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Tag: Insect

3D Printing with Bees

3D Printing with Bees
3D printing tech can be quite amazing, but it’s usually done by melting plastic – or maybe sugar. But this is the first time I’ve heard of 3D printing using bees – or as it’s being called “3-B” printing.

VelociRoACH Hits the Ground Running… and Raid Won’t Stop It

VelociRoACH Hits the Ground Running… and Raid Won’t Stop It
Remember that Tom Selleck sci-fi flick called Runaway? Despite being terribly cheesy, those insect-like robots in that movie always gave me the creeps. Never mind that it was none other than KISS’ Gene Simmons who was the mastermind behind the robobugs.

Anti-Crack Ad is Slowly Eaten by Insects: This is Your Brain on Bugs

Anti-Crack Ad is Slowly Eaten by Insects: This is Your Brain on Bugs
People know that smoking is bad for their health. Most of them are also aware of the fact that doing drugs might make them loopy. Yet people still smoke and use all the same. Text warnings can only do so much, so for cigarettes, some institutions pushed for manufacturers to print graphic pictures of the negative effects on the actual boxes.

Cockroach Looks Like a Jawa: Lives in a Skincrawler

Cockroach Looks Like a Jawa: Lives in a Skincrawler
Anyone on Tatooine can tell you that Jawas are annoying pests. They wander around collecting scraps and selling droids and are just generally everywhere. Meanwhile, on Earth, it turns out that we have our own Jawa pests.

Fly on the Wall Smoke Alarm Buzzes into Your Home to Alert You to Fire

Fly on the Wall Smoke Alarm Buzzes into Your Home to Alert You to Fire
Who says smoke alarms need to be nondescript beige boxes? Helsinki designer Paola Suhonen sured doesn’t think so, with her unique smoke detector that looks like a gigantic house fly.

Festo BionicOpter Robot Dragonfly Makes Quadcopters Look Clumsy

Festo BionicOpter Robot Dragonfly Makes Quadcopters Look Clumsy
Automation company Festo loves showing off its technologies and expertise by creating robot versions of animals. We’ve featured the company’s SmartBird before, and you may have also seen its AirPenguin in action. Now the company has released information about its latest pet project, the BionicOpter.

Mantis Ridable Hexapod Robot: Insecticon

Mantis Ridable Hexapod Robot: Insecticon
Last year we heard about a group of students planning to build a ridable hexapod. Now we get to see what such a robot could look like, albeit from a different inventor. This is the Mantis, an all-terrain hexapod built by Matt Denton of Micromagic Systems.

LEGO Taxidermied Insect Collection is All About Bugs and Bricks

LEGO Taxidermied Insect Collection is All About Bugs and Bricks
Some interests are pretty morbid. For instance, I’ve always wondered just what kind of person would want to become a coroner or an undertaker. It’s just weird to me. The same thing applies to people who collect bugs and display them.

The Ethiopian Caterpillar – Robot Bug of the 19th Century

The Ethiopian Caterpillar – Robot Bug of the 19th Century
I’m always mesmerized by the intricate craftsmanship found in antique automatons. I think it’s something about the fact that people could build robotics without any electrical or electronic components that is truly amazing. One of the more incredible automatons to pop onto my radar screen of late is this mechanical caterpillar that dates back to 1820.

HexBug Nano V2: A Habitrail for Robo-Bugs

HexBug Nano V2: A Habitrail for Robo-Bugs
First there was the HexBug. Then there was the HexBug Nano. Now there’s HexBug Nano V2. Those creepy-crawly little self-propelled robots are back, and they’re better than ever. The latest iteration of these little robo-insects now has the ability to wriggle around not just on your tabletop, but actually climb.

Musical Spider-Bot Will Keep You up at Night

Musical Spider-Bot Will Keep You up at Night
I’ve got enough problems with spiders. They just creep me out. I can handle the occasional daddy long-legs or jumping spider, but giant spiders – forget about it. And giant metal robot spiders are the stuff of my worst nightmares.

R/C Cockroach Controlled by iOS: Yep, There’s an App for That

R/C Cockroach Controlled by iOS: Yep, There’s an App for That
If you read the site regularly, you know that we here at Technabob love weird Japanese gadgets. Something you probably don’t already have lying around your office – a remote-controlled cockroach that you can drive with your iPhone.

Lighting Fixture Puts Fireflies on Your Ceiling

Lighting Fixture Puts Fireflies on Your Ceiling
When I was growing up, one of my favorite memories was that of tiny fireflies buzzing about my backyard in the Summer evenings. But for many years of my adult life, I ended up living places where there were none of the luminescent insects.

Pray That the Mantis Chair Doesn’t Prey on You

Pray That the Mantis Chair Doesn’t Prey on You
It’s no secret that I have this insane and inane fear of insects. Cockroaches, grasshoppers, crickets, preying mantis, you name it, and I’ll scream when I see it. This is all to the annoyance of my dad, who just swats at it or sweeps it out of the way when he sees one. 

Golden Silk Orbweaver Spider Silk May Find Its Way inside Future Electronics

Golden Silk Orbweaver Spider Silk May Find Its Way inside Future Electronics
I hate spiders. They’re gross looking and even the ones that I know aren’t poisonous I still find extremely disturbing. Growing up in rural area, I spent plenty of time in the woods as a kid and have distinct memories of trying to peel spider webs out of my hair while imagining an angry, homeless spider is hiding just behind my ear waiting to crawl into my brain.

Urban Bug Farming for Some High Protein Insect Snacks

Urban Bug Farming for Some High Protein Insect Snacks
Bugs of most types and all sizes make me queasy. The little ones, I don’t mind. But if they’re more than two centimeters long (or tall), then that’s enough to send me either screaming or running away from them – or both.