Garbage Sorting Robot

Goes by the name of Clarke


Wed, Jul 26th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

DigitalTrends brings to attention Clarke, a robot capable of picking out milk, juice, and food cartons for recycling out of a fast-moving conveyor belt filled with garbage. The goal is to eventually have Clarke be capable of recognising individual items for what they are and provide "more granularity" to its sorting abilities, reducing waste sent to the landfill.

Developed by AMP Robotics, this robot makes use of artificial intelligence to recognize and sort food and beverage containers. Clarke has already been deployed in a municipal waste facility in Denver, Colorado, where it helps out with the trash-sorting system. Using a visible-light camera, it can spot milk, juice, and food cartons and pull them out using its robotic arm and suction cups. These items are then diverted away from the landfill, and sent instead to the appropriate recycling…


"There’s a galactic gold rush brewing."

The next gold rush is about to happen on the moon


Tue, Jul 25th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to Digital Trends, there are "quadrillions of dollars of interplanetary paydirt" waiting on the moon for potential space prospectors, with already a handful of companies "racing each other towards the launchpad."

The treasures these space-age prospectors seek are myriad. The lunar surface is brimming with not only precious metals and rare isotopes, but also a litany of other natural resources.

Some of these are ridiculously valuable. Helium-3, for example, currently has a projected value of $40,000 per ounce. To put that in perspective, gold is currently being traded at about $1,200 an ounce. This incredibly high valuation comes from the isotope’s relative scarcity here on earth, as well as its potential as a fuel source. Helium-3 could be used as an efficient, alternative fuel source in fusion reactors, and about 220 pounds of it could theoretically power Dallas for an entire year.

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Battery-Free Cellphone

Powered by radio signals and ambient light


Mon, Jul 24th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to Sci-News, a team of researchers at the University of Washington have developed a prototype mobile phone optimized for the transmission and reception of speech and that is powered entirely by ambient light and radio signals, allowing for continuous operation.

“The cellphone is the device we depend on most today. So if there were one device you’d want to be able to use without batteries, it is the cellphone,” said senior author Professor Joshua Smith, from the Allen School and the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Washington.

“The proof of concept we’ve developed is exciting today, and we think it could impact everyday devices in the future.”


“What if energy generation was a consumer electronic you could order off Amazon?”

$200 Amazon-bought miniature solar grid


Sun, Jul 23rd, 2017 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

On Hackernoon, Niko Dunk explains how to combine about $200 worth of products in order to build your very own solar micro-grid in his bedroom. At the end of the day, his laptop, phone, tablet and desk lamp are all powered with the energy he has collected, leaving him asking the question: “what if energy generation was a consumer electronic you could order off Amazon?

This project started with a simple idea: What if energy generation was a consumer electronic you could order off Amazon? I’ve learned that basic electrical knowledge and a little assembly bring us very close to this ideal: Self-contained renewable lighting and charging is achieved with a simple $211 setup off Amazon.


"An unabashed love letter to the 1982 motion picture Blade Runner."

Tears in the Rain


Sat, Jul 22nd, 2017 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

VOLT has this short sci-fi film titled Tears in the Rain, set in the Blade Runner universe.

Tears In The Rain, the award-winning South African sci-fi short by filmmaker Christopher Grant Harvey, is an unabashed love letter to the 1982 motion picture Blade Runner, and Philip K. Dick's novel 'Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep'?


"A helpful guide created by an unqualified individual."

How to read sheet music


Fri, Jul 21st, 2017 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Julian Cianciolo explains how to read sheet music — well, sort of. You probably won't be able to read sheet music after all. If you liked that, check this out.


“Robots should be fitted with an 'ethical black box' to keep track of their decisions.”

Autonomous robots need a way to record and explain their decision making


Thu, Jul 20th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

With AI rapidly improving and Musk saying that robots will kill us all, researchers are asking that autonomous robots be equipped with a "black box" so that their decisions can be recorded and examined in the event of an accident.

The need for such a safety measure has become more pressing as robots have spread beyond the controlled environments of industrial production lines to work alongside humans as driverless cars, security guards, carers and customer assistants, they claim.

Scientists will make the case for the devices at a conference at the University of Surrey on Thursday where experts will discuss progress towards autonomous robots that can operate without human control. The proposal comes days after a K5 security robot named Steve fell down steps and plunged into a fountain while on patrol at a riverside complex in Georgetown, Washington DC. No one was hurt in the…


Fast, Clean, Cost-Effective Metal 3D-Printing

Desktop Metal


Wed, Jul 19th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

TechCrunch reports that Desktop Metal, a company founded by four MIT professors, while not the first to work with 3D printers capable of using metal is by far the most efficient, churning out objects "at up to 100-times the speed of their competitors." The printed objects, with a quality level comparable to injection molding, allows to create shapes not possible in a traditional manner.

“You don’t need tooling,” he tells TechCrunch. “You can make short runs of production with basically no tooling costs. You can change your design and iterate very fast. And now you can make shapes you couldn’t make any other way, so now you can lightweight a part and work with alloys that are very, very hard, with very extreme properties.”

The list of companies that have embraced the $50,000+ Surface is pretty diverse.…


Typewriter Guns

Turning old typewriters into convincing looking machine guns


Tue, Jul 18th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

French artist Éric Nado takes ordinary typewriters and turns them into convincing looking weapons. See more of his work here. Website is in French.

32 typewriting machines are transformed into evocative Typewriter Guns by reassembling every piece of the original machines. The series triggers the idea that words are stronger than arms and shape history.


"You only need about 100 miles by 100 miles of solar panels to power the entire United States."

Elon Musk wants to power the U.S. entirely on solar


Mon, Jul 17th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

According to Inverse, at the National Governors Association Elon Musk informed the state governors that the United States could be powered by solar alone, and that doing so would only require a small amount of land. The batteries require even less, just one square mile.

“The Earth is almost entirely solar-powered today, in the sense that the sun is the only thing that keeps us from being at the temperature of cosmic background radiation, which is 3 degrees above absolute-zero,” he said. “If it wasn’t for the sun, we’d be a frozen, dark ice ball. The amount of energy that reaches us from the sun is tremendous. It’s the 99 percent-plus of all energy that Earth has.”

After all the sun’s a mind-bogglingly big energy ball, anyway: “People talk about fusion and all that, but the sun is a giant fusion reactor in the sky. It’s really reliable.…

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