Tiny RoboBee could be first of flying, swimming robot swarm, Ep. 223
My name is Stephen Beacham, and here's what's happening this week on CNET's Crave Blog.
Augmented reality is making leaps and bounds as of late, with products like Microsoft's HoloLense, and other apps that allow you to see digital objects rendered over the real world.
Well this week, a Google backed Start up called Magic Leap released a short video showing off what it could potentially be capable of.
In the video we see a demo of a small robot hiding under a desk.
The video has a disclaimer on it stating that the video Video was shot directly through Magic Leap technology on October 14, 2015, without the use of special effects or compositing.
As the user moves closer to the robot, we noticed that the leg of the desk was in front of the robot, suggesting some sort of 3D mapping technology.
The video continues with an amazing look at our solar system in augmented reality.
Reality to the woman works in the background at her computer.
Last March, Magic Leap released its first product video, showing off interfaces and then a game where a user is blasting robots with a futuristic weapon.
[NOISE] So, if this is any indication of what we are in store for in the next few years you can count me in.
A LEGO genius by the name of Jason Alleman, aka JK Brickworks on the internets and on YouTube, has built a working three number combination safe out of LEGO bricks and produced a short video along with instructions on how to build your own.
Used in The older Millennium Falcon piece from 2003 to create the dial for the safe, which when turned to the proper positions, will unlock the deadbolt inside the safe and allow you to take it out of its housing, revealing the golden Lego brick inside.
The safe was built in a way where it cannot be easily taken apart when locked.
One would have to physically break the Lego pieces and destroy the safe altogether, but if you know the The secret combination to the golden LEGO bricks inside can be yours.
Read more about the LEGO statement, watch the entire video embedded in the Crave blog.
Sit back, relax, and enjoy 45 minutes of slow motion NASA Apollo rocket launch Launches set to mellow piano music.
It sounds mildly enjoyable.
YouTube user Space Videos has put together a long, slow, drawn out video of Apollo 8, Apollo 11, and Apollo 12 in 16-millimeter launch views, according to the video's description.
You can find the entire video embedded in the Crave blog post.
Harvard is developing a tiny drone called the RoboBee that can both fly through the air like a bee and swim through water kind of like a jellyfish.
We are now moving past quadcopters and larger drones, and entering into the age of insect.
Sized drone robots which is kind of scary.
Engineers at Harvard Johnson A. Paulson school of engineering and applied science microbiotic lab studied the flying and swimming habits of the puffin, a bird that flies and swims using its wings, and discovered a lot of similarities to tweak flapping wins for flight and flapping fins for swimming.
The robo B was out Did it with very fragile and thin wings and was programmed to flap its wings at a rate of 120 beats per second in flight.
When the robo-bee enters the water, the speed of the wing flapping is then slowed to 90 beats per second for slower, safer travel through water that won't damage the wings.
The wings also change Change their angle of attack for both flight and in the water.
The robobee currently has to be tethered to a power source, because having an on board power source at this point would make it too heavy for flight, and it also cannot take off from water yet, because of weight restrictions.
But it's a start.
And in the coming years, we can look forward to Swarms of robotic bees that can follow you into the water, so don't you worry.
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If this is a consulship, where is the ambassador.
[NOISE] I'll take them myself.
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