University textbooks can be quite expensive to purchase, so Australian startup Zookal now offers an increasingly popular option – textbook rentals. The problem is, some of the money that students save by renting just goes into shipping charges for the rented books. That's why Zookal has joined with another Ozzie startup, Flirtey, to offer free textbook delivery by drone. Students would start by ordering a text using Zookal's smartphone app. That book would be loaded into a carrying case mounted on the underside of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), at a regional Zookal dispatch center. Australian startups plan on using UAVs to deliver textbooks
Gadgets to Help the Party Host The Smoking Gun, which infuses drinks with smoke, has gained a reputation for bringing science into the kitchen, according to Greg Kirrish of PolyScience, the maker of the device. But how do you make it a memorable occasion without hiring a caterer? There are gadgets, from automated mixologists to flameless marshmallow roasters, that can make your event a lot more exciting than a gathering around a party tray from the local wholesale club. Case in point: the Bartendro.
Artificial muscles could allow robots to lift 80 times their own weight It's a classic science fiction scene: an android is injured and its human-like exterior is laid bare to reveal the metallic gears and cables of its true mechanical nature. The future is, unsurprisingly, not likely to match this scenario as our ability to mimic biology with innovations like artificial muscles improves. The latest breakthrough in this field comes from the National University of Singapore’s Faculty of Engineering where researchers have developed a “robotic” muscle that extends like real muscle tissue to five times its original length, has the potential to lift 80 times its own weight and holds out the promise of smaller, stronger robots capable of more refined movements. In the 1960s, John W.
If cow milking recalls a bucolic image of a farmer strolling out to the barn with a bucket and stool, then the 21st century will be a disappointment to those raised on James Herriot stories. A case in point is the Astronaut 4 from Dutch agricultural firm Lely. With this robotic milker, the farmer needn't come any closer to the action than a readout on a smartphone, leaving the cows to get on with the milking themselves. View all Lely Astronaut A4 milking robot lets cows milk themselves
As technologists frequently remind us, the singularity , a time when the realization of smarter-than-human computers irrevocably alters our future, is nearer every day. Futurists take this prospect very seriously. They gather to discuss what it means at the annual Singularity Summit , a meeting hosted by The Singularity University , dedicated to exploring the “disruptive implications and opportunities” of the evolution of artificial technology. Robots will make us sexist
Roblog: Robots are for Kids Too | The Quad Roblog is a weekly column dedicated to understanding the world of robotics. If science fiction comes true and an impending robot apocalypse is real, it can’t hurt to be prepared. Come back every Thursday for a new blog of robot rants. Furby , for a product first released in 1998, is still an impressive piece of technology.
Meet the amazing robots that can move like animals, communicate with humans and even dance and draw The International Living Machines conference showcases an array of machines that help scientists understand nature by trying to replicate it Whiskered touch systems, machines powered by slime and artistic humanoids are on display at the Science Museum today Biological and artificial sciences are converging as technologists realise that natural and engineered systems share common principles By Sarah Griffiths PUBLISHED: 14:30 GMT, 1 August 2013 | UPDATED: 19:28 GMT, 1 August 2013 Mammal-like robots with whiskered touch systems,machines powered by slime and dancing humanoids that can communicate with humans are just a few of the robots invading the Science Museum today.
Kickstarter, Indiegogo, Robotic Start-ups and Engadget Expand Posted 03/24/13 at 10:55 AM ... At a weekend Engadget Expand event at Fort Mason in San Francisco, Kickstarter co-founder Yancey Strickler spoke about Kickstarter’s success: 17 projects raised $1 million+ in 2012, a 43.66% success rate, with much of the money going to film & video projects, games, design and music. ... © 2013 The Robot Report
RHex the Parkour Robot
RHex the Parkour Robot
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Unleash the Kraken! Robot octopus learning to swim The octopus is a natural escape artist. It can squeeze its soft body into impossibly tight spaces and often baffles aquarium workers with its ability to break out of tanks. These abilities could be very useful in an underwater robot, which is why the OCTOPUS Project, a consortium of European robotics labs, is attempting to reverse engineer it in all its tentacled glory. Now researchers from the Foundation for Research and Technology (FORTH), in Hellas, Greece are learning how the robot might use its tentacles to swim.
