The Cubli: a cube that can jump up, balance, and ‘walk’

Reaction wheels rotate at high angular velocities and then brake suddenly, causing the Cubli to jump up.  In addition to balancing, the motor torques can also be used to achieve a controlled fall such that the Cubli can be commanded to fall in any arbitrary direction. Combining these three abilities — jumping up, balancing, and controlled falling — the Cubli is able to ‘walk’.

This amazing work was done at the Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control, ETH Zurich, Switzerland.

Falcon 9 Reusable (F9R) taking its first test flight

 

The F9R testing program is the next step towards reusability following completion of the Grasshopper program last year (Grasshopper can be seen in the background of this video). Future testing, including that in New Mexico, will be conducted using the first stage of a F9R as shown here, which is essentially a Falcon 9 v1.1 first stage with legs. F9R test flights in New Mexico will allow us to test at higher altitudes than we are permitted for at our test site in Texas, to do more with unpowered guidance and to prove out landing cases that are more-flight like.

Magnetically Actuated Micro-Robots for Advanced Manipulation Applications

SRI is developing new technology to reliably control thousands of micro-robots for smart manufacturing of macro-scale products in compact, integrated systems.

I find this very interesting. The possibilities are amazing, including shrinking the factory for delicate fabrication. Perfect for new meta materials like Graphene. Integrate this with a series of small 3D printers and you could have a custom table-top factory to assemble complex systems will minimal infrastructure at a fraction of the cost.

I am the CEO of me, and so are you

I am a marvel.

The universe has incessantly mated itself senseless to give me life.

My body is the most complex robot wet machine ever conceived. It was created by millions of years of evolution, and uses trillions of parts to function. My body and mind are the tip of the spear, the greatest achievement of the entire natural world, and I am the sole commander within it. 

My mind is the central control center where I sit in my Star Trek commander chair. Here I control and see everything in the outside world the rest of my machine can not. Using my keen senses, observations and reasoning, I can bring to bareuniverse-me all my amazing capabilities and powers to the outside world.

When I find passion and purpose, I am unstoppable. I can focus like a laser to accomplish things the world has never seen.

I can cross the biggest ocean and reach the highest peak. I can create the finest art and music, heal sickness and end suffering. I can turn dry land into bountiful farms and move rivers or tunnel under them at will. I can build tall castles of metal and glass to the sky or fly and land on the moon. I can even send my presence using technology to reach the edge of the known solar system.

As omnipotent as I am, the commander can not avoid the results of mistakes or bad choices. Fail often enough, and my trillions of worker cells want mutiny. Depression, malnutrition, even a broken heart can kill me.

It is my responsibility as leader, to ensure I plot a course for success. I stay focused on good nutritional health and exercise, while using virtue and fairness as main guides.

Keep the fire of love and acceptance bright. Burn the daily oil of gratitude for being so lucky to have the command of such a fine marvel, this body and life.

Love yourself and everyone you meet. We are more the same than different.

I think Allan Lokos said it best: “Your actions are your only true belongings.”

U.S. Navy: Creating Fuel from Seawater

Using a new process, the U.S. Navy has potential plans to fuel the largest naval fleet in the world by extracting carbon-dioxide from sea water to create liquid hydrocarbon fuel.

Navy researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), Materials Science and Technology Division, demonstrate proof-of-concept of novel NRL technologies developed for the recovery of carbon dioxide (CO2) and hydrogen (H2) from seawater and conversion to a liquid hydrocarbon fuel. 

 

The Copenhagen Wheel – Powered Cycling For Everyone

Out of MIT comes another innovation, this time for powered cycling. Using a sleek integrated design that can fit any adult bike wheel, this platform allows one the ability to add power to any bike. With a intelligent design there is no throttle control, instead the system senses when you need help and when you don’t.

A learning algorithm records the rider’s peddling pace and cadence to figure out when to automatically kick in and give the rider help and when to shut off. Smart phone integration tops out an impressive new platform.

Pre-order at http://www.superpedestrian.com

Technical specifications:
MOTOR US: 350W / EU: 250W
WEELE SIZE 26″ or 700c rim
BATTERY Removable 48Volt Lithium
CONNECTIVITY Bluetooth 4.0
BATTERY LIFE 1000 cycles
SMARTPHONE OS iOS, Android
CHARGE TIME 4 hours
COMPATIBILITY Single Speed or 9/10 Speed Free Hub (email us your bike specs if you have doubts: info@superpedestrian.com )
TOP SPEED US: 20 mph
EU: 25 km/h
BRAKE TYPE Rim brake and regenerative braking (downhill and back-pedal)
RANGE Up to 50 km / 31 mi
WEIGHT 5.9 kg / 13 lbs
DROPOUT 135 mm