Smart devices are showing up in homes across the country — from controllers like Amazon Echo and Google Home to smart thermostats, garage door openers and everything in between. Even the power grid is starting to transition to smart technology, even though most people don’t realize it. What is the smart grid, and how can transitioning to it benefit society?
Engineers at University of Tokyo have created tiny lights that can levitate using ultrasonic waves. Named Luciola for its resemblance to the firefly, the particle weighs 16.2 mg, has a diameter of 3.5 mm, and glows red – bright enough to illuminate text.
Researchers have developed an electronic skin that can heal itself - and is fully recyclable. The e-skin is a thin, translucent material with sensors embedded to mimic function and mechanical properties of human skin such as sensing pressure temperature, humidity and air flow.
Engineers at Cornell University have developed a programming language that allows tiny robots to behave autonomously like real insects. For the study, the team used 80-milligram flying RoboBee developed by Harvard Microrobotics Laboratory and made use of neuromorphic computer chips – which can process spikes of electrical current that fire in complex combinations, similar to how neurons fire inside a brain – to power it.
When you install a new app on your smartphone, it generally asks for your permission before accessing personal information. Generally speaking, this isn’t so bad because some of the information these apps are collecting are necessary for them to work properly. However, once you have granted access to your personal information, researchers say the app can share your data with anyone the app’s developer wants to – letting third-party companies track where you are, how fast you’re moving and what you’re doing. They also find that 7 in 10 of the apps you have in your smartphone are already doing so to third-party tracking companies like Google Analytics, the Facebook Graph API or Crashlytics.
A team of researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has developed a workout suit with ventilating flaps that open and close in response to your body heat during workout.
Researchers at the University of California San Diego have created a miniature device so sensitive it can feel the forces generated by swimming bacteria and hear the beating of heart muscle cells.
A Porsche Cayenne S Diesel, driven by Porsche GB technician Richard Payne, has set a new Guinness World Record for heaviest aircraft pull by a production car by towing a 285-ton Airbus over a distance of 42-meters at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport.
The US Department of Defence agency DARPA is looking into ways to hack the human brain to enhance cognitive ability. To do so, DARPA will be using the Targeted Neuroplasticity Training (TNT) program which aims to use the body's peripheral nervous system to accelerate the learning process by activating a process known as synaptic plasticity.