Tuesday is upon us, and it's time for another mini-episode of Tomorrow Daily. We're still working hard on the set, but don't worry; we'll keep making these tiny TDs until we're ready to spin back up with new co-host Jeff Cannata.
On today's show, we're discussing a heavy-duty parallel cable robot setup that includes a platform for a passenger to ride on. Not only can they experience a ride by a CableRobot, they can pair up the build with a VR headset and motion sensors for some serious simulations.
There's also the story of a man who modded out a remote-controlled shark balloon to accept controls from his mind -- specifically the signal his mind produces when he closes his eyes. He's only able to move the balloon in one direction, though, so he set up four of his friends and gave each of them a direction so they could all pilot the same balloon at the same time with their thoughts.
Last, researchers at the University of Florida in Gainesville believe they've figured out a way to assist 3D printers in creating complicated, delicate biological structures. Usually, they're so small and thin they collapse, but the team discovered printing the objects inside a block of soft gel keeps the paper-thin organs intact.
249: 'CableRobot' combines VR simulations and precision motion
Here are some links and notes for all the things on the show today:
- 3D printing biological components may get an assist from gels acting as support structure
- New Releases: The Martian, Fallout Anthology, Persona 4: Dancing All Night, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 5
- Phonetographer of the Day: Steven's apple-picking shot is on point!
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