Author: Gaurav

LazeeEye turns your smartphone into a 3D camera

Lazeeeye 3D camera for smartphone

Want to turn your smartphone into a 3D camera? Then you’ll have to do LazeeEye (Laser and Eye) some justice. A project up on Kickstarter morphs your smartphone into a 3D camera by using laser illuminator hardware and stereo vision processing app that makes your smartphone camera see like you would do in a real life situation. Let me explain, we see with two eyes and the image created is a 3D vision of the actual world but smartphone camera only has one lens to see from and therefore the image is a 2D interpretation of the real world. So, to counter this LazeeEye makes tricky use of laser illuminator to create a virtual second lens.
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Lix pen: Sleek 3D printing pen lets you create tangible 3D drawings

Lix 3D printing pen

For those who want to go beyond the canvas to show off their 3D painting and rendering skills 3D printing has the apt answer. 3D Doodler 3D printing pen took the world by the storm as it gives creative artists a chance to showcase their skills, but it has one real downside, it was too big to hold and carry around. So it is time to introduce Lix 3D printing pen developed by Anton Suvorov which is sleek and very easy to handle while rendering 3D drawings and a viable answer for what 3D Doodler lacked. Slated as the smallest 3D pen so far, Lix is all set to rock Kickstarter in a few weeks’ time.

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Voice-controlled robotic wheelchair being developed by MIT researchers

Voice controlled robotic wheelchair

Developed by Robust Robotics Group, a team of MIT research scientists and students headed by Nicolas Roy and Seth Teller, this voice-controlled robotic wheelchair is under development since 2005 and is funded by Microsoft and Nokia. To be precise, this Intelligent Wheelchair project is aimed for people with limited mobility and chronic disability, so that they can move freely in their environment with utmost ease courtesy an intelligent wheelchair software system and computing brain that keeps on learning as it gets more data information regarding the operating environment. The wheelchair has built-in sensors and laser guided navigation system which allows it to get past obstacles and avoid bumping into newly installed things around the home and office environment.
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Google working on contact lens with embedded micro-cameras

Google Smart contact lens with camera

Google of course banks a lot on its high tech Google Glasses and is coming up with innovations that more than meet the eye. In-fact they have actually centered their products on one of the most active human organ that is the eye. Couple of months back Google revealed their secretive project called Smart Contact lens for measuring diabetes by analyzing the glucose levels in the tears and now they have filed another patent for a smart contact lens system that has integrated camera in it. Now this sounds reminiscent to some of the sci-fi technology shown in movies and TV series!
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KinoCOM communication device helps disabled patients with restricted movement

KinoCOM communication device by Idealab

To help paralyzed people or patients having lost their limbs, the KinoCOM device by IdeaLabs is as innovative and simple as it can get. Translating motion into communication, this device is made from microcontroller and motion sensing accelerometers that are inexpensive and effective solution for making life of disabled people a tad easier. It makes communicating with devices like laptop very easy, in-fact just a single click controls the computer cursor.
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SphereBot UAV does the dangerous job of powerline inspection

SphereBot drone

At a conference hosted by the Sacramento California Student Branch of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), a team led by Rebecca Wingo who came up with the idea of this sphere like robot, impressed everyone present there. This semi-autonomous robot is specifically built for assisting personnel who have to inspect power lines which is quite a risky task considering the volume of electricity passing through those lines. Add to that the distance at which these power lines are installed, almost 100 feet off the ground. No doubting that so many personnel have succumb to the dangers that come with this tedious task.
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PowerLoader Light Ninja is a lightweight exoskeleton suit for walking assistance

PowerLoader Light Ninja exoskeleton suit

ActiveLink, a division of Panasonic is developing an exoskeleton suit that helps a person in doing physical activity related to walking or running. PowerLoader Light Ninja exoskeleton suit that braces the wearer’s knees and ankles to give extra support while performing any activity like running, climbing up the stairs or walking on an inclined path that would otherwise tire him/her in a very short time. In a way it increases the capability of an average person by three folds which all goes well for the applications this exoskeleton can be used for. As compared to some earlier exoskeleton suits developed by ActiveLink, this one consumes very less power as it has reduced mechanical parts and the supporting motors have also been reduced in size without any compromise in the performance of the power suit.
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A drone that is a graffiti artist

graffiti drone by KATSU

KATSU the famous artist, graphics designer, vandal and hacker based in New York is once again in the news with his latest interpretation of what drones can be used for other than package delivery, in restaurants or rescue missions. His new project is all about attaching a spray can to a quadcopter and put its graffiti skills to the test. So why choose a drone to paint walls with random art? Well, there is a very good reason. Painting the walls of canvas with quadcopter means that the artist can get access to high walls that otherwise would be impossible to reach.
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Interview: Robert Macauley, mind behind LifePrint printer for mobile devices

LifePrint photo printer for mobile devices

Robert Macauley with a photo printed by LifePrint

How about printing photos from your smartphone instantly, as and when you click them? The ability to get a quality photo print of your most cherished memory captured in the frame of time? Well, if all goes well for LifePrint WiFi photo printer for Android/iPhone & Instagram on Kickstarter, then this fact could be a normal happening for users worldwide. The ability of LifePrint to connect via Bluetooth extends the possibilities even further as it prints photos to your friend’s LifePrint printer anywhere in the world. All you have to do is send photos directly to LifePrint printer and it is all done.
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Johammer J1 Electric Motorcycle exudes style with performance

Johammer J1 Electric Motorcycle

 

This strange looking motorcycle design is in-fact quite interesting. It runs on electric power, is made in Austria by Johammer and is not a concept bike that will have slim chances of seeing the production lines. Seen first at the Linz Motorcycle Show in February, the Johammer J1 Electric Motorcycle has a very unique way to display speed, fuel, driving conditions and other elements. The two round rear view mirror have this integrated high-resolution 2.4 inch color display system which eliminates the need for any physical dash in the bike. It has hub-center steering and double wishbone styled front suspension mechanism which gives the bike premium stability on high speeds.
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