OCTOPUS Integrating Project
You might expect a book titled Robot Futures and written by a robotics researcher to be a whiz-bang prophecy of technologies that are the best thing since sliced bread. Soon we’ll be living to 200 while traveling from vacation to vacation in our flying cars. All the while, robots handle all the parts of our jobs that we hated anyway, right? Maybe, but this book isn't the place to find it. There’s plenty of speculation in it (I mean, we are talking about the future here) but it’s decidedly more pragmatic and sober than that. Robotics forecast: cool with a chance of lost humanity
<img class=" " src="http://www.wired.com/design/wp-content/gallery/3d-printed-plane/010.jpg" alt="" width="600" height="346" /> Professor Sheffler, with brothers/lab partners Steven Easter and Jonathan Turman, shows off the exoframe of “Wendy,” their 3D-printed plane. Photo: University of Virginia It was supposed to be a big moment for the two brothers — both University of Virginia engineering students — the culmination of months of designing and refining. On a sunny day last August, Steven Easter and Jonathan Turman stood in the middle of a verdant field at the Milton Airfield in Charlottesville, VA, and watched anxiously as their 6.5-foot-wingspan drone aircraft taxied toward takeoff position. Want a Flying Drone? These Students 3D-Printed Their Own | Wired Design
Software adds joints for 3D printed figures The software analyzes the figure to find where joints should go, and the user specifies what kind. Elbows and knees get hinges. Torsos, tails, and perhaps tentacles get ball and socket joints with what engineers call "three degrees of freedom." See below for the 3D-printed version of the hand.
From Tweet to Street: Anti-Poverty Campaign Takes Supporters' Messages to Camp David - News Political magnates on their way to the G8 summit at Camp David near Thurmont, Maryland today may barely notice the scenery —mostly freshly planted fields and historic homes—of a small town on a spring day. Yet there's one attraction designed to catch their eye: an activist "chalkbot" whose golden-hued messages about taking action on global poverty now coat the pavement leading to the presidential retreat and leaving from the White House. The "Street Tweeter" is the work of anti-poverty nonprofit ONE. A "hydraulic robot" towed by a pickup truck, the machine culls Twitter for messages that mention the handle @ONEStreetTweet , and uses 80 jets full of nontoxic paint to take the text to the streets. ONE is asking its supporters to send along 40-character notes encouraging the G8 to take a stand on poverty in Africa and throughout the developing world.
The robotic future is here, and it looks nothing like we thought it would. Instead of humanoid, highly-intelligent robots that do our bidding, the future is increasingly one of robotic swarms , robotic quadrotors , and tiny robots no larger than insects that perform surgery . The robotics revolution, in short, is fast, cheap and out of control . Just as the computer revolution started with massive mainframes and evolved to the personal computer and handheld tablets, the robotics revolution is taking the same path -- it is evolving from large, expensive industrial robots to vaguely humanoid robots to cheap, tiny robots that follow you everywhere, thanks to built-in swarm intelligence. The latest example comes from Planetary Resources' breakthrough initiative for commercial asteroid mining, in which hundreds of robots working together would participate as part of a collaborative swarm to mine asteroids for resources . The Robotic Future is Fast, Cheap and Out of Control | Endless Innovation
GRASP: The Startup Incubator For Soccer-Playing, Synchronized Flying Robots The first thing you notice when visiting the University of Pennsylvania's GRASP Laboratory --General Robotics Automation, Sensing, And Perception--is that the robots are everywhere. Massive workrooms at the laboratory are filled with bots of all shapes and sizes, from tiny humanoids outfitted to play soccer to insect-like flying drones that operate in an intelligent swarm (you may have seen them in a recent TED talk by GRASP's Vijay Kumar). The lab is home to an interdisciplinary team of engineers, computer programmers, and mathematicians working together with Penn students to create robots that perform surgery, play sports, and fly without any human control. It's also an incubation space for startups. Daniel Mellinger's KMel Robotics specializes in autonomous flying robots, and experimental robotics in general. Another firm, Sandbox Innovations , leverages innovations from robotics to use in emergency first response products.
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