Category: Research/study



Having been modeled after a variety of organisms (or their parts), robots come in all shapes and sizes but researchers at MIT now report that they’ve designed their robots after the very structures that make up living cells: proteins. Dubbed the Millimeter-Scale Motorized Protein or Milli-Motein, the tiny robots are able to change from extended chains to various 3D folded shapes in seconds.

But the really impressive feature is that the robots keep their shape even after power has been removed, thanks to a new kind of motor the team developed.

Each chain consists of 1-cm units that connect together, just as amino acids link up to make a protein, with a continuous flex circuit that controls power and communication to the device. Currently, the motor in each segment is able to lift only one other segment, but the researchers are already working on extending this to two segments.

The video put out by MIT shows how the snake-like robot can adopt and hold different configurations:

Read the complete article at Singularity Hub.

Draw precise freehand circles and copy paste drawings with the dePENd table

This table helps you to draw precise freehand circles and lines. It is under development by a group in the Yasuaki Kakehi Lab at Keio University.

By using a computer to control the XY position of a magnet under the surface of the table, it implements, on paper, drawing methods utilized in computer graphics.

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Brain Computer Interface used to control the movement and actions of an android robot


Researchers at the CRNS-AIST Joint Robotics Laboratory, are working on ways to control robots via thought alone.

“Basically we would like to create devices which would allow people to feel embodied, in the body of a humanoid robot. To do so we are trying to develop techniques from Brain Computer Interfaces (BCI) so that we can read the peoples thoughts and then try to see how far we can go from interpreting brain waves signals, to transform them into actions to be done by the robot.”

Read the complete article at Dig Info.

Foldable e-reader screen developed

Low-power, foldable electronic devices are starting to look like a realistic prospect, thanks to the development of a paper-thin screen made of plastic.

University of Cincinnati researchers have been testing an ‘electrofluidic imaging film’ which they say really works. It’s a white, porous film coated with a thin layer of reflective electrodes and spacers that uses sophisticated fluid mechanics to electrically transport colored ink.

“This is the first of any type of electrowetting display that can be made as a simple film that you laminate onto a sheet of controlling electronics,” says doctoral student Matthew Hagedon.

Read the complete article at TG Daily.

Precise hand tracking without a glove


Researchers at Newcastle University and Microsoft Research Cambridge (MSR) have developed a wrist controller which allows the user to remotely control any device without any extra hardware.

Mapping finger movement and orientation, it includes an infrared camera, IR laser line generator, IR diffuse illuminator and an inertial-measurement unit (IMU) track – and that’s it.

Read the complete article at TG Daily.

Build your own supercomputer

Computational engineers at the UK’s University of Southampton – along with a six-year-old boy – have built a supercomputer from 64 Raspberry Pi computers and Lego.

Like many universities these days, one assumes, Southampton’s a bit strapped for cash. While it already has a supercomputer, named Iridis, there’s probably quite some competition for time on the machine.

“As soon as we were able to source sufficient Raspberry Pi computers we wanted to see if it was possible to link them together into a supercomputer,” says Professor Simon Cox.

Read the complete article at TG Daily.

University Decides Sex Tracking Smartphone App May Not Be Such A Great Idea

Earlier this summer, researchers from Indiana University and the Kinsey Institute launched the ultimate app for the TMI crowd: the Kinsey Reporter, which “crowdsources sexual behavior.” It works how you would expect it to work. The app acts as a digital Dr. Alfred Kinsey — the pioneering sex researcher, a.k.a. Liam Neeson — for those willing to spill their sexual secrets, asking them for reports on their flirting, kissing, cuddling, self-loving time, fetishes, use of birth control, and all other aspects of body-rubbing activity.

The app managed to attract a national pool of willing guinea pigs in just over three months time, judging from this recent report:

Read the complete article at Forbes.

Gaming Headsets Can Ooze Info from Your Brain

Ever wear one of those gamer headsets when destroying the enemy? Turns out you may be doing more than annihilating your opponent.

In a study of 28 subjects wearing the headsets, they found they could guess such data as PIN numbers, birth month, and debit card numbers by looking amid their brain waves for a signal known as the P300 response, a electrical spike that typically appears close to 300 milliseconds after a stimulus the subject recognizes.

Read the complete article at Dice.

Google Patents Smart Glove Design

On August 21, Google was granted a patent called “Seeing with your hand.” It describes a glove packed with electronics including cameras on the fingertips, a compass, gyroscopes, accelerometers and other motion detectors embedded in the fingers. The palm section plays host to the CPU, RAM and local storage, and wireless communication chips are mounted on the backside.

Read more at tomshardware

NASA puts Augmented Reality on Mars

You read that right; NASA just put a piece of Augmented Reality technology on the surface of Mars! Needless to say, this spread around the Wikitude office like wildfire.

So what happens when you have a group of space enthused Augmented Reality technology developers and a new product update release that includes the ability to incorporate Image Recognition capabilities? Well, one longer-than-usual lunch break later, a duo of our developers returned with a message from Mars.\

Read the complete story at Wikitude