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The Advent of the Mobile Lounge

As self driving cars become more commonplace, our emphasis will change from driving experience to riding experience. If the vehicle can get us where we want to go safely and efficiently, we’ll begin to think more about how we travel. We can do more and more things without leaving home. That’s a good thing because […]

Open Source Computer Controlled Farming

FARMBOT is a concept for automated farming that begins with a small home-scale computer controlled gardening machine. The machine is controlled by a Raspberry-Pi computer, an Arduino control board, and open source software. FARMBOT – TECHNOLOGY THAT BETTERS THE WORLD – [] FarmBot Genesis is humanity’s first open-source CNC farming machine designed for at-home automated […]

Automated Food Production

Our food production processes are becoming increasingly automated. AGRICULTURE – planting seeds, irrigation, weeding, and harvesting can all currently be done using automation. PREPARATION – getting food ready for cooking involves things like cleaning, shelling and husking, crushing and grinding, and more. All of these tasks have been done by automation for many years. COOKING […]

Morphable Robotic Furniture

We like to sit in chairs that can rock and recline. Power chairs that raise and lower themselves are becoming more common. Dean Kamen, inventor of the Segway, has also designed a wheelchair that can climb stairs and raise and lower itself. New exoskeleton designs make it easier for people to move large and heavy […]

Disposable Paper Drones

A disposable or even biodegradable glider/drone can be used to deliver payloads from a powered aircraft to ground positions. The gliders are made from paper, cardboard, or other disposable materials and can be steered to a landing point using a small embedded electronic element. APSARA Compilation Video – [] A compilation video showing the operational […]

Wearable Soft Robotic Assist Suit

The future of wearable soft robotics will range from skin-like thin suits to rigid full exoskeletons that add strength and other abilities to human effort. Mobility Enhancing Soft Exosuit at Harvard – [] Soft Exosuits – [] We are developing next generation soft wearable robots that use innovative textiles to provide a more conformal, unobtrusive […]

Robots in Space

We often use robots in environments that are harsh or unfriendly to humans. In space, there is a starkly drawn line between friendly and unfriendly environments – it’s called inside and outside. Inside the space habitats we will live in, it will be warm and well lit and safe. Outside it will be cold and […]

Future Fighting Using Swarms

Primitive military history shows the primary conflict tactic was unfocused and chaotic melee where each individual fighter operated on their own and engaged other individuals adjacent to them, and when that one on one engagement was completed, sought out another adjacent enemy to engage. Little or no command and control functions existed. There was often […]

Distributed Manufacturing AND Distribution

3D printing has tremendous potential to enable distributed manufacturing. This is where a wide variety of manufactured goods can be made by printing them. Printing as a manufacturing process has the ability to change our idea of manufacturing being limited to industrial factory environments, and distribute it to smaller locations that can engage more limited […]

Building a Mining Base on the Moon

A base on the Moon will more useful to supply construction materials to building projects in space that it will be for any other purpose. Supply of raw materials for building in space will need to come from locations that are not deep inside a gravity well. That means from asteroids or from moons will […]