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Industrial Iron Man Arm

Lockheed Martin is giving industrial workers a hand with an Iron Man inspired tool.

Called FORTIS Tool Arm, the exoskeleton is capable of supporting up to 50 pounds in order to relieve fatigue for those who work with heavy machinery.

Users reported two-thirds less fatigue after using the tool, which resulted in higher quality work, greater productivity and fewer musculoskeletal injuries.

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FORTIS Tool Arm is capable of supporting up to 50 pounds in order to relieve fatigue for those who work with heavy machinery. Users reported two-thirds less fatigue after using the tool, which resulted in higher quality work, greater productivity and fewer musculoskeletal injuries
FORTIS Tool Arm is capable of supporting up to 50 pounds in order to relieve fatigue for those who work with heavy machinery. Users reported two-thirds less fatigue after using the tool, which resulted in higher quality work, greater productivity and fewer musculoskeletal injuries

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No More Flat Tires

Getting a puncture is a frustrating experience for any bike rider, but it could soon become a thing of the past.

A new set of plastic tires could consign bike pumps and repair kits to the history books.

The unique design does away with the air-filled inner tube of conventional tires, in favor of rigid plastic spokes that support the weight of the bike and its rider.

A new set of airless plastic tyres could soon consign bike pumps and repair kits to the history books, by eliminating punctures
A new set of airless plastic tires could soon consign bike pumps and repair kits to the history books, by eliminating punctures

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Wristband Diagnoses Disease

An ultra-sensitive wristband may improve diagnosis and treatment of cystic fibrosis, diabetes and other conditions, researchers said on Monday.

Unlike previous sweat sensors, the new model requires only a trace of moisture to do its job and doesn’t require patients to sit still for 30 minutes while it collects a sample.

The device contains flexible sensors and microprocessors that stick to the skin and stimulate sweat glands.

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Researchers at the University of California have designed a wearable device that contains flexible sensors and microprocessors that stick to the skin and stimulate sweat glands
Researchers at the University of California have designed a wearable device that contains flexible sensors and microprocessors that stick to the skin and stimulate sweat glands

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Mind Reading Device

A device that reads people’s minds through their brainwaves has been created by scientists.

It could lead to an ‘easily-operated’ machine that links up to smartphones in the next five years, the researchers said.

The breakthrough could one-day help handicapped people who struggle to speak to communicate again, such as those who have suffered a stroke.

It could be used as a ‘telepathic typewriter’ that automatically notes down what we are thinking.

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A device that reads people's minds through their brainwaves has been created by scientists. It could lead to an 'easily-operated' machine that links up to smartphones in the next five years. This image shows the collection of 'EEG' brainwave data by the researchers during their study
A device that reads people’s minds through their brainwaves has been created by scientists. It could lead to an ‘easily-operated’ machine that links up to smartphones in the next five years. This image shows the collection of ‘EEG’ brainwave data by the researchers during their study

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The Robots are Coming – and Sooner Than We Think

by: the Common Constitutionalist

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Remember the “Fight for 15,” the big progressive plan to raise the minimum wage to the arbitrarily chosen hourly base of 15 dollars? And recall that we free-market conservatives have been arguing that a mandated wage hike will not end well?

Already, the hike has taken a toll on some cities. Local and State minimum wage hikes are forcing restaurants and like service industry employers to raise their prices and/or lay off staff. Other businesses are closing up and relocating outside of cities to avoid the mandated pay hike.

Governments – federal, state and local, bowing to the pressure of a tiny minority of radicals, know not what they do.

Governments and radical activists create static charts and models showing how a massive minimum wage hike will benefit “the workers.” They never consider how the mandates will affect the employers – nor do they seem to care. They don’t understand that the private sector cannot just vote themselves more money to pay for the wage hike and further crushing regulations.

So instead of subserviently complying with government overlords, companies of all kinds are seeking to find ways around these crushing big brother decrees. And just like everything else in life – leave it to private sector innovators to find a path around Nanny State mandates. read more

Think Fingerprint Scanners are Safe – Think Again

Many of us rely on using our fingerprints to unlock our phones and pay for shopping.

But smartphone fingerprint scanners may not be secure as we think.

Researchers have developed a series of ‘MasterPrints’ made from the common features of human finger markings which they say can unlock any smartphone.

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Sample fingerprints that researchers compared against an artificial MasterPrint. Solid black squares around a print show when the MasterPrint 'matched' with a real fingerprint
Sample fingerprints that researchers compared against an artificial MasterPrint. Solid black squares around a print show when the MasterPrint ‘matched’ with a real fingerprint

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Weapon Wednesday – Navy Unmanned Mine Hunter

Knifefish can autonomously hunt and identify buried and unburied seamines
Knifefish can autonomously hunt and identify buried and unburied seamines (Credit: General Dynamics)

Underwater mine-hunting is one job you don’t mind a robot taking away from you, which is why General Dynamics Mission Systems in developing the Knifefish robotic mine-hunter. The unmanned undersea vehicle (UUV) recently completed evaluation tests with the US Navy in a dummy minefield off the coast of Boston, Massachusetts, demonstrating its ability to detect and classify mines submerged at various depths. read more

Qube Tents for Social Camping

Qubes add a new dimension to camping
Qubes add a new dimension to camping (Credit: M2C Innovation)

The social campers over at M2C Innovation are back doing what they do: building modular tents that link up into full-blown campsite communities. The last time we checked in, they were focused on domes, but now they’ve moved on to Qubes. The new Qube tents are quick-setup blocks that offer enough height to stand up inside. Like Pods, these modular tents connect together with tunnels and create larger tent communities. They’re also more affordable than M2C’s original tents and are proving quite popular on crowdfunding. read more

DARPA’s Prototype X-Plane

An artist impression of the full-scale design
An artist impression of the full-scale design (Credit: DARPA)

After several years of development DARPA has successfully completed flight-testing of one of the most novel, and odd-looking, aircraft designs we’ve seen in some time – the sub-scale electric X-Plane.

After calling for an innovative new approach to an aircraft with vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) capabilities, DARPA awarded its Phase 2 contract to Aurora Flight Sciences in early 2016. Aurora’s design includes 24 electric ducted fans, 18 on the main wings and six on the smaller front canards. Both the main wings and the canards are designed to tilt upwards for vertical takeoff before rotating to the horizontal for regular flight. read more

The OctopusGripper

As the name suggests, the OctopusGripper has been based on the tentacles of the octopus
As the name suggests, the OctopusGripper has been based on the tentacles of the octopus(Credit: Festo)

The octopus is an odd creature. The mollusc’s large brain makes it a good problem solver, it has the ability to change color in double quick fashion, can dart off suddenly in a cloud of blackish ink and the lack of a skeleton allows it to squeeze through the tightest of spaces. But it’s the creature’s prehensile arms that inspired German automation firm Festo to create a versatile gripper for the production line of tomorrow. We brought you a quick introduction yesterday, so now let’s take a closer look at the OctopusGripper. read more