MIT researchers develop algorithms to improve delivery drones

delivery drone

In the near future, you won’t have to wait days for your online product to get delivered. Online retailer Amazon announced plans to deliver its products by drones back in December. Named the Octocopter, the flying robots will drop purchase packages to customers within 30 minutes of an order. However, there are many factors such as high winds, fuel, mechanical issues and sensor measurement errors that the drones would need to deal in order to make safe, timely and accurate delivery of the products possible. Stepping up for the technical challenge, MIT researchers have come up with a two-pronged method that considerably reduces the computation associated with lengthy delivery missions.
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Overade Plixi folding helmet folds origami-style into itself

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If you’ve been searching for a good folding helmet, chances are you have come across the Morpher helmet with lightweight and folding credentials. However, to pose a serious completion to Morpher, Overade has developed the Plixi, a folding helmet which can really collapse down to a much smaller size. Read More…

World’s most expensive car + World’s most expensive polish = Awesomeness

Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse

Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse is undoubtedly one of the most exotic car that one would want to have in their garage. The trick is, only a few can have that privilege as it carries a hefty price tag of £2.1million. Now a four wheeler of that stature requires the most expansive care and for this very reason Jack Barclay showroom in Mayfair, West London decided to hire personnel from Topaz Dealing to embellish the carbon fiber and polished aluminum body a new look. For this they closely examined the car’s paint job with a microscope to detect even the tiniest of imperfections.
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Researchers developing technology to transform moths into living robots

biobots by North Caroline University

Scientists at North Caroline University (NCSU) are developing cyborg moths that will help humans with search and rescue missions in the future. Alper Bozkurt, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering and his team has developed a technique for inserting electrodes into the moths during initial stage of their lifecycle. By transforming these creatures into living robots, researchers want to create an aerial sensor network that can identify survivors or public health hazards in the wake of a disaster and provide help with human search and rescue operations.
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Hook & Moor Boat Hook is a quick solution to your mooring woes

Hook & Moor boats hook

When we talk about cheeky inventions, the ones that I like the most are inherently created to solve an underlying problem that although seems very simple, but comes with no practical solution. One such problem is threading of mooring rope through a mooring ring in a jiffy without much hassle, and that too without loading, messenger or guide lines. Hook & Moor Boat Hook is an intuitive solution that does away with all your woes in one easy step as it threads a mooring rope through the mooring ring by just pulling or pushing. When its hook head is in locked position it acts as any other ordinary boat hook giving you more versatility of use.
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Google Glass compatible Aero Glass facilitates pilot with advanced HUD

Aero glass HUD

A new kind of head mounted display with augmented reality credentials has been spotted, and let me tell you it is going to change the way aviation industry perceives visual information while flying planes. Aero Glass HUD can be mounted onto Google Glasses for providing advanced navigation, waypoints, geographical points of interest, airspace information, ADS-B traffic and other information that is vital for display in pilot’s vision. Not only Google Glass, but the wearable device is going to be compatible with Epson Moverio and other head-mounted type displays. The wearable glass is currently on show at the AirVenture exhibit and the first 200 people to sign-up with the testing program will receive the device for $1000, including the SDK.
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Build your diesel powered airplane in just two weeks

Glasair self assembled airplane

You could make a four-seater aircraft on your own and that too just in two weeks’ time flat. Arlington-based Glasair, a Washington based company owned by Jilin Hanxing Group Co. Ltd. Will soon be giving you that option as they have plans to collaborate with a Chinese company Continental Motors of Mobile, to make it possible. This highly customizable aircraft uses jet fuel that can burn in any DIY plane and is much easier to find.
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Scientists create wearable sensors from graphene and rubber bands

graphene-infused rubber wearable sensors

Jonathan Coleman, a professor of chemical physics at TCD along with his fellow scientists have developed a new technology that combines Graphene with rubber bands to create wearable sensors. Graphene is a very thin, nearly transparent sheet of carbon atoms that conducts heat and electricity with great efficiency. Rubber is not a good conductor of electricity, however the addition of Graphene makes them electrically conductive without degrading their mechanical properties. Therefore, this fusion of rubber bands and graphene is perfect for creating wearable sensors.
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McLaren track-focused 650S Sprint racing car tagged @ $332,000

McLaren track-focused 650S Sprint

McLaren track-focused 650S Sprint speedster

McLaren is all set to reveal its track-focused 650S Sprint at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Apparently this racing beast is the hardcore version with some serious upgrades of the road-legal 650S Coupe. The 3.8-litre twin-turbo M838T V8 engine powered racer will have enhanced air intake and transmission calibration for thumping track performance. Upgrades have also been employed to the brake steer system, race setup for the ProActive Chassis Control (PCC) and refined aerodynamic design for less drag on high speed tracks.
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BoBo smart toy can detect autism symptoms in children

BoBo by Adarsh Kosuru

Autism, a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by impaired social interaction, verbal and non-verbal communication and by restricted and repetitive behavior affects one in every 88 children. As currently there is no medical detection and cure of autism, its diagnostic criteria require that symptoms become apparent before a child is three years old. Addressing the issue, Adarsh Kosuru, a master candidate at New York University Tisch School of the Arts Interactive Telecommunications Program has developed BoBo. This toy looking smart gadget is designed to help parents and doctors in early detection of autism in children 18 months to 4 years old.
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