Innovative Gentleman Constructs Helicopter From 54 Drones and Garden Chair

Recently I wrote an article concerning an individual who thought it would be quite interesting to fly a drone into the stands at the US open Tennis tournament. This was a bad example of how to implement drone usage, this example below is a crazy yet fantastic example of how to use drones in a creative manner, a gentleman who goes by the YouTube moniker gasturbine101, as you do, has managed to construct a helicopter out of 54 drones and a garden chair.

You know you would like to see it, below is the video, as you can see its pretty crazy to say the least, imagine flying this past your next door neighbours bedroom window at 5am in the morning, they will feel as if they have been on the Jack Daniels all night.  This contraption is powered by four cell batteries and the estimated cost of construction has been around the £6000 mark.  oh and, if it looks like a machine powered by drones and fly’s like a machine powered by drones then the name would be? Yes you guessed it “The Swarm Manned Aerial Vehicle Multi-rotor Super Drone”.

For those who like detail then Gasturbine101 states that he used 54 counter-rotation propellers, six grouped control channels with KK2.15 stabilization. The off weight is around 148kg, max lift, approx. 164kg.  The Endurance is 10 minutes and Power is approximately. 22KW.

With a lot of tinkering this invention could be quite revolutionary, the only slight thing is that I would be concerned about my head if I sat hovering in one of these, if an incident happened then your head is not a million miles away from those propellers.  gasturbine101 also states that the craft might “need a tail rotor for spot turns.” it’s certainly a stunning piece of kit which might bring personal transport devices one step closer to reality, especially if a sizeable company adopted and invested in this notion with the aim of developing it for consumer use, iplane of Googlehover.

Below is the full transcript found on gasturbine101 Youtube channel its easier to have all the tech information in one place

Zhuhai CTC To Unveil New 3D Printer

3D printing is promising to be the future tech of choice, the notion of printing a vast array of objects in your own living room appeals to a wide range of people and also sectors.

A company by the name of Zhuhai CTC Electronics who are notable 3D printer manufacturer based in China have confirmed that they will be unveiling a new “affordable” desktop 3D printing machine at the International Software Convergence & Innovation Expo, which is being held within a coastal city by the name of Qingdao eastern China in early July. According to reports, this will be the first high-resolution 3D printer which will be affordable for the average consumer. How affordable? Well the price with which this machine is being marketed at is around $1480 dollars, this is around £943.07, and of course this is assuming the price does not jump when it reaches the shores of the EU.

In order to achieve high user growth, the electronics firm has adopted the minimum layer detail thickness of 0.1mm which veers away from the common 0.025mm of similar 3D printers. This is not as detailed as the latter’s measurements, but this is what keeps this machine cheaper than its competitors.

As you can see below, this 3D printer is portable and will not take up much space, the specs which have been released for this potential machine is as follows.

Will it take off? This depends if consumers will adopt this new form of printing while having the ability to market a product at the price indicated when we are still very much in the midst of a flat lining economy. It’s a step forward for this new tech innovation, but adoption will need to be realistic until the price matches the budgets and expectations of a wider section of society

Thank You PR Newswire for providing us with this information

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Micron and Seagate Forge Strategic Alliance

February 12, 2015 saw the announcement of a new strategic alliance between these two storage giants; combining both innovation and expertise of both companies. The aim of this alliance is to produce ultra high end storage solutions that would give us the “next evolution” stage.

While initially focusing on next-gen SAS SSD’s and NAND supply, both anticipate this agreement will extend into the future to produce collaborative enterprise storage solutions featuring Micron NAND flash memory.

“As two of our key partners, we look forward to the benefits of this Micron and Seagate collaboration in future NAND flash-based storage technologies,” said Mike Kerouac, President of Global Product Operations for EMC Corporation.

“The strategic agreement between Micron and Seagate promises to deliver new and innovative flash-based storage solutions,” said Trevor Schick, Senior Vice President, EG Global Supply Chain, HP.

“This agreement enables Seagate to secure a strategic supply of NAND flash memory and enables collaboration on future products and technologies,” said Phil Brace, Executive Vice President, Electronics Solutions, Seagate. “Our companies are leaders in the storage industry, and in working together we build on that success.”

