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Metalens Could Make Smartphone Cameras Compete With DSLRs. The importance of black boxes in an autonomous automotive future. Right now, if you get into a crash, it’s usually going to be a driver’s fault — a human driver.

The importance of black boxes in an autonomous automotive future

Parts can fail and tires can burst, but about 90 percent of all car crashes are caused by human error, depending on which study you read. Blue Headphones - Mo-Fi. Resin film and materials developed for stretchable electronics. 24 December 2015 Panasonic has developed a soft, flexible, and stretchable polymer resin film using its proprietary stretchable resin technology.

Resin film and materials developed for stretchable electronics

The Company will also provide a transparent electrode material and conductive paste along with this insulating film. This insulating film material is claimed to stretch to 2.5 times its original length and then returns to its original shape, a feature that is said to be hard to find in conventional flexible materials. SpaceX Successfully Completes a Vertical Landing at Cape Canaveral. Things are looking good for SpaceX.

SpaceX Successfully Completes a Vertical Landing at Cape Canaveral

Not only did the Falcon 9 return to flight for the first time since July, but the company pulled off a successful ground-based landing at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Monday night. At around 8:40 p.m. EST, the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket returned to the ground to an uproarious crowd, cheering the safe landing after months of unsuccessful attempts. This was also the first SpaceX flight since July, when a Falcon 9 exploded due to a faulty strut in an upper stage. Since that time, the company has regrouped its efforts into getting the Falcon 9 back in order and continuing work on a vertical landing, which had been accomplished by soft landing at sea, but proved more elusive on attempts on a barge floating in the ocean. Where to Find a Temporary Engineer for Projects: Borrow an Engineer. A Learning Advance in Artificial Intelligence Rivals Human Abilities.

Photo Computer researchers reported artificial-intelligence advances on Thursday that surpassed human capabilities for a narrow set of vision-related tasks.

A Learning Advance in Artificial Intelligence Rivals Human Abilities

The improvements are noteworthy because so-called machine-vision systems are becoming commonplace in many aspects of life, including car-safety systems that detect pedestrians and bicyclists, as well as in video game controls, Internet search and factory robots. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, New York University and the University of Toronto reported a new type of “one shot” machine learning on Thursday in the journal Science, in which a computer vision program outperformed a group of humans in identifying handwritten characters based on a single example. The program is capable of quickly learning the characters in a range of languages and generalizing from what it has learned. The authors suggest this capability is similar to the way humans learn and understand concepts. Revolutionary steel treatment paves the way for radically lighter, stronger, cheaper cars.

Back in 2011, we wrote about a fascinating new way to heat-treat regular, cheap steel to endow it with an almost miraculous blend of characteristics.

Revolutionary steel treatment paves the way for radically lighter, stronger, cheaper cars

Radically cheaper, quicker and less energy-intensive to produce, Flash Bainite is stronger than titanium by weight, and ductile enough to be pressed into shape while cold without thinning or cracking. It's now being tested by three of the world's five largest car manufacturers, who are finding they can produce thinner structural car components that are between 30-50 percent lighter and cheaper than the steel they've been using, while maintaining the same performance is crash tests.

Those are revolutionary numbers in the auto space. Generally, when you choose steel you're trading off between strength and ductility. The hardest steels are the martensitic types, but their crystalline structure makes them brittle and prone to cracking when you press or bend them, so they need to be hot pressed. Making 3-D imaging 1,000 times better. MIT researchers have shown that by exploiting the polarization of light — the physical phenomenon behind polarized sunglasses and most 3-D movie systems — they can increase the resolution of conventional 3-D imaging devices as much as 1,000 times.

Making 3-D imaging 1,000 times better

The technique could lead to high-quality 3-D cameras built into cellphones, and perhaps to the ability to snap a photo of an object and then use a 3-D printer to produce a replica. Further out, the work could also abet the development of driverless cars. The future of travel? A tube called Hyperloop. When asked to imagine the future of transportation, most might draw a car of the future, perhaps solar powered and autonomously driven.

The future of travel? A tube called Hyperloop

For a select few the way we'll move ourselves across the world tomorrow is in a steel tube at speeds of almost 800mph. This was originally the brainchild of billionaire U.S. entrepreneur Elon Musk, who envisioned being able to whisk passengers between San Francisco and Los Angeles in under half an hour. Helion Energy takes in $10.6M for fusion energy. Redmond-based Helion Energy has raised $10.6 million, according to a filing, to build a fusion engine that would create power.

Helion Energy takes in $10.6M for fusion energy

Helion Energy has raised $10.6 million in a new funding round to develop technology that aims to create a fusion reactor to generate power. The company disclosed the funds in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Helion plans to raise more than $21 million total in the continuing round. Redmond-based Helion had previously received $5 million from the U.S. Department of Energy and raised a $1.5 million round in August 2014 from Y Combinator and Mithril Capital Management. The company declined to comment on the latest funding round. World’s First Road-Ready Line of 3D Printed Cars Unveiled Today by Local Motors. “Our Kids Are Going to Get Really Weird” – David Holz. Ford GT supercar takes flight with high-tech innovations. PALO ALTO, Calif. – You might not have half a million dollars to buy the next Ford GT, but don't worry— some of the supercar's key technology will trickle down to more modestly priced Fords.

