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Introducing Boston Dynamics’ Handle: A Super-Powered Research Robot (Video)

Maaan, they keep making these robots better, stronger, faster, more flexible and agile and… you get the picture. But maybe these bot makers don’t ‘get the picture’ – the Skynet-Schwarznegger-Terminator, science-NONfiction horror picture. Then again, Boston Dynamics CEO Marc Raibert has been quoted as saying, “This is the debut presentation of what I think will be a nightmare-inducing robot.” So, maybe they do get it.

Handle is a research robot that stands 6.5 ft tall, travels at 9 mph and jumps 4 feet vertically. It uses electric power to operate both electric and hydraulic actuators, with a range of about 15 miles on one battery charge. Handle uses many of the same dynamics, balance and mobile manipulation principles found in the quadruped and biped robots we build, but with only about 10 actuated joints, it is significantly less complex. Wheels are efficient on flat surfaces while legs can go almost anywhere: by combining wheels and legs Handle can have the best of both worlds.
– Boston Dynamics

Oh… Handle is a research bot. Because all kinds of researchers need a 6.5-foot tall jumper with a four foot vertical (right, all kinds of NBA researchers). Oooo–kaaay. They must think we fell off the back of the turnip truck and it backed over our heads right after that!

(Not saying it’s not cool tech though.)

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Flying Made Easy: The Icon A5 Mini-Plane (Video)

Dope! Got more news on the Icon A5 – the 2-seat mini-plane designed to be so simple that anyone who can drive a car can fly it. The sticker weighs in at just over $200K, so it is near the regular people price range (okay, regular people who have quite a bit of big change to throw around). Plus this plane can land on and take off on water. Put in the money, 30 hours’ training, get a license, and viola… your life is ‘fly’ for real #BALLIN

Check out the latest video above (courtesy USA Today).

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Amazon’s Jeff Bezos Pilots The ‘Method-2’ Mech (Video)

South Korean robotics manufacturer Hankook Mirae Technology debuted its first prototype piloted mech, the Method-2.

Remember that sci-fi-come-to-life robot we posted on here a while back? Well, Jeff Bezos took it for a ride a few days back. And that’s big; as big as the movie monster bot (another demo reel of it above).

Pause: Who’s Jeff Bezos??? Oh, he runs Amazon. That all… BOOM! Like we said, BIG!

Building a movie bot is a project success. Getting rich folks excited about it? The business! Although military contracts would surely be expected to follow, Slate did some digging that revealed that they – maker Hankook Mirae Technology – ain’t ready yet (more here). Disaster relief and cleanup – that seems to be the ceiling for these mega man-driven machines. Not as sexy as a ‘War Machine’ (Marvel), but no small feat. And after the storm, when the help comes, best believe these will be welcomed like some of the hottest things walking!

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Technology: Looking At The NFL In The Future Through The Microsoft HoloLens (Video)

Microsoft shows us what the future of watching the NFL might be like if we all had a HoloLens in our home.

Man! Looking at this future tech teaser trailer… In the future, inviting folks over to ‘watch the game’ is gonna seem like a DRASTIC understatement! HoloLens could change the game; at least how we watch it.

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Hate Traffic? Then You’re Going To Love Pop.Up, A New Flying Car Concept (Video)

They went in on the music. Cool!

Check out this new vehicle concept in the direction of flying cars; and no, not like the flying DeLorean model drone we posted earlier. This flying car is real!

Italdesign and the aerospace industry leader Airbus unveiled Pop.Up, a trailblazing modular ground and air passenger concept vehicle system to relieve the traffic congestion in megacities of the future.

And really cool, huh?

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The World’s First Food Delivery Robot Is Now Making Deliveries In Washington DC (Video)

Hey people. This is happening. They got ‘Wall E’ from the movies (well, it looks like it…anyway) delivering your food now. Get your hoagies & chips, you gyros or whatever brought to you by a robot. Convenience encapsulated in mobile tech form. Rolling your order right on over at a [relatively] speedy 4 miles per hour, programmed not to run into stuff and to arrive safe & secure (like “they’ll email you a code to unlock the delivery case when it arrives” secure) for you to enjoy.

Starship Technology (maker of the deilivery bot) has partnered with Postmates (online ordering company) to make this all happen. Starship says this whole thing is still in its infancy, but this baby is a live baby, baby.

The news story is embedded above. Footage of the robot at work appears after the jump.

