Slave over the griddle no more. The Flippy Kitchen Robot can handle the cooking, leaving you free to dream up new dishes. Using a robotic arm, cameras, and artificial intelligence, this mechanical assistant cooks perfect burgers and chicken breasts, toasts buns, fries, and even builds sandwiches, all on its own. It installs in minutes, is controlled via a simple touchscreen interface, and can even move out of your way when needed, making it an ideal addition to many a professional kitchen, or the private kitchens of the very, very lazy.
It's more a proof-of-concept than an actual home, at least by Western standards. But Apis Cor's innovative solution to on-sight 3D building printing shows how construction might take place in the future. In 24 hours, this 400 square-foot mini-house was built for about $10,000 — around 70% less than the average cost of about $1,000 per square foot in the United States. In addition to reduced costs, 3D printing allows for much more creative architecture, making the ubiquitous square house a thing of the past.
Boston Dynamics has taken the wraps off its latest autonomous robot. Called Handle, it looks like it was inspired by a horse walking on its back legs — making it slightly more creepy than the company's previous designs. Despite the strange looks, Handle can definitely perform — tackling uneven terrain, steps, 100-pound loads, and even jumping over concrete barriers with impressive ease.
Made from adamantium, Wolverine's claws are nearly indestructible. They've taken down Lady Deathstrike, Silver Samurai, and an alternate version of himself. But they may be about to meet their ultimate foe: the hydraulic press.
Repairing any modern device looks impossible. Thousands of tiny components, all soldered onto multiple boards tightly layered on top of another — it's something only a robot could do. But Jessa Jones wants you to know that it isn't impossible — and to teach you how to do it. Jessa's background is in molecular genetics, and she used that to found the Practical Board Repair School, where she teaches the art of replacing microscopic parts.
LA-based Binishells is reinventing the construction business. The balloon-shaped structures are formed using low air pressure to create reinforced concrete shells. Using less labor and materials, the company can cut costs in half and build three times faster than traditional methods, while using less waste. They currently offer six systems that can be utilized for anything from homes and resorts to schools and public housing.
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Jetpacks: They aren't just for secret agents and movies anymore. JetPack Aviation has brought fiction to reality with their self-contained personal flight systems. Devin Supertramp went to California to capture this epic demonstration of JetPacks' amazing technology.
With artificial intelligence getting more and more advanced, determining between humans and our robot friends could soon become difficult. So at what point do robots deserve fundamental rights? The answer revolves around consciousness. Until we begin programming them to experience pain and suffering, there's no need for rights. So let's just keep robots the empty, emotionless beings that they are.
Just 40 light-years away, NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has just discovered seven rocky Earth-like planets orbiting the star TRAPPIST-1. Of the seven, at least three appear to be in the habitable zone — meaning liquid water could be found on the surface. If any of these planets also carry oxygen and methane in their atmospheres, the presence of life is highly likely, making your alien dreams closer to a reality. In 2018, NASA plans on launching the James Webb Space Telescope to futher measure the chemical fingerprints of these exoplanets.
Chinese company Ehang is bringing the first unmanned aerial taxi to Dubai this year. The massive drones can carry 100 kgs and have a compartment for a small suitcase. Navigation is provided by a passenger-controlled tablet, for selecting your destination. While pricing isn't yet available, you can expect it to be a little more expensive than a cab ride across town.
123456. Qwerty. Password. These are just a few of the easiest to remember passwords, and hackers love them. Technology has made juggling the massive amount of logins required to function in our modern world much easier with password managers. Vox has some helpful tips to keep your information as safe as possible — at least from people looking to criminally profit. We have enough things to remember in the course of a day, so take passwords off that list.
Amazon Dash Buttons have been making our lives easier by restocking our paper towels and laundry detergent at a moments notice. Now, those handy buttons can do more than just order your pantry essentials. Using the company's customizable IoT Button, programmer Nathan Pryor linked one up to directly donate money to the American Civil Liberties Union. Stick it on your desk or laptop, and every time you see our current president's latest terrible tweet, you can ease your tension by pressing the button and sending five dollars to support the ACLU.
Nearly 7,000 feet beneath the surface of Ontario, Canada, a laboratory is searching for the glue that holds our universe together. SNOLAB uses the earth to shield its instruments from radiation in the search for neutrinos, a particle created in the nuclear reactions of the sun. VICE goes inside the lab and talks to the scientists that work there and their search for the beginnings of the universe.
Once you're on Earth, you're never supposed to leave. We owe an ancient debt to the universe, a debt more than four billion years in the making. In order to get off the planet, that debt must be repaid. And once we're off, staying in space requires even more energy. Kurzgesagt explains why leaving Earth is like leaving prison — and just a difficult to do.
