3D-Printed Heart-on-a-Chip Could End Animal Testing
The first entirely 3D-printed organ-on-a-chip with integrated sensing has been built by researchers from Harvard University. The 3D-printed heart-on-a-chip can be customized to a patient's disease or heart structure to help scientists collect reliable data for short-term and long-term studies. Robot Fun · 3D Printers · Health & SportsCandy-Dispensing Robot Makes Halloween Fun Again
The LEGO Halloween Candy Thrower from flings mini chocolate bars to trick-or-treaters. It uses an EV3 IR sensor to detect when someone is in front of the machine to trigger the throwing mechanism. HouseholdDrone-to-Drone, Midair Recharging on the Way
Researchers at Imperial College London have developed a method to wirelessly power drones in midair. They say this could lead to drone-to-drone recharging in the air. Robot Fun · DronesAnti-Drone System Helps Secure Presidential Debate
To help secure the final presidential debate, Las Vegas police used Dedrone's DroneTracker system to scan the surrounding airspace for unauthorized drones. Robot Fun · DronesAll Teslas Will Have Built-in Self-Driving Hardware
Tesla will produce its cars with all the "hardware needed for full self-driving capability." However, the self-driving system won't be turned on until further testing is performed. This is a major move for Tesla as it moves away from the semi-autonomous nature of its Autopilot system to a fully autonomous system. Future Tech · Driverless TransportationXiaomi Mi Robot Vacuum Review
The Xiaomi Mi robot vacuum is the company's first foray into robot vacuums. And it's a solid, low-cost option compared to Dyson, iRobot and others. Household · Cleaning Robots · Robot VacuumsProject Wing Drone Delivery Boss Steps Down
Dave Vos, head of Alphabet's Project Wing drone delivery initiative, is leaving the company to pursue new opportunities. Vos has been with the company for about two years. Robot Fun · DronesnuTonomy Self-Driving Car Hits Truck in Singapore
As it tried to change lanes, a nuTonomy self-driving car hit a truck in Singapore Tuesday. Nobody was injured in the accident. This is the first self-driving car accident in Singapore. Future Tech · Driverless TransportationDeepDrumpf Twitterbot ‘Running for President’
MIT's DeepDrumpf Twitterbot announced its presidential campaign on Monday. And all of the money it raises will go to "Girls Who Code," a non-profit organization focused on closing the gender gap in the tech industry by teaching girls STEM skills.Drones to Deliberately Crash Into Planes in Midair Safety Tests
The Civil Aviation Authority will purposely crash drones into the windows and fuselage of passenger jets in flight during upcoming safety tests. The UK government has pledged £250,000 to the study following a series of near misses with passenger jets around major UK airports. Robot Fun · DronesWhy SNL’s Humanoid Robots Skit is a Major Problem
Public perception might be the biggest problem facing the robotics industry. Look no further than the "Saturday Night Live" skit that mocked Asimo, which is arguably the world's most advanced humanoid robot. Future Tech · Humanoid RobotsWatch: Soft Robots Mimic Human Muscles
An EPFL team is developing soft, flexible and reconfigurable robots. Air-actuated, they behave like human muscles and may be used in physical rehabilitation. They are made of low-cost materials and could easily be produced on a large scale. Health & Sports · Wearable RobotsSports Robots Coming to Practice Fields Near You
The Mobile Virtual Player (MVP) robot has garnered attention for its ability to help reduce football-related concussions. But the robot has proved beneficial for many other sports, too. Health & Sports · Sports & FitnessSelf-Driving Bicycle Hopes to Change Public Transit
The University of Washington Bothell is building a self-driving bicycle that can travel 30 MPH with a 15-mile range. The team claims the self-driving bicycle "could get riders from A to B faster than a self-driving car, and at a tenth of the cost." Health & Sports · Sports & Fitness · Future Tech · Driverless TransportationAI Helps Sports Fans Find Shortest Concession Lines
WaitTime uses cameras and artificial intelligence to steer Indiana Pacers fans to the shortest concession stand lines. WaitTime's system takes pictures of the arena's concession lines 10 times per second to calculate queuing times, order completion times and the number of people who got out of line because they didn't want to wait any longer. Health & Sports · Sports & Fitness · Future Tech
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