Interesting Science

Fireworks Designed For Daytime Viewing

Who: Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang
What: Explosion event
Where: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Doha, Qatar.
How: Utilizing microchip-controlled explosives to form incredible designs and patterns. Each set of explosions was calculated to paint a different picture. One series of explosions created black smoke clouds that looked like “drops of ink splattered across the sky.”



Camera-Stabilizing Technology Used In Spoon For Parkinson’s Patients

Who: Calico is an independent R&D biotech company established in 2013 by Google Inc.
What: Camera stabilizing tech used in spoon
Where: 1180 Veterans Blvd, South San Francisco, California, United States
How: The Liftware stabilizing handle built in sensors that detect hand motion and a small onboard computer that distinguishes unwanted hand tremor from the intended movement of the hand. To counteract any tremor and stabilize the utensil, the computer directs two motors in the handle to move the utensil attachment in the opposite direction of any detected tremor. Clinical studies have shown that the Liftware utensil reduces shake on average by 70%, so you can worry less about spilling and enjoy your meal.



LEGO Robot breaks the Rubik’s Cube World Record

Who: Mike Dobson and David Gilday
What: Robot, made out of LEGO, beats the Rubik’s Cube World Record
Where: Big Bang Fair in Birmingham, UK
How: The robot employs an ARM-powered Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone powered by a Samsung Exynos 5 Octa application processor to analyze the cube and instruct four robotic hands to do the manipulations. ARM9™ processors also power the eight LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 bricks which perform the motor sequencing and control.

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