Author Archives: Owen Li

4D Implant Saves Babies

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3 baby boys are still breathing today thanks to a new 3D printed¬†4D bio-material medical implant. Suffering from a severe form of tracheobronchomalacia, which causes the windpipe to regularly collapse, the three boys were each implanted with a custom splint to keep the windpipe open. Using this new bio-material that can change shape over time […]

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Industrial Legos

We all, to some extent, grew up tinkering with Lego bricks, building cascading towers, cool little vehicles, or just trying to get that annoying little flat piece unstuck from another block. Ugh, just thinking about it makes me frustrated.¬† Well, now you can relive your childhood with the Uberblox! Consisting of aluminum nodes, bars, and […]

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Microtugs

A team from Stanford has just developed a tiny robot capable of pulling more than 2000x its own weight. Using directional adhesives similar to those on geckos, these robots are able to winch in multiple times their body weight, exceeding the power on the winch before they suffer from the adhesive slipping. The microtug can […]

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Octopus Clears Rubble

Years after the 2011 Fukushima quake-tsunami disaster, rubble is still being cleared. To aid in cleaning up the area, Japanese researchers have developed a 4-arm, 4-wheeled crawler bot, which aims to help clear the rubble, as well as save lives. Dubbed the “Octopus” because of its 8 limbs, this remote controlled bot can be fitted […]

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Balloon Animal Bot?

Clowns are creepy. But the balloon animals they make are great! Don’t you fret, because RE2 Robotics has got your back! The Highly Dexterous Manipulation System, or HDMS, includes dual robotic manipulator arms mounted on a movable humanoid torso, which can be easily mounted onto a robotic platform to perform a multitude of tasks. As […]

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Spot

You all remember Spot, that cute and adorable yellow dog from those children’s books, right? Well this Spot will turn that Spot into a red spot on the ground. Developed by Boston Dynamics, Spot is Big Dog’s younger sibling, has 4 hydraulic legs, a sensor for a head, and some crazy ability to take abuse […]

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Row-Bow

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In the world of evolving and growing technology, it seems that robots can now take over what has long been regarded as a human skill; playing the violin. Designed by Seth Goldstein, RO-BOW converts a computer program into instructions for its actuators, allowing it to play any note. However, it cannot move as quickly or […]

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