As someone with a whole house full of IKEA furniture, this video immediately caught my attention: it features a robot assembling some of the Swedish company’s flat-packed furniture. (It also answers the age-old question, “How many people does it take to assemble an IKEA table?” The answer: two guys and a robot.) Continue reading
Worried about your future self-driving car getting into an accident with one of those old-fashioned, human-driven autos? Then get on the sidewalk! That appears to be the concept behind this very tiny, self-driving vehicle that Hitachi unveiled earlier this month.
Peter Parker, the eternal teenager, became the Spider-Man when he was bitten by a radioactive spider. It doesn’t matter whether you’ve only seen the movies, watched a cartoon, or actually read the comic—all the sources at least agree on that point. The fact he was bitten by a radioactive anything tends to speak volumes about the safety protocols of the lab he was visiting, but I digress.
Along with superhuman strength and the ability to cling to walls, one of the common powers attributed to Mr. Parker is known as spider sense. This is represented as a sort of nebulous tingling when something is going wrong or an unseen assailant is about to ambush Spidey. EVL (an acronym that totally sounds like a supervillain organization to me) has developed its own version of this extrasensory perception, which the company has actually named SpiderSense. Continue reading
Scientists from the universities of Lincoln and Newcastle have replicated the way locusts use visual input to keep from flying into things to develop a computer simulated model that could be used in advanced collision avoidance systems for vehicles and in other applications. The simulation has already been used to help a robot autonomously navigate a path using visual input. Continue reading