The Plotclock has one job. The 3D-printed clock writes the time, then erases it, and then writes the time again.
It’s a simple device: One servo lifts the pen from its dock while the other two controls the arm movement. The instructions are served from an Arduino single-board microcontroller. The rest is magic.
An art installation at the Royal Academy in London is using digital projection to turn any hard surface into a harmonic instrument. Contact designed by creative artist Felix Faire ”translates recognized impulses into melodic notes using contact microphones, passive sonar and waveform analysis.”
Basically, it’s an audio interface that uses acoustic vibrations generated from a simple wooden surface to create music. And better yet, the “code will be opensource and available on github.”
Below is a video about the history of the project.
I wanna see this thing a parties everywhere!!
It’s already 25 minutes in, but Bill Nye is just now starting the debate with creationist Ken Ham. From the YouTube description:
Is creation a viable model of origins in today’s modern, scientific era? Leading creation apologist and bestselling Christian author Ken Ham is joined at the Creation Museum by Emmy Award-winning science educator and CEO of the Planetary Society Bill Nye.
Above is the live stream of the event which is taking place at the Creation Museum. Enjoy!
Step-Off Doc Ock! Prepare Yourself. Panasonic has created a suit with super hero qualities!!
According to psfk:
By 2015 Panasonic’s robotic research company Activelink will mass-produce the ‘power-labour suit’, a powered, robotic exoskeleton that will give the user superhuman strength and the ability to move at an enhanced speed. It will enable the wearer to lift 100-kilo (220-pound) objects and move at speeds of up to 8 kph (5 mph).
The suit will cost around $5,000 and has been designed with the idea to be used in situations like natural disasters, on construction sites or even in nuclear power plants. The company already have strong ideas for the future, which will see advance designs that will enable the suit to be used in extreme environments, such as in space and deep sea. The suit will contain a lithium-ion battery pack that can provide for several hours of general-purpose activity, which ultimately improves the overall performance and also lowers the cost enabling it to move into mass markets.
$5,000! That’s it?! I can have a robot suit for the price of a ’99 Honda Civic?! Oh… That’s happening.
Here’s a Life Hack to prepare some of you for the upcoming SuperBowl parties. But, it doesn’t matter whether you enjoy eating a beef, turkey, chicken, vegetarian, or vegan style hamburger the “leakage” problem is universal. *Cue electric guitar* SCIENCE TO THE RESCUE!
According to kotaku:
A while back, Japanese television show Honma Dekka!? had three researchers—experts in fluid mechanics, engineering, and dentistry—try to figure out the best way to hold and eat a large hamburger. Apparently, they spent four months researching this… The researchers did a 3D scan of a hamburger, trying to figure out how the particles interacted while holding a large hamburger.
First, don’t hold the hamburger too tight. Hold the delicious burger with the middle three fingers on the top and the thumbs and the pinkies on the bottom. This way the burger is divided into equal parts, like so:
Now go forth and eat copious amounts of burgers. Impress your friends with your Hamburger holding skillz.
A couple rented some robots to connect their family in New Zealand to their wedding in California last June. They rented at least one QB Avatar robots from Anybots. The Anybots can really be used for any type of event you want to Live Stream. I personally would love to see these little guys all over the place. They’re so cute!
According to ABC:
Outfitted with cameras, the robotic wedding guests live stream the event to guests abroad who can then use an app to make the robots chat, dance, and even order a drink at the bar, all while their faces appear on the robot’s LCD screen.
I have to say that I would totally be down for my family having a couple of these guys around during the holidays or special events I can’t fly home for. I dunno about you but I have a pretty entertaining family and we would wreck these robots for life.
Here’s the pricing for the QB:
Speaking of Newcastle and things you definitely shouldn’t do when you’re drunk, it turns out that when you pour beer into a really hot frying pan, it turns into some sort of weird goopy blob that just sort of moves around the pan. Apparently, for all you science types out there, this is because of the Leidenfrost effect (go read up on it, because I don’t know how to explain it).
But we all know that you shouldn’t be wasting beer on frivolous science experiments. Beer is for drinking, not for sciencing.