If you’ve been living under a rock for some time and are unaware of who Micron or Seagate are, please follow their respective links.

Thank you to Seagate and Micron for sharing this information with us

Meet The World’s Most Dangerous Toilet Roll Dispenser

Do you find pulling toilet paper off the roll the most laborious task of your day? Have you ever wondered why a machine can’t do it for you?

Well The Useless Duck Company has come up with this incredible innovation in toilet roll technology. It rolls paper off so you don’t have to, using its highly safe and incredibly sharp blade to slice the perfect portion of paper for your toiletry needs.

Ensure it’s switched off when you grab that paper, otherwise you might just lose your arm. Still, that’s one tiny drawback for a device that could revolutionise our daily lives.

Source: Gizmodo

Meet the Alarm Clock That Brews Coffee Whilst You Wake

I’m guessing most people reading this like to wake up with a nice cup of coffee, or tea if that takes your fancy. The problem is we have to get out of bed, trundle down stairs and put the kettle on to start the process. Meet the Barisieur, an alarm clock that brews coffee right on top of your bedside table the moment the alarm goes off.

I for one don’t drink the stuff and can’t see myself starting to now but there are millions of people around the world who just can’t function until they have at least one cup of coffee running through their system. The market for something like this is huge, as I just said millions of people wake up with coffee and I’m guessing they wouldn’t say no to a decent cuppa being made by their own alarm clock right before their eyes.

The Barisieur uses induction heating and stainless steel ball bearings and boils water for a pour-over brew, giving off the aroma of your favorite beans as you rise to start the day. Unfortunately there is only one of these in the world but there are plans to mass produce it for retailers with a selling price of £150 – £250.

Would you pay that much for a Barisieur? All that cash for a little luxury on your bedside table? Let us know below!

Thanks to Tweaktown for supplying us with this information.

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Cars Could Soon Feature Golf Ball-esque Dimples To Improve Efficiency

As many of you may know, golf balls are not smooth, they’re full of tiny dimples that change the aerodynamics of the ball. The lumps and bumps on a golf ball help hold the airflow closer for longer, reducing the turbulence behind the ball and allowing it to fly further.

Aerodynamic engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MiT) have developed a surface that can switch from being super smooth to being dimpled at the touch of a button, and they’ve hoping it could pave the way for better aerodynamics on vehicles. The dimpled surface trick really only works at higher speeds, for slower speeds you get better aerodynamics from a flatter surface, which is why they created this new morphing surface. The aim of which is to allow for better fuel efficiency, reduce drag and even improve top speeds of performance cars.

The fact that this surface can be turned flat or dimpled at the touch of a button is also great news for car manufacturers, because we doubt people will want a bumpy looking finish to their car, but since you only need it while going at speed, it’s likely no one would notice the subtle changed in the texture of the car.

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Someone Actually Found A Good Use For “Yo” App

For an app that was created as a joke, even going as far as to be launched on the 1st of April, “Yo” has proven to be quite the sensation, albeit a rather random one. The app allows you to say just one word to your friends, “yo”, to which they can only reply the same. It’s a simple way of just grabbing someone’s attention, but a pretty shallow one too as there isn’t much else to it than that.

What is really special is how people are using this simple app to do some good in this world. Developers in the Middle East are now using the app to warn others about possible attacks from rocket fire.

By following “RedAlertIsrael”, locals will get a “Yo” at the same time the country’s sirens go off, hopefully giving people a heads up that an attack could be on the way and allowing them to get to safety much sooner, potentially saving lives and in fact, it may have saved a few already.

What started out as a joke has quickly become a vital component of peoples life in the Middle East and who knows what other uses people have found for this simple, one word application.

Thank you Time for providing us with this information.

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3D Printed Invention Solves The Dreaded Ketchup Water Problem

There are many people in this world who love Ketchup, but for those of us who do love it (myself included) there is one major drawback. That time when you forget to shake the bottle first, you tip the bottle upside down and all of a sudden you have watery, messy liquid soaking your fries and still have no sauce on them, yuck!

