Intelligence and monitoring

Motherboard - by EMIKO JOZUKA - 09/29/2015

Hadeel Ayoub, a Saudi designer and media artist, wants to bridge the communication gap between people with and without hearing disabilities. After a year of tinkering, she’s come up with a “smart glove” that converts sign language into text and speech.

Geek - by Matthew Humphries - 10/26/2015

Samsung SDI was both a sponsor and attendee at the InterBattery 2015 exhibition in Seoul, Korea last week. And it turned up with two new battery products that could revolutionize wearables in terms of just how long they can function without needing a charge.

The Wall Street Journal - by DANIEL AKST - 10/22/2015

Scientists have come up with synthetic skin that acts like it knows when it is being touched and sends out the news as if by telegraph.

Gizmodo - by Jamie Condliffe - 09/10/2015

Flexible, bendable and rollable electronics remain somewhat of a sci-fi dream: making circuitry that continues to conduct electricity while undergoing deformation is actually quite hard. But now there’s a metallic conductor that can stretch to twice its length — and it’s cheap to make, too.

SingularityHUB - by Jason Dorrier - 09/09/2015

To date, glass and 3D printers haven't mixed well. But MIT's Mediated Matter group recently unveiled a custom 3D printer able to make high quality glass products that are transparent to light—a feat other 3D printing techniques have yet to equal.

Digital Trends - by Andy Boxall - 08/24/2015

Intelligent Energy has fitted a specially designed fuel cell inside a normal iPhone 6, which develops power by mixing hydrogen and oxygen, and the result is a phone that won’t need recharging for a week. When it does, hydrogen gas is pumped in through the modified headphone jack, rather than plugging the device into an electrical wall socket.

A robot called PR2 in Germany is learning to prepare pancakes and pizzas by carefully reading through WikiHow’s written directions. It’s part of a European project called RoboHow, which is exploring ways of teaching robots to understand language. This could make it easier for people to communicate instructions to robots and provide a way for machines to figure out how to perform unfamiliar tasks. Instead of programming a robot to perform precise movements, the goal is for a person to simply tell a robot what to do.

designboom - by piotr boruslawski - 08/12/2015

As a final project at shenkar college in israel, industrial design student kobi shiker introduces a set of concept robot drones named ‘transwheel’, that will help in the field of transportation and delivery. It is an autonomous robotic wheel what a self balancing system with retractable electric arms and GPS communication capabilities that enable it to operate in isolation or as a troop. They’d be able to carry out delivery needs around the clock, as small as courier boxes and as big as shipping containers. Kobi’s ‘transwheel’ concept expands upon unmanned flying drones that are getting a fair amount of development from popular stores like Amazon and Walmart, with wheeled counterparts that would be more robust and versatile.

Ars Technica - by Sebastian Anthony - 07/27/2015

An international team of scientists has created a field-effect transistor (FET) with a channel that consists of just a single molecule. The transistor is switched on and off by the arrangement of individual atoms around the channel. This isn't the first single-molecule transistor, though the individual-atom gating is rather novel.

Mashable - by Adario Strange - 08/09/2015

About the size and shape of a standard laptop computer, the electric mobility device moves like a Segway by changing direction in response to your shifting weight, and can easily fit inside of a backpack or briefcase.