Some Hackers Built a Prosthetic Nerf Blaster That Fires by Flexing Your Arms!

 

BRUH! WHERE WAS THIS WHEN I WAS A KID! I had to use my hands like it was a baby’s toy! Anyway, this was done for a pretty good cause, though. A group of hackers at Hackerloop wanted to level the Nerf-fighting playing field for Nicholas Huchet, an individual who didn’t have a full arm, by building him a custom Nerf blaster prosthetic with the ability to automatically fire a projectile by simply contracting his forearm muscles. According to the Medium post, Hackerloop’s Valentin Squirelo chronicled the build in great detail, which included the use of custom 3D-printed parts, Arduino-based electronics, some electromyography sensors that could detect muscle movements, and — of course — a couple of hard-to-find Nerf Swarmfire blasters (hint: the blasters’ round design was VERY optimal for the build). Continue reading “Some Hackers Built a Prosthetic Nerf Blaster That Fires by Flexing Your Arms!”

Turn Your PC On With a Knock, ‘Cause Buttons Are For Suckers!

I can’t (well, NONE OF US should) complain about pressing a button to turn on your computer; it’s not difficult at all. But maybe you just want to be able to find a new way to boot up your computer, maybe make it a more personalized. Have you thought about turning on your computer with a simple knock? A little rapping on the work desk? Some shave-and-a-haircut? Huh? SURE YOU DO! Thanks to Code and Life, who have provided the simple to follow instructions and easy to come-by hardware, now YOU TOO will be able to turn your computer on with a knock.
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Future Cameras To Have NO LENS?!? Crazy Science Talk!!

I don’t know if you know this, but metamaterials are starting to become pretty useful for having some fun with the electromagnetic spectrum, and that ranges from the technology you can see in any science-fiction show, book and.or movie, or for use in the real world.  It seems that engineers at Duke University have come up with a metamaterial imaging sensor that doesn’t require a lens to generate a picture.  This means that this could lead to cheaper imaging technology in the near-to-distant future.   Continue reading “Future Cameras To Have NO LENS?!? Crazy Science Talk!!”

Autonomous Plane from MIT Makes a Parking Garage Into A Slalom Course

Have you ever flown those remote-controlled airplanes and helicopters indoors?  If so, you might remember how it may have taken a while to learn the controls properly to get your flying device going forward fast. That, and learning how to avoid any and every obstacle locating inside your house.  Thanks to the plane designed by the Robust Robotics Group at MIT, we may in fact have finally found an exception to that.  Check out the video after the break.   Continue reading “Autonomous Plane from MIT Makes a Parking Garage Into A Slalom Course”