Boston Dynamics' walking and balancing robots have often been described as nightmare-inducing, but never has the company referred to their own creations as such — until now. In this leaked footage from their latest conference, they announced their newest robot Handle, a wheeled design that has the ability to lift heavy loads, jump, and cause nightmares. Meet your demise at the 3:45 mark.
Star Wars walkers, RoboTech, Metal Gear, MechWarrior — giant combat robots have been the stuff of film and video game dreams for decades. Now MegaBots is turning that dream into reality. Tested visits the MegaBots headquarters to see how the latest version of their giant fighting robot is coming along, and how the team plans to provide the platform for an entire league of combat robots.
It turns out, virtual reality isn't as new as we thought. The earliest example of the technology dates back to 1480 with Michelangelo's painting of the Sistine Chapel. Although it's not exactly the headsets and alternate worlds we know today, the viewers get immersed in the painting and transported into a virtual reality. From there, VR can be found throughout history in theater, simulators, and, of course, headsets.
Graphene is thought to be the strongest material known — in its two-dimensional form. Replicating that 2D strength in three dimensions has been problematic for scientists for decades. But researchers at MIT think they've found a solution. This new 3D-printed material has just 5% of the density of steel with over 10 times the strength, opening doors for applications from airplanes to filtration systems.
If the future is full of electric cars, drones, tablets, and smartphones, we're going to need a lot of batteries. The best, most economical battery technology we have currently is lithium-ion. All that lithium has to come from somewhere. Bloomberg's Ashlee Vance finds a source in Chile's Atacama Desert, one of the harshest climes on the globe.
Traxxas has an RC car that can get up to 100 mph. But the Slow Mo Guys want to slow it down — way down. Here they put a couple of XO-1 cars through their paces, and even cause some fast-paced destruction in super slow motion.
We all want to believe in magic. But like so many things from our childhood, there are concrete explanations of how the things that used to mystify us work. A prime example is the Nintendo Light Gun. The 8-Bit Guy explains how the closely related NES zapper and lesser-known Commodore 64 Light Pen use relatively simple electronics to perform functions that were ahead of their time.
Everyone looks forward to New Year's Eye. We plan and plan to make sure this year's celebration will be perfect, but it always turns out to be just as disappointing as the last. Just like everything else, science has an answer for that. In this white board lesson, we realize why no matter what you do, ringing in 2017 will be just as underwhelming as every other New Years.
Humans might exterminate themselves with pollution, disease, zombies, or nuclear war, but overpopulation isn't going to be the end of the species. The birth rate in developed countries continues to slow, and as under-developed countries begin to catch up, their birth rates begin to slow as well, leading us to an equilibrium. Kurzgesagt explains the mechanics of the human explosion, and why the 12 billionth human being will never be born.
There is a critically under-served segment of the commercially-available drone market: drones that can lift an adult human. As in, there aren't any. In the spirit of innovation, Casey Neistat and his team built their own, and celebrated Christmas by flying over the slopes with their massive drone.
Get the patents. Make a video. Prove the concept, then wait. The front end of Amazon that we're all familiar with — it's retail website — is just the tip of a massive internet juggernaut. Amazon also pretty much hosts the internet through its Amazon Web Services platform, also the most profitable part of the company. Now, Amazon wants you to buy your groceries at its coming chain of checkout-less locations, with the aim of getting as big a slice of a $25 trillion dollar pie as possible. And this is just the beginning.
Having Morgan Freeman as your in-home assistant, whipping you t-shirts and playing your favorite movies, sounds like a dream. We'll leave it to Mark Zuckerberg to make it a reality. The Facebook founder created his own AI to run his home through an app on his phone and computer. As well as controlling your lights, thermostat, appliances, and security, Jarvis even begins to pick up on your tastes and patterns, keeping your ears safe from unbearable music choices. Unfortunately, Zuckerberg is keeping this all to himself for the time being, but hopes to eventually make it available to the world.
The great thing about movies is there're just movies. They're not real. You can fall off a skyscraper or get shot 27 times and still survive. Christmas movies are no different. With some help from Jake from Vsauce3, former NASA engineer Mark Rober puts scenes from Home Alone, Elf, and A Christmas Story up again science to see how they hold up. The pair place their bets and the winner gets a major award.
After Stephen Hawking's crushing quantum chess loss to the genius Paul Rudd, someone stole Simon Pegg's cat. It's up to Zoe Saldana to get it back, but she's going to need some help. Unfortunately, Paul didn't pick up the phone, so Zoe is stuck with her second super-genius choice — Stephen Hawking. If you thought quantum physics was above your brain power, you were wrong.