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Month: June 2018

Robotics | IoT

Plasma, the Mysterious (And Powerful) Fourth Phase of Matter

When I was in elementary school, my teacher told me that matter exists in three possible states: solid, liquid, and gas. She neglected to mention plasma, a special kind of electrified gas that’s a state unto itself. We rarely encounter natural plasma, unless we’re lucky enough to see the Northern Lights, or if we look […]

We Grew Algae and Asked Spectrum Editors to Taste It

Algae could be the environmentally-friendly superfood we’ve all been waiting for. But will anyone actually eat it?

Tips of the Week: Popsicle Sanding Sticks, Swapable Work Surfaces, Wall Framing Trick, Wire Splicing to NASA Standards

Another week of seriously useful and thought-provoking tips from the maker community.
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ROSCon 2017: The rostune package: Monitoring systems of distributed ROS nodes — Georgios Stavrinos and Stasinos Konstantopoulos (NCSR "Demokritos")

Looking foward to ROSCon 2018 we’re highlighting presentations from last year. The ROSCon 2018 registration is currently open. As well as the Call for Proposals. Finishing up the morning session Georgios and Stasinos presented rostune. A tool to help you…

Maker Faire Prague Highlights Czech Makers

Last weekend, June 23-24 Prague hosted its very first Maker Faire and the first ever in the Czech Republic.
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Festo’s latest bionic robots include rolling spiders and flight-planning bats

The Bionic Learning Network of Festo has released it latest biomimicry innovations to support ongoing research in engineering, manufacturing, and materials science drawn from natural systems. Festo’s 2018 bionic menagerie includes: A transforming spider that rolls or creeps A robotic fish that autonomously maneuvers through acrylic water-filled tubing A semi-autonomous flying bat-like robot with more…

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Honda ASIMO robot development comes to an end

We said 2019 will be the year of legged robots. Well, it looks like the Honda ASIMO won’t be part of that plan. Development on the Honda ASIMO robot has stopped, according to multiple reports. Honda says it will continue researching humanoid robots, but they won’t have the ASIMO name. Honda’s main focus will shift to…

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VR Fireside Chat: Inside a Virtual World Full of Surprises

Two weeks ago, I gave my first virtual reality presentation—a virtual fireside chat with my friend Philip Rosedale, the CEO of High Fidelity and creator of Second Life. At the time, in conjunction with the event, my blog revisited a conversation I had with Philip about delocalized communities… and I’ve had the opportunity to reflect […]

How Window Washers Almost Sunk Salesforce Tower’s Interactive Light Sculpture

Electrical engineer and artist Jim Campbell explains the technology behind the highest public art installation in the world, and the challenge of avoiding window washers