MIT graduate Chris Varenhorst created an iPhone app that control the vending machine. The app sent messages to the server so he could press the button anywhere and make the machine dispense a cold drink. Video after the break. Continue reading
These prototype solar powered rechargeable batteries called SunCats is designed by Knut Karlsen, is a set of old NiMH rechargeable batteries wrapped in a flexible Photo Voltaic cell created by the Institute for Energy Technology. When low-batt just leave them exposed to sunlight and they will recharge themselves. The PV cells were glued on the battery and wired up using a conductive silver pen and some flat wires found from a broken canon lens. It is still weak in charging at the moment but Knot envisions that a second version with built-in capacitors and electronics will make the charging more efficient. For more pictures Continue reading
The Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology has developed an agriculture robot suit designed specifically to help out with tough agricultural work like pulling radishes because about 40 percent of agricultural workers in Japan are aged 65 or over. 100 of the suits were sold, it would be possible to lower the price to about 300,000 yen per suit. Shigeki Toyama, a professor in robotics who developed the suit, said it can be used by anyone.
“Anyone can use it without a drop in work efficiency,” he said. “I want to increase the types of work in which it can help.” More pictures and video Continue reading