The future doesn’t need builders and mechanics, everything will be built by robots!
For a human, putting a USB cable into the USB port might seem like a simple task. Sure, you might have to try again by turning the cable 180 degrees, but in a short amount of time, you will succeed. But with a robot, it is not so simple. We humans have an eye-hand coordination that is the result of millions of year of evolution, and now we expect the very same dexterity of recently invented machinery? It is a tall order to fill, no doubt! But thanks to Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) there is the beginning of such a sensitive mechanical dexterity, and it is all about Gel!
Evolution has caused some impressive mechanics! Without a creative mind, it has come up with solutions that the most genius of humans would never had thought of. Robert Full did this talk at TED about the locomotive skills of cockroaches, and it is mind-blowing! Evolution, through million of years of trial and error, has resulted in a such versatile and resilient being as the cockroach! We think we are the most superior species on our planet, but just watch this video and you’ll be wondering if we really are the perfectly adoptable species we think we are….
Why make a robot that makes pancakes? At first, this idea might seem like a joke but watch this and be amazed of the artistic possibilities that opens up when computers and pancake batter combine. At Maker Faire 2014, Miguel Valenzuela walks us through the different stages of his PancakeBot development. From being a very silly and over-elaborated batter squirt gun that made Mickey Mouse shapes, to an articulated and artistic creator of art. Any 2D drawing can be converted into a pancake with this stroke of “out of the box” genius thinking!
“Smart materials” such as memory metals are really fascinating, and their full potential is far from known. In this video, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science at Yale Dr. Ainissa Ramirez shows us how memory metals change phase and shapes with heat, and why this is so useful for robotics such as the Mars Rover and even in medicine. A must watch for anyone interested in making robots or health related inventions.