World’s First Flying Microrobot

By Damir Beciri
16 April 2009

flyingmikrobot.jpgA flying micro-robot has been developed by researchers at the University of Waterloo in Ontario. A research team, led by Professor Mir Behrad Khamesee, manipulates magnetic fields to levitate and move around three axes a robot weighing about three-hundredths of an ounce. The micro-robot discovery provides researchers with more control over the micro scale environment,… »

Digitizing vinyl records – DP-200USB

By Damir Beciri
One Comment15 April 2009

denon-usb-turntable.jpgAre you an audiophile who still owns a vast collection of vinyl records? Now you can easily digitize and store your record library onto USB memory simply by inserting your USB memory stick into the USB port on the front, press the Start and Record buttons, and the DP-200USB converts your record into digital files…. »

Cognitive Universal Body – iCub project

By Damir Beciri
One Comment14 April 2009

icub-face-picture.jpgAs it is clear that mental processes are significantly shaped by the physical structure of the body and by its interaction with the environment,  European Commission is funding a 5 years long opened project related to that issue since 2005. Named RobotCub, the project aims to move this research agenda forward by providing a humanoid… »

Mobile, Dexterous, Social Robot – Nexi

By Damir Beciri
13 April 2009

MDSPersonal robots are an emerging technology with the potential to have a significant positive impact across broad applications in the public sector including eldercare, healthcare, education, and beyond. MDS (Mobile Dexterous Social) Robot is designed and built within the collaboration of the MIT Media Lab’s Personal Robots Group, UMASS Amherst’s Laboratory for Perceptual Robotics, Xitome… »

Pollen robots across the Japan

By Damir Beciri
12 April 2009

JAPAN- POLLEN-ROBOTNice spring weather isn’t enjoyable for everyone. Many people suffer from allergies they get when the pollen starts to spread around. Japan, and especially Tokyo, is a place where allergies are a big problem because of the omnipresence of cedar trees. These trees can be found everywhere in the country because they cover more than… »

Bionic hand – i-LIMB

By Damir Beciri
One Comment11 April 2009

Lindsay with i-LIMB handRemember “Star Wars” and Luke’s artificial hand? Our reality isn’t too far away because Scottish company called Touch Bionics developed a “bionic hand” for amputees, called the i-LIMB. i-LIMB is one of the most sophisticated prosthetic hand commercially available, as it lets the wearer assume different grips by sensing electrical impulses in the muscles in… »

FFL – Flat Flexible Loudspeakers

By Damir Beciri
11 April 2009

Flat Flexible Loudspeakers (FFL)Talking walls or other artificially made objects are no rarity in sci-fi and soon those will become our everyday reality. Warwick Audio is a UK based company which develops a new form of mid-range loudspeaker technology Flat Flexible Loudspeakers, FFL. The FFL was first developed by Dr Duncan Billson and Professor David Hutchins of the… »

Bionic eye – Eyeborg

By Damir Beciri
3 Comments10 April 2009

steve-photo-eye-operation-led.jpgCanadian filmmaker Rob Spence damaged his right eye as a 13-year-old while playing with his grandfather’s gun, and eventually had surgery to wear a non-functional prosthetic eye. Engineer Kosta Grammatis has succeeded in placing a working red LED in Spence’s eye  giving him a look similar to the star cyborg in The Terminator. It is… »