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Month: August 2016

Robotics | IoT

Are There Other Intelligent Civilizations Out There? Two Views on the Fermi Paradox

Scientists have now discovered a few thousand planets orbiting other stars and, based on these observations, believe there may be as many as 8.8 billion potentially habitable Earth-sized planets in the Milky Way alone. Include stars smaller than the sun and that number increases to 40 billion potentially habitable Earth-like planets. Some take these observations as an indicator we couldn’t possibly be the only technologically advanced civilization in existence—others wonder why we haven’t heard from… read more

Whip-Tail Robot Learning to Manipulate Objects Like Indiana Jones

A passive, compliant tail can be used like a whip to interact with objects

5 Big Ideas From Singularity University’s 2016 Global Solutions Program

Something big recently happened at Singularity University. 79 participants from 49 different countries graduated from Singularity University’s 10-week flagship Global Solutions Program (GSP). Over 30 team projects were launched during GSP, each focused on using exponential technology to address a massive global problem, such as water scarcity, malnutrition, and climate change. Each year at the GSP closing ceremony, five leading teams present their projects. It’s an exciting moment. The teams have taken on SU’s 10^9… read more

Simple Arduino-Controlled, No-Pump Plant Watering

Make this computer-controlled plant watering system that doesn’t use a pump.
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Self-Driving Cars Were Just Around the Corner—in 1960

RCA engineers envisioned automated electronic highways by 1975

New X-Carve CNC Router Bulks Up for Advanced Usage

Last May, we spotted what looked like an updated version of Inventable’s X-Carve. The company has now made it official.
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iRobot CEO says vacuum cleaners clear path to robot future

The clash this year over the future of iRobot pitted visionary robotics against the retail success of the company’s Roombas, the circular-shaped domestic helpers that have cleaned millions of living rooms around the world.

Freeze Crystal Clear Ice Balls for Cocktails

Cool your next cocktail with large, beautiful spheres of ice made with this simple technique.
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15 Ingredients for Building the Perfect Food Truck

Start up your mobile eatery with a customized food truck. Here are 15 things you’ll want to consider.
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Can a Juvenile Hall Makerspace Help Teens Suspend Their Disbelief?

defytheoddsThis story was originally published on the Future Development Group blog, and is republished here with permission. Willing suspension of disbelief… in education. Interesting phrase, isn’t it? Unless you’re a fiction writer or a movie producer, chances are you haven’t heard this phrase before. Willing suspension of disbelief is defined […]

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