A trend we’ve noticed while touring various trade shows around the US and Europe over the past few years is the hanging hammock pod. Part hammock-chair and part fabric treehouse, these pods are available from a number of different brands, bringing a bit of suspended relaxation to the trees. TreePod is one such brand and, much like the Cacoon, its hanging shelters have served as fun, simple children’s treehouses. It’s now launching a version for adults, a suspended camping tent that suspends two campers above the ground for a different perspective and experience.
Improvements in technology mean robots are becoming eerily life-like – to the extent that now, people cannot tell the two apart.
Karen X Cheng, a ‘viral video director’, went to the CES conference in Las Vegas earlier this month and pretended to be a robot.
She was so convincing, or perhaps robots are so lifelike, that people believed her.
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Dogs down the ages have had to listen to humans speaking to them in a silly, sing-song voice.
But nobody has yet fathomed why we talk like this to man’s best friend – although it has been noted we often talk to babies, foreigners and the elderly in a similar way.
Now researchers have found an exaggerated, high-pitched voice engages the attention of man’s best friend better than speaking in normal tones.
However – it only works with puppies.
A team of Swedish researchers have finally managed to produce artificial spider silk – and say it could soon be used in everything from bullet proof clothing to sutures as strong as steel.
Researchers have struggled to mass produce the fibers, but now a team of researchers from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and the Karolinska Institutet have developed a method that allows them to produce kilometer long threads of the material.
Spider silk is a material that has many advantages: It’s well tolerated when implanted in tissues for sutures, it’s light-weight but stronger than steel, it’s biodegradable and it has even been used to make violin strings.
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Beijing-based drone builder PowerVision Robot is no stranger to peculiar design, having previously bought us the PowerEgg, a high-flying machine shaped exactly as its name suggests. For this year’s CES, the company has taken the wraps off perhaps an even odder creation, a submersible drone that uses sonar to detect fish, blue light to lure them in and a 4K camera to stream all the action back to the boat.
It can be a hassle when your phone’s battery runs out of juice and you have to hunt down a power outlet to recharge, but a flat battery is an even bigger hassle in implanted electronic medical devices, such as pacemakers. It often means invasive surgery to replace the battery or the entire unit, but now a new study has found that the use of solar cells implanted under the skin to power medical implants is a feasible approach.
Global Warming Alarmists Claim A Scalp, Drive Skeptical Scientist From University
Former Georgia Tech Professor Judith Curry, who resigned due to the “craziness” of global warming advocates in academia. (Wikimedia Commons)
Officially, Judith Curry is retiring from the School of Earth and Atmospheric Science at the Georgia Institute of Technology. But it’s not because she feels she has nothing left to contribute. She’s leaving the school she once chaired because of the madness that’s infected climate science.
Imagine if you could walk into your living room and all your electronics started charging, without a single wire or plug needed.
According to a team of engineers at Duke University and the University of Washington, this idea isn’t too far from reality, and the technology already exists to build it.
They say a single charger mounted high on a wall could ‘beam’ power to several devices at once – from cellphones to smartwatches.