Two teenage inventors for the Liberty North High School in Missouri have come up with a solution to this truly first world problem, they’ve customised the cap. The new cap is mushroom-shaped and was made using a 3D printer, insert the cap into the bottle and it prevents the fluid built up by trapping the water at the bottom of the bottle.

It’s great to see little ideas like this come to life thanks to 3D printing, especially within schools and other places of education. The boys aren’t planning to patent or market the invention right now and well… that makes them idiots, because it’s little innovations like this that big companies love to snap up.


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Captherm Systems MP1120 CPU Cooler Debuts At CES 2014

Now when it comes to tech products that grab my attention, Captherm Systems have done more than just grab my attention. To kick things off, it’s hard to ignore the fact that they have placed a large image of an explosion on the back of their booth with the tagline of ‘The birthplace of the MP1120… Where it all begins’. Now at this point, like you I’m a little baffled as to what this is all about. After all at this point, all I’ve got to go on is what I can see in front of me on the stand.

So what is all this fuss about? Well as it happens this explosive shot is more than integral to the production of what I think is a revolution in CPU cooling technology. Captherm Systems have been busy working away over the last eight years to create the cooler that we have before us and what makes this unit so special is the fact that it is a water based cooler that does not require any form of pump to transfer the heat away from the CPU block to the radiator. To do this, Captherm have worked on the principle that as the relative air pressure is lowered, the boiling point of water is greatly reduced, so much so in the case of the MP1120 that if you were to place the block on your hand, the water that can be seen through the hermetically sealed window will start to boil and rise up to the radiator as steam, where it then condenses and flows back down to the block. A 140mm fan on top of the radiator then helps to transfer the heat away from the unit and thus the cycle is repeated.

What’s more, Captherm state this this cooler has 500x the cooling efficiency of a traditional closed loop water cooling system, and because there is no pump required and that it can potentially run passively, the unit is virtually silent.

Where the explosives come into the mix of this sci-fi creation is with the metal base that is placed on top of the CPU to transfer heat to the system. Captherm place 1x1m square plates of copper, titanium, various grades of aluminium and stainless steel on top of each other and then place on top of that ~500lb of high explosives. The explosion causes the metal plates to bond together into a single hermetically sealed lump and the sample below is what is left after the explosion. This mixture of metals is what gives this remarkable cooler its high level of efficiency and revolutionary cooling capability.

To be honest this product has more than blown me away – even though ~500lb of explosives are used. If I had to give any product from this years show an award for tech innovation, with out I would have to hand it over to the guys at Captherm Systems. Timo Minx gives us a personal insight in to this coolers history in our video interview below:


3D Printed Artificial Liver May Soon Be A Reality

3D printing seems to turn up a major innovation almost every week, and the prospect of a 3D printed liver is one of the most incredible ones so far. Being able to create the vital organ without the need for a donor could obliterate waiting lists and save a lot of lives.

A company called Organovo has already managed to create a working liver using 3D printing, which was kept alive for 40 days in the lab. The main issue was keeping it alive longer as there was no fresh source of blood to the cells, 3D printing has (until now) been tricky when it comes to printing the veins and arteries needed to keep the liver working naturally. Using fibroblasts and endothelial cells to create the system, the company says they can now print at just 500 microns.

The company isn’t the only one making the effort here, with a prize of $1 million up for grabs to the first team who create a working 3D printer, not to mention the fame that will go with achieving such a feat. The team predicts they will achieve the task next year and we don’t doubt them one bit, 2014 is going to be an incredible year for 3D printing.

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MIT Create Incredible Super-Kinect Like Camera For Just $500

A team at MIT have really out done themselves, again! While they’ve already gained legendary status for their femto-camera, a photographic device that was capable of taking 1 trillion exposures a second, fast enough to take pictures of light moving!

The time around, they’ve taken the core technology that powered the Microsoft Xbox One Kinect and given it series performance boost. The new camera uses “Time Flight Technology” that calculates an objects whereabouts by measuring the time it takes for light to reflect back to the sensor from the object.

Using some fancy calculation the sensor can detect and capture 3D objects and differentiate them much easier. The device is so accurate that it can work in snow, pouring rain, or at night time. The technology could be the solution required for self driving cars as it could differentiate between objects in such varied conditions much better than any current technology, at a significantly reduced cost.

