BALLU: Buoyancy Assisted Lightweight Legged Unit

November 23 2016

From the folks at RoMeLa – The Robotics & Mechanisms Laboratory at UCLA (http://www.romela.org). It seems like they brought a cartoon stick figure to life. It’s so nice! Here’s part of the research abstract:

Robots are often associated with being heavy, mechanized metal objects. In fact, most current bipedal robots are unsafe, unstable, complex, expensive, and slow. The risks, inefficiencies, and danger involved prevents their widespread use and interaction with humans. This video presents the initial feasibility study and testing done on BALLU (Buoyancy Assisted Lightweight Legged Unit). BALLU is a robotic system that uses buoyancy to aid its stability and increase safety. This unique approach makes it intrinsically stable at all times and prevents it from falling.

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Project Dreamcatcher

November 14 2016

“What if a CAD system could generate thousands of design options that all meet your specified goals? It’s no longer what if: it’s Project Dreamcatcher, the next generation of CAD. Dreamcatcher is a generative design system that enables designers to craft a definition of their design problem through goals and constraints. This information is used to synthesize alternative design solutions that meet the objectives. Designers are able to explore trade-offs between many alternative approaches and select design solutions for manufacture.”

https://autodeskresearch.com/projects/dreamcatcher

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Jump around!

October 7 2016

Current and previous single-legged hopping robots are energetically tethered and lack portability. Here, we present the design and control of an untethered, energetically autonomous single-legged hopping robot.

More to read on Disney’s site

Untethered One-Legged Hopping in 3D Using Linear Elastic Actuator in Parallel (LEAP)

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Deep Web

September 23 2016

Deep Web is a monumental immersive audiovisual installation and live performance created by light artist Christopher Bauder and composer and musician Robert Henke

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Estimote Mirror

September 19 2016

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It’s the world’s first video-enabled beacon. Estimote Mirror can not only communicate with nearby phones and their corresponding apps, but also take content from these apps and display it on any digital screen around you.

Weird product shape/form, it’s good it will be hidden behind the display!

http://blog.estimote.com/post/150398268230/launching-estimote-mirror-the-worlds-first

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Fidget cube

September 14 2016
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Monome Arc + Ansible

September 12 2016

Gorgeous new edition of the Monome’s Arc knob controller. Check out the really nice IxD of the Arc + Ansible starting near the 4:20 mark.

http://llllllll.co/t/ansible-begins-and-arc-shipping-update/4447

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Smart Cycling Helmet

September 12 2016

Coros LINX lets you ride with open ears, tune in to your ride and your music, calls, GPS navigation, ride data and more. Connect via Bluetooth 4.0 and control everything on a tiny remote at the touch of your finger. No earbuds required.

http://www.coros.com

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Physical Pong

September 11 2016

With this installation you play Pong by pulling ropes. Two people play against each other at a huge game area (10 x 5 meter)! There is no screen involved just ropes and lights.

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Dexmo

September 5 2016
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ReSpeaker

August 28 2016

ReSpeaker provides a hands-free voice interface to things around you. Interact with the world, just using your voice. Rather than a voice assistant that fulfills simple tasks only when you asked, ReSpeaker provides a hands-free way of voice interaction for you and your surroundings.

http://respeaker.io by Seeed Studio

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BlokDust

August 27 2016

BlokDust is a free web-based music making App, play with synths, samplers & self-playing contraptions, and share your creations.
http://blokdust.com

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Visual engineering

August 22 2016

Deconstructed Burger, Behind The Scenes from Steve Giralt

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Eye Tracking on an F1 car

July 5 2016

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Force touch by Topp

June 25 2016
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