Ford GT supercar takes flight with high-tech innovations

That was the message delivered by Ford CEO Mark Fields here Thursday at the company's growing Research and Innovation Center. In shedding light on the technical specs of the new Ford GT supercar, Fields ran down a list – carbon fiber body parts, in-car computer networks, active aerodynamics – that seemed more akin with planes than cars. "We are talking about a decade of technological innovations that have led to this car," say Fields. MINI Giving Drivers a Peek at 'Augmented Reality' College Students Win Seed Money to Launch OsBot Human Bone Replicating 3D Printer. Advances in 3D printing technology have begun to have a transformative effect on the medical community.

College Students Win Seed Money to Launch OsBot Human Bone Replicating 3D Printer

We’ve all read the stories of 3D printed hands and other prosthetic devices, but that is only scratching the surface of how 3D printing has changed the way doctors treat our medical problems. MRI’s can easily be turned into 3D models now, allowing doctors to pre-plan difficult or dangerous surgeries using 3D printed replicas of the areas being targeted by surgeons. Metal Technology (MTI) forges new path with metal 3D printing and English Racing. Google slashes price of Project Tango 3D-mapping tablet. Google's 3D spatial mapping tablet Project Tango is currently only available for purchase by invitation. Today some of those lucky individuals received an email informing them that the price of the tablet was being slashed by 50 percent from $1024 to $512. The email forwarded to Android Police also mentions that Google is "opening sales more broadly," and that this was the last chance for the individual to purchase the device reserved for them.

Intelligent Neuroprostheses: Brain-Controlled Devices Mimic Natural Motor Control. Researchers have tested a range of neuroprosthetic devices, from wheelchairs to robots to advanced limbs, that work with their users to intelligently perform tasks. They work by decoding brain signals to determine the actions their users want to take, and then use advanced robotics to do the work of the spinal cord in orchestrating the movements.

The use of shared control - new to neuroprostheses - "empowers users to perform complex tasks," says José del R. Millán, who presented the new work at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society (CNS) conference in San Francisco today. Millán, of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland, began working on "brain-computer interfaces" (BCIs), designing devices that use people's own brain activity to restore hand grasping and locomotion, or provide mobility via wheelchairs or telepresence robots, using people's own brain activity. The BCI processes users' intentions and decision-making mainly from the cerebral cortex .

Untitled. Researchers unveil rapid-charge aluminium battery tech. The aluminium ion battery technology developed at Stanford University can charge from flat in under a minute, but isn't ready for mass-market use just yet. A novel battery which uses aluminium could lead to smartphones that charge from flat in under a minute while offering environmental and safety benefits, researchers at Stanford University have claimed. In the latest of a long line of battery technology breakthroughs which will likely take a number of years to reach market - assuming they ever do - a team of scientists at Stanford University have demonstrated what is claimed to be the world's first high-performance battery to use an aluminium-ion design in place of the traditional lithium-ion. 'We have developed a rechargeable aluminium battery that may replace existing storage devices, such as alkaline batteries, which are bad for the environment, and lithium-ion batteries, which occasionally burst into flames,' chemistry professor Hongjie Dai explained of his team's creation.

Experimental networking tech beams data across the room with light. 3D Printing: Are You Ready for the New Decentralized Industrial Revolution? The world around us has advanced so much that science fiction is no more a fiction. Moving from prototyping to tooling, additive manufacturing commonly known as 3D printing has expanded to full-scale end-part production and replacement part production. 37 Critical Problems that need to be Solved for Drone Delivery to become Viable.

New Briggs & Stratton lawn mower engine never needs an oil change. A Koozie That Keeps Your Beer Cold With Good Engineering  The Power of Oneness. “Design for Assembly” methodology has been around for a few decades now, and the benefits (and profits) of making a designer take a good look at how things are put together on the manufacturing side have long been obvious.

“The greatest improvements arose from simplification of the product by reducing the number of separate parts,” say Geoffrey Boothroyd and Peter Dewhurst in their textbook, Product Design for Manufacture and Assembly. ScanSnap SV600 - Document and Contactless Scanner Features. Taking Additive Manufacturing to the Micro Level. Frigid matter powers first quantum circuits - tech - 14 November 2014. Move over, electrons – circuits could one day be powered by frigid quantum matter. Neuro Kinetics wins NFL grant for brain-injury detector. Army Robotics Researchers Look Far into the Future. ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. -- The U.S. Army envisions a future where robots are integral members of the team performing autonomous actions and maintaining current capabilities. Five years ago, the U.S. Meet "The Reason," A New Metal 3D Printed Gun. Fotodiox Debuts a Full-Metal Replacement E-Mount; No More Wobbly Lenses on Your Sony.

Lockheed says makes breakthrough on fusion energy project. Grabbing a SpinChilled Cold One. A 360 degree “scanner” for trucks. Air-powered cars unveiled at Paris auto show. Autos - Coming soon: The printed car. New wireless technology could help drastically reduce vehicle crashes. Technology Takes the Wheel. Building the future: 3-D printing promises to transform manufacturing industry. Photosculpt - PhotoSculpt creates 3D models and textures from 2 photos. Equil Smartpen 2: Real ink. Real paper. Digitized.

Pavlok - The Habit Changing Device That Shocks You. Rapide Lite, Affordable High Resolution 3D Printer. PlexiDrone: Making Aerial Photography a Breeze! Solidscan. Technology Takes Tattoos into the Future. How goTenna works – goTenna Inc. The Army Is Getting a New Laser Cannon and It Can Shoot Drones Out of the Sky. Supersize Your DIY Computing With Tiny Titan.

Watch NASA's 3D-printed rocket part survive a 6,000 degree test-firing. 20 Google Now tips every Android user should know. Minnesota man 3D-prints a castle big enough to walk in. Calorie-counting microwave on the horizon?