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    Suzumori Endo Lab in Tokyo Institute of Technology has developed a 20m-long robot arm named “Giacometti Arm with Balloon Body”.
    The Giacometti Arm with Balloon Body has 20 joints driven by pneumatic, thin artificial muscles. Arm structures consist of helium-filled balloons and compensate for their self-weight.The robot is very light (1.2 kg) and essentially safe even if it falls down or hits something. It is expected to be used for search and inspection.
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    An AxiDraw V3 Drawing machine!
    "The AxiDraw is an extremely versatile machine, designed to serve a wide variety of everyday and specialized drawing and writing needs. You can use it for almost any task that might normally be carried out with a handheld pen.
    It allows you to use your computer to produce writing that appears to be handmade, complete with the unmistakable appearance of using a real pen (as opposed to an inkjet or laser printer) to address an envelope or sign your name. And it does so with precision approaching that of a skilled artist, and — just as importantly — using an arm that never gets tired."
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    This humanoid robot developed at the University of Tokyo cools its motors by sweating.
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    This is the Mercedes-Benz's new Digital Light system, it look cool!
    The secret behind Digital Light is a very complicated LED setup that uses computer chips and mirrors to display actual images on the road. It can put your navigation directions onto the road in front of you, or it could warn you that you're getting too close to another car. It can also display the width of the vehicle if you're about to squeeze through a questionable gap.
    "The headlamp becomes a projector The new headlamp in HD quality provides a chip working with over a million micro-mirrors. The light is split up into tiny pixels. The smaller these light pixels become the better the system can react to different situations, the more precisely objects and passers-by can be illuminated and simultaneously individual areas can be faded out or dimmed in a targeted manner. The requisite intelligent actuation logic was developed by Mercedes-Benz. This creates an optimum view for the driver, without dazzling other road users. "
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    The Atlas Humanoid walking over small and partial footholds such as small stepping stones or line contacts. After each step the robot explores the new foothold by shifting its weight around its foot. To maintain balance we combine fast, dynamics stepping with the use of angular momentum (lunging of the upper body). The control algorithm was developed at IHMC, the robot was build by Boston Dynamics.
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    This humanoid robot developed at the University of Tokyo cools its motors by sweating.
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    An integrated test of the MARCO POLO/Mars Pathfinder in-situ resource utilization, or ISRU, system recently took place at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. A mockup of MARCO POLO, an ISRU propellant production technology demonstration simulated mission, was tested in a regolith bin with RASSOR 2.0, the Regolith Advanced Surface Systems Operations Robot.
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    It doesn't require a PC like the Rift, yet it's more powerful than Gear VR. Oh, and it's wireless.
    "Today we unveiled the Santa Cruz feature prototype, an all-in-one VR device. We’ve made a ton of progress on the software for inside-out tracking that makes this whole category possible. "
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    This is a video of Boston Dynamics' latest Atlas robot balancing on one foot on an impressively thin piece of wood.
    "The humanoid robot Atlas balancing on a line contact (plywood edge approx. 2cm thick). This video was recorded during a lucky run, usually the robot is not able to maintain balance for this long. The shaking is caused by poor state estimation (we only use onboard sensors). The control algorithm is developed by IHMC the robot was built by Boston Dynamics. "
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    In this clip from last night's episode of The Late Show, Swedish inventor Simone Giertz, aka "The Queen of Sh*tty Robots," demonstrates a few of her most popular crappy contraptions with help from host Stephen Colbert.
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    Remember that conceptual bus China was talking about building that straddles traffic lanes so cars can drive underneath to prevent bus-related traffic jams? Well they actually built it and have begun testing the bus for use. Will it pass those tests? For testing purposes, the bus is limited to a 300 meter long track, with limited turns and traffic challenges. But it’s the first step towards something like this actually going into full service one day.
    "The TEB is designed to help ease traffic congestion. The passenger compartment rises far above other vehicles on the road, allowing cars to pass underneath. The compartment is 22 meters long, 7.8 meters wide and can carry 300 passengers."
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    PneuHound is a robot dog driven by pneumatics, developed in Adaptive Robotics Lab., Osaka Univeristy.
    The machine’s name derives from its resemblance to an excited running puppy while moving at a top speed of 9.5 km/h attached to a leash-like tether.