So great is their achievement that the process is normally reserved to a $500,000 femto-camera, and at just $500 it is safe to say they’ve cut the cost of the technology.

The future of this technology is very promising and we wait to see what innovations it leads to.

Thank you Engadget for providing us with this information.

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3D Concrete Printer Can Build A 2500sqft Home In One Day

3D printing is big business, but up until now it has been about small things made of plastics. Sure there are other 3D printing technologies, such as the ones used in Formula 1 to create prototypes and there is even a company that can print metal objects, but nothing compares to the scale of this new concrete 3D printer.

The University of Southern California is testing a giant 3D printer than can print a whole house in less than 24 hours! Professor Behrokh Khoshnevis designed the giant robot which take the place of the entire construction work force and replaces it with a frame, a printer head and a tank of concrete. The basic principle is exactly the same as any other 3D printer, it’s just really, really, really big.

The potential for cheap, efficient builds is staggering and it could massively reduce the cost of home-owning, make quick and affordable shelter in disaster zones a reality and more.

“Ultimately it would work like this,” says Brad Lemley from Discover Magazine. “On a cleared and levelled site, workers would lay down two rails a few feet further apart than the eventual building’s width and a computer-controlled contour crafter would take over from there. A gantry-type crane with a hanging nozzle and a components-placing arm would travel along the rails. The nozzle would spit out concrete in layers to create hollow walls, and then fill in the walls with additional concrete… humans would hang doors and insert windows.”

Just imagine picking a house design from an iPad, thinking “hey I don’t want that door there!” so you just adjust the model, upload it to the printer and the very next day you’re fitting the carpets, awesome!

Don’t be fooled to thinking this is a cheap copy of a house either, the Contour Crafting technique prints the walls that can resist 10,000PSI (pounds per square inch) compared with a regular wall that would normally take 3,000PSI.

The potential is huge for this project, multiple printers could build anything from office blocks to whole estates, or even just larger houses in record time, for lower prices and could be integrated with traditional building techniques to create homes that were previously impossible, or too complex to construct by hand.

Thank you MSN for providing us with this information.

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EX1 Printer Can Create Circuits On Paper, Cloth & More

Printing of circuits isn’t something new, but being able to buy an off the shelf bit of retail hardware that can has long been the dream of many. The EX1 promises to do exactly that and just like your InkJet printer will plug in and print your documents, the EX1 will plug in and print circuits, allowing you to prototype like never before.

The Kickstarter campaign is already in full swing and many of the early offers have been snapped up by eager customers, now you’ll have to pledge at least $1,499 just to get one. Ok so that may not be especially cheap, but it is hardly unobtainable and if this thing proves as popular post release as it is pre-release, then prices will start to come down, much in the same way 3D printing is rapidly becoming more affordable.

Using two special “inks” that lay down lines of silver nano particles the printer uses a flatbed design that will allow you to lay out your custom circuits on nearly anything from paper, wood, cloth and of course the more conventional PCB. All you have to do is import an image of a circuit into the special software, hit print and you’re ready to rock.

Thank you EX1 Kickstarter for providing us with this information.

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Move Over Graphene, There Is A New Tough Guy In Town, Say Hello To Carbyne!

Remember back in the day, when times were simple and we all knew that diamond was the strongest thing around? Well those days are long over and since then we’ve learnt that Graphene was the strongest material, not to mention one of the most versatile materials. Yet for all the amazing things we’ve learnt about Graphene in the last few years, the top spot of tough materials has a new king, Carbyne.

Carbyne, aka Linear Acetylenic Carbon, is a super material that was first theorized in 1967, but it’s been long disputed for 40 years if it was in fact possible, or just a day dream. Well now theory has become reality after a team at Rice University figured out how to successfully synthesize and stabilize the material at room temperature.

With a similar structure to that of diamond, Carbyne is incredibly tough and it could have extensive applications in the world of nanotechnology, or like everything else these days it may just become the next big thing to make a smartphone out of, either way this is some very cool stuff indeed.

Thank you Gajitz for providing us with this information.

