So…daytime fireworks are a thing. [Volume warning]

Next big thing: Firechat
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. 

Next big thing: Firechat

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’!

futurescope:

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 post it 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.

[read more and watcht the video] [BionicKangaroo Brochure (PDF)] [pictures all by FESTO]

The FLIR ONE thermal imaging camera attachment for the iPhone 5 & 5S.

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’.

This Is the Train That Never Stops

singularitarian:

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Trains, ideally the high-speed variety, are going to play an important role in our transportation future. Especially if they don’t ever have to stop.

Watch the maiden flight of the e-volo Volocopter VC200 made in Germany at 17th November 2013 in Karlsruhe.

Computer assisted hand carving of 3D models from MIT. Via Solidsmack.

"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.

whisperoftheshot:

3D Systems’ Sense scanner is compact, $400 and ready to transform 3D printing as we know it.
I want one!
$400, intelligent software, tethered usb to windows laptop, outputs stls and full color scans.
 Engadget

whisperoftheshot:

3D Systems’ Sense scanner is compact, $400 and ready to transform 3D printing as we know it.

I want one!

$400, intelligent software, tethered usb to windows laptop, outputs stls and full color scans.

Engadget

(via monolithos)

8bitfuture:

Video: castAR Kickstarter demonstration.

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.

(via emergentfutures)

Dawn of Autonomous Corporations, Powered by Bitcoin

Boston Dynamics ‘WildCat’