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    3D Bioprinting Bone with Graphene and Stem Cells - Hypothetical 3D Bio Printing Use Case
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    Now robotic prosthetics engineers Open Bionics have joined forces with Deus Ex publishers Eidos-Montréal to develop a real-life replica of Jenson's bionic arm.
    Using their expertise in "near-futuristic art direction and augmentations," the game's creators Eidos-Montreal have designed a bionic arm based on the limb sported by Deus Ex hero, Adam Jensen.
    As part of the "Augmented Future" project, the Deus Ex team have partnered with gaming company Razer and UK start-up Open Bionics, which develops low cost, 3D-printed prosthetic arms and pop culture-themed prostheses for kids.
    The project will also use Razer's StarGazer webcam and Intel RealSense technology to bring the "augmentations" to life "with unparalleled speed and precision." In a teaser video for the technology, the creators showed a person's hand movements being captured via webcam before being recreated on the bionic arm in real time.
    There's no word yet on when we'll see a working model, but we're ready to start channelling our inner video game hero to try it out.
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    Prophix is a toothbrush lets you see the inside of your mouth. Prophix has a built in video camera that streams video to your smartphone via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. It can also take still shots of your teeth if you want. The idea is to allow you to see just how clean your teeth are and to clean them better. Good idea! The Prophix toothbrush is available for pre-order for $299(USD) and includes several heads for brushing and cleaning under the gumline.
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    Fuel3D has unveiled their very first custom enterprise solution which takes the form of the new CryoScan3D Foot Scanner which has been created for foot orthotics. The Fuel3D foot scanner should make designing customised orthotics much easier and faster by providing a more accurate 3D scan of the person’s foot. John Stimpson, President of Cryos Technologies explains a little more about the new 3D foot scanner.
    Gone are the days of plaster moulds and geographic limitations in our industry – digital imaging allows the podiatry and orthotics business to be scaled up to new levels. We wanted to address some of the key challenges in 3D foot-scanning and Fuel3D’s scanning platform provided us with a high-quality, cost-effective way to do that. We have worked very effectively with the Fuel3D development team to build the CryoScan3D, and are looking forward to transforming the podiatry sector with this great product.
    The 3DPrint website explains :
    Cryos’ dynamic orthotic insoles are made from a strong, flexible polymer that works with the foot while in motion, stabilizing it without affecting mobility. Standard-sized insoles bought at the drugstore may be fine if you’re only looking for a bit of padding and shock absorption, but for more serious or chronic foot, back or posture issues, custom-fitting orthotics are important.
    3D printing and 3D scanning have proven to be tremendously useful in the development of custom insoles, with companies like iMcustom and Wiiv Wearables offering their own 3D printed orthotic solutions. The market for orthotic insoles is a fast-growing one; a recent study from market research firm IndustryARC predicted that the global market will reach $3.5 billion by 2020.
    Check out the video below to learn more about this new foot scanner which has been developed in conjunction with Cryos.
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    Project Soli is developing a new interaction sensor using radar technology. The sensor can track sub-millimeter motions at high speed and accuracy. It fits onto a chip, can be produced at scale and built into small devices and everyday objects.
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    A model of a Transit Elevated Bus (TEB) debuted at the 19th China Beijing International High-Tech Expo, which concluded on Sunday. The TEB is a purely homegrown invention of China, with its passenger compartment sitting above other vehicles on the road below, allowing cars to pass underneath. The TEB is designed to increase the utilization of road space.
    "With a carrying capacity of 1,200 people at a time, the TEB has the same functions as the subway while its cost of construction is less than one fifth of the subway. Its construction can be finished in one year," said Bai Zhiming, the engineer in charge of the TEB project.
    Trial operations of such a bus will start in Qinhuangdao City, north China's Hebei Province, in the second half of 2016.
