- Robotic Fly
A realistic robotic fly has spread its wings at the University of Harvard. Despite weighing only 60 milligrams with a wingspan of 3 centimeters, the robotic fly mimics the actions of a real fly contributing to the realism of the mechanical insect. Small robots such as this will be used in the future for spying missions or to enter and explore areas which may contain an element of significant danger.
Robert Wood is leader of the robotic department at Harvard and he believes that flies possess the inconspicuous nature required for such missions, much like a fly-on-the-wall. The robot has been given funding and support by leading military organizations in a conscious effort to develop the fly with respect to implementing it within such circumstances.
The fly was difficult to manufacture due to the intricacy of the individual parts. Existing parts did not exist in a compact enough size so the team had to develop them by themselves. The process used was laser micro machining, which comprises of cutting extremely thin sheets of carbon fiber and polymer which remain accurate to the nearest micrometer. Arranging both the carbon fiber and polymer practical parts could be developed. Each part of the robotic fly can bend and rotate to an extent whilst remaining durable. For parts which react to electricity, electro active polymer is used which alters shape when exposed to a current.
- Digital Tyre Gauge Takes Readings Into A New Gear
Any careful car owner understands the importance of even the simplest of tasks, such as extracting regular tyre pressure readings. Tyre pressure not only ensures a better drive it also adds a level of safety which should always be kept in top gear. Mileage and fuel emissions will both be aided with the use of this new digital invention which at only £9.95 provides accurate pressure readings as well as a tyre tread depth gauge which alerts the user when a tire is worn and a replacement required.
For such a negligible price, this tool will ensure both your road use and safety whilst making an otherwise mundane task, a whole lot easier. It's time to burn some rubber; let's speed on to the specifications.
- Practical and convenient
- Fast readouts
- Extend tyre life through precise inflation
- 2 in 1 Multifunction Digital Tyre Gauge with Tyre Tread Depth Gauge
- High accuracy
- Multi-unit display: PSI and BAR
- Easy-to-read digital display
- Auto off for energy saving
- Compact, portable
- Belt clip and key chain
- Logitech Providing Hd Ready Webcams
If you're into web communication and utilise a webcam either for personal or business needs, you will be happy to hear that Logitech have announced two brand new HD-quality 2MPx webcams. Named, QuickCam 9000 and QuickCam Pro, both support 720p HD Video at a resolution of 960 x 720 px.
The cameras will also include a revolutionary new concept incorporated by Logitech termed RightSound. RightSound's purpose is to minimise echoing and outside noise interference. This can provie useful in an instant messaging environment such as Skype.
These webcams also come with the ability to create a 3D avatar representation of yourself which closely mimics your movements.
The webcam's are expected to retail at around $100, which for what is on offer, is reasonably priced, suiting both the business and personal webcam user.
- Space Station 19 Million Toilet Courtesy Of Nasa
NASA have unveiled a new toilet designed specifically for the International Space Station. The toilet has an estimated cost of $19 million, but what could possibly push the price of a toilet up to this price range?
The toilet has been purchased from Russian aerospace firm RCS Energia. The reasons for the price include the facilitation of recycling urine as pure drinking water. The process is rather simple. The urine is passed via a U.S. made filtering system which separates small particles and molecules (water) from larger molecules (waste). The waste is stored in a separate container and disposed of back on Earth.
- 15 Inch Gigantor Digital Photo Frame15 Inch Gigantor Digital Photo Frame
The Gigantor digital photo frame is unlike any other photo frame in terms of both size and looks. The frame can accommodate any picture of your choice in vivid color allowing you to re-live those epic moments.
The team at IR recommend this particular photo frame due to it's size, ease of use and most importantly the razor sharp picture quality generated by the 15" 1024 X 768 resolution screen.
The photo frame includes built in speakers to accompany the picture including support for eight different media formats, enabling photographs and audio to be added with ease from pen drives, hard drives and MP3 players.
The Gigantor frame is going to attract attention in any household and with the quality on display, for the reasonable price of $249.99, say goodbye to conventional frames and move into the next generation.
- Mini Windmill Power Generators
Miniature windmills could help power devices where sunlight is not available, such as in tunnels or the shadows of mountains, valleys or forests, researchers now reveal. Such windmills could power devices as humdrum as home alarms and lamps as well as sensors for monitoring border security, climate changes or forest fires, the inventors said.