Category Archives: SCIENCE

Boston Dynamics SpotMini Robotic Dog Now Knows How To Open Doors

Just when we thought Boston Dynamics had made SpotMini robotic dog a little less creepy, the team gave its hand back and enabled it with the ability to open doors. Wait, what? Yes. Dear little SpotMini now can let itself out, or in, and that’s kind of creepy. If you think it is not creepy, well, you’d be right, it is not. I mean, the robotic company’s biped robot Atlas already did that, didn’t it? However, what makes this demonstration amazing and at the same time, goosebumps inducing was, the robotic dogs actually collaborated. And the door is one equipped with a closer. Continue reading Boston Dynamics SpotMini Robotic Dog Now Knows How To Open Doors

Police in China Uses High-tech Facial Recognition Glasses To Nab Fugitives

As one of biggest festive season draws close, China major central bus and train stations are now flocked with human traffic trying to hop on the next bus/train back to their home towns. It is also a potential period when on-the-run criminals will leverage on to get out of town unnoticed. This means, it is a good time to nab them at these major transportation hubs. While the opportunity may have present itself, humans have limited capability in identifying fugitives, but thanks to advanced facial recognition technology, the police stationed over at Zhengzhou East Highspeed Rail Station in Henan province will be have it way easier. Continue reading Police in China Uses High-tech Facial Recognition Glasses To Nab Fugitives

SpaceX Launched Falcon Heavy Rocket With Musk’s Roadster In It

In case you have not heard, this week’s biggest news yet was the successful launch of SpaceX Merlin 27-engine Falcon Heavy rocket. While the launch was no doubt monumental, but the most interesting part of this successful launch wasn’t entirely the launch itself; it was Elon Musk’s very own Tesla Roadster that was onboard, >hitching a ride into space and it had a dummy in spacesuit called “Starman” behind the wheel. Obviously, there was nothing much a wheeled vehicle with zero thrust and in a vacuum can do – even if the dummy wasn’t a dummy. Continue reading SpaceX Launched Falcon Heavy Rocket With Musk’s Roadster In It

Fake Celebrity Porn Is Not Only A Thing, It’s Easy To Create And We Should Be Very, Very Afraid

You have probably read about how a video recording of a person giving a speech can be fake and also, it should be of no surprise that fake celebrity porn is also common, but the latter is limited to still or some doppelgangers. Well, that’s until late last year when someone on Reddit showed that fake celebrity porn videos can be made easily with mind-blowing realism. Of course, by easy we meant home brewed, but it is not something a person who is clueless about computer can pull off. Still, what Redditor ‘deepfakes‘ did was so impressive that we should all be very afraid. Continue reading Fake Celebrity Porn Is Not Only A Thing, It’s Easy To Create And We Should Be Very, Very Afraid

Little Ripper Lifesaver Drone Saved Two Teens From Dangerous Riptide

Unexpected riptide can sometimes overwhelm even experienced swimmers and if that happens, the question of life and death depends on if someone or something can look out for beach users in distress. But with waves come crashing in, it sometimes can inhibit the line of sight, or even hear the call for help. This is where Westpac Little Ripper Helicopter Drone (officially, Westpac Little Ripper Lifesaver) aims to make the difference between life and death. Continue reading Little Ripper Lifesaver Drone Saved Two Teens From Dangerous Riptide

NCCR Robotics Demoed Aerial And Land Robots For Rescue Missions

Disaster is an inevitable part of life. While we can’t stop it from striking, we can, however, be prepared so that when it does strike, we have what it takes to salvage the situation and save lives. Thanks to technological advancement in the robotic development, more lives can be saved while ensuring that rescuers will be safe themselves. However, the many concepts in the works have been individual developments so far. In other words, the individual developments that cover aerial and terrestrial operations have never come together to demonstrate what they can do together to become an effective force in a search and rescue operation. Continue reading NCCR Robotics Demoed Aerial And Land Robots For Rescue Missions

The Slow Mo Guys Explains How A TV Works With Super Slow Motion

OK. Before we proceed, we have some words of warning for you guys. Do not watch the video posted below if you are somewhat sensitive to flashing lights. Any kind of flashing lights. I am not going to lie, I felt nauseous when and after watching this particular video. So, you have been warned. Now, on with today’s science lesson… As stated in the post title, The Slow Mo Guys is going to school you on how a TV, both old tech and new tech, works through the wonder of super slow mo. Continue reading The Slow Mo Guys Explains How A TV Works With Super Slow Motion

With Ossia Cota, This AA Battery Will Never Need To Be Recharged, Like Ever

You know how in gun fight scenes in some Hollywood movies, the guns never run out of ammunition? However bad guns are, those scenes portrayed a perfect world where things never run out. But we are not here to talk about guns; we are here to explore another modern day invention that, in real life, always run out: battery. But very soon, the Hollywood’s never-run-out-of-ammunition-gun may apply to AA battery too and we have Ossia to thank. The company’s Cota technology is much like Disney’s wireless charging room, but in a scale one can only dream of. Continue reading With Ossia Cota, This AA Battery Will Never Need To Be Recharged, Like Ever

3 Dynamic Trends Shaping the Frontiers of Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence crossed a new frontier this month as NASA discovered two new planets using Google AI software. The two planets, located in a system with eight known planets, were discovered by analyzing Kepler space telescope technology using the same type of AI image detection techniques used in today’s face recognition software. By training a neural network with 15,000 signals representing known planets, NASA was able to teach Google’s AI software to spot new planets. Google plans to release the software to the public later this year. Continue reading 3 Dynamic Trends Shaping the Frontiers of Artificial Intelligence

Panasonic’s ATOUN Launches New Power Assist Suit For The Hip

ATOUN Inc., an in-house venture system of Panasonic established since 2003, has announced a new Power Assist Suit designed to take the load off the wearer’s hip. Designated ATOUN MODEL Y (which has no relation to Tesla’s upcoming ride, btw), this 4.4 kg (9.7 lbs) load-bearing exoskeleton suit is 40 percent lighter over the Nara Prefecture-based company’s Model A (7.4 kg, or 16 lbs) introduced two years ago. The significant weight reduction is made possible by substituting the metal frame with resin, and reducing the size of the motors and batteries. Continue reading Panasonic’s ATOUN Launches New Power Assist Suit For The Hip