March 2015 Blog Posts (20)

China wants to build a massive solar power station in space

Moving away from fossil fuels and towards green energy generation is becoming increasingly important, not just because fossil fuels will eventually run out, but the emissions they produce are choking the atmosphere. That’s why we are seeing huge solar farms being built, but China is considering a much more ambitious project. Chinese scientists want…

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Added by GarageLab on March 31, 2015 at 6:30am — No Comments

These 3D-Printed Ants Could Be The Factory Workers Of The Future

These 3D-printed ants scuttle around much like the real thing. But loaded with sensors and wireless communication systems, they're an experiment in collaborative robots-the kind of co-working that could fuel the factories of the future.…

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Added by GarageLab on March 30, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments

Amazon holds contest to build humanity’s robot replacements

The Amazon orders of the future won’t be fulfilled by humans in warehouses, they’ll be carried out by fleets of robots. And our duty is clear: to build and maintain those robots. Fortunately, if workers must be tasked with manufacturing the very machines putting them all out of…

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Added by GarageLab on March 27, 2015 at 7:25am — No Comments

Birdly Uses the Oculus Rift So That You Can Be the Bird

Mankind has always dreamed about experiencing flight like the birds do. We’ve come a long way, but flying planes, even hang gliding, still doesn’t capture what it is like to actually be the bird. Well, Birdly gets us several steps (er, flaps) closer.

Birdly is a full-body simulator developed by the Institute for…

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Added by GarageLab on March 25, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments

US Navy is testing an electromagnetic catapult to launch planes from aircraft carriers

For almost as long as aircraft carriers have existed, they’ve been equipped with steam-powered catapults to help fighters and bombers get airborne. That’s a remarkably old-fashioned technology when you’re launching stealth fighters that cost upwards of $20 million each.

The US Navy is now testing…

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Added by GarageLab on March 24, 2015 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Tutorial: How to create your own graphical interface for your projects using Processing and Garagino

Hello Guys! On this tutorial we're going to learn how you can create your own Graphic Interface. As a demonstration we will create an application where we'll be able to see the status of our hardware in the physical world and also allow us to interact with it. Let's get started!

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Added by GarageLab on March 23, 2015 at 1:30pm — No Comments

These Colorful Liquid Droplets Chase Each Other Like Living Organisms

Scientists at Stanford University were at first perplexed by the strange behavior they observed when droplets of food coloring consisting of PG and water were placed on glass. When two droplets of the same PG concentration are placed near one another, they coalesce. However, when droplets of differing concentrations are neighbors, they get close but never…

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Added by GarageLab on March 23, 2015 at 6:36am — No Comments

US allows Amazon to test drones

The Federal Aviation Administration statement said it issued "an experimental airworthiness certificate" to Amazon Logistics so it can test its unmanned aircraft design.

The certificate allows Amazon to conduct flights at 400 feet (122 meters) or below during daylight hours, with the drone…

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Added by GarageLab on March 20, 2015 at 4:58am — No Comments

Jamstik Wireless Smart Guitar

Whether you want to learn how to play guitar, or just want to jam wherever you go, this gadget is an awesome way to add some guitar to your day, without having to carry around a full-size instrument or worry about keeping it tuned.

The Jamstik Smart Guitar connects wirelessly to your iPad, iPhone or Mac OS X computer, and lets you play music with a real string and…

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Added by GarageLab on March 19, 2015 at 1:25pm — No Comments

Nano-earthquakes used to make better solar cells and cameras

A team of Australian researchers are quite literally shaking up the world of technology. They’ve discovered a way to improve electronics using what they call “nano-earthquakes.”…

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Added by GarageLab on March 18, 2015 at 5:24am — No Comments

Iron Man Delivers Kid’s Robotic Arm: Proof that Tony Stark Has a Heart

Alex Pring now has one heck of a story to tell his friends. Not only did the 7-year old meet Iron Man, the Avenger met him to deliver his robotic arm. Alex was born with a partially formed right arm, but now he has the opportunity to upgrade it and make it look like all sorts of things. And Robert Downey Jr. is merely the witty icing on this…

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Added by GarageLab on March 16, 2015 at 5:12am — No Comments

Stompz Foot-mounted Motion Controller

We may quickly be solving how to show virtual reality effectively, but we’re still figuring out how to move in it. We’ve seen pseudo-treadmills and full sets of motion sensors, but Stompz claims its eponymous motion controllers are all we need to move around in virtual spaces.

Each Stompz…

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Added by GarageLab on March 13, 2015 at 5:11am — No Comments

Computer scientists simplify parallel programming

Modern software takes computational speed for granted. But modern microprocessors can only speed up by increasing the number of cores. To take full advantage of multiple cores, software developers have to arrange their code in such a way that it is executable in parallel—an error-prone and expensive task.…

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Added by GarageLab on March 12, 2015 at 1:53pm — No Comments

Snowflake Drone

The Snowflake Drone is a tiny quadcopter that’s small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. The nano drone is loaded with technology such as a six-axis gyroscope to help keep it stable, and can easily perform flips and rolls.

In the event you do crash it (which even the best drone…

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Added by GarageLab on March 11, 2015 at 4:45am — No Comments

Vocally Unlock Your Internet-Connected Door with “Open Sesame”

When Dheera Venkatraman was faced with the issue of not having enough magic in his life, he did what any reasonable person would do… start coding.. The result: He created a simple and an straightforward system that lets him say “Ok Google, open sesame” at any time when he is wearing his Android Wear, and immediately have one of his doors open for…

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Added by GarageLab on March 9, 2015 at 6:41am — No Comments

This Cyborg Cockroach's Nervous System Is Hardwired For Remote Control

Cockroaches have often been selected for remote control cyborg treatment, but they're typically given instructions by electrically stimulating their antennae. This little, critter, though has the electrics on his back hardwired into his nervous system, allowing for human remote control of his…

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Added by GarageLab on March 6, 2015 at 5:00am — No Comments

Watch origami come to life through the magic of magnets and dance

When talking about just how magic magnets can be, it’s all too easy to make an Insane Clown Posse joke. However, this latest example of the cool tricks that are possible thanks to magnetism is much too classy for such a vulgar comparison. Watch as this Japanese hardware hacker brings origami cranes to life like a funky Dr. Frankenstein through the…

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Added by GarageLab on March 5, 2015 at 10:16am — No Comments

First-Ever Photo Of Light Captured Behaving As Both Wave And Particle

Researchers have recently captured the first ever photograph of light behaving as both a wave and a particle.

When UV light hits a metal surface, it causes an emission of electrons. Albert Einstein explained this "photoelectric" effect by proposing that light - thought to only be a wave, was also a stream…

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Added by GarageLab on March 4, 2015 at 5:30am — No Comments

Fingerprint tech from Qualcomm uses ultrasonic sound waves

This is a security solution from Qualcomm Technologies (a subsidiary of Qualcomm) and it is based on ultrasonic technology. (Ars Technica said on Monday it was the same tech that is used in ultrasonic medical imaging, just smaller.) The Qualcomm approach uses ultrasonic sound waves to penetrate…

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Added by GarageLab on March 3, 2015 at 4:44am — No Comments

Three men receive mind-controlled bionic hands

Three men have been equipped with bionic hands which they control with their minds, allowing them to rediscover everyday tasks like picking up a ball or pouring water from a…

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Added by GarageLab on March 2, 2015 at 5:00am — No Comments

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