"The device, worn around one’s wrist, works essentially like two extra fingers adjacent to the pinky and thumb. The robot, which the researchers have dubbed "supernumerary robotic fingers," or "SR fingers," consists of actuators linked together to exert forces as strong as those of human fingers during a grasping motion."
Robot tech, YES.
by Michael Keller
Over the last decade, materials scientists have been trying really hard to keep from getting wet. To that end, they’ve made huge strides developing coatings that so thoroughly repel dirt and water, they seem almost magic. Their secret? Recreating the nanoscale structures that some organisms employ to stay clean and dry and to redirect liquid flow.
Among researchers’ muses from the natural world are the stenocara beetle, lotus and nasturtium leaves, and the wings of butterflies. The National Science Foundation has compiled some compelling visual examples of natural and synthesized superhydrophobic surfaces. See the full video below.
JIBO, The World’s First Family Robot
#TIL that Kickstarter videos are an - almost independent - subcategory of corporate flat-pack futures. And this one is their new leader. It’s too cute to be true. So let’s wait for the first delivered batch. Nevertheless, the team makes an excellent impression. I hope they don’t neglect the IoT-discussion about data protection & surveillance.
JIBO is the perfect robot for everyone in the family. Because JIBO is an open platform, his skills and uses will grow, helping and delighting in ways even we haven’t even imagined…
WHAT JIBO CAN DO
See Two hi-res cameras recognize and track faces, capture photos, and enable immersive video calling.
Hear 360° microphones and natural language processing let you talk to JIBO from anywhere in the room.
Speak Hands-free reminders and messages, so you’ll never forget and can always be in touch.
Learn Artificial Intelligence algorithms learn your preferences to adapt and fit into your life.
Help Like a personal assistant, JIBO proactively helps you, to make everyday tasks simpler and easier.
RelateCommunicates and expresses using natural social and emotive cues so you understand each other better.
INTELLIGENT & HANDS-FREE
Assistant Politely reminds you of important tasks and events to help you stay on top of things.
Messenger Recognizes you and each member of your household, to deliver the right messages to the right people at the right time & place.
Photographer Uses natural cues like movement, speech, and smile detection to know when someone’s posing for a picture.
Avatar See-and-track camera makes it easy to turn and look at people, to support video calling as if you are in the room.
FUN & SUPPORTIVE
Storyteller Sound effects, graphics and physical movements make a responsive and interactive storytelling experience.
CompanionPhysical presence with helpfulness and heart, JIBO will put a smile on your face and make you feel better.
is it only me or is this completely creepy?
A Wall Becomes A Collaborative Space
Korean researchers are fine-tuning a display system that could upgrade collaborative work and play. The TransWall, being built at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology’s Design Media Lab, is a two-sided see-through touchscreen. It allows people to interact with it and each other, and provides audio and tactile feedback to users.
TransWall works through two projectors on each side of the device that produce images on a holographic screen film, which is sandwiched between two transparent acrylic sheets. A surface transducer attached to the displays makes the screens interactive. Its developers say the system is meant to facilitate interpersonal communication and gaming. See the full video below.
From Sophie de Oliveira Brata’s Alternative Limb Project
This brings a whole new meaning to the phrase “mobile television.”
Use This App to Anonymously Upload Skin Photos For Dermatologist Review
If you’re a little shy about seeing a doctor in person, First Derm is for you. It’s an online dermatologist app that lets you anonymously have your skin reviewed without going to a clinic. You upload a photo of your skin ailments and you’ll receive a diagnosis within 24 hours.
The app is completely anonymous and won’t even ask for personal information. You can send in photos of your rashes, warts or bruises without worry about being identified. The anonymity is purposeful, with the intent to make it easier for people to send in their skin concerns, especially if it might be related to a sexually-transmitted disease.
The diagnosis costs $40 and you can receive a diagnosis as quickly as two hours after you send in your inquiry.
Might this be something you might consider?
Transparent touchscreen display can be used on both sides
You’ve probably seen TV shows in which groups of characters – usually forensic investigators – view data on large transparent touchscreen displays. Well, researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have taken that concept a step further. Their TransWall is not only transparent, but it can also receive input and display content on either side of its screen, plus it’s capable of haptic feedback. The system is housed within a T-shaped frame that also incorporates two overhead-mounted projectors, which project visuals onto either side of the screen. That screen is made up of two sheets of plexiglass, with a clear holographic film sandwiched between them. Bordering those sheets are two rectangular infra-red touch sensor frames, one on either side. A surface transducer is also mounted in the plexiglass above the frames, plus microphones are integrated into each of them. (via Transparent touchscreen display can be used on both sides)