Audience members awarded the people’s choice award to Lively, which helps seniors live independently. Read more »
The FDA is reportedly very close to approving a brain implant that prevents epileptic seizures. It’s the first device that autonomously determines when to apply bursts of electrical signals to suppress oncoming abnormal brain activity. Studies found it reduces seizure frequency by a median of 53 percent after two years.
Experts at GigaOM’s Mobilize conference estimated the internet of things will gain mainstream acceptance in about five years. Read more »
Half robot, half insect, the cyborgs are controlled by a tiny electronics pack that directs them to find and map walls. Ethical questions could arise. Read more »
The European Space Agency is entering into the design phase for a fleet of solar electric telecommunication satellites after signing a $16 million one-year contract with satellite operator SES and manufacturer OHB AG. Solar electric propulsion is an established, more efficient alternative to chemical or nuclear fission-powered propulsion that can move a satellite to a specific location above Earth and then hold it there. The satellites will require up to 90 percent less chemical propellant by weight, making them lighter and less expensive to carry into space. NASA is considering using solar electric propulsion to send a spacecraft to Mars.
The Cupertino city council unanimously approved Apple’s planned 2.8-million-square-foot spaceship-like headquarters Tuesday evening. ”Right here at this same podium two years ago, Steve shared his excitement about this campus and about creating a home where Apple grew up,” Apple real estate and facilities head Dan Whisenhunt said, according to the San Jose Mercury News. ”Cupertino is synonymous with Apple; it’s on every (Apple) box and we’re immensely proud of that.”
Instead of flashing notifications across your vision, the glasses flash a small light to indicate different types of messages have arrived. Read more »
A battery-sized pacemaker recently approved for sale in Europe is wireless, which means it can sit within the heart without any further kind of connection. Current pacemakers must sit outside the heart and be connected by wires, which can wear out and cause a pacemaker to fail. The new pacemaker can also be inserted with a non-invasive procedure.
When a robotic leg can only move up and down, it limits a person’s ability to turn or walk over different terrains. Read more »
Europe and Russia launch the greatest share of the two dozen or so commercial rockets that go into space each year. California-based SpaceX hopes to bring dominance back to the U.S., which hasn’t launched the most commercial rockets since the 1980s. But SpaceX isn’t worried about competing with Europe and Russia; it’s worried about China, which has a fast-growing space program.
Researchers were able to replicate sensations of pressure and grabbing an object by delivering electrical signals to different parts of the brain. Read more »
Robots are great at repetitive, large-scale work. The installation and cleaning of large-scale solar farms happens to be a repetitive job. The New York Times took an interesting look at a startup that is betting robots are a great fit for the solar industry.
Users can drag their finger across the screen of an iPhone or iPad to create rows and stacks of blocks. Read more »
I finally convinced my computer and a 3D printer to play nice together. But the aging 3D printer might have deeper problems than I suspected. Read more »
Graphene is nearly impermeable, so adding it to plastic could lead to lighter and more efficient natural gas tanks. Read more »
American Graphite Technologies doesn’t provide much detail about its plans for the incredible material, but it hopes developments will lead to new products. Read more »
If Nest is the modern answer to the thermostat, Rachio is the answer to the lawn sprinkler. GigaOM Mobilize Showcase finalist has a smart sprinkler that knows when, and when not, to water the grass. Read more »
TechShop needs $2.5 million to move its original makerspace. Intel’s money will help it meet its crowdfunding goal. Read more »
Before space agencies send a rover to a distant planet, they have to test it on Earth. With little moisture and no vegetation, the rock-covered Atacama Desert does a great job of mimicking Mars. Read more »
MIT researchers pulled on a piece of cracked nickel hard enough that they expected it to tear apart. Instead, it healed itself, revealing an interesting physical property of certain types of metals. Read more »
A prototype of a 3D printer that makes pizza showed up at the SXSW Eco conference in Austin this week. The pizza isn’t quite at the stage where it can make a pizza from scratch, but it is capable of extruding dough, sauce and cheese and in a pizza-like shape and then cooking it. NASA is interested in the technology, which could allow astronauts to choose from a greater variety of meals and cut down on waste.
