NASA has just revealed a new spacesuit that will be worn by astronauts on the manned Artemis missions for spacewalks outside the International Space Station. It’s officially called the Exploration Extravehicular Mobility Unit, or xEMU for short, and its roots date back to the Mercury spacesuits that were essentially upgraded Navy high-altitude flight suits. Read more for two videos on the Artemis missions and additional information about the suit.
Not all 3D printers are created equal, and Prusa Research’s Mini is one designed for all ages. Featuring a build plate area of 180mm x 180mm x 180mm (7-inch x 7-inch x 7 inches), it’s significantly smaller than its predecessor, the Prusa Mk3s, and features auto bed leveling, a removable powder coated PEI sheet, which hold the print firm, and a small, full-color LCD to control your printing, all controlled with the company’s brand new custom 32-bit Buddy mainboard with silent 2209 Trinamic drivers. Read more for two videos, including one showing how to print your very own mini drone.
Professor Gordon Cheng and his team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have developed small hexagonal plates that robots can use as electronic skin, giving them a sense of touch. Their latest project was covering a human-sized robot with 1,260 of these cells, thus creating the world’s first autonomous humanoid robot with artificial skin covering its entire body. Yes, even the soles of its feet. Read more for a video and additional information.
AUKEY’s 10,000mAh PD Slimline Power Bank easily slides into a bag or even your pocket, and it can be picked up for $20.99 after clipping the on-page coupon, today only, originally $42.99. This sleek, slimline 18W power bank offers USB Power Delivery output, Quick Charge USB output, and AiPower USB output to charge all compatible USB-C as well as USB-powered gear, including the Nintendo Switch. Built-in safeguards make sure your devices are protected against excessive current, overheating, and overcharging. Product page. Read more for a hands-on video review and additional information.
NASA’s Kennedy Space Center is set to finally launch the long-delayed ICON mission on the Northrop Grumman Pegasus rocket from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 9:30 pm. The satellite will study the frontier of space, or the dynamic zone high in our atmosphere where terrestrial weather from below meets space weather above. This is the region where the tenuous gases travel through in giant winds, which can change on a wide variety of time scales. Read more for a video and additional information.
How about a prosthetic arm that grows with you? Meet the Hero Arm by Open Bionics. Each one of these bionic arms is custom-built using 3D scanning / printing technologies, and it’s also the first to be medically certified. It utilizes multiple sensors to enable its wearer to control the hand, complete with haptic vibrations, sounds, buttons, and lights for intuitive operation. Read more for a video and additional information.
Caltech’s LEONARDO (LEg ON Aerial Robotic DrOne) robot can now balance itself and even walk, using drone propeller thrusters. It’s mainly composed of carbon fiber, stands 0.75-meters tall, and weighs in at just 2.75 kilograms, which means that the thrusters mounted on either side of its torso will eventually be able to lift it off the ground. Read more for the latest progress video and additional information.
Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey’s new company, Anduril Industries, Inc., is developing anti-drone tech that smashes them out of the sky. Their main focus currently is Lattice AI, which is software that can be installed in many different devices, such as surveillance towers, camera systems or drones, to enable them to autonomously detect as well as respond to any threats. Whether it be the company’s Sentry Towers, Ghost UAS (a single-rotor patrol drone), or its new Interceptor drone, which is designed to threats out of the air. Read more for a video and additional information.
Photo credit: Jing-Cai Liu
Let’s face it, facial recognition systems will soon be installed just about everywhere for surveillance purposes, but those looking to defeat them might have to resort to extreme measures, such as this wearable face projector by Jing-Cai Liu. This invention is exactly as it sounds, or a headband of sorts equipped with a small projector that can distort your face instantly. Read more for a video demonstration and additional information.
Gravity Industries’ Jet Suit, codenamed “Daedalus”, is an Iron Man-inspired creation that packs 1,050 horsepower being generated by five kerosene-powered turbine engines — one on the pilot’s back and two on each arm. It’s can propel you over 30 miles per hour and up to 12,000 feet in the air. One caveat: it’s only good for about a four-minute ride, but more than enough time to get yourself into some serious trouble .Read more to see it soaring over the seaside near Hurst Castle.