Engineering Newswire 19: Spikey Spacecraft Headed to Martian Moon

Tue, 01/08/2013 - 9:32am
Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development

Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Interpower, the premier supplier of power system components for worldwide markets, we’re sending spikey little spacecraft to Martian moons, building a creepy little robot toddler, and moving one step closer to robotic telepresence. This episode features:

  • We are one step closer to robotic telepresence with The Beam from CA-based Suitable Technologies.  The Beam is a mobile video-conferencing machine that can be driven around.
  • Stanford researchers, working with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and MIT, have designed spikey little spacecraft that descend from a mother spacecraft to explore the smaller members of our vast solar system.
  • What lies beneath the Re: Sound Bottle’s cork is the imaginative work of Jun Fujiwara from the Tama Art University in Japan, a little DJ genie in a bottle.
  • The University of Zurich’s Artificial Intelligence Laboratory is building a robot toddler called Roboy. Though it doesn’t look as creepy as the words “robot toddler” might suggest, Roboy is based on their previous project, the cycloptic Eccerobot.
  • Say goodbye to your keyboard and mouse. Leap Motion has invented what has been dubbed the 3D user interface of the future.

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