On this episode of Crave, we check out the Burrito Bomber engineered by Darwin Aerospace that literally bombs burritos into geo-tagged locations. We also get some NASA reassurance that the world may not end this month, which means we may actually get the chance to wear Lacoste's awesome polo shirts of the future. Also, dogs that drive? Yep. … Read more
The single-purpose gadget is very much alive and well. Case in point, this USB tentacle. It squirms. That's all it does.
The USB tentacle is not a hub. It won't open a beer bottle. It won't fire foam rockets at your cubicle mates. It won't charge your smartphone. It just squirms. To improve the visual impact, you might want to invest in multiple tentacles to adorn each port on your computer. … Read more
Octobots are now a reality. Well, at least one-eighth of an octobot is now a reality. The team at the European Union's Italian-led Octopus Project is determined to make a soft-bodied robotic Octopus, and they're already one tentacle toward success. That's solid progress since we first reported on the four-year project back in 2009.
Although the notion of a robotic octopus has unlimited potential for Hollywood and epic practical joke applications, the project team is more interested in the scientific value. Turns out that's pretty cool, too.
The tentacles of an octopus can move in any direction and have the ability to go limp or stiffen on demand. That gives octopi some pretty unparalleled ambulatory abilities, and yes, makes them great nightmare fodder, too. … Read more