Author archives: Anna Versai

Following the successful landing of Rosetta mission’s Philae on a comet in November, a UK-based team is now tinkering its way to capitalize on a resuscitated space exploration plan. Lunar Missions Ltd. recently conducted the launch of its own crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter with the hopes of raising funds to land a robotic probe that will bury a time capsule on the lunar south polar. The campaign has already pulled in more than $313,000 and has reached one third of its goal of the savvy budget in just 24 hours. The mission isn...
What is the first thing that comes to my mind when I want to curse somebody? May your CAPTCHAs always and forever be an unreadable mess! The best of CAPTCHAs make you question your humanity, and of bots! The sole reason why you have to fill them out is to prevent automated logins by bots. But with progress in machine learning and image recognition, computer vision has eventually reached a point where it may turn out to be quite useful to us. Flickr, photo/video hosting site recently launched Park or Bird. The single-page web app wa...
A team of students at the University of Leicester in Leicester, England have demonstrated that it is conceptually attainable to create a pair of battery-powered trousers, which would give the wearer the ability to defy gravity – stroll down the Burj Khalifa or on the your living room ceilings. To attain this, it implies creating a device/single boot that can function supporting the entire weight of both the wearer and the device itself. The group of students is currently working on calculations where this would be deemed as possibl...
For some researchers 3D printing is limited to electronic devices. Researchers at Princeton University have gone beyond the limitations by using 3D printing to create an entire contact lens with LEDS embedded into it. For the contact lens to function, it would need an external energy sources which is obviously impractical in today’s world where only fully functioning devices are widespread. The Princeton team, however, created the contact lens with an entirely different aim in mind. It wanted to show that it is actually possible to c...
While fitness trackers and smartwatches are two things battling for consumer attention, smart clothing is one thing that is expected to wane out the other two in the coming years. Currently, there’s only a handful of smart clothing on the market that measures various aspects of health and fitness. The Hexoskin Smart Shirt, available for $399 in the market has made some great progress in the world of smart clothing. The workout shirt is unisex, clad with invisible sensors that measures heart rate and breathing, in addition to a smal...
Scientists at the North Carolina State University have developed a technique that can help exploit the resilient nature of cockroaches by turning them into Cyborgs that will assist humans with rescue and relief efforts by fitting in tiny spaces at disaster hit zones where robots can’t reach and pick up sound (including human voices) using tiny microphones. The cockroach cyborg also known as biobot can be controlled using a circuit board connected to their brain (the cockroach). The circuit board on the back of the cockroach, called...
In October 2014, Google announced a partnership with Oxford University to join forces on Artificial Intelligence (AI) research in areas where, it needs a broader understanding on subjects such as natural language comprehension and image recognition. The announcement was made in a blog entry by Google’s vice president of engineering, Demis Hassabis, who is also the co-founder of Deepmind, the AI startup acquired by Google in early 2014 for an astounding $400 million. In the blog post, Hassabis wrote that Google will be working wi...