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    suitX has unveiled a new affordable and lightweight exoskeleton they have created, which the company says is the most advanced currently available and takes the form of the suitX Phoenix Exoskeleton that weighs just 27lbs. suitX is the robotic company from the University of California, who have now launched the exoskeleton for $40,000, the development team explain:
    "The Phoenix exoskeleton is the world’s lightest and most advanced exoskeleton designed to help people with mobility disorders to be upright and mobile. In the clinic, at home, and in the workplace Phoenix has successfully enabled many individuals to stand up, walk about, and speak to peers eye-to-eye."
    Features of the suitX Phoenix Exoskeleton include :
    – A modular exoskeleton allowing the user to independently put on and remove each piece.
    – Weighs only 12.25kg (27 lbs), affording greater agility.
    – A speed of 1.1 miles/hour (0.5 m/sec) has been clocked by a Phoenix user. However, the maximum speed depends on the individual user.
    – On a single charge, Phoenix can walk for 4 hours continuously or 8 hours intermittently.
    – Phoenix is adjustable for different size users and can be easily configured to fit individual conditions.
    – An intuitive interface makes it easy for users to control standing up, sitting down and walking.
    – Phoenix can comfortably be worn while seated in a wheelchair.
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    A wall-mounted robot draws vector shapes based on input from a computer. The robot is installed as an art exhibit at The Interval, a cafe in San Francisco. Fusion interviewed the maker of the robot, Jurg Lehni, and he discusses its purpose and the philosophy behind the robot's form and function.
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    "The attack begins with a quick sting to the cockroach’s body, temporarily paralyzing its front legs. Next, the jewel wasp uses its stinger to stab the roach in the head, feeling around for a specific part of the ill-fated insect’s brain. The venom the wasp injects blocks the roach’s octopamine receptors, stealing its ability to make independent decisions.
    All this stinging makes our roach assassin famished, so she rips off the palmetto bug’s antennae and enjoys a drink of blood. The rejuvenated wasp then guides the zombified roach back to its burrow, where she lays an egg on her new playmate.
    In about three days the newly hatched larva will chew its way into the still very much alive cockroach’s abdomen, where it will feed on the roach’s organs. Shrewdly saving the nervous system for last, the wasp baby ensures its babysitter-turned-breakfast stays alive and juicy for as long as possible. Feeling sick to your stomach yet?
    Now that the baby parasite has provided the most miserable death imaginable, it will haunt the roach’s carcass until fully mature, when it will spring forth in search of another cockroach friend. Yikes! On second thought, stomp on that roach; you’re probably doing it a favor. "

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    Atlas robot at IHMC demonstrating whole-body coordinated motions. Robot is built by Boston Dynamics. Control algorithm is by IHMC.
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    Unveiled at CES this week, the Segway Robot a rideable device as it is a robot capable of responding to commands. This can be ridden around like a handle-free Segway at up to 18 km/h (11 mph) over an 30 km (18 mi) range, powered by a pair of 800 W motors. With Intel's RealSense RGB-D depth sensing camera, along with other fisheye tracking and photo cameras, the robot could be programmed to recognize, follow or take snaps and video of subjects or its master. There's also a microphone array to allow for voice commands. It is expected to go into production by early 2017. You can see the robot in action in the video below.
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    In 2014, LG announced that it built an 18-inch OLED panel that rolls up just like a newspaper. Now it will show off its ultra-thin beauty at the public CES. LG said the 18-inch rollable OLED panel was only 3 cm across and featured a 1,200 by 810 pixel resolution. LG Display has a prototype 18-inch screen it's showing off at the Consumer Electronics Show this week that rolls up like a piece of paper.  The technology builds on LG's forward-looking OLED work focusing on bendable, rollable, and curving displays. LG is also planning to highlight a paper-thin 55-inch OLED TV display at CES, as well as another 55-inch display that can show two separate images on both sides.
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    The ArcaBoard powered by  36 electric fans, costs $20,000 and can fly for six minutes.
    "ArcaBoard, an electric powered flying machine with 272 horsepower and 203,000 watts of installed power is the most powerful and lightest personal vehicle ever created. ArcaBoard represents total freedom of movement, total freedom of travel. ArcaBoard is a personal vehicle that can move in every possible direction including upwards. The retail price is $19,900 and is available for order now. Shipments will start April 15, 2016.
