In the ETH Zurich Flying Machine Arena a rope bridge was built autonomously by several quadrocopters. This demonstrates the great power of cooperating drones interacting with their environment and solving tasks in a team.
Researchers of the Korea University and TU Berlin developed exoskeleton which can be controlled via human thoughts. The skeletons movement is performed whilst the person wearing the skeleton has to look at bunch of LEDs. Each LED corresponds to a skeletons movement – the brain produces a specific electrical signal while the person is looking at the light, which then is used to move the skeleton. The signals are received via a cap with electrodes and processed by a controller within the skeleton.
TRANSFORM is designed to create and change shapes, functionality and design of furnitures just by moving objects around or – if desired – on demand. To achieve this behaviour “tangible bits” and the Tangible User Interface (TUI) was used.
Based on a free software from the Institute of Data Analysis and Visualization of the University of California Davis, severall sandbox systems were created around the world. The first video shows the realisation done by the EPSCoR based in Alaska. The second one shows an installation from a czech Team called the “Sandy Station”. All systems are using an xbox kinect, a projector and the sandbox software.
The new droid, which will also be available as a $150 toy for franchise fans, has a head that can remain mostly stationary even as its spherical body is rolling madly to move it from place to place. The effect almost makes it look as if BB-8’s head can defy gravity.
After introducing the “dash buttons” in March this year, Amazons one-click-ordering-devices are now available for sale (only for Amazon Prime accounts). Currently products of 18 brands are available and equipped with this wifi-enabled device. The consumer just need to connect the button to a wifi and select the deposited product (via the Amazon smartphone-app) once. Having done that, just one “click” is necessary to reorder the desired product.