Engineers from MIT have created 3d printed structures that can be controlled with magnets. They have created a new kind of 3D printing material that ends up soft to the touch but embedded with magnetic particles.
The desired shape is then printed with a magnet next to the printing nozzle. This magnet orients the magnetic particles in the same direction when the object is being printed.
Scribit is a wall drawing robot that uses erasable markers. You can draw images and text on any vertical surface but Scribit works best on plaster, whiteboard or glass.
Currently on Kickstarter with a price of $269. they have already met their funding goal.
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Swiss company ecorobotix have developed a robot that can micro dose weeds with weedkiller.
The fully autonomous robot is basically a giant solar panel on wheels. It can operate for 12 hours at a time, navigating by GPS along with additional sensors and a camera.
Using two tanks, the robot micro doses the weeds, using 20 times less weed killer than traditional methods.
Now, if the engineers could only make the robot pull out the weeds instead of using chemicals.
Robotic submarine the REMUS 6000 from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute has discovered lost Spanish Galleon the San José. The wreck was discovered off the coast of Cartagena, Colombia, on Nov. 27, 2015 but could not be revealed until now due to legal matters.
The Boston Globe states:
The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution has revealed that one of its robot submarines played a key role in the discovery of a sunken Spanish galleon that might contain billions of dollars’ worth of treasure.
NASA is sending a robot helicopter to mars where the air is only about 1% as dense as the air on Earth. The helicopter will travel as part of the Mars Rover 2020 mission and arrive to Mars in February of 2021.
Four years of design and testing in a Mars like environment will enable the helicopter to fly in the thin air on Mars.
“The altitude record for a helicopter flying here on Earth is about 40,000 feet. The atmosphere of Mars is only one percent that of Earth, so when our helicopter is on the Martian surface, it’s already at the Earth equivalent of 100,000 feet up,” said Mimi Aung, Mars Helicopter project manager at JPL.