Poop Scooping Robot

Researchers at the GRASP lab programmed their PR2, previously nicknamed Graspy, to carefully find and pick up all POOPs in a given field… It will find all the POOP, go to each one, and pick it up and put it in a bucket. The PR2 is capable of sensing whether it has successfully dropped the POOP in the bucket. Along with fetching food and drinks and folding our laundry, this accomplishment solidifies PR2’s place as the best domestic robot helper imaginable.” w/ photo + video

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The HoloDesk

“HoloDesk is a novel interactive system combining an optical see through display and Kinect camera to create the illusion that users are directly interacting with 3D graphics. A virtual image of a 3D scene is rendered through a half silvered mirror and spatially aligned with the real-world for the viewer. Users easily reach into an interaction volume displaying the virtual image. This allows the user to literally get their hands into the virtual display. A novel real-time algorithm for representing hands and other physical objects, which are sensed by the Kinect inside this volume, allows physically realistic interaction between real and virtual 3D objects.” — Microsoft

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Rubik’s Cube Drawers

“The Rubik’s cube is an iconic piece of imagery and a timeless ‘toy,’ one which is pretty much associated with the idea of a mental and physical puzzle. With its bright colors and three-dimensional movement, it has also lent itself to a staggering number of designs based on its unique appearance such as these Rubik’s cube mosaics, as well as modifications like the 4×4 Rubik’s Revenge or the world’s tiniest Rubik’s cube. Designer, father, and Instructables member makendo made up his own beautiful and practical design, making the Rubik’s cube considerably larger and turning it into a chest of drawers.” w/ photo

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Best Lamp Costume Ever!

“This is the coolest thing I’ve seen in a while. Kudos for walking (hopping?) around like that all night.” — Chmusilator

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What Is Gravity?

“One Minute Physics provides an energetic and entertaining view of old and new problems in physics — all in one minute! In this episode, we discuss the basic nature of gravity, one of the four fundamental forces in our universe.” — minutephysics

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Man Beat Woman With Frozen Armadillo?

A man used a frozen armadillo to attack a 57-year old Pleasant Grove woman, Dallas police said. The incident happened in an apartment complex parking lot. According to investigators, the altercation occurred when the suspect was selling the carcass to the victim, who planned to eat the animal. The pair apparently began arguing over the price of the item when the man twice threw the armadillo at the woman. The animal first struck the woman in the leg and then in her chest. She was reportedly bruised by the attack. Detectives have been unable to find the man, who could face assault charges.” w/ photos

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