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Smart Underwear Prevents Back Stress

Professor Karl Zelik with Ph.D student Erik Lamers from Vanderbilt University created a mechanized undergarment, that could prevent back stress. It is a lightweight two-part suit is made up of nylon canvas, Lycra and polyester. Two straps go down from the top section and across the back, joining up with natural …

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Origami-inspired Robot | Technology Org

Mind is terrible thing to waste. When you don’t stop thinking, magic can happen. So it did in a Case Western Reserve University. One researcher, named Kiju Lee, created novel mechanism called TWISTER (TWISted TowEr Robot), because it has a tower structure. This invention was inspired by origami, the same …

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Hovers Like A Helicopter And Flies Like A Plane

A team of students from the Singapore University of Technology and Design introduced the Transformable Hovering Rotorcraft (THOR). The THOR is based on a concept called the monocopter, it was structurally efficient – the whole frame is used to generate lift. The lack of counter-rotational systems meant the pilot and cargo would …

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New Method could allow Charging Electric Vehicles while on the Road

One of the key concerns for people who consider buying an electric vehicle – apart from the price tag and design – is range. With charging stations still relatively sparse, getting stuck on the road remains an issue to contend with. To address it, engineers are currently working on three …

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Artificial Floating Islands | Technology Org

Maritime Research Institute Netherlands (MARIN) is testing the concept of an artificial floating island, that is made up of large modular triangles connected to each other. Floating islands built in this way could be as big as 5 km wide, and used for a variety of purposes, to support offshore homes, docks …

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Mapping Earth’s Microbiome | Technology Org

More than 27,500 samples collected across seven continents and 43 countries. More than 307,500 unique DNA sequences. One reference map of the bacteria and related microbes that call Planet Earth home. This is the result of the Earth Microbiome Project, an effort by an extensive global team co-led by researchers at …

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Can You Pedal Between Floors?

Futuristic style to get around buildings is ThyssenKrupp’s Wonkavator-style elevator.  Elena Larriba who’s a postgraduate studying at London’s Royal College of Art, unveiled a novel alternative to climbing stairs and using elevators – it’s called Vycle, and it would let you pedal your way between floors. She produced a working prototype, that is …

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Ocean sound waves may reveal location of incoming objects

The ocean can seem like an acoustically disorienting place, with muffled sounds from near and far blending together in a murky sea of noise. Now an MIT mathematician has found a way to cut through this aquatic cacaphony, to identify underwater sound waves generated by objects impacting the ocean’s surface, …

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Audi’s new employee KLARA will work hand in hand with its human colleague without a safety barrier

Audi is currently working very hard to prepare its production facilities for the future. While robots have been working in Audi factories for a very long time, they have always been somewhat distant from human colleagues. Now Audi is moving towards completely removing safety barriers between robots and humans, so …

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Piano Learning Strip | Technology Org

China’s One Music Group introduced a Piano Hi-Lite, an LED light strip that can sit at the back of any piano keyboard and light the way to learning. Other systems illuminated actual keys on the keyboard itself, the Hi-Lite is a strip that’s laid across the keyboard of any 88-key piano …

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