Drones can collaborate to build architectural structures [Video]

Drones can collaborate to build architectural structures
Architect and researcher Ammar Mirjan explains how drones could be programmed to construct buildings in the first of two movies about the use of unmanned aerial vehicles in architecture.

In 2012, Swiss architecture firm Gramazio Kohler Architects and roboticist Raffaello D’Andrea collaborated with ETH Zürich to program a fleet of drones to lift and stack thousands of polystyrene bricks at the FRAC Centre in Orléans, France.

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The Pigeon Patrol Flies Over London [Video]

The Pigeon Patrol Flies Over London
In London this Monday, pigeons wearing small backpacks with pollution sensors and GPS trackers inside them flew around the city detecting its current pollution levels. DigitasLBI, a marketing company, produced this project. The pigeon’s backpacks were made by Plume Labs and can monitor ozone and volatile compounds as well as nitrogen dioxide. The Pigeons are known as the “Pigeon Air Patrol,” and this whole entire stunt is meant to draw the publics’ eye to the decrease in air quality London has experienced over the past few years.

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Let’s all Pull Together: Team of µTug Microrobots Pulls a Car [Video]

Let’s all Pull Together: Team of µTug Microrobots Pulls a Car
Not only are ants impressively strong, they are also amazing team players. This research inspired by such teamwork examples how the ways that microrobots move effects their ability to work in teams. With careful consideration to robot gait, we demonstrate a team of 6 super strong microTug microrobots (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rWuUUGWAp4) weighing 100 grams pulling the author’s unmodified 3900lb (1800kg) car on polished concrete.

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Boeing’s futuristic technology to 3D print objects while levitating in space [Video]

Boeing’s futuristic technology to 3D print objects while levitating in space
Boeing has patented technology to 3D print objects while levitating in space. Boeing plans to 3D print aircraft parts using this technology. For more details check – http://ift.tt/1R26QCw

Multiple 3D printers are used to simultaneously print various features. The printing material has diamagnetic properties. When super-cooled becomes a super-conductor.

First, a small quantity of the printing material called nugget is ejected into space. By creating magnetic fields, the nugget is held in space by levitating it. Now, further deposition of printing material can be made from any direction in space.

This technique offers many unique advantages.
1. Material can be deposited right beneath the nugget.

This is not possible in conventional 3D printers, which follow a bottoms-up printing technique.

2. Additional magnetic fields are used to rotate the nugget to any orientation. This allows fabrication of more complex features

3. Even acoustic levitation can be used to levitate nugget

4. Simultaneous use of multiple print heads increases the speed of printing objects many fold
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Fido vs Spot — Animal vs Robot [Video]

Fido vs Spot — Animal vs Robot
The robot’s lifelike movement catches the attention of a real dog. The uncanny uncanine valley. This is the latest quadruped robot from Google’s Boston Dynamics group, and the only one in civilian hands. Another Video: https://youtu.be/q2gehrAhflQ Photos: http://ift.tt/1Sb6ZCE And I revisited my post on the Google Master Plan, and sure enough, we see Robots → Skynet → Terminator → Google Security → User Happiness http://ift.tt/1OSPGiS
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The Goodyear Eagle-360 concept tire [Video]

The Goodyear Eagle-360 concept tire
The Goodyear Eagle-360 is our vision for a tire for the long-term future that looks radically different from tires today…it’s a sphere! The unique shape means ultimate manoeuvrability, safety and connectivity for autonomous vehicles.
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