Very interesting. Over here in The States, folks dread the coming of robotic innovations that could cost them their jobs for the sake of manufacturing efficiency and cost effectiveness. But in China, where they have a lot of people, there is a shortage of “blue collar” workers. In other words, Chinese manufacturers claim that they don’t have enough workers around to complain. Their money-saving initiative involving robots would not be to replace workers; rather to avoid having to pay high wages to woo laborers or move to where the workers live. I wonder how this plays out for the average Chinese worker in a communist society as compared to here in a capitalist society like here the U.S. It seems like the companies in China could be fazing out the average worker, but are these corporations sharing in the workers’ ability to find work, sharing in the profits, or assisting them in pursuing their dreams elsewhere.
It’s cutting edge robotics meets 3D printing meets whatever cool sci-fi they’ll work in. Definitely incredible. And young inventor Easton LaChappelle, definitely a kid genius! What were you doing at 19? Designing and developing miraculous brain-powered prosthetics? Probably not. But watch Easton in the clip above and be amazed. But note what is most amazing: not just prosthetics for, say, soldiers rendered limbless in service to their country; but that dude can produce them for around $500 each (e.g. for the cheap)!
The KURATAS Mechanized Suit Will Let You Live Out Your Sci-Fi Battle Fantasies For Only $1 Million (Video)
Why? Why? WHYYYY don’t you have a million bucks laying around so we can buy the KURATAS suit? Designed in 2012 so anyone can pilot it, the suit runs on diesel and has a top speed of 10 kilometers per hour. AND it has lots of “weapons,” automatic alignment targeting; even a machine gun with a “smile shot” feature.
Careful while enjoying. Too much grinning can be dangerous in this thing… BUT… imagine all the Gundam, Transformer, Toonami play this would get…
Man. For only a million dollars… and a lifetime pass to DragonCon.
Technology? Nah, this is too crazy for that. How about incredi-tech? Amaza-tronics? Hell, something! This is Novalia’s and DJ Qbert’s interactive DJ Decks… in an album cover… the first in the world. Why are you still sitting???
QBert’s Kickstarter-funded “Extraterrestria” album features a set of working Bluetooth MIDI decks and controls that connect to iOs and OSx. Touching the paper connects to the Algoriddim DJAY app, allowing the user to scratch, mix and fade any songs they load into the software.
Complete with two decks, a cross fader and an array of SFX buttons beautifully printed onto paper using printed electronics and artwork designed by Morning Breath for QBert, the decks demonstrate the possibilities for interconnectivity between the physical and digital in a way that can enhance user experience.
Don’t believe us just watch. Yeah, mind blown so bad… paraphrasing Trinidad James over here. SICK tech!!
Want one? Tell them Novalia here.
Wow! Dude is like a real-life Daredevil – “seeing” yet blind – with the use of sonar. Daniel Kish discusses and demonstrates flash sonar used to “see” the world around him. Incredible!
Really? The Closest Emoji Of A Black Person Is A ‘Smoked Moon’? Dear Apple, The Word Is ‘Diversity’ (Video)
Over 800 emojis on iPhone apps, and not a single one is of a Black person? Damn. Makes me think about trashing this iPhone. Not for long… but I’m saying. Kind of ridiculous, right? And ridiculously funny. Get ‘em SNL!
What is sex? What is sex online? What can tech do for (or to) your love life? Though we have continually wrestled with these questions… perhaps it’s time we REALLY talk nuts and bolts (yeah, let your mind wander) about it.
In “Digital Love,” VICE investigates how love and sex is faring in the digital age, starting with technology’s notorious bedmate, the adult entertainment industry. We make a pilgrimage to LA’s “Porn Valley” to witness firsthand how virtual reality is scarily close to creating fully interactive porn before heading to Europe’s sex capital, Amsterdam, where the Dutch enthusiastically enlist the use of “teledildonics” to enhance their long-distance relationships.
Porn leads the way in media and tech. This could very well be the very near future. And Facebook is in on this now? Once again, VICE is taking us there. Watch.
Might be the coolest vid you watch today. Like a ‘Mr. Wizard’ (or ‘MythBusters’ for you young’ns) clip… on steroids! Sooo… Dr. Jean Grey (of the X-Men) has a head full of water. Well, so do you (sorta). And while starting a stalled stealth jet might be easy for the ‘mutant’ powers in her head, physicist Roger Bowley shows you how you can unlock a key using that powerful thing inside yours. He heard mention of this on BBC Television’s show Top Gear, but couldn’t believe it. Only one thing he could do.
The only way to find out if something is true is to do the damned experiment… disprove your prejudices.
– Roger Bowley
Ain’t that something. Science meets social commentary. One clip; boiled down to one poignant statement. Told you it’d be cool. Watch, learn, and enjoy doing so.
Alright, the last viral hoverboard video was a hoax, and Tony Hawk was in on it. But this ish right here… apparently the real deal. Arx Pax has invented the world’s first hoverboard (called the “Hendo”). Four hover engines on the bottom of the Hendo Hoverboard help produce a magnetic field over a conductive surface like aluminum or copper, causing the futuristic machine to hover an inch above ground. Top speed: 15 mph (according to TMZ).
