Chat with everyone around you, even when there’s no Internet connection available. It just works and it’s free. Whether you’re on the beach, camping, at recess, watching a big game, doing business on the street, or attending a company meeting, simply fire up the app with a friend, or add a few to start a group chat.
Disney Research has created a new kind of display - the pixels are small colorful mobile robots which create cartoon-like images or animations. These are the ‘Pixelbots’. Pixelbots can be seen on the Disney Research YouTube channel, where they present a ‘Story of the Universe’ animation including a fish, a dinosaur, and a human.
Pixelbots are two-wheeled robots. They can make robotic images on tabletops or on whiteboards (using magnetic wheels). It’s possible to sketch on an iPad and see the Pixelbots move into position to create the drawing, or to direct them by pointing motions. Altogether, it’s a whole new way of looking at cartoon images and animations. These are ‘Pixels with Personality’!
FESTO: BionicKangaroo - energy-efficient jump kinematics based on a natural model
FESTO guarantees amazement. Every time. Their latest creation is a bionic kangaroo, which copies the unique natural and energy-efficient movements of the marsupial. The balance between the jumps is stunning. Well done. Again.
Actually, they upload their videos instantly on Youtube, but they are taking their time with this one. You can watch a video here on their website. I didn’t want to steal it, so if it is available on youtube,I’ll postit here.
With the BionicKangaroo, Festo has technologically reproduced the unique way a kangaroo moves. Like its natural model, it can recover the energy when jumping, store it and efficiently use it for the next jump.
Technical implementation of a unique form of movement
On the artificial kangaroo, Festo intelligently combines pneumatic and electrical drive technology to produce a highly dynamic system. The stable jump kinematics plus the precise control technology ensure stability when jumping and landing. The consistent lightweight construction facilitates the unique jumping behaviour. The system is controlled by gestures.
Mobile energy supply on board
Festo paid particular attention to the mobile energy supply on the artificial kangaroo. For this purpose, the team even developed two different concepts – one with an integrated compressor and one with a mobile high-pressure storage device.
The Cubli is a 15 × 15 × 15 cm cube that can jump up and balance on its corner. Reaction wheels mounted on three faces of the cube rotate at high angular velocities and then brake suddenly, causing the Cubli to jump up. Once the Cubli has almost reached the corner stand up position, controlled motor torques are applied to make it balance on its corner. In addition to balancing, the motor torques can also be used to achieve a controlled fall such that the Cubli can be commanded to fall in any arbitrary direction. Combining these three abilities — jumping up, balancing, and controlled falling — the Cubli is able to ‘walk’.
"We’re GoldieBlox, a toy company out to show the world that girls deserve more choices than dolls and princesses. We believe that femininity is strong and girls will build the future — literally.
Our founder, Debbie Sterling, is a Stanford engineer who decided last year that girls need more choices than the pink aisle has to offer. She developed GoldieBlox, an interactive book series + construction set starring Goldie, the kid inventor who loves to build”
Coin - https://onlycoin.com - is a connected device that contains all your credit, debit, gift, loyalty and membership cards in one place. Instead of carrying all those cards in your wallet just carry your Coin. The best part? Coin works anywhere those cards are accepted. Dip, swipe or slide; Coin knows all the moves.
castAR is a projected augmented reality system that displays holographic-like 3D projections right in front of you. Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope sparked our imaginations of what might be possible in the future by showing R2-D2 and Chewbacca playing a holographic 3D chess-style game. It has taken nearly 35 years since the film was released for this technological dream to come to reality, but with castAR, that reality can be yours.
castAR includes a very fast and highly precise tracking solution, allowing you to change your experience by holding your 3D world in place while you are free to move around in it.
With three weeks left in their campaign, there’s still time to get your own - packages start at US$189.
Still waiting for Bitcoin to be accepted at Amazon and eBay? Forget it. Bitcoin will power the next generation of corporations and the only way to deal with those corporations will be through Bitcoin (that’s right, they won’t, or rather can’t, accept fiat like US Dollar). These ideas may seem futuristic, but they are not more than 5 years away, maybe 10.