Newsroll #4

vshivkova / 123RF Stock Photo New nanoantenna can speed up gaming graphics, improve connectivity. Nanoantenna Mystery of the Jean-François de Galaup, comte de La Pérouse Expedition Solved. La Pérouse  One Chinese town processes 80% of Africa’s ivory trade. Shuidong New modeling for Alfven waves disturbances in nuclear fusion reactors may lead to enhanced reactors Alfven waves…

SEKA Museum: AR Sandbox

Here are several videos showcasing my experimenting (or screwing around, either way) with an augmented reality sandbox. By analyzing sand it creates a digital map overlaid on the sand depicting an elevation map symbolized with color along with topographical lines and moving (not real) water. The end result is highly addictive just because you can…

Mechanical Menagerie Compilation #5: Futuristic Technology

Eyeborg Our society changes daily and with those changes our bodies are beginning to change as well. The preponderance of wounded veterans from armed conflicts around the world has caused the prosthetic industry to enlarge and innovate, getting closer every day to arms and legs that can function as the originals had. However this story…

Mechanical Menagerie #7: Infrastructure

Fastbrick Robotics Credit: Fastbrick Robotics Fastbrick Robotics Limited has developed an automated bricklaying truck called the Hadrian X capable of laying the foundations of an entire house by itself. Fastbrick Robotics   Bridge This thing builds bridges. Not much else to say.   Dual Snow Blower The Dual Snow Blower is a design to blow…

Mechanical Menagerie Compilation #4: Personal Flight

Gravity Industries Since everyone is already making the Iron Man comparison I might as well mention the strong resemblance to the character created by Marvel. Gravity Industries is a company started by Richard Browning to develop his Gravity Daedalus Suit. The suit is several mini-jets designed to create enough propulsion so that a human can…

Mechanical Menagerie #6: The Future of Transportation #2

Archaeopteryx Credit: ruppert composite This glider is fairly old by now but if you haven’t seen it then you may have to look more carefully. The Archaeopteryx is a lightweight glider which really does resemble an actual airplane. The example they give in the video is a running start so be somewhere high to use…

Mechanical Menagerie Compilation #3: Transportation

Airbus Transpose Airbus has announced a new concept behind airplanes. Most of us by now are familiar with coach in any random plane. Close seats, little leg room or overhead, small bathrooms and smaller isles. With the new Transpose design, we may be seeing a change to the entire format. Proposed by their research division…

Mechanical Menagerie #5: Tools of the Trade

HoloLamp Credit: HoloLamp The HoloLamp is a next gen technology that allows you to visualize images in 3-D right in front of you. The main uses they have prepared are gaming, virtual assistants and sports broadcasting. The uses for holograms are boundless. Get ready for opinion time. They will eventually replace our glass screens across…

Mechanical Menagerie Compilation #2: Medical Technology

VeinViewer This invention may shock you, leave you dumbfounded or even cause you to doubt your sanity. But, you can now look at your veins while they’re still in your skin!!!!!! The device VeinViewer is capable of showing an image of the veins in your body as a holographic representation over the portion of skin…

Automated Food – A Mechanical Menagerie Special Series

Automated Food #1 – A Mechanical Menagerie Special Issue Zume: automated pizza restaurant (close to a factory) Plant Power Fast Food: fast food restaurant selling vegan fast food Cafe X: cafe featuring an automatic coffee making machine Eatsa: an automated quinoa bowl restaurant Momentum Machines: a restaurant focusing on automating the creation of burgers AMFare:…

Real Life Robots – A Mechanical Menagerie Special Series

Real Life Robots #1: More Than Meets The Eye – A Mechanical Menagerie Special Issue Letrons: manufacturing cars that can transform into large humanoid robots  Russian Military: created a robot that can use guns Great Metal: manufactured a large robot to duel other large robots MegaBots: manufactured a large robot to duel other large robots GJS: created small robots to…

Mechanical Menagerie Compilation #1: New Technology

Voodoo Manufacturing Voodoo Manufacturing is an automated 3-D printing factory. Few humans needed. Imagine shelves and shelves filled with 3-D printing machines. Their website presents the process in the following order: Submit a design or have one made for you 1-10,000 parts will be manufactured within 24 hours Let’s all wait for the inevitable armies…