You know what libraries need? Trains. Trains that can carry books from one part of the library to another. That way librarians can wear conductor hats and say, “all aboard!” and “choo choo!” while stamping books.
How many times have you been at the airport and waited what seemed like an eternity for your bags to show up. Oftentimes, this is due to the long, slow process of unloading bags from the gate and driving them all the way to the baggage claim area.
From the Tokyo Institute of Technology comes this slow, sad-looking, nameless but practical robot. It’s designed to burrow under rubble to serve as the eyes and ears for rescuers. Instead of forcing its way through rock or jacking itself up, the robot ever so gently lifts rubble using two hydraulic plates, minimizing the risk of inducing a collapse.