The long strings of plastic 3D printers print with are expensive. A machine coming onto the market would allow users to print with recycled plastic. Read more »
Our bodies are filled with bacteria, and scientists are very interested in studying their impact on our lives. University of Texas researchers recently traded the traditional petri dish for tiny enclosures 3D printed out of protein. They say the cages better mimic conditions inside the body.
Flat, flexible power generators only need to be rubbed or tapped to generate small amounts of power suited to devices like Kindles. Read more »
A kit slated to ship in November allows budding neuroscientists to control the movements of a live cockroach by connecting the insect to a little pack of electronics. While fascinating, the kit has raised serious ethical concerns.
Touchscreens aren’t known for their ability to recreate texture. New research uses friction in a clever way to change that. Read more »
Traditional wood furniture is expensive and a dying craft. One company wants to give it the 3D printing treatment. Read more »
Frustrated by my failures with the MakerBot Thing-O-Matic, I turned to Noisebridge’s resident expert to learn about another 3D printer the hackerspace keeps around. Read more »
3D printing and assembly in space could lead to bigger and better structures that are less expensive to make. Before their technology is a reality, Tethers Unlimited has to overcome a few engineering challenges. Read more »
While it makes sense that manufacturing products en masse would be more efficient than manufacturing them one by one, Michigan Technological University researchers found that 3D printing saves on energy because it cuts out shipping and allows users to make objects with less material. Overall, they found that 3D printing cuts down on energy use by 41 to 64 percent. ”The bottom line is, we can get substantial reductions in energy and CO2 emissions from making things at home,” associate professor Joshua Pearce said in a release.
Ink studded with silver nanoparticles has allowed University of Tokyo researchers to print electronic circuit boards on paper with a normal inkjet printer. They say the technology could complement 3D printers by allowing people to embed electronics within their creations.
A study out of the Georgia Institute of Technology made an interesting finding about preferences for robot helpers: If you’re older, you’re more likely to prefer human-like robots. If you’re younger, you’re more likely to prefer robots with a more mechanical face. The findings could inform robot design in the future.
Idaho’s cows produce a lot of manure in a year. One research team is using that manure to create biodegradable plastic. Read more »
3D printers have been all over the news for their potential to change our lives. Here’s a look at where the technology is really heading. Read more »
A grant will go toward developing 3D printed objects that could make a solider’s uniform shift to be camouflage or resistant to shrapnel. Read more »
NASA’s website is down today due to the government shutdown. It turns out that the agency also had to cancel or postpone all of its public activities and events, including a workshop where attendees planned to consider how to redirect potentially civilization-destroying asteroids heading toward Earth. So if we are ever a day too late to stop an asteroid, remember today.
Due to the gov't shutdown, all public NASA activities/events are cancelled or postponed until further notice. Sorry for the inconvenience.—
(@NASA) October 01, 2013
For less than $600, Glasgow startup Alba Orbital will send you all the parts necessary to build a pocket-sized satellite. It’s the latest effort on a crowdfunding website to bring space research to the masses. But don’t get too excited: The cost doesn’t include a ticket to get your satellite into space, which is still likely to run you around $30,000. That is cheaper than the $200,000 it currently costs to get a small satellite into orbit, but not exactly affordable for the budding space explorer.
The National Science Foundation recently awarded $745,000 to Graphene Frontiers, which wants to adapt roll-to-roll manufacturing to the emerging material. Read more »
For the first time ever, a person was able to walk with a robotic leg controlled by thought alone. A video shows a man walking through downtown Chicago and even kicking a football with the leg.
Using 100-year-old knowledge of an alternative audio technology, researchers were able to create a simpler speaker that might be possible to manufacture affordably. Read more »