A Lamp That Adjusts To the Environment

A Lamp That Adjusts To the Environment 

 Stimuli 3.0

Here’s a design concept that shows some unusual thinking on the part of its creator, Chris Natt: What if you fitted a smart lamp with petals that open and close like a flower? The result is Stimuli 3.0, a shape-shifting device that measures ambient light and adjusts its illumination accordingly, using a three-axis gearbox.

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Art Exhibit Features Huge Robotic Spider

Art Exhibit Features Huge Robotic Spider 

 50-foot mechanical spider, engineered and manufactured by LaMachine.

If you are afraid of spiders, you would best not be visiting Liverpool’s Lime Street. Why? Well, Liverpool is currently hosting the Capital of Culture Celebration, exhibiting some of the city’s unique cultural heritage. One of the main attractions at this show is a massive 50-foot mechanical spider, engineered and manufactured by the French company La Machine. The 37-tonne 8-legged machine has drawn lots of attention and attraction, from the very first day it was launched. It was mounted to the side of the Concourse House building in just one night, and heralded the launch of the five-day festival. Many visitors have expressed mixed reactions, some being quite happy that such modern artwork was being displayed; while others were negative about it, mostly because of their personal fear of spiders. However, all spectators experienced a mutual feeling of deep interest for the mechanical monster.

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RC Helicopters With Intelligent System

RC Helicopters With Intelligent System 

Experts from Stanford University created an intelligent system which was installed on some RC helicopters. A mixture of these two devices now allows them to fly alone… with out human help. The software is capable of learning. Data comes from a few sources such as other RC helicopters that it is surrounded by and also it grabs data from the ground too.

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ReWalk Suit Helps Paralyzed Walk

ReWalk Suit Helps Paralyzed Walk 

Paralyzed for the past 20 years, former Israeli paratrooper Radi Kaiof now walks down the street with a dim mechanical hum.

That is the sound of an electronic exoskeleton moving the 41-year-old’s legs and propelling him forward — with a proud expression on his face — as passersby stare in surprise.

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Double-Taker Robot Makes Observations About Passersby

Double-Taker Robot Makes Observations About Passersby

Double-Taker (Snout)

If you like things that are interactive, you might like Double-Taker (Snout), which happens to be an interactive installation. Golan Levin designed the snout, which consists of an eight-foot long industrial robotic arm, and it deceptively looks similar to a pachyderm’s trunk. Video after the jump.

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Japan’s Robotic Fish

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Robotic sea bream from the University of Kitakyushu 

Engineers at the University of Kitakyushu have developed an underwater survey robot that looks good enough to eat. “Tai-robot-kun,” a 7-kilogram (15.4 lb) robotic sea bream (red snapper) with a silicone body covered in realistically hand-painted scales, features a unique propulsion system that allows it to move its tail and drift silently through the water like a real fish. Second video after the jump.

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