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  • DARPA’s real-world Terminator, Atlas

    By Ben on Sun Jul 14 2013 |
    DARPA  s realworld Terminator Atlas
    Gear | Tech


    DARPA and Boston Dynamics, of BigDog, Petman, and Cheetah fame, have unveiled their most advanced humanoid robot yet: Atlas. At 6’2″ (188cm) and 330lbs (150kg). with 28 hydraulically actuated joints, Atlas can replicate almost every degree of human motion, watch the video above. Atlas has an on-board, real-time computer — but it hasn’t yet been loaded up with its software brain. As it stands, Atlas is a shell, and more than a dozen teams will now compete in the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC) to see who can create the best brain for Atlas.
    "In December 2013, each team will load up an Atlas with its software and compete in a series of disaster response trials. The best teams will receive continued funding from DARPA, and will then compete in the DRC finals in December 2014. Whoever wins that will receive $2 million from DARPA, and presumably a big contract for the commercial production of Atlas robots.”
    As you can see in the video, Atlas has no problem walking over rough terrain...
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    Gif: Get Down, Mr. Purrresident!

    By Ben on Sun Jul 14 2013 |
    Gif Get Down Mr Purrresident
    Gear | Pic
    Get Down, Mr. Purrresident!
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    BOOK on BOOK

    By Ben on Sun Jul 14 2013 |
    BOOK on BOOK

    BOOK on BOOK
    Gear | Design
    Book on Book, designed by TENT, is a transparent acrylic book paperweight to hold down the pages of a book from flipping as you enjoy tea while you read.
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    Pizza Rolls look like Super Mario Bros. Mushrooms

    By Ben on Sun Jul 14 2013 |
    Pizza Rolls look like Super Mario Bros Mushrooms
    Body | Food
    Kitchen Overlord's Chris-Rachael Oseland has made these Mushroom Pizza Rolls that look like 1-Up mushrooms from Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros, video game, the tutorial, here. Cool.
    "When you need energy to make it through the mushroom kingdom on you way to rescue Princess Peach (again), level up your game with these 1-Up Mushroom Pizza Rolls."
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    Storage Cutting Board

    By Ben on Sun Jul 14 2013 |
    Storage Cutting Board
    Home | Kitchen
    This cutting board has a hole in one corner that allows you to sweep peelings and trimmings into a hidden metal drawer that you can pull out to easily throw all discards. Good idea!
     $129
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    Japanese Cherry Sauce Dish

    By Monica on Mon Jul 15 2013 |
    Japanese Cherry Sauce Dish
    Home | Design
    Japanese design studio Age Design created this super creative cherry sauce dish called Hiracle, sweet! Available online.
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    Exotic birds rendered in flower petals

    By Monica on Mon Jul 15 2013 |
    Exotic birds rendered in flower petals

    Exotic birds rendered in flower petals
    Gear | Projects
    The Malaysian artist / architect Red Hong Yi has developed a collection of images in which she depicts exotic birds rendered in flower petals, herbs and twigs.
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    Mr T roll holder

    By Monica on Mon Jul 15 2013 |
    Mr T roll holder
    Home | Accessories
    Meet Mr T, The irresistible roll hloder designed by sooda e and the strongest man in your bathroom. He will show off his strength and your spare rolls too. $31
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    Metrodeck playing cards

    By Monica on Sun Jul 14 2013 |
    Metrodeck playing cards
    Gear | Gaming
    Inspired by landmarks across New York City's five boroughs, Metrodeck Playing Cards are printed on found and repurposed subway fare cards scattered throughout the city. Each deck is made up of 52 English-Style playing cards plus 2 jokers. $550
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    Forest apple

    By Monica on Mon Jul 15 2013 |
    Forest apple
    Gear | Pic
    Forest apple
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    This Lego Microscope Actually Works

    By Ben on Sun Jul 14 2013 |
    This Lego Microscope Actually Works

    This Lego Microscope Actually Works
    Gear | Toy
    This working Lego microscope was built by Carl Merriman. It's sleek, functional and even though you couldn't use it to study Ebola or the T-Virus, it's still a pretty sweet piece of kit.
    This build was originally inspired by the LEGO X-Pod sets. While trying to find a use for the pod itself, I realized that it was very close to a deep petri dish. I used a planetary gear system to allow both coarse and fine adjustment of the objective “lens”. A little more tinkering and I connected the focus to a magnifying glass and fiber optic light in the eyepiece, so adjusting the focus knobs would actually bring the writing on a LEGO stud in and out of focus.
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