Category Archives: SCIENCE

This Is Otsaw O-R3, The World’s First Ground-Aerial Outdoor Security

This is O-R3, a four-wheel security robot from Singapore-based Otsaw Digital that is designed to take the place of humans to patrol large outdoor compound. With a chubby and somewhat diminutive stature, coupled with big round headlights that look like eyes, the O-R3 looks more like a cartoon character out to entertain kids. However, kids it will not entertain for it as more important tasks at hand. Beneath its cute appearance hides an array of sophisticated technologies, including high-tech sensors, advanced machine learning algorithm and 3D SLAM technology, that will allow it to execute patrol duties normally carried by humans. Continue reading This Is Otsaw O-R3, The World’s First Ground-Aerial Outdoor Security

Israel To Test Wireless Charging Road That Charges EV As You Drive

Remember we are elated that electric highway is a reality, but at the same, disappointed as it is not we have imagined? You know. Overhead electric lines and pantograph-equipped vehicles are not quite what we have in mind of electrified roads, but the good news is, there’s hope for electric highways that are a whole lot less electric tram-ish. A collaboration between Israeli government and a U.S. company is working towards an alternative which will see wireless charging element being embedded into the roads and we all know what means: the future is almost here. Continue reading Israel To Test Wireless Charging Road That Charges EV As You Drive

Tree Burning From The Inside Looks Absolutely Like LOTR’s Eye of Sauron

If you have the One Ring from Lord of the Rings, I would advise you not to wear it for the Eye of Sauron would have know you had that One Ring even if you are outside the fantasy land of Middle Earth. As it turns out the Great Eye is not exclusive to J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth, it was here on Earth, right smack in a grassy field in Baldwyn, Mississippi. Granted, there’s probably nothing sinister about this fiery ‘eye’. In fact, it is just an innocent tree that, for some reason, got hollowed out in the center, and managed to catch fire. Continue reading Tree Burning From The Inside Looks Absolutely Like LOTR’s Eye of Sauron

30-Million-Year-Old Tick Has Monkey Blood, But Nope, No Jurassic Park Yet

Are you excited about the prospect of bringing back extinct animals? Particularly, those existed say, some 30 million years ago? Yes. It sure sounds like a plot from 90s blockbuster, Jurassic Park and it is kind of is because the researcher who found the 30-million-year-old tick encased in amber was Oregon State University’s professor emeritus, George Poinar, Jr., who was also the same person who inspired the book Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton back in the 80 (which later became a major blockbuster)s. Poinar speculates the tick, which was found at the Cordillera Septentrional mountain range in the Dominican Republic, contains full blood of an ancient monkey and if that’s the case, it would be the oldest fossilized mammalian blood cells ever found. Continue reading 30-Million-Year-Old Tick Has Monkey Blood, But Nope, No Jurassic Park Yet

Electric Highway Is A Reality, But It Is Not What You May Have Imagined

When the automobile industry started seriously exploring electric drive, someone actually wanted to solve the range issue associated with poor battery life with highways that can charge the electric cars. Well, guess what? It has become a reality, sort of. Germany’s power and automation company Siemens, in partnership with Swedish truck maker Scania, has made the world’s first public electric highway a reality in Sweden. However, this electric highway is not quite what you expect. There are no high-tech wireless charging elements buried on the road; instead this Siemens eHighway, as it is called, is much like the old trolley car system, AKA electric tram. Continue reading Electric Highway Is A Reality, But It Is Not What You May Have Imagined

Is Russia’s Gun Shooting Space Robot A Sign Of The Rise Of The Machines?

Russia has recently made headlines, not because of Syria, but for a rather ‘sinister’ thing. Some of you may be aware of FEDOR (Final Experimental Demonstration Object Research), the anthropomorphous robot destined to be a cosmonaut in 2021. Apparently, the roboticists over at Russian Foundation for Advanced Research Projects (Russia’s DARPA equivalent), the organization behind FEDOR, has made pretty insane progress which saw the bipedal robot doing a range of things including leopard crawling, carry heavy load, resisting pushover and delicate tasks like using keys, handling a variety of tools, and supposedly, even driving a car. Continue reading Is Russia’s Gun Shooting Space Robot A Sign Of The Rise Of The Machines?

Elon Musk Envisioned Minority Report-style Highways, But Under The Ground

Elon Musk is a visionary who nobody really knows what goes inside the complex head of his, including his choice of personal companion. Since after Paypal, the man, as it seems, wants to turn the world into one that many sci-fi novels and movies have predicted and these futuristic tunnels dreamed up The Boring Company is one of them. The Boring Company is anything but boring. The ‘boring’ here is obviously does mean mundane, but rather, more of digging, tunnelling and stuff, and hence the futuristic tunnels pitched forth by the company. Continue reading Elon Musk Envisioned Minority Report-style Highways, But Under The Ground

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