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You remember the Big Dog robot right?

You remember the Big Dog robot right?

| February 11, 2015

I was extremely impressed when I saw it walking all over this and that.  It sounded like 100 hives of really ticked off bees but it was awesome.  Even when walking on ice or getting kick off balance, it just kept going.  Fast forward to 2015 and look how far the Bad Dog technology has come. […]

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Fletcher Capstan Table – How it works

Fletcher Capstan Table – How it works

| January 23, 2015

I came across a video showing this table in action many years ago.  I was fascinated by the engineering that went into it as well as the cost.  These table cost thousands of dollars (upwards of $50,000) and are usually found in the homes and yachts of the rich and famous.  I came across this […]

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Yet more proof – Disney engineers have more fun!

Yet more proof – Disney engineers have more fun!

| January 12, 2015

Just add this to my long list of cool things that come from Disney.  Also add this to my list of why I’d love to work there.  Disney engineers have developed a robot that draws in the sand.  I has retractable tines that it can use to carve lines in the sand as it drives […]

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This drone could save your life!

This drone could save your life!

| October 30, 2014

In what has the be one of the most positive uses for drones I’ve seen in a while, this young man has created a drone emergency responder.  The drone can be dispatched to an emergency in a fraction of the time it would take a standard ambulance.  The people at the scene can communicate to […]

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Tesla shows us the “D”

Tesla shows us the “D”

| October 13, 2014

Elon Musk took to the stage to show us the “D”.  The “D” in this case is the new Duel motor AWD version of the Tesla S.  With the help of a very large industrial robot, Elon presented the crowd a first hand look at what makes the “D” so special.  The dual motor power […]

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3D printed paper airplane shooting factory!

3D printed paper airplane shooting factory!

| October 9, 2014

This guy has created a 3d printed launcher that’s takes a sheet of paper, folds it into an airplane and finally launches it out of the device.  It’s a repeater none the less.  The device is powered by a cordless drill motor.  Great job! Hit the link to see it in action. 3D printed paper […]

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Low cost 5 Axis CNC machining (and more) – 5AXISMAKER

Low cost 5 Axis CNC machining (and more) – 5AXISMAKER

| September 22, 2014

A new Kickstarter project launched today for the 5AXISMAKER multi-fabricator.  What is a 5 axis CNC you say?  It’s basically the holy grail of CNC machining.  The 5 axis CNC machine can access 5 side of the part being machined which means most parts can be produced in one setup with no need to re-position […]

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Stanford engineers design ant-sized radio to control ‘Internet of Things’

Stanford engineers design ant-sized radio to control ‘Internet of Things’

| September 11, 2014

Engineers at Stanford have created a tiny radio device that gets it’s power from the radio waves in the air.  It’s basically a small radio communications device that has a virtually infinite life.  This could be huge for the Internet of Things movement. At a cost of pennies each, these could be included in just […]

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Google is working on its own package delivering drone army

Google is working on its own package delivering drone army

| August 29, 2014

This video shows a very promising drone based package delivery system designed by Google.  It’s not quadcopter based like the one seen in recent Amazon.com videos.  Google has opted for the flying wing route.  It does vertical take off and I assume it lands the same way.  One big difference is that stops and hovers […]

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Artist creates fantastic 3d printed ceramics

Artist creates fantastic 3d printed ceramics

| August 21, 2014

Dutch artist Olivier van Herpt is creating some very nice pieces with his custom ceramic 3d printer.  I love the textures produced by the printing process.  It’s great work that is pleasing to the eye and functional as well.  Click the link to see his website.  

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