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Check out this HD footage of NASA's flying saucer in action

Check out this HD footage of NASA's flying saucer in action | Heron | Scoop.it
We've been following NASA's Low-Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) program for awhile now, and finally have some HD video of it to share. The footage
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Hovercraft Meets Aircraft

Hovercraft Meets Aircraft | Heron | Scoop.it

What does it take for Wing in Ground technology to become more than a glorified water taxi?

 

High T3ch is a blog on fun technology. Videos, gadgets, documentaries and all the fun tech stuff.

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Transformer Paper Turns Itself Into A Robot. Cool!

Transformer Paper Turns Itself Into A Robot. Cool! | Heron | Scoop.it
Start with paper; add Shrinky Dinks, a microprocessor, heat, and voila! It's not quite that easy. But this engineering project might one day lead to a printable, flat spacecraft that folds itself.
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Edison: Open-source Low Cost LEGO-compatible Platform | Into Robotics

Edison: Open-source Low Cost LEGO-compatible Platform | Into Robotics | Heron | Scoop.it
An overview of Edison robot platform low cost LEGO-compatible platform designed for kids and schools
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TIWAL 3.2 Inflatable Sailboat

TIWAL 3.2 Inflatable Sailboat | Heron | Scoop.it
The TIWAL 3.2 is a sailing dinghy that collapses down to two small bags, so you can take it just about anywhere. Made from reinforced PVC, it holds up to three people, comes with an electric pump, and sets up in about 20 minutes.
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Adam Savage's Hellboy Mecha Hand

Adam Savage's Hellboy Mecha Hand | Heron | Scoop.it
Adam Savage of Mythbusters doesn't kid around when it comes to making costumes. He's poured time and effort into building ensembles like Admiral Ackbar and most recently, an environmental space sui...
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Going in circles: AngularJS, Node.js, and Raspberry Pi controlled train #piday #raspberrypi @Raspberry_Pi

Going in circles: AngularJS, Node.js, and Raspberry Pi controlled train #piday #raspberrypi @Raspberry_Pi | Heron | Scoop.it
Via Raspberry Pi Pod. What happens when you put a GoPro on a model train, connect it to a Raspberry PI running Node.js to serve up an Angular.js speed control interface? I wasn't sure either. But, ...
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Sorry, Apple, but Conan O'Brien's office already uses robot staff - VentureBeat

Sorry, Apple, but Conan O'Brien's office already uses robot staff - VentureBeat | Heron | Scoop.it
VentureBeat Sorry, Apple, but Conan O'Brien's office already uses robot staff VentureBeat O'Brien's sketch detailing the ways his robot staff do “small but vital jobs” around the office hilariously describes all kinds of robots, from the one...
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The Isoscel-Ease Drawing Robot

The Isoscel-Ease Drawing Robot | Heron | Scoop.it
Maybe you've built your own drawing robot, but I doubt it comes with a geometric pun like the Isoscelease pen plotter device. As the name would imply, this robo-plotter uses a constantly varying is...

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Robots + AI + AofA: The astounding athletic power of quadcopters - Raffaello D'Andrea

In a robot lab at TEDGlobal, Raffaello D'Andrea demos his flying quadcopters: robots that think like athletes, solving physical problems with mathematical algorithms and AI.

 

Quadcopter flight assembled architecture


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Prof. Hankell's curator insight, July 28, 2014 2:04 PM

We are beginning to see autonomous technology and artificial intelligence that we will interact with as we would with other people...

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There's a Helpless Robot Hitchhiking Across Canada Right Now - Vocativ

There's a Helpless Robot Hitchhiking Across Canada Right Now - Vocativ | Heron | Scoop.it
National Post
There's a Helpless Robot Hitchhiking Across Canada Right Now
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They figured the best way to do this was by building a virtually helpless (albeit adorable) robot and forcing it to hitchhike across the entire country alone.
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2014 Robots

2014 Robots | Heron | Scoop.it
67 - Heroes of Tomorrow (HOT) HOTBOT SS (CAD | Behind the Design | Video) 118 - Robonauts Recoil (CAD | Video) 503 - Frog Force The Mighty Ducklow (CAD) 525 - Swartdogs Flik (CAD) 836 – The RoboBee...
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Art & Design works of omer haciomeroglu - ERO

Art & Design works of omer haciomeroglu - ERO | Heron | Scoop.it
Meet ERO, a concrete eating robot capable of recycling a whole building #gogreen http://t.co/cO1X6wtvKN http://t.co/R0p4XY3M5t
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MATADOR-Baukästen - Spiel und Kunst mit Mechanik