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    "We describe techniques that allow inexpensive, ultra-thin, battery-free Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags to be turned into simple paper input devices. We use sensing and signal processing techniques that determine how a tag is being manipulated by the user via an RFID reader and show how tags may be enhanced with a simple set of conductive traces that can be printed on paper, stencil-traced, or even hand-drawn. These traces modify the behavior of contiguous tags to serve as input devices. Our techniques provide the capability to use off-the-shelf RFID tags to sense touch, cover, overlap of tags by conductive or dielectric (insulating) materials, and tag movement trajectories. Paper prototypes can be made functional in seconds. Due to the rapid deployability and low cost of the tags used, we can create a new class of interactive paper devices that are drawn on demand for simple tasks. These capabilities allow new interactive possibilities for pop-up books and other paper craft objects. "
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    "holoportation is a new type of 3D capture technology that allows high quality 3D models of people to be reconstructed, compressed, and transmitted anywhere in the world in real-time. When combined with mixed reality displays such as HoloLens, this technology allows users to see and interact with remote participants in 3D as if they are actually present in their physical space. Communicating and interacting with remote users becomes as natural as face to face communication. "
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    Domino’s unveiled their high-tech, crowdsourced pizza delivery vehicle. Dominos Australia is testing the DRU, Domino’s Robotic Unit. It’s an automated delivery bot that can roam the streets all by itself, and bring you your order with no human intervention. To avoid hungry hoodlums stealing your food in transit, the compartment can only be unlocked with a smartphone app or a special code you’re given when you place your order. The company already tested the bot with a few customers in one neighbourhood, and everything went well.
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    A new version of Atlas, designed to operate outdoors and inside buildings. It is specialized for mobile manipulation. It is electrically powered and hydraulically actuated. It uses sensors in its body and legs to balance and LIDAR and stereo sensors in its head to avoid obstacles, assess the terrain, help with navigation and manipulate objects. This version of Atlas is about 5' 9" tall (about a head shorter than the DRC Atlas) and weighs 180 lbs.
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    The story of inspector Lobo and his encounter with the malicious 'Magarwasi' tribe. On chasing the culprits, he finds himself in a life threatening situation after they lead him to a trap.
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    FANUC M-1iA and LR Mate robots quickly arrange and pack batteries on a fast-moving assembly line at PackExpo. Awesome!
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    In order to promote their new intelligent parking feature, engineers at Nissan equipped the chairs in their office with the very same technology. With a clap, the conference room chairs automatically aligned themselves around the table.
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    Soft electronics are changing the way robots can touch. EPFL Scientists have developed a new soft robotic gripper -- made out of rubber and stretchable electrodes -- that can bend and pick up delicate objects like eggs and paper, taking robotics to a whole new level.
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    suitX has unveiled a new affordable and lightweight exoskeleton they have created, which the company says is the most advanced currently available and takes the form of the suitX Phoenix Exoskeleton that weighs just 27lbs. suitX is the robotic company from the University of California, who have now launched the exoskeleton for $40,000, the development team explain:
    "The Phoenix exoskeleton is the world’s lightest and most advanced exoskeleton designed to help people with mobility disorders to be upright and mobile. In the clinic, at home, and in the workplace Phoenix has successfully enabled many individuals to stand up, walk about, and speak to peers eye-to-eye."
    Features of the suitX Phoenix Exoskeleton include :
    – A modular exoskeleton allowing the user to independently put on and remove each piece.
    – Weighs only 12.25kg (27 lbs), affording greater agility.
    – A speed of 1.1 miles/hour (0.5 m/sec) has been clocked by a Phoenix user. However, the maximum speed depends on the individual user.
    – On a single charge, Phoenix can walk for 4 hours continuously or 8 hours intermittently.
    – Phoenix is adjustable for different size users and can be easily configured to fit individual conditions.
    – An intuitive interface makes it easy for users to control standing up, sitting down and walking.
    – Phoenix can comfortably be worn while seated in a wheelchair.
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    A wall-mounted robot draws vector shapes based on input from a computer. The robot is installed as an art exhibit at The Interval, a cafe in San Francisco. Fusion interviewed the maker of the robot, Jurg Lehni, and he discusses its purpose and the philosophy behind the robot's form and function.
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    "The attack begins with a quick sting to the cockroach’s body, temporarily paralyzing its front legs. Next, the jewel wasp uses its stinger to stab the roach in the head, feeling around for a specific part of the ill-fated insect’s brain. The venom the wasp injects blocks the roach’s octopamine receptors, stealing its ability to make independent decisions.
    All this stinging makes our roach assassin famished, so she rips off the palmetto bug’s antennae and enjoys a drink of blood. The rejuvenated wasp then guides the zombified roach back to its burrow, where she lays an egg on her new playmate.