Technology: South Korea Is Almost Ready For Autonomous Robots Called ‘Pibots’ To Fly Their Planes (Video)
“Pibots” have been designed to fly every kind of plane that a human was meant to fly, and they have been tested for most every simulation and situation… except actual cockpit flight in a full-sized aircraft. But South Korean researchers say that is coming soon (in the video report above).
Researchers in South Korea are developing a robotic pilot that could potentially replace humans in the cockpit. Unlike drones and autopilot programs which are configured for specific aircraft, the robots’ humanoid design will allow it to fly any type of plane with no additional sensors.
Just saying. Why does that first Pibot look like a skeleton after the crash? And “because it’s Halloween” is NOT an acceptable answer!
Okay, you’ve seen some really cool hoverboard demos that were actually cool feats at film technology (e.g. camera tricks, with famous actors ‘witnessing’ the hovering). This ain’t that. This is Hendo Hover’s genuine Kickstarter video. The future is now.
Coolest line: “The wheel may finally have some competition.”
…And the founders promise those who ‘kick in’ will get a ‘starter’ kit; allowing them to demo the technology themselves (not the board, but a ‘white box’ hoverer that shows what the board will accomplish). Watch above. Follow the link to help fund the campaign (below).
Hmmm. It’s okay to admit. When you think driverless car, you think top speed… about as fast as say… a golf cart. Tell you what. How about a German-engineered driving machine, with no driver, moving at full speed? How about at RACING speed; like on a racetrack? Yeah, that happened; the Audi RS 7 did a driverless lap at Hockenheim raceway! Watch.
Elon Musk (you know, the dude after whom the makers of the ‘Iron Man’ movies modeled Tony Stark) says the D series of Tesla’s Model S sedan will be out soon; and he is gunning to put autonomous cars on the road by 2023.
I think we’ll be able to achieve true autonomous driving, where you could literally get in the car, go to sleep and wake up at your destination.
– Elon Musk
Now, take it easy, it is expected to take two to three years after release for regulators to approve the autonomous cars for use in public. Still, the company demo’d its autopilot feature at a media event outside Los Angeles a little over a week ago.
(More video after the jump.)
Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), an agency of the United States Department of Defense responsible for the development of new technologies for use by the military, is at again! Above is video of The Cheetah 2 – MIT research funded by DARPA – capable of running 10 mph and jumping more than a foot over stuff. You’ll see all that above. Not only in a sterile lab; but out and about in the school’s yard. Not in the jungle… yet. But near-term applications like improvements in human prostheses; not jungle warfare… yet.
READ: MIT’S CHEETAH ROBOT
And in sci-fi-superpowers-made-real news, humanity likely took its biggest recent step toward real cloaking/camo. And it’s actually along the lines of something posted here earlier. Scientists studied the instant camo technique of octopi…and learned!
The research, carried out at the University of Houston and University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, looked at how the skins of octopuses, squid and cuttlefish can change color so rapidly. From there, researchers were able to design a heat-sensitive sheet that quickly changes color when detecting light.
So you are looking at a scrapbook full of pictures and sharing memories with your folks. A pleasant afternoon, right? Probably. But then comes the start of the “that’s not how it happened” argument. How about the “y’all should’ve been there” comment about events a recaller swears he could show you better than he can tell you?
Well, Carnegie Mellon has stepped up in the coolest way with some of the coolest tech. Man! Watch this short clip, and imagine instant replay or crime scene investigations being enhanced with rich 3-D video/photo like this. Incredible! Some Hollywood ‘Avatar’ *ish on the next level.
Kickstarter lets us fund everything; including the future! Check out the above video, and imagine being able to ride a Hoverbike. That’s right, you can be part of the creation of the world’s first flying motorcycle. Nice!
Declared “a revolution in aviation” by the project head, Chris Malloy, the Hoverbike is the result of years worth of R&D to combine the simplicity of a motorbike and the freedom of a helicopter. Cheaper, more rugged and easier to use, the Hoverbike flies like a quadcopter, and can be flown unmanned or manned, while being a safe – low level aerial workhorse with low on-going maintenance.
We are in the final construction stages of the latest manned prototype of Hoverbike, and in a few months we will start flight testing. After the successful completion of test flights we will build a final engineering prototype for submission to aviation certification authorities.
Oh yeah. This is happening. It’s over 66% funded already. Watch and wonder above. Follow the link to get in on this below.
MORE: HOVERBIKE (KICKSTARTER)
So… shape-shifting robots. You’re thinking Transformers, right. Okay, okay. Good start. But that’s just a start. We’re being led by what we see on the box (TV, movie screen). Let’s let the folks over at MIT take the lead for a sec; get us thinking outside the box.
Imagine a robot that could flex smoothly at the joints, or could flex its entire body (chassis, or whatever). What kinds of environments and situations could such a robot get in and out of. We’ve posted on all kinds of robot prototypes… real and sci-fi; even snake-formed. But they were mostly rigid, clunky; not nearly as flexible as organic life.
But what if we could do that? What if MIT showed you some coolness that could be a HUGE first step toward making strong super-flexible robots! Click play above. Plenty of room outside the box!