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Finger-ring reads books to the blind

According to the World Health Organization, 285 million people are visually impaired, with 39 million of them being blind. To assist the visually impaired in reading, researchers from the MIT Media Lab have recently developed a ring-shaped device that will read to the wearer. After putting the device on their finger, the user runs that finger […]

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MIT’s new exoskeleton arms

Need a hand? Two? Look no further! Thanks to a team of researchers at MIT’s d’Arbeloff Laboratory, a set of robotic arms have been developed which can be mounted on your shoulders or waist. Now…where have I seen that before? Meant to augment actual arms, these robotic arms instead base their movements off of the movements […]

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RoboClam digs through…well…anything!

Ever have underground cables that need quick repair but have no implement to help? Well fear no more! Designed by Amos Winter, a professor of mechanical engineering at MIT, the robot takes pointers from the Atlantic razor clam a large mollusk found along the Atlantic coast of North America. Through analyzing how it burrows through muddy […]

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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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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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