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These High Tech Tattoos Can Conduct Electricity (Video)

Yoooo! So now we can join the “Justice League” as a Cyborg without all the getting mangled in a near-life-ending accident and being put back together by a dad mad cyber-scientist? Could be cool…

The newest activity tracking device may not even be a device. Austin-based software design firm Chaotic Moon Studios has created a concept prototype for tech tattoos, a circuit that you can wear on the surface of your skin. The components are attached with conductive paint, and can monitor health and activity stats, authorize charges for purchases and many other potential applications.

Yeah, while I’m not a tat guy, some folks who are might get into this. And that Justice League thing… I might go with being a Six-Million Dollar Man or one of the Bionic Six (Google/YouTube it, old school rules).

@ojones1

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GoPro Karma: Beach Day With The Walsh Family (Video)

Professional surfer Anthony Walsh takes his wife (Crystal) and their son (Damien) on a daycation; exploring their native Hawaii by air, by land and by water. And the GoPro HERO5® camera with the Karma stabilization system is there to “see” it all, so the Walsh family could view it later.

Oh… and so we can view it now!

@ojones1

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Mr. Trash Wheel May Be Coming To Eat Your Garbage (Video)

We are actually more than a bit fascinated/entertained by watching work. Like all you city folk… Know how you take your lunch outside or by the big window and watch that new building construction across the street? Yep. Some folks even travel to gawk at a dam as part of a vacation trip. And while at college (The University Of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, ROLL TIDE), I would sometimes request window seating at a local by-the-river restaurant to have a view of the transport barges drifting by as I dined. Yep… even gazed at the garbage barges. Well, this is something like that. But the video on Mr. Trash Wheel above shows more than just an attractive contraption that draws a crowd as it works; it can do so sustainably, cleaning up the city while running on clean energy. Nice!

The adorable and insanely effective Mr. Trash Wheel may soon be eating your very own city’s trash.

@ojones1

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Look! Up In The Sky… It’s The DeLorean From ‘Back To The Future’ (Video)

Dude… DUUUUDE! Okay, the noon slot is usually reserved for the physically hot. But while this is no ‘Honey’ you should recognize the ‘body’ on this one. Actually, on this DRONE!

Someone made a working scaled down (but no less awesome) flying drone version of the time-traveling DeLorean from the ‘Back To The Future’ movie. Extremely nerdy, in the dopest way possible!!!

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Apis Cor Just 3D-Printed Its First Residential Home (Video)

“3D printer… I’ve heard of it… It can make some little stuff…”

“A house? In 24 hours? No way!”

Yep. Just some regular Russians’ comments on the modern construction miracle that Apis Cor has just pulled off. That company sought to partner with PIK Companies Group, Samsung Electronics, TechnoNICOL Corporation, Bitex Reibeputz Company and Fabrika Okon to make the tech and make the house happen. Once all was in place, in just a day’s time, with a huge on-site 3D printer, in Russia, a 400-square-foot home was built, at a cost of slightly over $10,000.

Watch, and be amazed. Crazy. Crazy COOL!

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Waverly Labs’ Pilot Earpiece Lets You Hear And Understand A Foreign Language In Real Time (Video)

It’s a Star Trek-style dream, but one that’s inching closer to reality.
– C|NET

See? Like Star Trek’s Universal Translator tech. Another nerd fantasy come to life right here. Give it another year, and it’s likely you will want one in your ear. To be certain, you’ll still want to learn the languages and nuances of those from foreign lands with whom you want to communicate… BUT… this Pilot Earpiece from Waverly Labs though: futuristic science fiction becomes science FACT! This Earpiece can translate a conversation between two native speakers of different languages in real time. See how above. Read more by clicking the link below.

MORE: WAVERLY LABS’ PILOT EARPIECE (C|NET)

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Technology: Scorpion-3 Hoverbike (Trailer)

The Scorpion-3, or S-3, is being touted as The World’s First Fully-Manned Hoverbike. Thanks to Russian startup engineering company, Hoversurf, we now have a crowd-funded hoverbike, single-seat aircraft, drone-car, drone-taxi, cargo-drone… you get it… whatever a 1-person vehicle does, the S-3 platform does – a few meters above where a motorbike does and a lot lower than where a helicopter does. The S-3 is a fully-manned, hovering quadcopter that represents a big leap in human mobility and Air Transport as a Service (ATaaS for short). Are you ready for another dream come true? That is…

Have you ever dreamed of flying with the same simplicity as riding a bike?
www.hoversurf.com

Watch the video.

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China’s ‘Making It Rain’ With $168 Million (Video)

If you live in the States you are probably used to hearing folks waah-waah-waah about droughts and forest fires. Too bad we can’t cry a river or have some West Coast baller make it rain… Oh, wait. China ain’t crying. They are actually setting up the tech to make it RAIN!