    The vehicle is able to fly up to 30 cm (1 ft) and with speeds up to 20 km/h (12.5 mph) and the overall performance is limited by the onboard sensors. The maximum endurance is 6 minutes, but with the ArcaDock accessory the user can be back in action in 35 minutes. "
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    NASA takes you on the journey engineers go through to make a spacesuit. What challenges must be overcome to build a spacesuit capable of withstanding the heat, cold and the extreme environment of space? Learn about the accomplishments achieved by humans working in space, and discover two new prototype spacesuits, the PXS and the Z-2, as NASA continues to build on a 50 year legacy of spacesuits and prepares the next generation of explorers for the Journey to Mars.
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    A GoPro camera feels the force of 20,000 pounds of thrust during a test of 3-D engine rocket components tested together.
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    Samsung has launched what it is calling the world’s first tablet piano, the   device is made from 100 Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 tablets.  
    "Passers-by saw classically-trained pianist Myleene unwrap a huge present under a Christmas tree to unveil a piano made with over 100 of Samsung’s newest tablet, the Galaxy Tab S2, before sitting down to tinkle on the tablet ivories, the festive music brightening up a cold dark December morning.
    Talking at the launch of the piano, Myleene said; “Nothing makes me feel more festive than gathering around the piano with my two girls. The Samsung Tab S2 piano is a real first and nothing like I’ve ever played before. My youngest has just learned jingle bells and I know she’d love to try it on this piano!"
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    Blue Origin’s New Shepard space vehicle successfully flew to space, reaching its planned test altitude of 329,839 feet (100.5 kilometers) before executing a historic landing back at the launch site in West Texas.
    SpaceX CEO Elon Musk , and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos‘ tweet.
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    MIT Media Lab's Hugh Herr explains how he looks to nature when developing new bionic appendages. The amputee and avid rock climber discusses how his biomechatronics division is pioneering the technologies that aim to augment human physical capabilities.
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    And the company is doing just that with its wearable exoskeleton. Using a combination of weight-activated sensors and battery-powered motors, the bionic suit is helping wheelchair-bound users learn how to walk again.
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    Trish Aelker of Lockheed Martin describes the use of the FORTIS Exoskeleton.  “Improving Lives with Exoskeleton Technology” by the National Geographic.
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    Balaenoptera omurai is known as Omura's whale and is one of the least known species of whales in the world. Now, researchers have studied around 25 individuals in Madagascar, noticing unique asymmetrical pigmentation on the head.
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    "When it gets really cold outside, all you can do is have some fun with it. At -25C/-13F, soap bubble mixtures freeze faster than they pop, making for some very fascinating effects! When it gets this cold, I can often be found outside my house, bubble blower in one hand and camera in the other (I think my neighbours have gotten used to this sort of behaviour by now) "
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    Scientists have built a novel sonic tractor beam that can lift and move objects using sound waves. Basically the idea is cool, which is that objects can be moved without actually physically touching it. Will we see a future where tractor beams become real?
    "Sound can levitate objects of different sizes and materials through air, water and tissue. This allows us to manipulate cells, liquids, compounds or living things without touching or contaminating them. However, acoustic levitation has required the targets to be enclosed with acoustic elements or had limited manoeuvrability. Here we optimize the phases used to drive an ultrasonic phased array and show that acoustic levitation can be employed to translate, rotate and manipulate particles using even a single-sided emitter." [ link ]
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    Created in collaboration with The Planetary Society on their 35th anniversary. Bill Nye, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Emily Lakdawalla and Carl Sagan reflect humanity's next frontier: beyond the horizon.
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    The Wove Band by Polyera is the first wearable with a flexible touchscreen display. The devices won't be publicly available until 2016, but Polyera CEO Phil Inagaki gave us a behind the scenes look at some prototypes, and talked with us about his design philosophy.
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    Battelle company has developed the DroneDefender, a shoulder-mounted rifle that knocks UAVs offline with a barrage of radio waves.
    "The Battelle DroneDefender uses radio control frequency disruption technologies to safely stop drones in the air, before they can pose a threat to military or civilian safety. The growing use and availability of commercially-available drones—also known as Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)—is raising concerns among defense, security and law enforcement leaders.
     DroneDefender is an inexpensive, easy-to-use, lightweight, point-and-shoot system with a demonstrated range of 400 meters. DroneDefender provides instant threat mitigation, quickly disrupting the drone so that no remote action, including detonation can occur in sensitive areas. This minimizes drone damage and the risk to public safety
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