Tag Archives: Research Project

Cockroach-inspired Robot Bug Walks On Water, Land And Underwater Too

What you see in movies that depicted strange robots that are capable of doing just about anything are slowing materializing and the Harvard University’s Harvard Ambulatory Microbot, or HAMR, is a robot cockroach that is part of this realization. The development of HAMR has been going on and recently, we heard that it just got an upgrade. It can now walk on and under water. I am not sure if roaches walk on water, but this robot bug surely does. Continue reading Cockroach-inspired Robot Bug Walks On Water, Land And Underwater Too

This New Kind Of Wheel Can Transform From Round Wheel Into A Track In 2s

If you have been following military developments, you would probably know that the military is totally obsessed with tires that could deal with both flat and unforgiving terrains, such as those muddied ground. Until a few years ago, the solutions to this nagging problem was either this or that. So anyways, the present solution was tweaking the tire air pressure when going from on- to off-road and vice versa. But that may change with the collaborative project between Carnegie Mellon University’s National Robotics Engineering Center and DARPA. Continue reading This New Kind Of Wheel Can Transform From Round Wheel Into A Track In 2s

Cockroach Milk Is A Superfood? Nah, Think I Will Give It A Pass

How far would you go for superfood? Pay lots of money for it? Well, if you are an enthusiast with good disposal income, that’s not out of question, but the question is really not quite about money. The real question here should be: would you consume anything that is so-called superfood? Like really anything? When I said “anything,” I mean to include cockroach milk. Continue reading Cockroach Milk Is A Superfood? Nah, Think I Will Give It A Pass

Bosch Wants To Use Airbag Tech To Prevent Motorcycle From Slipping

Being on two wheels, motorcycles face far greater risks. One of these risks is sliding. Sliding happens when wheels begin to slip sideways on slippy or loose surfaces such as those created by wet leaves, oil spills, or gravels. In such surface, slipping is inevitable, but not if Bosch can help it. In a research project, the German tech giant has proposed a slid mitigation system to apply additional external lateral force to counter the slip, thus potentially minimizing the risk of a fall. Continue reading Bosch Wants To Use Airbag Tech To Prevent Motorcycle From Slipping

This Wallpaper Is Fire Resistant And It Is A Fire Alarm System Too

The idiom there’s no smoke without fire was based on the fact that where there’s smoke, there’s usually fire. But we are not here talk about the idiom. We are here for the literal meaning, which is happens to be the basis of how most fire alarm works. The alarm only trigger when smoke reaches it, but by then, fire may have already broken out for quite a while and it may be just too late to save lives and property. However, researchers at the Shanghai Institute of Ceramics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, have a solution to this fiery issue – starting with a new kind of wallpaper. Continue reading This Wallpaper Is Fire Resistant And It Is A Fire Alarm System Too

Check Out This Da Vinci-style Complex Puzzle Created By Miyagi University

OK. With over 1.2 million views on YouTube, this particular graduate project from Miyagi University, Japan, may not the newest news, but its ingenious complexity had us so enthralled that I find it a crime not to share it with the Internet. Also, lets face it; there gazillions of things online these days, who knows some of you have not seen this work of art? Anywho, we are not quite sure what this particular puzzle box is officially called and Google Translate isn’t helping with this somewhat funny translation of “Peep into the graffiti.” That makes absolutely no sense to me. Continue reading Check Out This Da Vinci-style Complex Puzzle Created By Miyagi University

Cyborg Beetles Could Join Cyborg Dragonfly In Saving Lives In Future

Remember the cyborg dragonfly developed by researchers at Draper and Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Well, as it turns out, it wasn’t the first. But really, are we even surprised? Cybernetic is like the next (inevitable) evolution of robotics. Anyways, researchers over at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore, together with University of California Berkeley, has joined forces to developed a cyborg beetle whose flight can be controlled remotely by humans. I know how it sounds like. It sounds rather creepy (because of spying and stuff), but despite so, cyborg technology could be the answer to the future of search and rescue operations. Continue reading Cyborg Beetles Could Join Cyborg Dragonfly In Saving Lives In Future

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

In Future, Facebook May Make Your Still Profile Image Come Alive

There is something about animating a still portrait, however subtle the animation might be, that intrigues everyone. Unlike absolute still image, an animated portrait seems a whole lot more interactive and hence, a lot less monotonous. It literally breathes life into an otherwise mundane, motionless picture. This is perhaps the reason why we have Apple Live Photos and Google Motion Photos. But those are essentially super short video clip and it is pulled off during imaging, which means, nothing can be done with still images that are not captured with Live Photo or Motion Photo. What researchers over at Tel Aviv University have cooked up is a lot more advanced. Continue reading In Future, Facebook May Make Your Still Profile Image Come Alive

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