May 03, 2014There is just something that is so cool about robots and the robots in this story are even cooler as they are roaming micro robots that scuttle around and make things, taking on the appearance of small ants working. The micro robots have been made by a company called SRI International, who seems to have been inspired by colonies of worker ants that come together as one to get things done.
October 23, 2013Instead of powering most of cars we see on the street today, there are some unusual four-stroke engines. The size of these engines may vary strongly, from small domestic engines that power electric generators through regular automotive engines and reaching enormous sizes inside some power plants.
October 15, 2013At present we are witnessing fierce competition on the smartphone market between the leading companies and several smaller manufacturers. But there is another marketing segment which develops a bit faster nowadays – the segment of smartwatches. Although smartwatches are still behind the smartphones regarding performance, connectivity and apps, a look taken at different point of view shows that a smartwatch is far easier and comfortable to wear unlike most brick-like smartphones.
November 07, 2013 Image Source: WorldView Experience Image Source: WorldView Experience The human dreams to watch Earth from a bird eye since time immemorial. The following project attempts to offer views over Earth from a distance far above any bird eye is able to reach. A startup company from Arizona announced plans to send passengers at altitude of 19 miles (30,4 km), i.
December 18, 2013Unlike the ordinary cannons which use explosive power, the railgun relies on massive amount of electric power to launch a projectile with speed of nearly 8 times faster than sound. Tests in 2010 proved that this is the most powerful weapon in the world. Its effective range is approximately 100 miles, thus making it the gun with widest range.
January 14, 2014 Image Source: Wikimedia Before many years LEGO has begun as a toy factory, producing simple sets of plastic bricks and parts in order to entertain children. And stimulate the child brain like many other toys. Now the situation is very improved technologically and some LEGO kits provide internet connectivity, powerful processors, Micro SD card slots and Wi Fi USB slots.
January 25, 2016Exoskeletons of various sizes and shapes enjoy growing popularity in the last few years. Some are created with the purpose to increase mobility and effectiveness of the soldiers, while others are purposed to help disabled people have normal life. Similar feature for all of them is that they utilize rigid frame made of aluminum or other solid materials.
January 17, 2014 Image Source: Wikimedia Normally the hydroelectric power stations are designed to generate electricity by catching and enhancing the natural motion of the water flow of a river. The usual hydroelectric power station requires building of semi-natural water reservoir by building a dam wall on the way of a river, which leads to accumulation of huge water amounts.
February 03, 2014A construction kit for kids developed by Swedish company Creatаbles allows them to try their hand at architecture using simple household waste like drinking straws, milk cartons, etc. and a set of plastic connectors. Image Source: Kickstarter The kit, which is being marketed as “Strawbees”, uses a series of low cost plastic connectors.
January 22, 2014The purpose of a bridge is to create connection between two shores across a river or other basin. Usually bridges do that by supporting railroads, automobile roads or pedestrian walkways. But there is a special kind of bridges called “transporter bridges”. What is so special about them?
February 14, 2014Lasers are widely applications in the modern world, whether it comes to attractive toys or Blu-ray players. A team of researchers launched an interesting project named The Extreme Light Infrastructure (ELI) Beamlines, which was funded by the EU with the idea to create a unique device.
February 24, 2014Jetpacks have been the dream of futurists worldwide and now 2014 is set to be the year we finally see commercially available products. New Zealand based Martin Jetpack Company have demonstrated its latest P12 prototype and have received full certification from the Civil Aviation Authority for manned flights.
February 23, 2014We& 39;ve already seen exoskeletons that can assist heavy lifting or even offer assistance to those disabled below knee level, but now, 3D Systems and EksoBionics have gone a step further by creating an exoskeleton that has allowed Amanda Boxtel, who is paralyzed from the waist down, to walk again for the first time in over 20 years.
February 23, 2014GATR Balloons are being used by USA military to combat the disastrous situation that can occur after any natural calamity or during wartime. Image Source: GATR Using Satellite Balloons are quite useful to get any information about someone’s own country or other countries, whether during war or any flood or storm.
March 14, 2014Demolition of high rise buildings is a rather dangerous and messy task, especially in densely populated areas. It also requires a lot of heavy machinery. Now, a Turkish student by the name Omer Haciomeroglu has won the 2013 International Design Excellence Award for mechanical design from the Industrial Designers Society on America with a robot that can potentially eat concrete and erase a building with no trace, whilst reusing all the extracted material.
March 12, 2014You may have been very confused by that title. Why on Earth would Facebook want a fleet of drones?Facebook seems set to swallow another company by acquiring drone manufacturer Titan Aerospace for $60 million and will be looking to launch a fleet of drones to provide internet access worldwide (much like the Outernet project we reported on).
March 24, 2014Cornell University researchers have been working on a grant from DARPA and have used the money to make a quadrocopter flying robot that is able to navigate around obstacles in real time thanks to a new type of 3D vision. This could lead to flying rescue robots that don’t need humans to control them.
March 14, 2014When talking about states of matter things used to be very simple. There were solids, liquids and gases, and then plasma followed on along with Bose-Einstein condensate, supercritical fluid and others. The latest in-thing when it comes to states of matter is dropletons, which although they have a resemblance to liquids, occur due to different circumstances altogether.
March 15, 2014Have you ever wondered what it would be like if you could explore the brain in virtual reality and see what was happening? Well in the future this may be possible and you may be able to see your thoughts right before your eyes. This is down to a team of neuroscientists working with software developers as they have come across a way of using a headset to explore the brain.
March 26, 2014DARPA were the ones to offer us cool robots and they are always at the forefront when it comes to technology. They are working on making the battlefields safer for the U.S. military and the robotic suit is able to assist soldiers when carrying heavy equipment around. Along with this the agency is working on a project which seems to come straight out of a science fiction movie.
March 11, 2014The National Physical Laboratory gets highest energy from the lowest piezoelectric materials. Image Source: Wikipedia Science is deliberately making progress towards energy harvesting. The process of taking energy from external resources and converting it into electrical energy is known as energy harvesting.