Yuto Kuroki, a mechanical engineer at Meiji University in Tokyo, Japan, and a team of researchers managed to modify a 3D printer head system to transform it into a 3-axis robotic manipulator. This gives the machine the ability to assemble various items, like toy cars and sandwiches, but unfortunately, there isn’t yet an extruder for condiments, so you’ll have to still add those manually. They first customized a low-cost fused deposition modeling (FDM) 3D printer that can attach/detach printed end-effectors capable of changing the function of the 3D printer head (e.g. grab, break, and rotate printed objects). Read more for a video and additional information.
The Hamyak (Russian for hamster) is an all terrain vehicle like you’ve probably never seen before, powered by a 150cc scooter engine. Its mono-tracked design is perfect for snow, sand, mud as well as other rugged terrain, but attempting to maneuver it on pavement could be trouble since you need to pin the throttle and transfer your weight to side for grip. At 187-pounds, it can easily be stored in the back of a pickup truck and can hit a top speed of 27 mph. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
At just 55-pounds, Boston Dynamics’ Spot robot dog is capable of much more than just being a house pet. That’s right, it’s most suited for unstructured environments and is fully capable of climbing stairs, traversing rough terrain, helping the French Army, as well as dispensing beer, but not in a particularly useful way. Michael Reeves has taught this robot to actually pee bear, which required quite a few lines of code to help it identify cups on the floor, position itself properly over them, and then release a stream of liquid using plastic tubing. Read more for the video and additional information.
Taiwan is dealing with its worst drought since 1965, and for at least one man, this has been a blessing in disguise. Why? A man, surnamed Chen, was paddleboarding in Taiwan’s famous Sun Moon Lake when he accidentally fell, causing his waterproof pouch-protected iPhone 11 Pro Max to be dropped. Little did he know that one year later the water would recede as the island suffers from a severe water shortage and a worker discovered the device. Read more for the news report and additional information.
Photo credit: Marc Teyssier
No, Eyecam isn’t a parody of an Apple product, but rather a real webcam that was designed to look and move like a real human eye. Created by Marc Teyssier at the Saarland University Human-Computer Interaction Lab, this creation consists of the skin layer, robotic muscle skeletal system and the eyeball. To enable human-like motion, it uses six servo-motors optimally positioned to reproduce the different eye muscles, while a small camera is positioned inside the pupil for a high-resolution image (720p60) footage, all connected to a Raspberry Pi Zero. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Street Speed 717, also known as Michael Hyssong, wanted to pull off a stunt in his Lamborghini Urus SUV, but one that also involves his Aventador. So, he decided to launch his Urus over the parked Aventador, the latter of which is not protected in any way by barriers or other equipment. This means that just one misstep would be disastrous for at least one of the vehicles, but as you’re about to see, things do go as planned. Read more for the video.
Have you come across a photo of Mars with spider-like objects? Well, these are not the creepy crawlies you find around your home, but are caused by a phenomenon known as sublimation. That’s right, planetary scientists recreated a machine capable of simulating the Martian atmosphere and discovered that once solid ice came in contact with the warmer sediment of the surface, some of it instantly changed from a solid into gas, resulting in spider-like cracks. Read more for a video and additional information.
Photo credit: IEEE Robotics and Automation Letters
Université de Sherbrooke researchers collaborated with a group at Exonetik Inc. to develop a wearable supernumerary robotic arm that provides superhuman functionality for common human tasks, and could possibly even be Doctor Octopus-inspired. Simply put, a supernumerary robotic device is something that adds functionality to an existing system, and for this prototype, they added a third arm, complete with a three-fingered hand, to a human subject. Read more for a video and additional information.
Photo credit: Mecum via Car Scoops
This Learmousine, or Learjet limousine, may look familiar, and that’s because it was at the Mecum Indy sales event last year. Well, it didn’t sell and willb e back at the Indy 2021 auction, which runs from May 14-22. Designed by Dan Harris of Bend, Oregon, it took over 40,000 man-hours to complete. A Learjet fuselage was was basically laid over a custom steel skeletal frame that took two years of research, design and development before construction, thanks to its patent-pending rear engine bay, drivetrain, suspension as well as computer systems. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Curve Digital and Skyhook Games are releasing a game many thought would never exist: Lawn Mowing Simulator. This game, which also delves into detailed business management, is set in the British countryside, and coming to Xbox Series S|X and Steam. Players will be able to ride authentic and expansive roster of licensed lawn mowers from prestigious manufacturers; Toro, SCAG and STIGA as they manage their mowing business. Read more for the announcement trailer and more information.