Dieses Konstruktionsbaukastensystem aus Österreich war mir schon lange bekannt, jedoch stieß ich nun auf einen Vertrieb in Neuseeland(!), der von
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Lechal

Lechal | Heron | Scoop.it
Lechal, the world's first interactive haptic feedback footwear company.Lechal makes Insoles and shoes
with vibratory feedback for hands-off and eyes-off interaction.
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SolarSurfer

SolarSurfer | Heron | Scoop.it
The SolarSurfer is a robotic solar-powered surfboard that will autonomously travel from LA to Hawaii. We’ve been thinking about this project since September 2013 and started working on it in June 2014. It will be launched on its three month journey by August.

The SolarSurfer is built onto an 8 foot surfboard. A 120 W solar panel and lead acid battery power the electronics and the BlueRobotics thrusters. The surfer is guided by a 3D Robotics APM2.6 with a uBlox GPS. A RockBLOCK satellite radio from Rock Seven let’s us communicate back and forth with the SolarSurfer to monitor its position, status, and update its course. Temperature and pH sensors collect useful ocean data along the way.

The ocean is a harsh place - corrosive saltwater, intense sunlight, constant motion, and life everywhere. There's lots of challenges to overcome and a lot of potential for awesomeness.

Stay tuned.
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Robotic suit gives shipyard workers super strength - health - 04 August 2014 - New Scientist

Robotic suit gives shipyard workers super strength - health - 04 August 2014 - New Scientist | Heron | Scoop.it
Workers building the world's biggest ships could soon don robotic exoskeletons to lug around 100-kilogram hunks of metal as if they're nothing
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It's the future, and soon we won't need superheros because it'll just be us with these awesome tech gadgets. 

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HP 9830B - Dalby Datormuseum

HP 9830B - Dalby Datormuseum | Heron | Scoop.it

The HP9830B was introduced in 1976 as a memory upgraded version to the HP9830A from 1972. The list price was $8350 for the calculator alone. The HP9866B printer unit (on top of the actual calculator) sold for $3350.

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THE DEFORMABLE WHEEL ROBOT USING MAGIC-BALL ORIGAMI STRUCTURE

THE DEFORMABLE WHEEL ROBOT USING MAGIC-BALL ORIGAMI STRUCTURE | Heron | Scoop.it
The word, origami, comes from the traditional Japanese art of paper folding. By using this origami structure, the deformable wheel can be built without using many mechanical parts; the wheel is bui...
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Open Hardware for the Ocean | Robot and Interne...

Open Hardware for the Ocean | Robot and Interne... | Heron | Scoop.it
Scoutbots develop Open Hardware technologies to Explore and Protect the Ocean. Currently focused on Protei, more technologies will be welcome to be developed on Scoutbots.

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Mad Professor: Concoct Extremely Weird Science Projects-Robot Food, Saucer Slime, Martian Volcanoes, and More eBook: Mark Frauenfelder: Amazon.ca: Kindle Store

Mad Professor: Concoct Extremely Weird Science Projects-Robot Food, Saucer Slime, Martian Volcanoes, and More eBook: Mark Frauenfelder: Amazon.ca: Kindle Store (http://t.co/UYnKeHsS9N Mad...
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A robot that grows - euronews

A robot that grows - euronews | Heron | Scoop.it
euronews A robot that grows euronews Before creating their root-like robots, researchers needed first to understand how real roots behave underground – a far from simple task, as Barbara Mazzolai, a biologist at the Italian Institute of Technology...
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Robots Will Be the Next Smartphones, Says Japanese Inventor

Robots Will Be the Next Smartphones, Says Japanese Inventor | Heron | Scoop.it

Tomotaka Takahashi (CEO of Robo Garage) on he future of robots: "The next generation of robots will be used as an information device like a smartphone. Smartphones already have voice recognition technology but it is not used much as people are not comfortable talking to a grey black box. If it had a human shape, we would be willing to talk to it. I am now designing a robot to be the next communication device. It will be able to talk like a phone."


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Supplementary Material for Paper: Navigating Multiple Mobile Robots without Direct Communication

The video gives the supplementary material for the paper titled: Navigating Multiple Mobile Robots without Direct Communication published at International Jo...
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Pocket Sized Robot Arm #meArm V0.4

Pocket Sized Robot Arm #meArm V0.4 | Heron | Scoop.it
The #meArm is a Pocket Sized Robot Arm. It's a project started in February 2014, which has had a fantastically fast journey to its present state thank...

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