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School Lets Children Run In Halls To Generate Electricity

While we all love a good news story about an upcoming graphics card, or the latest secret found in Grand Theft Auto, it’s also nice to see some innovation, something genuinely cool. A school in Kent, England. Has been piloting a new technology that allows it to generate electricity in its hall ways, and they’ve been getting the kids to help.

Normally a school would ask kids to stop running in the halls, but the pupils at this school are allowed to run, just and stomp the new floor titles in their hallway, because doing so can generate enough to power 853 mobile phones, one mobile for two and a half years, a light bulb for more than two months, or even power an electric car for 7 miles. It might not sound like much, but given that they only have 12 meters of titles, I think that is rather impressive.

“The students really enjoyed trying to give them a right bashing, running around and jumping up and down on them , said Matthew Baxter, headmaster of Langton Boy’s Grammar School.

Creator of the tiles, Laurence Kemball-Cook was a former pupil at the school and it’s great to see him return to share his work in a way that can educate the pupils about sustainable energy.

The technology is a great idea and if successful and not too expensive, I can see these becoming more and more common in public places, or even around the home.

Thank you Independent for providing us with this information.

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Microsoft Develop 3D Display That Is Combined With Haptic Feedback

3D technology has taken bit of a beating this last few months, the technology doesn’t seem to be getting picked up by the general consumer as quickly as many manufacturers had hoped and even the BBC have decided to pull away from making 3D content for the next three years, at least! Yet there are two areas that 3D technology is still gaining ground, the cinema and PC gaming, especially with the revolution that is forming for devices like the Oculus Rift. Yet all that considered, Microsoft have taken yet another approach to bringing us deeper in to the virtual world by creating a 3D display that also features haptic feedback.

By mounting a 3D display on a robotic arm, Mike Sinclair, Michel Pahud, and Hrvoje Benko of Microsoft Reasearch Redmond have been able to simulate motion, touch and interaction by allowing the screen to move and respond to light touches, giving the impression of moving the 3D objects, feeling forces and other haptic feedback sensations.

“I had been interested in the notion of putting a robot behind something you could touch. Originally, I had wanted a robot arm with many degrees of freedom. But complexity, costs, and safety issues narrowed down the options to one dimension of movement. At that point, I was sure that others must have already looked into this scenario, but after looking at the literature, it turned out no one had done this,” said Mr. Sinclair.

“Your finger is always aware of motion. As your finger pushes on the touchscreen and the senses merge with stereo vision, if we do the convergence correctly and update the visuals constantly so that they correspond to your finger’s depth perception, this is enough for your brain to accept the virtualworld as real,” said Mr. Pahud.

In effect it’s a parlor trick, your fooling yourself, but isn’t that more than enough? Being able to touch and manipulate objects in a way that looks real and feels real is pretty impressive for a 2D device that is only moving on it’s Z-axis, subtle movements and haptic feedback combined with 3D might not be the thing you next use in your 3D gaming, but well have to see how the technology develops to find out its real applications.

Thank you XbitLab for providing us with this information.

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World’s first smartphone for the blind developed using braille characters

An Indian based startup company recently announced that they’ve created the world’s first smartphone for the blind.

Sumit Dagar of Braille phone said,”We have created the world’s first Braille smartphone. This product is based on an innovative ‘touch screen’ which is capable of elevating and depressing the contents it receives to transform them into ‘touchable’ patterns.”

He also added,”It comes out as a companion more than a phone to the user. We plan to do more advanced versions of the phone in the future.”

The phone does not use a screen. It uses “Shape Memory Alloy Technology” which basically uses metals which can remember their original shape. The phone uses floating pins in the shape of braille characters which can rise or fall according to the message.

The response during its testing phase also seems promising as Dagar pointed it out. The phone’s design stage started three years ago as he was studying for India’s National Institute of Design. With this idea, he quit his job, reached out to a few companies and started focussing on making a phone for the blind. He then started a new venture called Kriyate Design Solutions and had a team of six engineers and designers who worked very hard on the phone. The funding for the project came from Rolex’s Young Laureates Program which gave the new company the money required to complete this project.

Source: VR-Zone