot kits based on the affordable computer. The company’s latest controller is for the tiny Raspberry Pi Zero, one that’s equally compact yet will let you manage up to 12 motors. The ZeroBorg has an I2C header, four H-bridges, two analog ports and runs off of a 9V power source.

T-shirt that Reveals a 3D Model of the Human Torso: Virtuali-Tee

T-shirt that Reveals a 3D Model of the Human Torso: Virtuali-Tee
The first wave of virtual reality headsets are prohibitively expensive. But thanks to companies like Curiscope, we can experience the resurgent technology on the cheap. The company has created a t-shirt called Virtuali-Tee that projects a 3D model of the bones and organs inside the human torso. The Virtuali-Tee is printed with a special graphic where the accompanying app projects the 3D model.

Flexible & Modular Sensor Array: SensorTape

Flexible & Modular Sensor Array: SensorTape
Last month we checked out a decorative tape with a circuit board design. It turns out that researchers at MIT Media Lab’s Responsive Environments group have considered such a form factor for interconnected and programmable sensors, and are looking for potential customers for their product. Artem Dementyev, Hsin-Liu (Cindy) Kao and Joseph Paradiso’s Sensortape consists of sensors that communicate with each other to detect their position in 3D. 
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