Tag Archives: Innovations

Bridgestone’s Radical Airless Tire Is Making Its Way To Bicycle

We have seen a handful of airless tires for bicycles, but to date, it has not seen wide spread adoption. That’s kind of odd, because we can’t see why cyclists don’t want to go punctuate-free. Anywho, perhaps the answer is not as simple as going all rubber, or putting holes in solid rubber. Perhaps, more R&D has to be done to validate this still new tire technology? Speaking of validate, perhaps Japanese tire giant Bridgestone’s solution could be the answer? Continue reading Bridgestone’s Radical Airless Tire Is Making Its Way To Bicycle

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

Man Took “Flight” Like Iron Man With Tiny Jet Engines Strapped To Him

Human’s fantasy of flight never cease since before the Wright Brothers. Now that we have realized flying, mankind is looking toying with other ways to take flight. Wait, what? You mean there are other ways to flying other than an aeroplane? Of course, there are. Why ‘are’? Because besides the various audacious plans like Martin Jetpack, Zapata Flyboard – just to name a couple – some people relish the thought of flying like Tony Stark AKA Iron Man. Popular YouTube Hacksmith was one of them, but nothing come close to what British entrepreneur Richard M. Browning has achieved so far. Call him crazy or whatever, this ambitious soul took to his garage to developed a real-life “Iron Man” flying suit which actually works, well, kind of. Continue reading Man Took “Flight” Like Iron Man With Tiny Jet Engines Strapped To Him

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?

This Drone Will Deliver Supplies For Humanitarian Aids And Never Return

Drone technology has come a long way. Its birth is not with controversy, but then it goes beyond military to empower everyday people with ability to do aerial imaging, land surveying, inspect building, and even burning trash. Now, a San Francisco robotics company, Otherlab, is taking drone technology to another level of goodness. With the funding from DARPA, the company has developed a disposal drone that’s designed to deliver supplies to disaster zones and for humanitarian aids. The origami-style cardboard drone has minimal electronics; it has just a GPS module which works to steer a pair of motors on the wing-style drone to its destination. Continue reading This Drone Will Deliver Supplies For Humanitarian Aids And Never Return

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

Intel’s New Memory Is No Miracle Solution For Your Current Slow PC

So Intel has announced a new kind of memory that promised speed up your computer, particularly those who are still on traditionally HDD. When I first read the headline, I was elated and then I learn to take the excitement a notch down (or maybe even more). Why? This “magical new memory”, the Intel Optane Memory, won’t be a magic potion for your slow, aging computer. For it to deliver as promised, it has to be paired with a 7th-gen Intel core processor and to be honest, if you have that, I hardly doubt your computer will be any slower than mine aging 2008 iMac. Continue reading Intel’s New Memory Is No Miracle Solution For Your Current Slow PC

Startup Has Bold Plan To Build Boeing 777-sized Cargo Delivery Drones

Natilus, a California-based startup, has an ambitious vision: cargo delivery using drone. Wait, what? This is not even news, right? Right, except that Natilus is more ambitious then a using a puny multicopter; the company wants to build a Boeing 777-sized drone that will fly itself from point A and point B to delivery 200,000 pounds of goods. And it is not even looking at airport to drop its stuff; the company envision Natilus unmanned air freight drone to take off and land on the water, and unload the cargo at seaside ports. What Natilus proposed is pretty much a regular air freighter, less the pilot and the crew, and also, it will travel at a slower pace than a regular commercial aircraft and at altitude lower (but still fuel efficient) than that of commercial jets. Continue reading Startup Has Bold Plan To Build Boeing 777-sized Cargo Delivery Drones

Welle Wants To Turn Any Surface Into A Gesture-enabled Surface. Yes, Really.

Good news, fans of gesture control. Your love for gestures can now transcend the slab of Corning Gorilla protected touchscreen-equipped smart devices, namely, smartphones, tablets and certain computers. No, Minority report kind of gesture is not what we are looking at. We are looking at something that’s possibility more practical (cos’ swiping in midair can be quite tire, really) and it is called Welle. Wel, what? It’s Welle, a device that will turn virtually any surface into a gesture-enabled surface. Leveraging on Bluetooth for communication and using a combination of handwriting recognition and sonar technology, you can turn on/off your lights, fire up your coffee machine, operate the window shades, control the TV and more, with gestures designed by you. Continue reading Welle Wants To Turn Any Surface Into A Gesture-enabled Surface. Yes, Really.