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December 19, 2014

Double Prosthetic Arm with Mind Control

at 6:47 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, Insane Equipment

Double Prosthetic Arm with Mind Control

 

What a great job the team at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory did. They built this Double Prosthetic Arm with Mind Control to allow Les Baugh to once again have arms and hands. He lost them in an electrical accident over 0 years ago. I can’t imagine the feeling Les has after so many years living without arms and now finally have some high tech versions to work with. They are controlled using nerve signals so Les will learn to control them with his mind. Surely this will be a challenging task but the reward is outstanding!

Via: Kotaku

”We use pattern recognition algorithms to identify individual muscles that are contracting, how well they communicate with each other, and their amplitude and frequency,” Chi explained. “We take that information and translate that into actual movements within a prosthetic.”

Then Baugh was fitted for a custom socket for his torso and shoulders that supports the prosthetic limbs and also makes the neurological connections with the reinnervated nerves. While the socket got its finishing touches, the team had him work with the limb system through a Virtual Integration Environment (VIE), a virtual-reality version of the MPL.”

 


November 23, 2014

MagneBike – Magnetic Wheeled Robot

at 10:19 am. Filed under Cool Gadgets, Insane Equipment

MagneBike - Magnetic Wheeled Robot

 

The MagneBike is an interesting magnetic robot that is surprisingly flexible and can maneuver some crazy metal geometries.

“Locomotion Concept and Robot Design

  • Two wheels in a motorbike arrangement: better adaptation to the surface (flat or curved).
  • Magnetic wheel unit including lateral lifter/stabilizer arms. The lifter functionality helps to pass over step obstacles. The stabilizer functionality allows to drive sideway.
  • Five active DoF: front/rear wheel, front/rear lifter, steering unit.”

 


November 22, 2014

Electron Microscope Image Capture with an Oscilloscope

at 2:06 pm. Filed under Computer Hacks, Insane Equipment

 

What to do after you get your hands on a discarded scanning electron microscope. Ben Krasnow from Applied Science took the signal directly out of the device and fed it into a DSO. He was then able to capture it at a much higher resolution than is displayed on the original CRT that came with the unit. The results are incredible.

 


November 20, 2014

Autodesk’s Innovation Workshop

at 3:03 pm. Filed under Insane Equipment

 

If you love building things you know that great tools allow you to make really cool things. Check out the setup over at Autodesk’s Innovation Workshop! You can see some of the projects that have come out of there here.
Via: Adafruit

“Our artists in residence share their creative projects with the Pier 9 community, where they get the opportunity to share their work with hundreds of millions of active users. These innovative projects are created at our Pier 9 workshop.”

November 11, 2014

3D Printed Car

at 11:28 pm. Filed under Crazy Hacks, Insane Equipment, What Were They Thinking

3D Printed Car

 

Printing this car took just 44 hours our out of 44 parts. Just bolt on some electronics and wheels are you are ready to drive! Love the design but up close it doesn’t look polished like a metal vehicle but you can see that it goes together in thick levels. What will we see in the future? Instead of customizing your new car by picking a color, interior trim option and accessories are we going to be able to push and pull some of the body features? It sure does open things up for some interesting thoughts.

 


October 18, 2014

Fast Charging Batteries that last 20 Years?

at 8:44 am. Filed under Educational, Insane Equipment

 Fast Charging Batteries that last 20 Years

 

Apple is famous for making nice looking products that are practically sealed for life even though many of us consider the internal battery a serviceable part. Having to access batteries for occasional replacement might be a thing of the past. Also planning to charge items is currently something that revolves around many things, you probably plan to charge your phone while you sleep, your electric car gets topped up when you are at work, you have a few sets of batteries for your cordless power tools. Wouldn’t it be nice it charging took a few minutes instead of many hours? How about a battery that lasts 20 years, which is typically more than the entire usable life of the device? This might not be science fiction for much longer. Scientists at Nanyang Technology University have developed fast charging batteries that can be recharged up to 70 per cent in only two minutes!

Thanks for the tip John.

“In the new NTU-developed battery, the traditional graphite used for the anode (negative pole) in lithium-ion batteries is replaced with a new gel material made from titanium dioxide.

Titanium dioxide is an abundant, cheap and safe material found in soil. It is commonly used as a food additive or in sunscreen lotions to absorb harmful ultraviolet rays.

Naturally found in spherical shape, the NTU team has found a way to transform the titanium dioxide into tiny nanotubes, which is a thousand times thinner than the diameter of a human hair. This speeds up the chemical reactions taking place in the new battery, allowing for superfast charging.”

 

Fast Charging Batteries that last 20 Years_2

October 10, 2014

U.S. Navy Autonomous Swarm Robot Boat

at 11:25 pm. Filed under Computer Hacks, Insane Equipment

U.S. Navy Autonomous Swarm Robot Boat

 

The U.S. Navy is developing Autonomous Swarm Robot Boats. These boats are outfitted with Control Architecture for Robotic Agent Command and Sensing (CARACaS), this technology was developed by NASA for the Mars rover. 

“Navy researchers installed the system on regular 7-foot and 11-foot boats and put them through a series of exercises designed to test behaviors such as escort and swarming attack. The boats escorted a manned Navy ship before breaking off to encircle a vessel acting as a possible intruder. The five autonomous boats then formed a protective line between the intruder and the ship they were protecting.”

 

 

 

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