Unlike previous attempts at creating invisibility cloaks, Duke University researchers decided to skimp on the expensive metamaterials and opted to create a completely polymer-based invisibility cloak using the stereolithographic fabrication process of a 3D printer. The resulting cloak—which can render you invisible to microwave scanning (though not visible light)—looks more like a Frisbee made of swiss cheese, but the researchers assure us that it really works.
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When you think of Nike, you may only imagine exhausted runners throwing up on their shoes, but UK digital art studio Universal Everything has something just a bit more elegant in mind. Commissioned by Nike, they’ve created a breathtaking art installation called Flyknit that dynamically uses the human body to generate beautiful images.
Flyknit uses Kinect cameras to capture the motion of nearby observers and then digitally translates the image into swirling, undulating swarms of colors and shapes. Imagine standing near a giant cube that senses your motion and interprets it back to you by displaying colorful, swirling video on each of its four sides, following your motions in a colorful cascade.
Kevin is a small-time tech hound, amateur photographer, and a general know-at-least-something of all things geeky hailing from New York. More by Kevin Lee
Happy weekend, folks! In case you’re not the thousands people gawking at all the amazing maker creations at the Bay Area Maker Faire, we’ve got lots of cool and freaky science going for your reading enjoyment. We’ll look at an AI learning machine put together by NASA and Google, an extremely expensive piece of 3D printed meat, and much more.
Lego creations are great, but they're even better when they're larger than logical or capable of helping you make a banana cream pie. This Friday, we have kitchen appliances, a 4-foot-tall tribute to Evangelion, and more. Now, if only someone will make a fully functional tricorder out of Lego blocks.
The company has teamed up with Complubot, the four-time world champions in the Robocup Junior robot soccer tournament, to create a new Arduino robotics kit.The robot’s hardware is completely open source—just like a regular Arduino board—so you can change the software controlling the robot or stack your own hardware on top of it.