Tiny schooling aquatic robots inspired by fish

We’ve already heard about small flying or wheeled robots that cooperate on tasks by working in collaborative “swarms.” Harvard University researchers have now gone a step further, by developing tiny underwater robots that school together like fish.Cont… Continue reading Tiny schooling aquatic robots inspired by fish

Smart bike light makes a point of keeping things simple

Like a lot of other “smart” products, smart bike lights can sometimes be annoyingly complicated to operate. The Otto tail light is designed to be different, in that it does have some clever functions, but you just set it and forget it.Continue ReadingC… Continue reading Smart bike light makes a point of keeping things simple

Onboard cameras allow disabled quadcopters to fly on three motors

If one of the motors conks out on a quadcopter drone, the aircraft usually just crashes. Thanks to new research, however, such disabled drones could soon not only remain airborne, but even complete their trip.Continue ReadingCategory: Drones, Technolog… Continue reading Onboard cameras allow disabled quadcopters to fly on three motors

“Salmon cannon” successor automatically shoots fish up over dams

Back in 2014, we heard about a so-called “fish gun” or “salmon cannon” that safely shot spawning fish up over river-blocking obstacles such as dams. Its successor is now in use, offering a couple of key advantages over the original system.Continue Read… Continue reading “Salmon cannon” successor automatically shoots fish up over dams

Tando drone is designed to serve as a flying security guard

Flying drones are already used to patrol outdoor areas, but indoors where GPS doesn’t work? Not so much. That could be about to change, though, with the launch of the Tando system.Continue ReadingCategory: Drones, TechnologyTags: Drone security, CES 20… Continue reading Tando drone is designed to serve as a flying security guard

Painkiller-dispensing patch could be an alternative to opioids

In order to keep patients from developing opioid addictions, it’s best if doctors can avoid prescribing the things in the first place. A new surgical patch could help, by gradually releasing painkillers right where they’re needed.Continue ReadingCatego… Continue reading Painkiller-dispensing patch could be an alternative to opioids

Wacky-winged drones may have a flying ace up their sleeve

There are now a lot of fixed-wing drones on the market, and most of them look pretty similar. FLY-R’s aircraft are different, though, in that they incorporate a rhomboidal wing design – it’s claimed to offer some distinct advantages.Continue ReadingCat… Continue reading Wacky-winged drones may have a flying ace up their sleeve

L’Oréal tech could reduce hair-washing water use by 80 percent

Besides laundry-washing and lawn-sprinkling, the daily washing of hair uses up a lot of water. L’Oréal’s new Water Saver system is designed to help, by reportedly reducing the amount of water used in hair-washing by up to 80 percent.Continue ReadingCat… Continue reading L’Oréal tech could reduce hair-washing water use by 80 percent

ColdSnap makes single-serving fresh ice cream from unrefrigerated pods

Along with single servings of coffee, we’ve also seen Keurig-like pods used to dispense cocktails, wine, fresh tortillas and even full meals. ColdSnap forges into different territory, by serving up fresh ice cream and other frosty treats.Continue Readi… Continue reading ColdSnap makes single-serving fresh ice cream from unrefrigerated pods