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'Drone It Yourself' Lets You Create a Drone from Any Object

'Drone It Yourself' Lets You Create a Drone from Any Object
Have you ever wished for a flying book? A flying keyboard? Or, perhaps, a flying bodyboard? Well, it's your lucky day, because thanks to "Drone It Yourself," you can turn pretty much any object into a quadrocopter. The drone kit, created by Dutch independent designer Jasper Van Loenen, is comprised of pieces that can be 3D printed, and then clamped to any object you so desire. On his website, Van Loenen points out that the parts can be custom-designed, and that other DIY enthusiasts can modify them to make new add-ons for the quadrocopter drone. To find out more, check out the video, above. Image courtesy of Vimeo, Jasper Van Loenen

Dentsu – ASOBERU-T – New T-shirt technology – Hold up a smartphone over the T-shirt, then characters and other designs will pop up on the screen from nowhere Dentsu, a Japanese advertising company, announced that they have developed a new T-shirt technology called “ASOBERU-T”. They developed the unique and fun T-shirt technology that gives you 3 different ways to enjoy the T-shirt: Play, Shot and Share. To start playing with the T-shirt, you need to install the dedicated free application on your smartphone. Play: Hold your smartphone over the T-shirt, then you will see characters and other designs pop-up on the screen from nowhere. Shot: Pose with the characters and take some good photos with them. Share: Post those photos on the SNS sites. As part of its first stage, BEAMS, which is a popular Japanese clothing brand, is going to release 5 kinds of “ASOBERU-T” T-shirts in collaboration with Gindama (anime) and The Wonderful!

MK3 Exoskeleton Suit Promises to Make Schoolgirls Better, Taller, Stronger Cyborgs might walk among us one day. For now, it’s just Japanese schoolgirls decked out in exoskeleton suits. You might have noticed that manufacturers turn to schoolgirls whenever they want to market some hot, new product in Japan. This time around, it’s the Powered Jacket MK3 developed by Sagawa Electronics. It’s the first commercially available exoskeleton that’s being marketed in the country. The promotion video starts out a bit weird at first, but watch for a bit longer to see the demo of the exoskeleton suit. The exoskeleton will be made available in limited numbers starting this month and will be priced at $123,000. VIA [ Dvice ]

Robo Raven is a robotic drone that flies like a real bird | Science! Before the concept of lift was well-understood, humanity tried all manner of bird-shaped contraptions in the pursuit of powered flight. It was a monumental failure back then, but a team at the University of Maryland Robotics Center is reviving the idea with a robot. They have managed to construct a lightweight flying robot with flapping wings, just like a bird. The so-called Robo Raven is not the first attempt to build a robot that mimics bird flight. It uses two electronically synchronized programmable motors to flap the wings. It doesn’t just fly, though. This robot could have a future in surveillance operations, but first it needs to slim down a bit more to carry a camera. Now read: DARPA shows off cheap robot hand capable of delicate maneuvers

Emopulse Smile SmartWatch goes up for pre-order Many of the communication devices that attempt to make the jump from our hands to our wrists tend to follow the same form factor as mechanical watches (think Pebble or the much-rumored Apple iWatch, for example). The Smile SmartWatch from Emopulse is quite a different proposition. If the company manages to transform its working prototype into an actual commercial product, the Smile will be a smartphone, entertainment and gaming hub, social network and news feed, personal assistant, digital watch, and a stunning piece of wrist bling all rolled into one futuristic device. View all Basically a twin-display smartphone you can wrap around your wrist and wear like a bracelet, the working prototypes are reported to have made use of experimental flexible displays. The first batch were monochrome, but the latest are full-color OLED. Koloskov told us that the Smile will be no Pebble, and should have a display more comparable to the quality offered by the iPhone. Sources: Emopulse, Indiegogo

20 High Tech Outdoor Camping Gear & Gadgets This post is dedicated to the hardworking geek who also has a love for sweet mother nature. If you are into hiking with your family members, traversing the outdoors, climbing hills or peaks and would like to bask in the sounds of nature while keep your gadgets closeby, there are solutions listed here that you will probably love. Compiled in this list are 20 high tech gear and gadgets for your next outdoor adventure or camping trip. For those who have to conduct research in wooded areas, we have also listed some high tech tools to help you document your data, recharge your batteries, give you safe drinking water (very important) and keep you safe and and on track. Recommended Reading: 20+ Ideal Gifts For Photographers MPOWERD Luci. Eton Scorpion. Sawyer Squeeze Water Filter System. X-1 Surge Contact Waterproof Headset. CamelBak All Clear Bottle. Nemo Helio Pressure Shower. Handspresso Wild Hybrid. Petzl NAO Headlamp. LifeProof Braven BRV-1 Waterproof Bluetooth Speakers. Garmin Quatix.

walyou Inink’s Playful Tees: Wear Your iPod on Your Shirt Some people wear their hearts on their sleeve, but you can wear your iPod instead. It’s more than just a novelty, because this shirt by inink can actually come in handy, especially if you listen to music a lot. If you’ve never sprung for one of those iPod or iPhone armbands that let you run, jog, or do whatever it is you need to do with both hands, then this shirt is a fun alternative. These shirts are part of inink’s “pocket series.” Check out the shirts on inink’s site (Japanese language.) VIA [ Spoon & Tamago ]

This Gadget Turns Any Window Into A Power Outlet Solar chargers, a revolutionary idea just a few short years ago, are popping up everywhere. We’ve featured dozens, maybe even 100 on this site to date. But none of them offer the simplicity and intuitive design of the Window Socket. The brain child of designers Kyuho Song & Boa Oh, this nifty gadget is exactly what it sounds like: a tiny portable solar panel on one side and a traditional socket (albeit a European one) on the other. Imagine the possibilities (and the envy of all those within eye-shot) when you roll into the crowded airport gate area, and stick your very own power outlet onto the nearest window. Eliminating even the few moving parts associated with existing solar chargers was a main goal of Son and Oh. Image via Kyuho Song & Boa Oh/Yanko Design And the awesomeness of this concept doesn’t end there.

Researchers build miniature flying robots, modeled on Drosophila It's relatively easy to get something big and heavy to fly. With enough equipment, it's possible to load the object with lots of energy to power the flight, specialized parts to control it, and the computers (or people) needed to direct the flight. But things get challenging as you make things smaller, and it gets harder to squeeze all the requisite parts into an ever-shrinking space. In that, nature has us beat, since something like a fruit fly crams all the energy, control systems, and specialized hardware into an extremely compact form. We may not be at fruit fly level yet, but researchers are giving the insects some competition. The authors are all from the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard, and they clearly find insects inspirational, noting that, despite their simple nervous systems, "flying insects are able to perform sophisticated aerodynamic feats such as deftly avoiding a striking hand." Overall, it's an impressive little device.

Ultra Cool Floating Table Lamp Isn't an Optical Illusion, Just Science No, this ultra cool floating table lamp isn't an optical illusion accomplished with wires or strings, but just science. What actually makes this $1300 lamp float is integrated levitation technology consisting of several electromagnetic components and a sophisticated control system. Continue reading for a video, more pictures, and additional information. Next to the fact that they employ the very latest LED technology, the lamp is low in power consumption too. With a touch of your fingertip, the lamp can be dimmed to the intensity you require. The lamp consists out of a handcrafted wooden base with a high glossy black finish. [Source] Interesting Posts Around the Web