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Tag: Prototype

Blitzkrieg Speed Chess Eliminates Turns but Adds Cooldown to Pieces: Twitchess

Blitzkrieg Speed Chess Eliminates Turns but Adds Cooldown to Pieces: Twitchess
A couple of years ago, QWOP creator Bennett Foddy made a multiplayer variant of speed chess in which everyone could move their pieces at the same time. It makes for hilarious and hectic games, especially if there are many players.

DIY $20 Handsfree Mouse for the Disabled

DIY $20 Handsfree Mouse for the Disabled
There are already commercially available mice that can be operated with the chin, mouth or tongue, but they tend to cost hundreds of dollars. Thingiverse member Tobias Wirtl hopes that he’s laid the foundation for a drastically cheaper alternative by creating a mouth-operated mouse using a 3D printer and about $20 (USD) worth of off the shelf electronics.

First V1sion Wearable Broadcast Camera: Chest’s Eye View

First V1sion Wearable Broadcast Camera: Chest’s Eye View
Action cameras are already a hit with both professionals and amateurs, but they still have a ton of untapped potential, with live broadcast being one of its biggest applications. For example, earlier this year the NHL announced that it will be equipping its players with GoPros.

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.

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.

LEGO Batman: Arkham Knight Batmobile Concept: Play Mode

LEGO Batman: Arkham Knight Batmobile Concept: Play Mode
Instead of Robin, the Batmobile is the Dark Knight’s sidekick in the Arkham series finale. The degree to which it fits in the series’ gameplay is debatable, but what we can’t deny is that it looks cool.

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.

Protopiper Prints Tape Tubes for 3D Sketches: Tubeframe

Protopiper Prints Tape Tubes for 3D Sketches: Tubeframe
Handheld 3D printers like the 3Doodler are easy and fun to use, but they’re suited for small sketches. That’s why a group of Hasso Plattner Institut (HPI) students came up with the Protopiper (pdf), a unique tape dispenser.

3D Printed Hair: Furbrication

3D Printed Hair: Furbrication
That made up word up there is actually in a research paper, thanks to the Carnegie Mellon University researchers who came up with a technique to make FDM 3D printers print strands of hair, fiber or bristles, without any hardware modification.

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.

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.

Amazon Turns Dash into Internet of Things Button: Merch Imitating Hack

Amazon Turns Dash into Internet of Things Button: Merch Imitating Hack
The Dash Button was originally intended to make it easier for loyal customers to order products from Amazon, but we’ve seen how you can easily hack it for other purposes. It looks like the company took notice of the Dash’s potential, because it’s created a variant that connects to its new Amazon Web Services Internet of Things (AWS IoT) cloud platform.

Walking Robot Has Drone Scout: Banjo-Kazooiebot

Walking Robot Has Drone Scout: Banjo-Kazooiebot
A couple of weeks ago we checked out ETH Zurich Autonomous Systems Lab’s walking robot that had a drone launching pad. That combos nicely with one of the Lab’s latest projects: a similar pair working together to navigate unknown terrain.

Rhei Ferrofluid Clock: A Clock and Its Blob

Rhei Ferrofluid Clock: A Clock and Its Blob
You may have seen Zelf Koelman’s mesmerizing Ferrolic, a clock that uses ferrofluid to display digits and a variety of complex animations. Damjan Stanković and Marko Pavlović’s Rhei is a simpler but equally notable take on a ferrofluid clock.

CableRobot Motion Simulator: Where We’re Going, We Don’t Need Treadmills

CableRobot Motion Simulator: Where We’re Going, We Don’t Need Treadmills
In the future, your home theater might need to be outside of your actual home. A collaboration between research group Fraunhofer and the Max Planck Institute’s Biological Cybernetics group has led to the creation of a cable robot perfectly suited to vehicle simulations.

Autonomous Quadcopters Build Rope Bridge: Temple of Drones

Autonomous Quadcopters Build Rope Bridge: Temple of Drones
Someday explorers and rescuers could carry quadcopters not just to survey but to build bridges literally on the fly. Researchers at ETH Zurich were able to successfully demonstrate a system of autonomous quadcopters that can create a usable rope bridge with minimal human intervention.

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