TOP inventions of this summer: bee robots will go into space, a living bridge, Amazon introduced a new drone, Uber will deliver food using a drone

Hero Arm: flaw – superpower

“Welcome to the future where physical limitation becomes superpower!” – under this slogan a unique bionic prosthesis of the arm was demonstrated. The Hero Arm project has long been delighted with its prototypes, but it was only recently announced plans to launch mass production, which should reduce the cost of such an amazing device. The robotic arm was designed to improve the living conditions of people with amputated arms. Currently, bionic prostheses can cost up to 60,000 pounds. Sorry for the pun, but somehow it’s not handy to give such money for a hand. Fortunately, thanks to the use of 3D technology, the price of Hero Arm (according to preliminary forecasts) will be about 5,000 pounds. Agree, this amount is much easier to collect. It is gratifying to see that scientists are creating devices designed for the disabled. Such prostheses provide an opportunity not only to perform daily routine tasks: from lacing shoes to brushing your teeth. They also allow the user to work fully.

The removable denture is equipped with motors, a ventilation system and a battery. It is easy to remove, clean and put on again. The principle of the prosthesis is amazing. Connected to the user’s hand, he, in fact, reads muscle movements, accurately predicting those palm movements that a person seeks to recreate. The prosthesis can move faster or slower, changing the grip force depending on the movements of the user. This allows you to operate with objects of different sizes and weights, performing a wide range of actions. Bravo!

Bee robots fly into space

NASA announced an important mission to launch spacecraft devices that are robotic bees. The device is called Astrobee (Eng. “Astrophe”) and it will help scientists and engineers to develop technologies that are applicable in zero gravity. NASA representatives said the following: “Astrobee is a robot that will soon fly around the International Space Station along with astronauts. The size of each side of the cubic device does not exceed 1 foot (30.48 cm).

The compact device is designed to:

  • – help scientists and engineers develop and test technologies for use in zero gravity
  • – help astronauts perform routine duties
  • “Provide flight operators in Houston with additional video and audio data relating to the spacecraft.”

It was also said that the aforementioned robots will help researchers in conducting experiments, in testing new technologies, as well as in studying the interaction of humans and robots in outer space. NASA will launch robotic bees to the space station this month. The devices are equipped with an impressive number of cameras and sensors tested in special laboratories that recreate conditions on the International Space Station. Since thousands of different instruments are located at the station, astro bees will be able to track their location, which will remove this obligation from the astronauts themselves. In addition, Astrobee robots can track environmental performance. In particular, we are talking about air quality and noise levels (which can be quite loud at a space station).

Amazon introduced an improved model of the drone Prime Air

Amazon has long been working on a project for urban and suburban deliveries of the Prime Air drone. During this time, many customers complained that the company did not pay enough attention to the high-quality delivery of packages by drone. However, the situation promises to change for the better. At their conference in June 2019, Amazon representatives boasted a brand new version of the Prime Air drone. An original design that looks like an airplane with a vertical landing and take-off immediately catches your eye. However, the main feature is not in the external appearance of the drone, but in its ability to transport cargo more carefully, since the device is equipped with a sensitive system of built-in sensors. The calculation system has also undergone significant changes, which will ultimately help the drone overcome various obstacles in its path.

Jeff Wilkes, executive director of the company, said that improved drone models will be able to recognize and avoid a number of obstacles: from clotheslines to communication cables.

Uber delivers food using drone

Uber Eats, together with McDonald’s, has launched trial trials in San Diego and plans to expand cooperation with other restaurant chains this year. According to representatives of Uber, this service will significantly reduce delivery time. The principle of operation is as follows: the restaurant employees immerse the order in the drone, which then goes on a journey controlled by the new aerospace system. The drone is redirected to the driver of Uber Eats, who in turn directs the delivery to the customer.

Scientists made the bridge “alive”

Engineers at the University of New Hampshire have created a unique laboratory on the bridge that can change our understanding of infrastructure. The memorial bridge (connecting Portsmouth with Kittery) was equipped with a sensor system, so the design can diagnose itself, identifying problems and analyzing the environment. Erin Bell (senior researcher of the Living Bridge project) states: “We call this bridge“ alive ”because he speaks to us, providing important information about his state of health.” Erin also notes: “The construction of a new bridge can cost society millions of dollars, so scientists perceive such multi-purpose projects as an opportunity to expand the functionality of the building”

The world of high technology does not cease to amaze our minds with magnificent inventions. Each device (whether it is a completely new model or an improved version of the prototype) moves the progress of all mankind forward.

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