Futuristic urban shoes specially designed to experience what it feels like to walk on the moon.
Fantasy or walking on the moon becoming a reality.
A New York based startup plans to turn the fantasy of walking on the moon without putting on a spacesuit and blast more than 200,000 miles through space into a reality, which could be as simple as putting on a pair of magnetic shoes. The company is Moonshine Crea that develops the out-of-worls footwear. They are inserting super-powerful magnets at the base of the shoes statically to create a force field, leaving wearers light on their feet.
They are naming the shoes “20:16 MoonWalker” inspired by the name of the most powerful permanent magnets known.The magnet is permanent and creates it’s own force field without an external current and works like refrigerator magnets.
The magnets are arranged in a way that north poles align with each other. The magnets are strong enough to move 27lbs to 55lbs of materials depending on their size. While shoes feel like cushion because of the space between the magnets, they will collapse if wearer is heavier than 403lbs.
Stuck in a tight spot? No worries, Robo-Roach can flatten itself to help human race.
Squeezable “Cockroache” Robots could cram through cracks.
Robots that mimic the way cockroaches can scuttle through teeny-tiny cracks might one day help first responders locate and rescue disaster victims trapped in debris, researchers say. The researchers have developed a robot that imitates how roaches can invade or escape spaces by squeezing through narrow crevices. “We can imagine swarms of these robots helping to locate survivors trapped in the rubble from tornadoes or earthquakes or explosions,” Full told Live Science.
The cockroaches move rapidly through confined spaces, at speeds of about 23 inches (60 centimeters) per second. This speed corresponds to about 20 times the lengths of their bodies per second, or the equivalent of a person who is 5 feet and 8 inches (1.7 meters) tall moving at more than 75 mph (121 km/h). The scientists designed a simple, cheap, palm-size robot with a plastic shell much like the smooth, tough wings covering the back of a cockroach, and soft legs that could splay outward when the machine was squashed. The robot, named CRAM – short for Compressible Robot with Articulated Mechanisms – was able to squeeze into and run through crevices half its height.
Full and study lead author Kaushik Jayaram, at Harvard University, detailed their findings online on Feb. 8 2016 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
On the TED stage in Vancouver, Canada, Alex Kipman demoed his newest baby:
The HoloLens headset, which is equipped with loads of sensors, a fish-eye-lens camera and a holographic processing unit.
Kipman demonstrated how the HoloLens lets you overlay holograms onto the real word, which the headset maps out with spatial mapping technology at five frames per second, in real-time.
With hand gestures the wearer can move and modify the holograms. With HoloLens the wearer can transform their room into a glowing make-believe forest that the person can walk through and explore.
NASA scientist Jeff Norris was teleported, or at least a hologram of him was, onto the stage with Kipman. “I’m actually in three places,” Norris said. “I’m standing in a room across the street while I’m standing on the stage with your while I’m standing on mars a hundred million miles away.”.
Have you ever wondered what you breath along with oxygen?
Real-time CO2 & air pollution monitor lets you take the first step to breathing clean, healthy air.
People typically think about clean or dirty air only when they’re outside, but air quality can be a significant problem even indoors. And now, using a new gadget, people can identify pollutants – some smaller than the width of a hair – in their homes, and this could help ward off some illnesses, the device’s creators said.
AirVisual – a global team of scientists, engineers and others – is producing the gadget, called the AirVisual Node. The Node can illuminate pollution, temperature, humidity and stuffiness, both indoors and outdoors.
People generally have some understanding of what they’re breathing outdoors, because most governments actively monitor the air, Yann Boquillod, co-founder of AirVisual said. Indoor air, on the other hand, is a “big unknown,” he told Live Science. “You spend 80 to 90 percent of your time indoors, so if you are able to actually control your indoor air quality,” then you can protect your and family’s health, Boquillod added.
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A new 3D printer can print living tissue structures that could one day be used to replace injured or diseased tissue in patients.
Muscles and Bones can be made with the new ‘Bioprinter’.
“With further development, this technology could potentially be used to print living tissue and organ structures for surgical implantation,” Dr. Anthony Atala, director of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine, who co-authored a study describing the new printer, said in a statement. In experiments, the researchers implanted such ear structures under the skin of mice to see if the structure tissue would survive.
The structures did survive, and had even developed blood vessels by two months after implantation.
The printer deposits plastic-like materials to form the shape of the tissue and water-based gels that contain cells. If a patient is missing an ear, the printer could print a new matching ear structure based on a scan of their intact CT and MRI scans of the ear. So far, only some of the tissue and bone structures have been implanted. Much more research is needed before these structures can be implanted.
‘MyShake’ App Turns Your Smartphone into Earthquake Detector.
Smartphone earthquake detection will help seismologists study quakes and could inform early-warning system design.
By tapping into a smartphone’s accelerometer – the motion-detection instrument – the free Android app, called MyShake, can pick up and interpret nearby quake activity, estimating the earthquake’s location and magnitude in real-time, and then relaying the information to a central database for seismologists to analyze. Seismic networks worldwide detect earthquakes and convey quake data to scientists around the clock, providing a global picture of the tremors that are part of Earth’s ongoing dynamic processes. But there are areas where the network is thin, which means researchers are missing pieces in the seismic puzzle. However, “citizen- scientists” with smartphones could fill those gaps, according to Richard Allen, leader of the MyShake project and director of the Berkeley Seismological Laboratory in California. The MyShake app is designed to recognize when a smartphone’s accelerometer picks up the signature shaking of an earthquake, Allen said, which is different from other types of vibrating motion, or “everyday shaking.”
Using nanostructured glass, scientists at the University of Southampton have developed a way to store data for billions of years.
“Superman Memory Crystal’ Could Store Data for 13.8 Billion Years.
Copies of the Magna Carta, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the King James Bible have now been digitally stored on a piece of glass known as a “Superman memory crystal” that has the capacity to save huge amounts of information for up to 13.8 billion years, researchers say.
Using a method of laser etching, researchers at the University of Southampton, in the United Kingdom, archived these documents, along with Isaac Newton’s scientific treatise “Opticks,” on coin-size pieces of glass. These tiny discs can survive for billions of years at temperatures of 374 degrees Fahrenheit (190 degrees Celsius). And at room temperature, they can last virtually forever, the researchers said.
“It is thrilling to think that we have created the technology to preserve documents and information and store it in space for future generations,” Peter Kazansky, a professor at the university’s Optoelectronics Research Centre, said in a statement. “This technology can secure the last evidence of our civilization; all we’ve learnt will not be forgotten.
Jaguar Land Rover conducting a research to make autonomous cars drive more like humans.
Project; MOVE-UK will last three years and costs $7.95 million.
British automotive company Jaguar Land Rover is taking part in a new research project, dubbed MOVE-UK, to foster the development of safer and more effective autonomous cars. The initiative aims to study how human drivers behave in real-life situations. Jaguar Land Rover employees will drive a fleet of cars each day through Greenwich, a borough in southeast London. Sensors in the cars will record how the human drivers behave and make decisions in a variety of real-world driving situations. For instance, the project aims to monitor relatively mundane things like how drivers prepare to merge into traffic.
“Ultimately we want to be able to give drivers the choice of an engaged or autonomous drive,” Epple said. “If drivers have confidence in the automation, they will seamlessly flick from one mode to the other. Autonomous mode will help with any challenging, or less stimulating activities on the journey, like parking or driving in heavy traffic. If this automated experience feels natural and safe, the driver will be able to genuinely relax and will be happy to let the car take control.”.