    In about three days the newly hatched larva will chew its way into the still very much alive cockroach’s abdomen, where it will feed on the roach’s organs. Shrewdly saving the nervous system for last, the wasp baby ensures its babysitter-turned-breakfast stays alive and juicy for as long as possible. Feeling sick to your stomach yet?
    Now that the baby parasite has provided the most miserable death imaginable, it will haunt the roach’s carcass until fully mature, when it will spring forth in search of another cockroach friend. Yikes! On second thought, stomp on that roach; you’re probably doing it a favor. "

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    Atlas robot at IHMC demonstrating whole-body coordinated motions. Robot is built by Boston Dynamics. Control algorithm is by IHMC.
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    Unveiled at CES this week, the Segway Robot a rideable device as it is a robot capable of responding to commands. This can be ridden around like a handle-free Segway at up to 18 km/h (11 mph) over an 30 km (18 mi) range, powered by a pair of 800 W motors. With Intel's RealSense RGB-D depth sensing camera, along with other fisheye tracking and photo cameras, the robot could be programmed to recognize, follow or take snaps and video of subjects or its master. There's also a microphone array to allow for voice commands. It is expected to go into production by early 2017. You can see the robot in action in the video below.
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    In 2014, LG announced that it built an 18-inch OLED panel that rolls up just like a newspaper. Now it will show off its ultra-thin beauty at the public CES. LG said the 18-inch rollable OLED panel was only 3 cm across and featured a 1,200 by 810 pixel resolution. LG Display has a prototype 18-inch screen it's showing off at the Consumer Electronics Show this week that rolls up like a piece of paper.  The technology builds on LG's forward-looking OLED work focusing on bendable, rollable, and curving displays. LG is also planning to highlight a paper-thin 55-inch OLED TV display at CES, as well as another 55-inch display that can show two separate images on both sides.
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    The ArcaBoard powered by  36 electric fans, costs $20,000 and can fly for six minutes.
    "ArcaBoard, an electric powered flying machine with 272 horsepower and 203,000 watts of installed power is the most powerful and lightest personal vehicle ever created. ArcaBoard represents total freedom of movement, total freedom of travel. ArcaBoard is a personal vehicle that can move in every possible direction including upwards. The retail price is $19,900 and is available for order now. Shipments will start April 15, 2016.
    The vehicle is able to fly up to 30 cm (1 ft) and with speeds up to 20 km/h (12.5 mph) and the overall performance is limited by the onboard sensors. The maximum endurance is 6 minutes, but with the ArcaDock accessory the user can be back in action in 35 minutes. "
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    NASA takes you on the journey engineers go through to make a spacesuit. What challenges must be overcome to build a spacesuit capable of withstanding the heat, cold and the extreme environment of space? Learn about the accomplishments achieved by humans working in space, and discover two new prototype spacesuits, the PXS and the Z-2, as NASA continues to build on a 50 year legacy of spacesuits and prepares the next generation of explorers for the Journey to Mars.
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    A GoPro camera feels the force of 20,000 pounds of thrust during a test of 3-D engine rocket components tested together.
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    Samsung has launched what it is calling the world’s first tablet piano, the   device is made from 100 Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 tablets.  
    "Passers-by saw classically-trained pianist Myleene unwrap a huge present under a Christmas tree to unveil a piano made with over 100 of Samsung’s newest tablet, the Galaxy Tab S2, before sitting down to tinkle on the tablet ivories, the festive music brightening up a cold dark December morning.
    Talking at the launch of the piano, Myleene said; “Nothing makes me feel more festive than gathering around the piano with my two girls. The Samsung Tab S2 piano is a real first and nothing like I’ve ever played before. My youngest has just learned jingle bells and I know she’d love to try it on this piano!"
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    Blue Origin’s New Shepard space vehicle successfully flew to space, reaching its planned test altitude of 329,839 feet (100.5 kilometers) before executing a historic landing back at the launch site in West Texas.
    SpaceX CEO Elon Musk , and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos‘ tweet.
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    MIT Media Lab's Hugh Herr explains how he looks to nature when developing new bionic appendages. The amputee and avid rock climber discusses how his biomechatronics division is pioneering the technologies that aim to augment human physical capabilities.
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