The Superb iButton

Every time, when we’re watching the spy movies, such as the James Bond or Mission Impossible series, you have the chance to see many different types of tiny gadgets, where most of them were very cool!

In this case, many people would like to know the way to build the gadgets by themselves. Well, your search is ending here, as we’re going to develop the amazing “iButton”.

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Super-fast Computers – Would it be the Destiny of Future Computers?

Most of the computers in nowadays, are incredibly slow, if it compares with the super-fast computers, which are using light to process large amounts of data! For your information, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is supplying the fund to two universities to establish a world-leading research programme on the fundamental science, which is known as “nanoplasmonic devices”. Believe it or not, this research is considered as one of the costly research, as it is a £6 million research programme located at Queen’s University Belfast and Imperial College London. The project has been dated to launch on September 1, 2009. Talking about nanoplasmonic devices, they’re a very tiny nanoscale metal structures. Honestly, it’s 100 times smaller than the width of a human hair and has the ability to guide or direct light! The main objective of the project is to develop the super-computers that using light signals, instead of the electric currents used by today’s computers. For making it becomes a reality, the researchers are now building a raft of new metallic devices, including tiny nanoscale sources of light, nanoscale ‘waveguides’ to guide light along a desired route, and nanoscale detectors to pick up the light signals! With …

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The Development of Personal Robot 2

Try to imagine, what’s the feeling, if you have a robot inside your home, which is able to perform multiple tasks in daily life? It sounds like a very cool robot to you, isn’t it? Whether you’re notice it or not, many household in the United States and Japan have been using robot to help them doing some simple task, such as the Roomba vacuum that normally being used to clean up the dirt inside the house. Honestly, the Roomba vacuum is considered as one of the best iRobot vacuum in many households in U.S.! As you see, this Personal Robot 2, which is also known as, “PR2” is an intelligent two-armed mobile robot that well-designed for mobile manipulation research and applications. PR2 has the size of a human and have the ability to perform tasks in everyday environments.

The Tiniest Medical Robots

We always seem in the movies, where there are some sorts of tiny robots that being used to kill the enemy, by simply a sting on the enemy’s body! If you think it’s only a science fiction, then you should read on this article…

Recently, a group of scientists from Israel’s Technion University has invented a tiny robot. The robot is made by using Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) technology.

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iDoor – The iPhone Controlled Hydraulic Dorm Room Door

Life in nowadays, especially for the people who busy with their daily job can be tough. Go figure, after a long day of work, most of them are exhausted. Isn’t it better to have a dorm door, which can be automatically open, every time you back to home? In this case, the iDoor would be your ideal solution here. For your information, the iDoor is outfitted with an iPhone controlled hydraulic door opener and unlocker. In order to use the iDoor, you have to tap the iDoor app on your phone’s home screen, and the door opens for you, once you’re standing in front of the door! The iDoor is fully-controlled directly from a scrounged up PIII computer running Ubuntu, which is interfaced with the hardware using the Phidget 8//8/8 control board. The full PC is the right choice, mainly for internet connectivity and development speed. The software part was well-written in Java using the Phidget library. Technically, the door is controlled by a hydraulic actuator, which is tapped into the sink in the room. Two of the taps (Sink inflow tap and outflow tap) are connected to a set of four one-way solenoid valves. In addition, there are two …

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The First School of Small Robotic Fish is ready to swim in The Ocean!

The robotic technology has been pushed up to another higher level, when a group of MIT scientists made a school of small, robotic fish using handful of parts and a blend of polymers! It’s one of the most exciting invention for the MIT scientists, as the fish moving and swimming through water like trout and tuna. Kamal Youcef-Toumi and Pablo Vildivia Y Alvarado, both the developers of the robofish described that the new robofish are fully-equipped with sensors, as it uses to monitor the fish’s movement. Another interesting part of the research is they’re the first group to tailor different polymers in different parts of the body with different dampening and stiffness properties. Furthermore, the research group also trying to use the natural motion and behavior of the fish, so that they can replicate the fish’s motions! Believe it or not, the first “Robotuna” version that was created at MIT in 1994 had more than 2,000 parts, including six motors, which is encased in its four-foot body. However, after a several times of renovation and modification, the new Robotuna models have less than 10 parts, including with one motor and the size are between five to eight inches long! It’s …

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