Three dimensional cars being printed out….??? Any news of this sort could raise eyebrows, but the car in the picture above is the proof. Called the Urbee, it is the first 3D printed car brought about by collaboration of Kor Ecologic with Stratasys.
The picture above illustrates how a chip implant behind a blind person’s retina could provide vision. Developed by researchers at University Eye Clinic in Tübingen, Germany in association with a firm called Retina Implant, the method when tested empowered the subjects involved to see letters, detect a clock face, move around a room and even differentiate between various shades of gray.
Northern lights, which are also known by the name Auroras, are the naturally occurring colored lights that fill the dark sky mostly around the polar regions. Inspired from the natural phenomenon, now we can have tiles that display a similar play of colors when subjected to changes in temperature. At room temperature, the 4×4 glass tiles appear black but when in contact with warm water the array of tiles shows off a variety of hues.
Manual measurements for noting whether you are overweight or not could well be a thing of the past. This new machine measures the BVI or the Body Volume Index in which a person’s body fat distribution is imaged using a 3D scanner.
Previously we have seen how fish robots were specially built to detect ocean pollution. Well, here’s another robot, called Gavia which also has responsibilities as important as the previous one. Designed by researchers of the University of British Columbia, the robot is to move and scan through unreachable waters of Antarctica to record data that highlight the grave scenario of global warming.
Just when you thought that Google’s driver-less car is simply too good to be true, here comes more news on other driver-less options. A team from Germany’s Freie University has built a new functionality for the Volkswagen Passat that will help the car drive all by itself with the help of a whole bunch of laser scanners, cameras, GPS, radars and of course the iPad.
Robots can do some really weird stuff, but only a few intelligent ones can do something sensible. Meet HRP-4C from Japan, the humanoid that can sing, for real. “In this year’s demo, the robot utilized a system for singing using a human singer as a model. This enables it to sing with a more natural voice and expression.”
Lexus has been a pioneering automobile company for a long time. But this time the company made something different. Instead of an automobile, Lexus has built the world’s most advanced driving simulator in Higashifuji, Japan, to test driver behavior under different traffic conditions as well during distractions like texting, talking, being sleep deprived etc.