“As an experiment, tinkerer Jose Julio hacked the components of a 3-D printer and made this glorious machine instead: a robotic, Terminator-visioned air-hockey player that looks pretty darn good at what it does. It’s also kind of a jerk. After dominating the puny meat-bags, it writes, Can you beat me? Program yourself some manners.”
A company called Studio diip has created a mobile aquarium that can be “driven” by a fish. The four-wheeled device has a digital camera mounted above that can recognize which part of the tank the animal is in and the direction it’s swimming, and then drives in that direction, by processing the data with tiny computer called a Beagleboard and steered by an Arduino, a type of micro-controller. It’s unclear if the fish realizes whether or not the tank is actually moving in the direction it is swimming. If so, that would be fascinating.
According to the company, the “driving” aquarium is temporary, and after taking a motorized stroll the fish is placed back in its usual tank.”
New Bionic Hand Gives an Amputee a Grip — And a Sense of Touch
“Dennis Aabo Sørensen lost his left hand in a fireworks accident during a family holiday when he was in his mid-twenties. Last year, the 36-year old Danish man got a chance to test out a new prosthetic hand that connected to his nervous system and allowed him to grip and manipulate objects. Even more remarkably, he actually felt what he was touching for the first time in the 9 years since his accident, according to a report published today in Science Translational Medicine.”
“What if tiny scurrying insects could power batteries with their own bodies? Thanks to a team of researchers from the Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology and the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Osaka University, we now know this is possible. The team built a fuel cell that goes on the backs of cockroaches and is powered by the roaches themselves.”