Gadgets

New high-tech gadgets and devices appear every day and their broad application ranges from mobile communications to exploring other planets. In this section, we write about numerous technical innovations and the ways they can come in handy to you personally. Reviews of exciting new devices and information about where, when and at what price they can be bought. You will find all about it here.

Airbus тестирует самолет с подвижными крыльями

Airbus is testing a plane with moving wings

The new aircraft will be called AlbatrossOne. As the name suggests, the engineers were inspired by albatross famous for its ability to fly long distances without flapping its wings.
Ученые создали роборыбу, которая двигается за счет крови

Scientists create robotic fish that uses blood to move

One small catch - the blood isn’t real. A liquid electrolyte courses through the robot’s veins, serving as a source of energy.
В Швеции поставили новый рекорд по энергоэффективности транспортного средства

New transportation energy efficiency record set in Sweden

Delsbo Electric is an annual contest in creating energy-efficient rail vehicles. This time, a new record was set by students from Dalarna University and Chalmers University of Technology.

Interface to Revolutionize Our Conception of a Smartphone Case

Snap Company and Columbia University scientists have presented a case to control your smartphone. Curiously, it is not connected to the device either through wired or wireless communication.

Youbionics builds drone with bionic arms

Autonomous aircraft are already extremely useful. A company called Youbionics has recently come up with a way to further increase their potential. They introduced a project called Drone for Handy, which includes the creation of aircraft with bionic arms.

A robot that gives ironic answers is created in Germany

Robots usually surprise us with their acrobatic abilities, but the skills of the Reeti device created by German engineers are of a different nature. Its strong point is irony.

DJI Releases Its First Ground-based Robot

Chinese brand DJI is famous throughout the world as a multicopter manufacturer. But the company has apparently decided to try hand in a new capacity and released its first ground-based robot.

Honda Mean Mower V2 Reclaims Its Title as the World’s Fastest Lawn Mower

Honda Mean Mower V2 already held the record for fastest speed which was later on taken away from it by another device. This time it has come back to the pedestal by accelerating to incredible 243 km/h. At the moment, the device has the best power to weight ratio.

Ai-Da Robot Artist

Art always reflects the spirit of its time, so it is only natural that it is embracing new technologies. British engineers have created Ai-Da robot artist, whose paintings are admired even by the strictest of critics.

Robot Sloth to Help Study Tropical Forests

Researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology have created a SLOTHBOT machine to collect information on air chemical composition and weather. Just like a real sloth, it sits on a tree and barely moves.

Largest Ever Ampaire 337 Hybrid Plane Getting Ready for Commercial Service

Environmental problems are one of the greatest challenges of our time. To adequately address them, scientists are actively developing electric cars and hybrid aircraft. Ampaire 337 is the largest hybrid aircraft in the world, and it has recently made its first flight.

Reusable Space Rider Shuttle

The European Space Agency (ESA) has presented the concept of its new space vehicle to deliver equipment into orbit. Upon completion of its mission, the capsule will return to Earth ready to be used again.

Cockroach robots get their team spirit

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have worked on VelociRoACH robots for over 10 years, trying to make them look like real-life insects. Recently, the main drawback of the devices has been eliminated.

Concept of Flying-V aircraft unveiled

Aircraft designers at the Dutch company KLM and the researchers from the Delft Technical University have recently presented a concept of the new Flying-V passenger airliner. Most of the planes have approximately the same shape, but the engineers did not want to follow the beaten path in this case.

DJI Storm – the king of drones

DJI has recently released a new cinematic multicopter. The event was not highlighted by the media, because it is impossible to buy the device: it is only rented out, as the drone comes with a service team and a truck carrying additional equipment.

Harvard researchers are making a breakthrough in soft robots

Soft robots are predicted to replace their rigid peers, but the practical implementation of this technology is still lagging behind. The Harvard researchers are trying to change the situation.

Tiny racing drone built in the Netherlands

How small can a drone get? A team of Dutch scientists tried to find the answer to this question. The device created by the researchers is not only small in dimensions, but can also work in a fully autonomous mode.

Introducing Rokid, the Latest Augmented Reality Headset

Personal computers and other office equipment take up a lot of space and are bulky to carry around for highly mobile people who are always on the move. Why suffer inconvenience when there are AR technologies that can create a virtual copy of just about anything?

New technologies at work in a pizzeria

Domino is a company that greatly prizes their reputation, which is why they make sure that their clients only receive perfect products. To effectively ensure pizza quality, the company has turned to new technologies.

Caterpillar robots: the future of delivery?

Many companies are developing their own delivery robots, with a variety of solutions available on the market. The key drawback of most developments is their inability to handle steps and staircases. Japanese company Amoeba Energy has easily solved this problem by building a device based on a tracked chassis.

You don’t sleep at night? Get yourself a Pokémon!

Pokémon Go has already managed to make millions of people go in search of virtual creatures, but it will now help them to go to bed in time. The fact is that the developers have presented a new gadget Pokémon Go Plus Plus, which will reward players for a good sleep.

Robot learns to write like a human

Even children can write and draw, but these two skills are actually more difficult than we think, because they require coordination between our minds and hands. Despite the difficulty of these processes, some developers from Brown University have managed to pass on primitive drawing and writing skills to a robot.

A competitor to the famous SpotMini robot is created in China

Not long ago, Boston Dynamics introduced SpotMini, a four-legged robot scheduled to go on sale this summer. The device’s key feature is its ability to move objects whose weight is many times greater than its own. The innovation has caused such a sensation that a potential competitor to SpotMini has been created in China.

Heron: a Canadian marine drone

Canadian company Clearpath Robotics presented their latest invention: the Heron marine multicopter, which is the logical extension of Kingfisher, the company’s previous marine drone.
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