Posts tagged technology
The current generation of robots always seem so, well, robotic. Their herky-jerky movements are the result of the stiff wires and pulleys that contract and expand to move their limbs. But what if robo-muscles were more like our own; strong, yet supple, self-sufficient for long periods of time (think of the human battery life versus a robot’s) and able to make complex fine motor movements like writing or sewing. Read more
Over the millions of years that plants have evolved, they’ve reacted to multitudes of stimuli for the sheer fact that they can’t get up and walk away. In doing so, vegetation releases tell-tale electrical signals that researchers believed can be harnessed to effectively turn plants into biosensors. Read more
For 12 years, Harvard engineering professor Robert Wood has been trying to get a fly-sized drone off the ground. He and his colleagues have had to overcome issues of weight, aerodynamics of wing flapping, power supply, and figuring out how to manufacture a robot smaller than a quarter. Finally, the little robo-fly is airborn. Read more
Launched Dec. 7, 1972, Apollo 17 was the last space mission to land astronauts on the moon.
50 40* years since we last set out to land on the moon.
today is a sad day.
*It’s a sad day, Trace, but it’s not THAT sad! ;) ~Ian
Do Robots Rule the Galaxy? “…the rulers of our galaxy may have brains made of the semiconductor materials silicon, germanium and gallium. In other words, they are artificially intelligent machines that have no use — or patience — for entities whose ancestors slowly crawled out of the mud onto primeval shores.”
Artificial Muscle Stronger Than the Real Thing: They’re small but mighty. The tiny artificial muscles created by an international team of researchers are 200 times stronger than human muscle fibers of comparable size. In the future, improved versions of the muscles could go into the next generation of movers and doers. Go flex those artificial muscles and read more…
Vincent Fournier’s photo journalistic series ‘The Man Machine’ explores developing robotic technology from around the world. Click the photos for more information.
(also check out ‘Space Project’ posted earlier this week)
will there soon be a time when robots walk the streets just like us? it seems odd to me that it might soon be normal.
Bubbles can sense sulfur in the atmosphere, absorb ultraviolet energy and show 3-D images of the Earth floating in space.
Like my girl Lil’ Momma says, “it’s poppin’!”
Asking a chemistry professor about soap can lead down a slippery slope. W. Stephen McNeil’s daughter was three years old, her repetitive “why?” led to an exposition involving molecular bonds and the origins of the word “hydrophobic.”
McNeil, an associate chemistry professor at the University of British Columbia, published the exchange with his daughter for the Science Creative Quarterly several years ago, but still finds himself explaining soap to non-experts.
The HAL exoskeleton from Cyberdyne.
This week Cyberdyne unveiled a robotic exoskeleton called HAL (Hybrid Assistive Limb) that allows its wearer to carry superhuman loads while shielding them from radiation. With the Fukushima nuclear disaster still fresh in Japan’s national memory, the research team designed HAL to aid workers in dismantling the damaged power plant. The most incredible part is that the suit can be controlled by brainwaves! A network of sensors monitors electric signals coming from the user’s brain and uses them to activate the robot’s limbs in unison with the worker’s, allowing them to move without supporting the suit’s weight. As such, the 130-pound suit is barely noticeable to those wearing it.
Tony Stark: “Tell you what. Throw a little hotrod red in there.”
Jarvis: “Yes, that should help you keep a low profile.”