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The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) have recently unveiled upgrades to their Atlas – The Agile Anthropomorphic Robot. The new iteration, aptly named the Atlas Unplugged, takes the lower legs and feet of the old robot but has now used lighter materials in the build for the rest of the humanoid so that they could fit in a 3,7 kWh lithium-ion battery pack. [Image Courtesy of DARPA/Boston Dynamics] “Basically we have to cut the cord,” said DARPA Robotics Challenge programme manager Gill Pratt. Not only can the robot now operate standalone for about an hour, it’s also controlled wirelessly. At 6 […]
Virtual reality has been hitting the spotlight a lot lately; Google announcing the halt in production of Glass, Microsoft unveiling the HoloLens and LG offering free virtual reality headsets with every purchase of a G3 smartphone. Well this one trumps them all as it’s out of this world, literally. This image shows how astronauts go through virtual reality jetpack training in the ISS in case they ever need to stop themselves drifting off into space. And in much the fashion of Google Carboard and LG’s virtual reality offering, a laptop (not a smartphone) is housed in a virtual reality headset and […]
According to CEO Elon Musk, a new Tesla battery could be the primary source of power for your home and will also offer large-scale utilities a way of storing energy more efficiently. And in true Musk fashion we’re not going to have to wait years to see the tech. Apparently, the designs for a home and business battery are already finished and are expected to be showcased to the public “in the next month or two.” If you know anything about Elon Musk, you’d know he’s a man of his word too. “It’s really great. I’m really excited about it,” he said. We bet […]
There has always been a desperation to move our dependency from dirty, finite fossil fuels to a more cleaner and sustainable fuel source and since the start of the decade there has been a rapid boom in the adoption of solar energy harnessing. Solar panels are becoming more efficient and continuous developments in the tech mean that it’s being adopted in unexpected areas not well-known for having loads of sunlight. This means that adoption of solar power has been a global boom and not just in countries that are blessed with year round sunshine. Below are the top 10 performing countries in the world in […]
If you used to spend many an hour as a child constructing things with Meccano then you are going to love Meccano Home. This is because the Meccano pieces have been made super-size and they can be used to build furniture for the home or office. [Image Courtesy of Meccano Home] With the Meccano Home pieces it is possible to build full-sized furniture with a difference and it is totally functional. For instance, to make such things as cabinets, tables or lamps you just put them together as you would the toy parts. In other words, if you can think […]
Ok so if you don’t know who Boston Dynamics are I’m sure you’ve seen one of their contraptions at least lurking around on social media. They’re the Google owned robot manufacturer that specialise in animatronics. They’ve now unveiled Spot the dog robot, a new smaller version of their previous offerings. The four-legged, self-balancing robot can run, take on stairs, jog next to a human and even take quite a kicking. Quite weirdly, I almost felt sorry for the thing when the guy in the video gave it a boot, but it scrambles back to stability in a dog replicating fashion that […]