“ Engineers in Canada have built a chin strap that harnesses energy from chewing and turns it into electricity.
They say the device could one day take the place of batteries in hearing aids, earpieces and other small gadgets.
Made from a “smart” material that becomes electrically charged when stretched, the prototype needs to be made 20 times more efficient in order to generate useful amounts of power.”
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MIT’s Robot Cheetah Is No Longer Bound to the Treadmill
“ Two years ago, MIT researchers showcased the first run of its cheetah-inspired robot, which could run 5.1 miles per hour, but only on a treadmill.
Now, the team there has significantly improved the robot’s capabilities. It can run twice as fast (10 mph), jump over 13-inch obstacles, and is no longer tethered to the treadmill.”
more at mashable.
“ Mirrors, lenses and reflective surfaces are combined to arresting effect in this commercial for au Hikari , a Japanese high-speed optical ISP. The machine’s optics work as one to reflect, focus, and diverge a single beam of light through a series of tasks, causing it to singe, melt and illuminate as it goes.” ( via io9)
An Arizona company is the first to use 3-D printing to make a car
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Apple Watch makes its debut — more info at apple.com and the nytimes here.