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So­lar-pow­ered swim­ming ro­bot

AeroViron­ment has de­signed a so­lar­pow­ered ro­bot called Mola that can eas­ily wan­der un­der wa­ter. In­spired IURP Dn RFHDn Vun­fiVh FDOOHG 0ROD, WhH ro­bot can move deep inside wa­ter as wHOO DV flRDW DW WhH WRS whHUH flRDWLng en­ables it to charge its so­lar cells and at­tain power.

AeroViron­ment says that out of all the so­lar en­ergy that hits the top of WhH RFHDn VuUIDFH, RnOy 5 SHU FHnW SHne­trates inside and that power de­creases lin­early with depth. The ro­bot uses the en­ergy re­ceived at great depths in real time and is ca­pa­ble of mov­ing at a speed of 4 kmph.

The best thing about us­ing so­lar pan­els is that the ro­bot can be powHUHG IRU LnGHfinLWH SHULRGV, DnG LI yRu need more power to han­dle higher enHUgy UHTuLUHPHnWV, yRu hDYH WhH whROH ocean to play with.

Ro­botic glove that de­tects ill­nesses

Two en­gi­neers and a med­i­cal stu­dent have de­signed a ro­botic glove called Med Sen­sa­tion that can sense ab­nor­mal­i­ties within your body.

The ro­botic glove can de­tect VRunGV, YLEUDWLRnV DnG WHPSHUDWuUH with the help of its on­board sen­sors. WLWh WhH hHOS RI D Euz­zHU VyVWHP, WhH sen­sors can send alarm in case of an HPHUgHnFy. )RU LnVWDnFH, LI HxFHVVLYH SUHVVuUH LV DSSOLHG Rn WhH HxDPLnHG WLVVuH, WhH HxDPLnHU LV DODUPHG. ThH glove al­lows the doc­tors to de­tect en­larged in­ter­nal or­gans such as an en­larged kid­ney or a liver. The re­sults can then be wire­lessly trans­mit­ted to Dn HxWHUnDO GHYLFH.

“Soon ev­ery­one will have a glove that can be used to as­sess a sports in­MuUy RU GR VHOI-FOLnLFDO EUHDVW HxDPV. In WhH IuWuUH, wH wLOO EH DEOH WR DugPHnW D huPDn’V DELOLWy WR GLDgnRVH LOOnHVV, by adding sen­sors such as ul­tra­sound probes that will be able to in­te­grate the data and pro­vide real-time as­sess­ment RI hHDUW YDOYH DEnRUPDOLWLHV, DEGRPL­nal pain and much more with­out havLng WR gR WR PHGLFDO IDFLOLWy,” VDLG WhH de­vel­op­ers.

Colour-chang­ing, soft ro­bot

The De­fense Ad­vanced Re­search Projects Agency (DARPA) of USA is de­vel­op­ing a rub­ber ro­bot that can FhDngH LWV FRORuU DV wHOO VhDSH WR fiW into tight places. The ro­bot is just about the size of the palm of a hand. Made of VLOLFRnH, LW PLghW EH SURGuFHG IRU OHVV WhDn $100 D unLW. AFFRUGLng WR DAR3A, it could even be pro­duced for lower costs in the fu­ture.

ThH FhDngH Ln FRORuU, FRnWUDVW, SDWWHUn, DSSDUHnW VhDSH, OuPLnHV­cence and sur­face tem­per­a­ture of this palm-sized ro­bot is driven by sim­ple PLFURfluLGLF nHWwRUNV. ThHVH URERWV DUH DLPHG DW EHLng HI­fiFLHnW IRU D wLGH range of fu­ture de­fence mis­sions. They could also have med­i­cal ap­pli­ca­tions DV WhH GHYLFHV FRuOG VLPuODWH fluLG ves­sels and mus­cle mo­tion for re­al­is­tic PRGHOLng RU WUDLnLng, DnG PDy EH uVHG Ln SURVWhHWLF WHFh­nRORgy, DFFRUGLng WR a GSN re­port.

Re­searchers from Har­vard Univer­sity’s Depart­ment of Chem­istry and Chem­i­cal Bi­ol­ogy and the Wyss In­sti­tute for Bi­o­log­i­cally In­spired EngLnHHULng HxSODLn: “ThH FRORuU RI WhHVH PLFURfluLGLF nHWwRUNV FDn EH FhDngHG si­mul­ta­ne­ously in the vis­i­ble and in­frared re­gions—a ca­pa­bil­ity that or­gan­isms do not have. These strate­gies EHgLn WR LPLWDWH WhH IunFWLRnV, DOWhRugh nRW WhH DnDWRPLHV, RI FRORuU-FhDngLng DnLPDOV.”

Build your own air­craft with dig­i­tal print­ers

If you wish to build and fly your YHUy Rwn DLUFUDIW, hHUH LV D nHw wDy of turn­ing your dream into re­al­ity. 0DNHU3ODnH, FODLPHG WR EH WhH fiUVW 2SHn SRuUFH DYLDWLRn FRPSDny, wLOO help you down­load its plans and schemat­ics for free. You can use these schemat­ics to build your air­plane’s parts us­ing ad­vanced per­sonal man­u­fac­tur­ing equip­ment such as com­puter numer­i­cally con­trolled (CNC) mills and 3D print­ers. The project will also in­clude Open Source avion­ics soft­ware WR HnDEOH VWDWH-RI-WhH-DUW GLgLWDO flLghW in­stru­ments and dis­play ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

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