Author Archives: Owen Li

Google Smart Contact Lenses

Wearable devices have quickly changed the way we interact with each other, making  technology much more intimate than once seemed possible. Google, again, as always, is taking this intimacy to a whole new level. The tech giant has recently unveiled a new plan to make a smart contact lens. However, this gadget isn’t going to […]

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Walking Lanterns


You know what’s missing from your garden or lawn right now? Of course, robots! Your garden is absolutely missing robots. Especially the sort with lots of legs and big lights on their heads. People often have to get down on all fours to move lamps and lanterns from one spot on their garden to another. The […]

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Hockey-playing Printer

It prints, it scores! Recently, Jose Julio re-purposed a 3D printer to play hockey, but not full-scale, body smashing ice-hockey, the more printer-friendly air hockey. The robot has three motors, one for the x-axis and two for moving the mallet along the y-axis. Using a PlayStation Eye camera, Julio wrote code to 1) allow his robot to […]

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Termite Robots

When you first think of termites, you might think of those pesky little bugs that take down your houses, right? Well, termites also have another skill. They can build huge and vast structures, with amazingly little mental and physiological capabilities. Inspired by what little termites are able to build, Dr Justin Werfel of Harvard University created unsupervised, […]

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Fish Drives Car

Is your fish out of its fish-tank? It probably went out for a drive. A company called Studio diip has recently created a mini aquarium on wheels. With a webcam positioned above the tank which feeds video to a Beagleboard, the car can steer according to the direction the fish is swimming in and the […]

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Robot cleans windows

Just unveiled at CES 2014, Ecovac Robotics’ Winbot can wash all windows of any thickness and size. Winner of an International CES Innovations 2014 Design and Engineering Award, Winbot 7 can scan and calculate the size of your window, calculating a customized path to clean them with its microfiber pads, not unlike the iRobot on […]

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Walking Cube

We’ve all seen moving robots with wheels, rotors, and legs such as Big Dog, quad-copters, and many more. The new Cubli robot, like the before mentioned, can move, but unlike them, is a cube. That’s right. Developed by researchers at the Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, this […]

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