China is spending $168 million on a program that is aimed to alter weather and make it rain in certain regions. The process is called cloud seeding.

@ojones1

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Scientists Can Now 3D Print Functional Organs (Video)

You read the headline just like we did on the Tube. You probably blurted out some combination of ‘bullsh!t’ and ‘wow’ as a knee jerk response… But then you pressed play. And you thought, “Oh. Like for practice,” maybe feeling a bit disappointed that we were not at the print-a-new-liver level yet.

We’ll get there. But for now, think: The doctors of tomorrow are going to get some REALISTIC practice BEFORE they ever touch a REAL human. There’s your pound of gold. Surgeons will not be ‘practicing’ medicine on our loved ones anymore.

Dope right?

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Apple Campus 2: Looking Good, Even Under Construction (Video)

This is craaaaazy! Not like President Trump crazy… yeah, that is happening… but so is this. Major massive cool. Apple HQ ‘Campus 2’ is going up. Peep the aerial drone shoot for proof: Outdoor lighting (check), solar panels (check), fitness center (check), included greenspace (check), parking garages and all that (check check)!

@ojones1

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Environmentally Conscious And Cost Effective: Solar Roof Tiles (Video)

Can we have nice things? Why do we always HAVE to be thinking about how to ‘save the planet’ man? Why does it always have to be about the environment? And you know going green costs hella money, right?

NO! It is costing less and less to go green, and we are not even talking about the cost SAVINGS you get from making the switch (e.g. lower utility bills). Case in point: Peep this vid about the possibilites for a roof of solar panels… cheaper AND nicer than what most folks live under now.

Oh… and you are not really ‘saving’ the Earth either way. Earth means ‘rocks and dirt.’ It will be here whether we try to save it or not. We are talking about our SURVIVAL as a species. No environment, no life on Earth.

(Life. It’s the nicest thing to have. Now, play the video.)

@ojones1

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Movie-Like Robot Could Aid In Future Disaster-Relief Efforts (Video)

Art mirrors life. Sure. But art influences life. No doubt! You have seen me speak on here on how getting nerds excited about making sci-fi into scientific fact is a beautiful thing, right? Well, you’re about to read me do it again!

A robot likened to those in “Transformers” and “Alien” has been built in South Korea. Controlled by someone inside the head, It is meant to help in disaster areas.

You gad-dam rite I am gad-dam GEEKED about this!! The folks who worked on movie robots are making real-life heroic robotics a reality. C’mon! How are you NOT losing your sh!t over this??!

Watch the vid piece.

@ojones1

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Look At The New Nike Shoe With EARL (Electro-Adaptive Reactive Laces) Technology

Nike’s new shoe magically adapts to your foot.

Posted by WIRED on Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Duuuude! I was on some Phresher (waitWAITwait a minute) when I watched this. So we did not get the “Back To The Future” hoverboard like we were supposed to by now, but aren’t these the shoes from the movies? Wow!

Nike’s new shoe magically adapts to your foot.
– Wired

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Science: Harvard Researchers Have Turned Hydrogen Into Metal (Video)

So this BoneBreaker Jones (aka my brother, Karl) post showed up on my Facebook wall (because, you know, family) that proves that, without a doubt, he is a nerd.

Yep. He’s definitely a classic “Revenge Of The Nerds” pocket-protector-and-taped-eyeglasses-wearing NERRRD! Hahahaaaa!

But he is cool with that, and he is cool with me (and vice versa). That said, what he shared was so incredible I had to Google around for corroboration (’cause I’m #NerdyAndProud too). And the news is all over the interwebs. Researchers at Harvard University have created a metal that could lead to way cheaper and more efficient superconductor applications – quantum leaps in medical technology (like MRI machines) and in transportation tech (like high-speed super-trains). This metallic hydrogen could even be used to drastically improve our power grids and help power deep space exploration!

This is the holy grail of high-pressure physics. It’s the first-ever sample of metallic hydrogen on Earth, so when you’re looking at it, you’re looking at something that’s never existed before.
Isaac F. Silvera, Lead Researcher at Harvard University

In a word…SCIENCE! But we still must remain calm. There is a LOT of testing and research yet to be done. It took 80 years of applied research effort to get this far. Like any journey, it takes time and drive to arrive at the destination. But this is a HUGE sign that we are on the right track.

MORE:
HYDROGEN TURNED INTO METAL (INDEPENDENT)
RESEARCHERS TURNED HYDROGEN INTO METAL (BUSINESS INSIDER)

@ojones1

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