Category Archives: SCIENCE

Researchers Discovered Worrying Vulnerability In Fingerprint Sensor

So, you think mobile phone fingerprint sensor is secured? Well, think again. In a join research by NYU Tandon School of Engineering and Michigan State University, researchers discovered that there are similarities in partial fingerprints which may be enough to trick the biometric security systems on smartphones into unlocking the devices. You may think this is an irrational fear, but not if you knew that most mobile phones of today uses partial fingerprints, not full fingerprints, to identify the authorized users and so, yikes it certainly is. Continue reading Researchers Discovered Worrying Vulnerability In Fingerprint Sensor

Marble’s Delivery Robots Started Delivering Food On The Streets Of SF

If you are in and around San Francisco, specifically Mission and Potrero Hill districts, chances are, you have seen a little box on wheel prying the area fulfilling food delivery ordered via Yelp Eat 24. This fairly unassuming robot is the handiwork of SF-based startup, Marble. Powered by NVIDIA Jetson TX1 AI supercomputers, these autonomous ground-delivery robots use a combination of AI and computer vision to find their way to their destinations while avoiding obstacles like humans, cars, pets, trash cans, et cetera. Continue reading Marble’s Delivery Robots Started Delivering Food On The Streets Of SF

Robots In China Sorting 20K Packages An Hour Is A Sight To Behold

Amazon is not alone when it comes to replacing humans with robots in sorting out packages. China’s delivery giant STO Express also has its own robot-aided sorting system at its Xuzhou sorting center where it uses numerous vacuum bot-like self-charging robots to drop individual packages into the respective chutes destined for delivery. According to the person-in-charge, the 20,000 square meter facility is capable of sorting between 18,000 and 20,000 in an hour with minimal human intervention. Thanks to this system, STO Express has saved itself 70 percent on costs over human workers who will not be able to work tirelessly 24/7 in the first place. Continue reading Robots In China Sorting 20K Packages An Hour Is A Sight To Behold

Wells Fargo Now Lets You Use Mobile App To Withdraw Money From ATMs

For some reasons, American bank Wells Fargo thought that drawing money at ATMs without a card is a good idea. The company has announced late last month that it has upgraded all of its 13,000 ATMs with card-free ATMs. Wells Fargo says it wants customers to have more options and hence, the move to provide an alternative to plastic cards. To back the move, the company highlighted a scenario where a lady forgot her wallet at home, but thanks to her phone and the card-free ATM, she was able to withdraw money to pay for her gas money. True story, apparently. Continue reading Wells Fargo Now Lets You Use Mobile App To Withdraw Money From ATMs

Is Disney’s Catching A Real Ball In VR A Cheat Code To Being A Good Catcher?

I don’t care what others think about Disney Research’s study into catching a real ball in virtual reality, but me think it could be an advancement in cheating in real life. How? Imagine you are having trouble catching ball pitched in a baseball game or maybe even in a game of football, then this development could actually help you in picking up the skill real quick. But wouldn’t putting on a VR headset blind you from the outside world as it is, after all, not augmented reality? Continue reading Is Disney’s Catching A Real Ball In VR A Cheat Code To Being A Good Catcher?

Robotic Octopus Tentacle Is Awesome, But It Is Also Creepy As Hell

In this episode of Manmade Nightmares*, we witness a robotic octopus tentacle showing off its life-like dexterity, complete with a hissing soundtrack, that guarantees to induce nightmare in some of us. Developed by robotic company Festo, who is also behind a ton of biomimicry projects (like the bionic kangaroo and the robotic seagull), the aptly named OctopusGripper demonstrated its ability hold of things on its soft, lack of hard structure tentacle. It is pneumatically controlled, affording the tentacle the ability to flex and grab on to objects like a real octopus would. Continue reading Robotic Octopus Tentacle Is Awesome, But It Is Also Creepy As Hell

Elon Musk Backs Startup To Explore Human Brain And Computer Interface

No. It is unlikely that we are living in a web of lies spun by the Matrix and surely, we can’t plug a cable into the back of our heads to download data into us instead of learning via the good’ol ways. However, it could happen if Elon Musk’s back Neuralink makes head ways in near future. Though granted, Neuralink is still a freshly announced startup, but the gist of the what they will be doing is, in layman terms, is to enable direction connections between a live human brain and a computer. Yeap. It sure does sound like Matrix kind of thing happening here. Continue reading Elon Musk Backs Startup To Explore Human Brain And Computer Interface

Fast Food Workers, Flippy Patty Flipping Robot Is Here To Take Your Job

If you think your job as a patty-flipping worker at your local fast food joint is secure? Think again. Just when you thought burger patty flipping requires the acumen of a human, Miso Robotics show you that its robot, aptly named Flippy, can do just the same and probably, excel in it, because, computer. Flippy is equipped with the dexterity to flip patty and it has cameras which serve as its ‘eyes’ to know the exact location of the individual patties at any given time. Continue reading Fast Food Workers, Flippy Patty Flipping Robot Is Here To Take Your Job

Disney Built A Room That Keeps Your Phone Charged When You Are Inside

It was said Nicola Tesla once dreamed of a wireless powered world. Obviously, that didn’t quite pan out and the closest we get today is the wireless charging pads which are anything but perfect. For starter, wireless charging pad is not quite wireless as the pad still needs to be hooked up to an outlet and the device has to be physical placed on it to begin transferring of electricity. Furthermore, any misalignment in placement may result in non-charging and so, it looks like we are stuck at this point as far as wireless charging goes, but not if Disney can help it. Continue reading Disney Built A Room That Keeps Your Phone Charged When You Are Inside

China’s Anti-Drone Gun Looks Like A Weapon Fit For Sci-Fi Movies

What you see here is China’s Wuhan law enforcement officer showing off the police’s new toy: a non-lethal drone-killing gun. Details on this unnamed device is sketchy at best, but the concept behind it is not so much different from DroneShield and Battelle’s iteration we saw last year in that the gun uses some sort of radio waves to cut signal between the operator and the infringing drones (more like hijacking it, actually), thereby forcing the drone to land. Though it is not known if the process will actually fry the drone entirely, thus making it drop out of the sky or if it will force it to land in a controlled manner like the two other makes we wrote about previously. Continue reading China’s Anti-Drone Gun Looks Like A Weapon Fit For Sci-Fi Movies