3D printed pasta shells from Linda Saleh

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     The historic SR-71 simulator, on display at the incredible Frontiers of Flight museum in Dallas, Texas, was used for crew selection and training for the SR-71 Blackbird. It was designed and manufactured from 1963 to 1965 by Link Aviation Inc.

     The simulator was in use at Beale Air Force Base in Northern California until 1990, when the USAF Blackbird Program was cancelled. The Air Force transferred the simulator, along with three flying SR-71 aircraft to NASA Dryden Flight Research Center, now called Armstrong Flight Research Center, in Southern California. The sim stayed at Armstrong until 2006, and it rests here in Dallas today.

     The first photo shows the pilot cabin, where the pilot and flight instructor sat. This pilot cabin would simulate motion, and when the simulator unstarted, you felt it; though, it wasn’t as violent as an unstart could be in the actual aircraft. The Reconnaissance Systems Operator (RSO) cockpit, shown in the second photo,did not need to move. These cockpits could be used in tandem, or separately, depending on what mode was selected.


Ironworks in Katowice, Poland.


Ironworks in Katowice, Poland.


Google Cardboard

Lo-fi simplified VR from Google I/O is an open-source solution to view steroscopic content on the web with your Android smartphone.

This isn’t the first of it’s kind (there is FOV2GO and many independent efforts) but this is certainly a decent framework and platform ready for experimentation. It’s nothing that will compete with high end technology (although that has benefited from developments in smartphone components such as gyroscopes and displays).

Below is a video from the I/O conference - it is 45 minutes long and a lot is focused on the development side, but the first 15 minutes will give you a good idea about what can be possible:

Virtual reality has made exciting progress over the past several years. However, developing for VR still requires expensive, specialized hardware. Thinking about how to make VR accessible to more people, a group of VR enthusiasts at Google experimented with using a smartphone to drive VR experiences.

The result is Cardboard, a no-frills enclosure that transforms a phone into a basic VR headset, and the accompanying open software toolkit that makes writing VR software as simple as building a web or mobile app.

By making it easy and inexpensive to experiment with VR, we hope to encourage developers to build the next generation of immersive digital experiences and make them available to everyone.

All the instructions + designs and more information can be found at the project homepage here

A kit with everything you will need with all the pieces can be ordered from Dodocase here

A collection of experiments ready for this system can be found here



Kickstarter for an autonomous drone to record your activities without assistance - video embedded below:

HEXO+ is an intelligent drone that follows and films you autonomously. Aerial filming for everyone.

We initially began thinking about HEXO+ because we needed a solution that would make aerial filming possible in the most remote places: on mountains, in the snow, and in all sorts of unpredictable situations that were quite a pain to deal with when trying to sync a drone pilot, a cameraman and a rider.

When we started toying with the idea, we realized that it had the potential to change the face of all kinds of aerial filming, making it dead simple. So we combined our expertise in action-sports movie-making, drone design and aeronautic software to create a drone capable of autonomously flying, filming and following, giving you access to amazing aerial shots with the bare minimum: a drone, a camera and an app on your smartphone.

HEXO+ is just that – an intelligent aerial follow camera: no pilot, no cameraman, no headache.

More Here


Carrara Robotics

Demonstration of a robotic controlled diamond wire cutter sawing through marble.



Zoom Into a Microchip

It is absolutely crazy how tiny we can make things today.

What we’re seeing here is a standard microchip, older though in principle the same as modern cell phone chip.

At the micro level we’re dealing with this comparison:

"A micron is 1 millionth of a meter, 10-6 or 10-3 of a millimeter. Very tiny. It is abbreviated with the greek letter for M, or the mu."

It takes 100,000 Microns to equal about 4 inches and toward the end of the set we’re in the 1 micron range.






Hexapod Robot

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