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Boston Dynamics Atlas Now Does Back flip While Some Humans Still Can’t

Remember ATLAS? The bipedal robot from Boston Dynamics that exhibited incredible bipedal mobility? Well, it has learned new skills since. In addition to picking up things, resisting push over, and getting back up when it happens to fall over, it now adds the ability to jump on to boxes of variety of heights, jumping from box-to-box and even pull of a back flip. Yup. Back flip. A somewhat common stun that some humans (namely, myself) can’t even pull off. And in case you are wondering, ATLAS did the latter with better balance than some humans and it pulled it off completely untethered. Needless to say, it is no doubt an exciting development, but it is also eery at the same time. Continue reading Boston Dynamics Atlas Now Does Back flip While Some Humans Still Can’t

The Third Thumb Project: Because Six Digits Are Obviously Better Than Five

This is “The Third Thumb”, a project by designer Dani Clode aim to demonstrate how human body responds to wearable prosthetic technology and it is kind of a revelation for mankind. Because, it suddenly strikes us that maybe, just maybe, we humans really should have an extra digit. I know, it may sounds like an insult to those who are missing them, but imagine what an extra appendage could do. Imagine! Here’s what the project is about straight from the horse’s mouth: Continue reading The Third Thumb Project: Because Six Digits Are Obviously Better Than Five

We Are Glad To Say The Boston Dynamics Updated SpotMini Robotic Dog Is Less Creepier Now

Remember the now Softbank-owned Boston Dynamics’ SpotMini? The nightmare-inducing robotic dog designed for home and office environments? Of course you do. Who can forget that creepy thing, right? Well, apparently, it has got an update and we are glad to say that the new SpotMini is now a lot less creepy than when we first saw it. For starter, it appears to be ‘clothed’ in some sort of fairings in bright yellow which makes it look less apocalyptic than the previous iteration and the rest of its siblings. As the teaser video suggests, it is now without the creepy extendable head that would allow this abomination to do chores other than happily hopping around. Continue reading We Are Glad To Say The Boston Dynamics Updated SpotMini Robotic Dog Is Less Creepier Now

EPFL’s Tiny Robotic Fish Is Effectively A Spy Fish That Spies On, Well, Zebrafish

When it comes to biomimicry, EPFL, or Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, is no stranger, but the Zebrafish robot you see here took the institute’s biomimicry technology to a new level of small because, Zebrafish. Granted, at 7 centimeters (2.75 inches) long, this bares-it-all tiny robotic fish is a tad larger than an actual aquatic creature of this species and obviously, look vastly different with its transparent enclosure that pretty much show off its electronics, it managed to assimilate into the school. The researchers not only wanted to develop a robot that will eventually influence the behavior of the organic counterparts, but also capable of adapting its own behavior by picking up communication skills (yes, really) and mimics the real fishes’ movements. Continue reading EPFL’s Tiny Robotic Fish Is Effectively A Spy Fish That Spies On, Well, Zebrafish

AI Turns Pixelated Photos Into Clear Images, May Make Anonymous Nude Images Not So Anonymous Anymore

This world is not picture perfect and it is literally not because, when you zoomed into an image, such as on a CCTV footage, it will be pixelated. Picture perfect world? I think not. However, that changes with EnhanceNet Artificial Intelligence-powered Image-scaling Program. Developed by researchers Mehdi S. M. Sajjadi, Bernhard Schölkopf, and Michael Hirsch over at the Max-Planck Institute of Intelligent Systems in Germany, EnhanceNet is described as “Single Image Super-Resolution Through Automated Synthesis” which takes a scale up low resolution photos and introduce new details into it to result in a significantly higher resolution image. Continue reading AI Turns Pixelated Photos Into Clear Images, May Make Anonymous Nude Images Not So Anonymous Anymore

This High-tech First Aid Kit Will Guide You On How To Dress A Wound

How many of you here have first aid training? Not many, I supposed. With so many accident, big and small, happening everyday, it is ridiculous not to know the basic of life-saving procedure and yet, it is not a life skill a person would deliberately pick up. This is a gap where RubrixAID aims to fill. RubrixAID is a first aid kit, but it is not simply a box with all the medical paraphernalia; it is a high-tech one. Equipped with a touchscreen display and speaker, it allows user to pick out the emergency situation by touch, such as where the injury is, and an in-built voice will guide you to which first aid kit to use and how to address the wound. Obviously, it is not for life-and-death situation, but it should serve to stop,, for example, life-threatening injury like bleeding. Continue reading This High-tech First Aid Kit Will Guide You On How To Dress A Wound

Honda’s Cute Robot Vehicle Is Basically Your Autonomous Food Truck

Autonomous cart isn’t new, but the one Honda recently showed off, called RoboCas Concept, at the 45th Tokyo Motor Show is worthy of a mention, just for the cuteness alone. Honda refers RoboCas Concept to as “a unique form of electric mobility,” but it really is a smart cart. It looks like vehicle straight out of Pixar animation. It has a cargo space which is customizable as you see fit and oh, yes, it can carry people too. You know, it ain’t tiny as you can see from the images we have here. It can be everything you imagine it to be, ranging from a cargo hauler to mobile DJ console to a curry shop. Yep. That too. In short, it can be a food truck of sort. Continue reading Honda’s Cute Robot Vehicle Is Basically Your Autonomous Food Truck

Soon, Hyundai SUVs With Panoramic Sunroof Will Have Sunroof Airbag

South Korea public car parts company, Hyundai Mobis has reportedly developed the world’s first panoramic sunroof airbag that is designed to protect the occupants in an unfortunate rollover. Yup. You heard that right. Airbag now has found a place on the roof too. Boy, why do I get the feeling that it is going to be standard on premium cars in not too-distant-future? And Hyundai is going to win on this. Oh, I know why. Because, the company has no less than 11 patents filed when developing this new safety feature and it isn’t a concept; it will be primarily implemented on the South Korean automobile manufacturer’s premium SUVs, starting with the Genesis SUV. Continue reading Soon, Hyundai SUVs With Panoramic Sunroof Will Have Sunroof Airbag

Walmart Deploys Shelf-Scanning Robots So Staff Can “Serve You Better”

While Amazon’s ambitious Go grocery store eliminates the need for cashier and check out, American retail supermarket Walmart wants to eliminate using humans to check on shelves for stock levels, pricing and even misplaced items. Shelf-scanning robots aren’t new, apparently. Damn, we must have living under the rock. Eh? Anywho, Walmart is the first to put it through large scale real world test with this Bossa Nova Robotics’ robots roaming around the company’s 50 stores. The sole purposed of these specialist robots is to ply the aisles and do what used to be done by humans, i.e. monitoring the stock on shelves, checking the pricing, or detect if there are items being displayed in the wrong category. In other words, they are here just to check. Continue reading Walmart Deploys Shelf-Scanning Robots So Staff Can “Serve You Better”

Dutch Company Wants To Use Crows To Clean Up City Of Cigarette Butts

Apparently, each year, the number of cigarette butts discarded onto the streets of the Netherlands outnumbered the population of the country by over 350 times and as you might have imagined, to clean up the astronomical number of cigarette butts would be an insurmountable task. What’s more is, you can’t just leave them be because, according a Netherlands startup, it will take up to 12 years for the used filters to decompose. Whoa. I never knew that! Continue reading Dutch Company Wants To Use Crows To Clean Up City Of Cigarette Butts