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Ro­bot fin­ger that is more sen­si­tive than hu­man’s

Ro­bots can be given the sense of feel. All they need is the right sen­sors, ac­tu­a­tors and soft­ware to be able to at least iden­tify dif­fer­ent ma­te­ri­als by touch—ac­cord­ing to re­searchers at the Univer­sity of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia’s Viterbi School of Engi­neer­ing. a new type of tac­tile sen­sor built to used a newly de­signed al­go­rithm to make de­ci­sions about how to ex­plore the out­side world by im­i­tat­ing hu­man strate­gies. Ca­pa­ble of other hu­man sen­sa­tions, the sen­sor can also tell where and in which di­rec­tion forces the ther­mal prop­er­ties of an ob­ject be­ing touched,” the study said.

sen­sor de­vel­oped by re­searchers has a which help in en­hanc­ing its sen­si­tiv­ity a tex­tured sur­face, the skin vi­brates in char­ac­ter­is­tic ways. These vi­bra­tions - ger­tip touches the sur­face. Though the is said to be even more sen­si­tive with

Glow­ing light bulbs float­ing mid-air

- ing in mid-air could now be a pos­si­bil­ity, thanks to a project by Chris Rieger, an elec­tri­cal engi­neer­ing stu­dent at Univer­sity of Queens­land.

Rieger used a com­bi­na­tion of wire­less power trans­fer and magnetic lev­i­ta­tion tech­nolo­gies. While he modi Tay­lor for lev­i­tat­ing the bulb, he made changes to the cir­cuit de­sign by Marko for build­ing a wire­less power trans­fer.

Rieger said, “The high-fre­quency magnetic field gen­er­ated from the wire­less power trans­fer cir­cuit does not af­fect the lev­i­ta­tion as­pect of the build.” For the lev­i­ta­tion sys­tem, he opted for a 1.325mV/g sen­sor, as the - ing out the read­ing on oth­ers.

World’s thinnest screen made us­ing soap bub­ble

Re­searchers at the Univer­sity of Tokyo have de­vel­oped the world’s thinnest screen, us­ing a soap bub­ble! This screen is dif­fer­ent from reg­u­lar screens be­cause a soap bub­ble is trans­par­ent and the mi­cro-mem­brane al­lows the pas­sage of light and dis­plays colours.

Re­searcher Yoichi Ochiai along with his col­leagues cre­ated an ul­tra - tance dis­tri­bu­tion func­tion. They used a mix of two col­loidal liq­uids to make the screen. Though a mix­ture of liq­uids is used in the dis­play, soap is the main in­gre­di­ent.

re­searchers can con­trol the sur­face, by us­ing speak­ers that emit ul­tra­sonic sound waves. The com­bi­na­tion of the ul­tra­sonic waves and ul­tra-thin mem­branes re­sults in more re­al­is­tic, dis­tinc­tive and vivid im­ageries on the screen. In­ter­est­ingly, one can even poke the bub­ble al­low­ing for in­ter­ac­tiv­ity.

If the re­searchers’ claims are any­thing to go by, this screen will open a

Gi­gapixel cam­era

What is the high­est res­o­lu­tion that avid pho­tog­ra­phers have ever dreamt of?

Ro­bot with a tac­tile sen­sor built to mimic the

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