What’s the Deal with 3D Printing?

3D printing has popped up in science fiction for ages: recall the Star Trek crew materializing food in the microwave-like “replicator” or Neal Stephenson’s “matter compilers” in The Diamond Age. The appeal of creating whatever one wants at the simple press of a button excites the inventor in all of us. But, like most pined-for […]

Where is My Augmented Reality Vision?

The blogosphere has been abuzz with Google Glass. In case you haven’t seen what this is, check out Google’s page on it here. Looks cool/nerdy, right? The idea is that you can constantly monitor a box of visual information to the left of your vision, currently accessible through voice control. Google says that it will […]

Return of the Robo-Insects

Researchers at the University of Tokyo have recently equipped moths with robotic skeletons. Why on earth would anyone do this? Not to create a tiny army of super-moths, but rather to glean clues into how the excellent olfactory system of moths operate, and apply those principles to robotics. By better understanding how moths use tracking […]