Machines

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Spherical Flying Machine

We got our first look at Japan’s Defense Ministry’s spherical flying machine earlier this year, but at a recent technology expo in Tokyo the hovering ball got the full coming-out treatment, complete with public demos eliciting “ooohs” and “aaaahs.” The video below shows the drone doing everything it was designed to do: zipping around omnidirectionally, …

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The Eyeborg

When he was nine years old, Toronto film-maker Rob Spence received a severe injury to his right eye in a shotgun accident. After a period of hiding the aftermath under an eyepatch, six years ago he had the eye replaced with a prosthesis. Being a visual artist, however, he had an idea – instead of …

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Exoskeleton

The human body is unsurpassed in the complexity of its design, performance and efficiency, but there are definite limitations to what we can achieve with a frame that’s around 6ft high – we can only carry so much weight, jump so far or run so fast before we reach our physical boundary. Machines that overcome …

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Bulldog

BULLDOG: A MILITARY BIG DOG Early this week I wrote about the new robotic pack animal Big Dog. I have just found out that there is a military version called BullDog! It certainly is a bigger, scarier version that will be on the battle field. BullDog, like BigDog, is designed to carry hundreds of pounds …

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Jet Pack Time 2

An Exciting Update On The Martin Jet Pack. In May, inventor Glenn Martin—along with fire-rescue officers and crews on board a pair of chase helicopters—watched as his jetpack flew for nine minutes and 43 seconds, soaring 3,500 feet into the New Zealand sky. Had the machine been holding a live person instead of a 150-pound …

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Swarmanoid

In a striking display of military-like precision, the robotic team, dubbed the “Swarmanoid”, attacks the problem with flying “eye-bots” and rolling “foot-bots”. A “hand-bot” then fires a grappling hook-like device up to the ceiling and scales the bookshelf. Footage of the experiment, conducted by Marco Dorigo at Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium, and colleagues. It’s …

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Jet Pack Time

Finally the dream of flying can be realized on an individual level. The Martin Jet Pack is the world’s first practical jetpack. It consists of a purpose-built gasoline engine driving twin ducted fans which produce sufficient thrust to lift the aircraft and a pilot in vertical takeoff and landing, enabling sustained flight. That’s right boys …

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