Feels like flying: FlyJacket exosuit lets you control a drone with your body

Researchers have come up with a wearable exoskeleton designed for control of a fixed wing drone. Named FlyJacket, the device is designed to help beginners control a drone while making intuitive upper body gestures, literally spreading their arms wide like wings. Coupled with a headset, FlyJacket is designed to give pilots a natural feeling of flying, while allowing better control and less discomfort than using conventional drone controls. The soft exoskeleton includes motion sensors to…

"Feels like flying: FlyJacket exosuit lets you control a drone with your body"

Laser system wirelessly charges phones from across the room

We’ve cut the cord for communication, thanks to Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, but charging our little pocket supercomputers still takes a tether. Judging by the range of wireless charging technologies in the works, that might not be the case for much longer. A team from the University of Washington has demonstrated how lasers could be used to charge a device from across the room. The team mounted a power cell on the back of a smartphone…

"Laser system wirelessly charges phones from across the room"

Peptide toothpaste could one day patch up cavities

We’ve already heard about a probiotic pill, an Alzheimer’s-treatment drug and a mineral-replacing toothpaste that could treat or even prevent cavities. Now, scientists at the University of Washington have developed a natural product of their own that may do the job. Led by Prof. Mehmet Sarikaya, the researchers created peptides (short chains of amino acids) derived from amelogenin, which is a protein that’s crucial to forming a tooth’s hard crown enamel. These peptides bind onto…

"Peptide toothpaste could one day patch up cavities"

Escape pod travels farther and wilder than your average teardrop trailer

The new Topo from Utah’s Escapod is a light, stylish teardrop trailer ready to explore all points high, low, far and wide. Its hard-edged, ruggedized off-road underpinnings are softened up by a host of modern amenities and options ranging from a widescreen stargazing window to a Bluetooth sound system. In addition to the upcoming rental service in Northern Utah, Escapod has partnered with Red Rock… The Rhino Rack Sunseeker awning comes standard with the Escapod…

"Escape pod travels farther and wilder than your average teardrop trailer"

Just add seawater: Ancient Roman concrete gets stronger over time

Leave modern concrete structures in the ocean, and a few decades later they’ll be in need of replacing, or at least a serious patch job. Meanwhile, ancient Roman concrete is still standing strong after thousands of years, and not only does it resist damage, but the salt water actually makes it stronger. X-ray examinations have found the key to the mixture’s incredible longevity, which could help improve modern recipes. In recent years, we’ve electrified concrete…

"Just add seawater: Ancient Roman concrete gets stronger over time"

GoPro trains neural net to think like a dog

Researchers at the University of Washington are using GoPro cameras to train AI neural networks to behave and plan like dogs. By strapping a GoPro camera to an Alaskan Malamute’s head, the team recorded 380 dog’s-eye-view video clips which were then shown to the neural net to teach it how dogs are likely to behave in a given situation. The team calls this DECADE, or the Dataset of Ego-Centric Actions in a Dog Environment. The…

"GoPro trains neural net to think like a dog"

Two-atom-thick pink-diamond radio jams even at 350° Celsius

Defects aren’t always well-received things in scientific studies. But by causing a deliberate defect in pink diamond crystals, Harvard University researcher have created what they’re calling the world’s smallest radio. It measures only two atoms in size and is robust enough to withstand the tortures of alien planets or the rough-and-tumble environment inside our own bodies. The defect in question is called a nitrogen-vacancy center and is created when two carbon atoms are removed from…

"Two-atom-thick pink-diamond radio jams even at 350° Celsius"

Study finds dark chocolate dampens stress and inflammation, boosts memory and mood

The health benefits of dark chocolate are well known, the cacao within it being a bountiful source of antioxidants that can protect against aging and disease. Two small new studies have sought to build on this knowledge by exploring how particular concentrations of cacao can boost cognitive function along with endocrine and cardiovascular health, finding that the darker the chocolate the brighter the results. The study was carried out by researchers from California’s Loma Linda…

"Study finds dark chocolate dampens stress and inflammation, boosts memory and mood"

Rollei’s boxy TLR camera rises again as an “Instant Kamera”

German camera and optics maker Rollei first released its high-end Rolleiflex medium format twin lens reflex (TLR) cameras in 1927. Numerous models followed until the last one gave way to single lens reflex cameras in 1960. The brand has now relaunched the boxy camera on Kickstarter, sacrificing roll film for Fuji Instax to become the Rolleiflex Instant Kamera. The Rolleiflex Instant Kamera is reported smaller and easier to use than its long gone predecessors The…

"Rollei’s boxy TLR camera rises again as an “Instant Kamera”"