Category: Science

So your robot doesn’t like to ask for directions?

So your robot doesn’t like to ask for directions?

| May 23, 2014

Well this might help. This is RPLIDAR.  It’s a sub $400 LIDAR (Light Radar) unit that can allow your bot, AVG, quadcopter etc to “see”.  It uses laser light to map it’s surroundings.  This is one of the best ways to equip autonomous vehicles to they can navigate a changing environment.  LIDAR is also used […]

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Adam Savage’s 10 Commandments of Making

Adam Savage’s 10 Commandments of Making

| May 22, 2014

Here’s a great video that was posted on the Tested YouTube channel.  It’s of Adam Savage (Myth Busters) at the recent Bay Area Maker Fair.  It’s awesome information and the Q&A at the end is great.  Be sure to watch. Adam Savage’s 10 Commandments of Making

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Festo creates a BionicKangaroo

Festo creates a BionicKangaroo

| April 21, 2014

Festo is known for their pneumatics used in automation around the world.  I featured a new pneumatic conveyor system on the blog several weeks ago HERE.  Well, they’re at it again.  This time with the BionicKangaroo.  It mimics a real kangaroo’s kinematics.  The design and execution is brilliant.  Festo continues to think outside the box.  It’ll […]

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Google Launches Project Tango

Google Launches Project Tango

| February 20, 2014

What is project Tango you ask?  To me, It looks like pure awesomeness!  Imagine just walking around and your (non-IOS) phone maps your surroundings.  Imagine that the same navigation that gets you to nearest coffee shop can now navigate you from one office in a building to another or from one store in the mall […]

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I’ve never seen a rocket do that before…

I’ve never seen a rocket do that before…

| January 23, 2014

So I’ve always thought of rockets as kinda like big fireworks that hopefully don’t blow up at the end of their travel.  This is definitely not just a big firecracker.  The video from NASA JPL shows them using a new algorithm that allows the rocket to automatically adjust it’s landing spot to a different location […]

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Origami’s not just for kids and paper

Origami’s not just for kids and paper

| January 15, 2014

Brigham Young University (BYU) is using origami to inspire the latest solar panel designs for use in space.  They are squeezing relatively large areas of panels into even the tiniest of spaces.  Space on a spacecraft or satellites is always at a premium.  Now with the new addition of cube sats, it’s more important than […]

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Going green by going back to our roots with Skysails

Going green by going back to our roots with Skysails

| January 14, 2014

SolidWorks (design software ) recently posted a customer profile on how Skysails uses their design software to engineer their innovative product.  The German based company has designed a kite system, so standard fossil fuel powered ships can harness the power of the wind. Use of Skysails reduces the fuel consumption and pollution of the ship.   Hit […]

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Using What’s Freely Available – Ambient Backscatter

Using What’s Freely Available – Ambient Backscatter

| January 7, 2014

Everyday, all day, energy is in the air around us.  Radio waves, satellite signals, TV, cellular, cosmic and on and on.  This “background” energy is there for the taking.  It’ might not power your cell phone (yet) but here’s an article that shows how some talented people at the University of Washington have managed to […]

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Rubik cube doesn’t have anything on this! Here comes Cubli

Rubik cube doesn’t have anything on this! Here comes Cubli

| December 20, 2013

Let me introduce you to Cubli.  Most likely the highest skilled “box” (term box used VERY loosely) I have ever seen!  I’m sure Skynet has taken notice. The Cubli: a cube that can jump up, balance, and ‘walk’

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