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This Submersible Drone Is What Bond Villain Dreams Are Made Of

An average villain has a submarine or a drone or a sailboat. But get your hands on a Submaran S10, and you’ll get all three in one – an ideal combo …

The plane that runs on hydrogen and emits only water | CNN Travel

(CNN) — The dream of sustainable air travel is now one step closer to reality, after a team of researchers in Germany flew a plane that emits nothing but water vapor into the atmosphere.<p>The plane runs on fuel cells -- devices producing an electrical current from a supply of hydrogen and oxygen -- …

Energy

Gliding Algorithm Lets Drones Surf The Winds For Hours

No fuel needed<p>Launch an unmanned SBXC sailplane into the air with a catapult and it glides lazily down again in about three minutes. But when the sailplane is equipped with software to find plumes of warm air rising from the ground, known as thermals, it can ride them upward and extend its flight …

Electric bike motors: everything you need to know

Once you have got the bike and the battery, there’s one last thing you need to make an electric bike: the motor<p>There are different kind of motors …

Electric Bikes

Magic Leap VR headset design spotted in patent filing

A patent for Magic Leap's virtual reality headset has been spotted in the wild. Unlike most of the VR and AR headsets we've seen, the filing posted …

A LEAP INTO MIXED REALITY | Fortune

ILM And Magic Leap Want To “Forge New Ground, Both Creatively And Technologically”

The future of storytelling is unwritten, but the partnership might give us a hint as to who its key authors could be.<p>There are a lot of technologies that are going to shape the way stories are told, people are entertained, and art is made in the years to come. We spend a lot of time talking about …

VR Startup Magic Leap Wants You to Save a Seat on the Couch for C-3PO

2 min read<p>Forget 3-D. VR startup Magic Leap wants to put Star Wars directly into your living room. By that, I mean characters standing next to you and interacting with you, right in your living room.<p>Before you read on, you have to check out the video above. It’s wild.<p>Magic Leap -- which has been in …

Augmented Reality

Magic Leap ramps up production for new type of virtual reality

ASPEN, Colo. (Reuters) - Magic Leap, a startup backed by technology powerhouses including Google and Alibaba that has raised more than $1.4 billion, has hired more than 600 employees and is close to starting production of its first “mixed reality” products.<p>Rony Abovitz (R), CEO of Magic Leap speaks …

Augmented Reality

10 places in British Columbia you've probably never heard of

Canada’s most westerly province hugs the Pacific coastline and has prime spots perfect for wander lusters. Hello British Columbia! Home to Vancouver …

Ghost Robotics' Minitaur Quadruped Conquers Stairs, Doors, and Fences and Is Somehow Affordable

This robot uses innovative direct-drive motors to go pretty much anywhere Photo: Ghost RoboticsGhost Robotics' Minitaur quadruped robot. Bipedal and …

Robotics

The bicycle problem that nearly broke mathematics

Jim Papadopoulos has spent a lifetime pondering the maths of bikes in motion. Now his work has found fresh momentum.<p>Seven bikes lean against the wall …

How 3D Printing Is Transforming Manufacturing: An Interview With Shapeways CEO Peter Weijmarshausen

<i>Peter Weijmarshausen is the CEO and Co-Founder of Shapeways, the world’s leading 3D printing marketplace and community. [Full disclosure: my venture firm Lux Capital is an equity investor]. Prior to Shapeways, Peter was the CTO of Sangine, where he and his team designed and developed satellite</i> …

3D print your own flexible insoles with Gyrobot's new and free Gensole design tool

Jul 6, 2016 | By Alec<p>If you have trouble finding insoles that are just right for you, the solution might be as simple as 3D printing a custom pair at …

3D Printing

The future of 3D-printed prosthetics

The recent ubiquity of 3D printers and innovations in prosthetic design, manufacturing and distribution offer a viable solution for the millions of people living with limb loss around the world. In the United States alone, close to 200,000 amputations are performed each year, yet, with prosthetics …

Prosthetics

Custom Processor Speeds Up Robot Motion Planning by Factor of 1,000

A preprogrammed FPGA can take motion planning from frustrating to instantaneous Image: Duke RoboticsIf you’ve ever seen a live robot manipulation …

Robotics

Best electric bike: how to choose the right one for you

One bike trend that’s hard to ignore is electric bikes, also known as e-bikes. The promise of being able to ride further, faster, for longer appeals …

Electric Bikes

If robots are the future of work, where do humans fit in? | Zoe Williams

We need to rethink our view of jobs and leisure – and quickly, if we are to avoid becoming obsolete<p>Robin Hanson thinks the robot takeover, when it comes, will be in the form of emulations. In his new book, The Age of Em, the economist explains: you take the best and brightest 200 human beings on …

Hacking R/C Brushless Motor Controllers for Use in Big Robots

[professor churlz] wrote in to let us know his results with modifying radio control ESCs (Electronic Speed Controllers) for use in a large (250lb …

Model Aircraft

This Soft Wearable Robot Could Help You Carry Heavy Goods

When humans work in harmony with robots.<p>Soft Robotic Exosuit from Wyss Institute on Vimeo.<p>Imagine if you had a magical pair of trousers that made your backpack feel just that bit lighter, or that preserved the fluid joint movements of your youth as you age.<p>This is slowly becoming a reality.<p>In a …

First Click: Robots will make it even harder for poor countries to get rich

The problem is that if robot labor is cheaper and more reliable than human labor, why bother with the latter? The payback period for industrial robots (the time it takes for their extra costs to be paid off) is falling sharply. For a welding robot to be used in a Chinese factory, for example, the …

Economics

Meet the Cobots: Humans and Robots Together on the Factory Floor

Collaborative machines that are priced as low as $24,000 have the potential to revolutionize production lines.<p>Walking across the floor of SEW-Eurodrive’s factory in Baden-Württemberg is like moving through a time warp.<p>On one side, the light is dim and workers stand at long assembly lines repeating …

It's Time to Really Start Worrying About a Robot Takeover

Add David Siegel to the list of powerful execs who are uncomfortable about what artificial intelligence technologies will mean to carbon-based life …

SRI International spins off robotics project as Superflex, aiming at human augmentation

Nonprofit research organization SRI International is spinning off part of its robotics division into a new company called Superflex. It won’t be focusing not on industrial robots or the like, but rather robotic augmentations for people — mainly to help the disabled take on everyday tasks, not $6 …

Robots Are Coming for Dirty, Dangerous, and Dull Jobs

Why automation won't result in massive layoffs everywhere--and will help companies and people stay more competitive.<p>The debate over how robots could affect employment has been going on for more than a century. Those who rage against the machine say robots will steal our jobs, make us their slaves, …

The Future

nervous system develops kinematic petals, a 3D printed dress

<b>nervous system develops kinematic petals, a 3D-printed dress</b><br>(above) the dress is part of the #techstyle exhibition held at the museum of fine arts in …

Electric Airplanes Are the Future of Pilot Training

Walk into a flight school today and you'll probably take your first training flight in an aging airplane that's noisy, expensive, and burns leaded …

Next In 3D Printing - Fast, Cheap Orthotics For Disabled Kids

I don't normally write about indiegogo campaigns, but on the topic of 3D printing, I came across an inspiring campaign on indiegogo to develop 3D …

Disability