Category: Mechatronics

No, this colorful designer part is not a trendy speaker that you can connect to your smartphone via Bluetooth. The “Ooino” is still doing well in the apartment and also outside, because he is a portable refrigerator. The idea came from Korean designer JaeYoung Kim.

This is not a jukebox, but a cool portable fridge.

No, this is not a portable speakerphone for cell phones, but a fancy one portable fridge.

Photo: JaeYoung Kim

This is not a jukebox, but a cool portable fridge

This supposed speaker by Korean designer JaeYoung Kim is really a refrigerator (more…)

So far, the biggest drawback of electrically driven drones has been inadequate battery power. Researchers at London’s Imperial College now believe they have found a way to wirelessly power drones in the air.

This drone at Imperial College, London floats above a power source and is inductively charged by air. The researchers say that this is the first time that they have wirelessly powered a flying object.

This drone at Imperial College, London, floats above a power source and is inductively charged by air. The researchers say that this is the first time that they have been able to wirelessly power a flying object.

Photo: Imperial College

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What a Christmas present: A 3D model of your own home. Santa needs the 850 Euro Bepop 2 Quadrocopter and cloud software.

This package will create a 3D model of your own home: the Parrot Bepop 2 drone and Pix4D cloud software.

This package creates a 3D model of your own home: the Parrot Bepop 2 drone and Pix4D cloud software.

Photo: Parrot

The road to a 3D model of your own home is simple: The user marks his property on a map in a smartphone app. Then he puts the Bepop 2 of the manufacturer Parrot on the ground and turns it on. The 500 g quadrocopter (more…)

How can you just come up this staircase? For wheelchair users, this question is a daily occurrence in the cities and no exception. Engineers at the Technical University of Munich now have a solution: their wheelchair can climb stairs. Definitely.

The TU München has developed a wheelchair that can climb stairs without the help of a second person.

The TU Munich has developed a wheelchair without help

Photo: Uli Benz / TU München

“Only a few houses where older people live have elevators,” explains Prof. Bernhard Wolf from Heinz Nixdorf- Chair of the (more…)

Telekom wants to penetrate into a new business area and offer future drone defense systems. For this purpose, the Group is seeking cooperation with suppliers such as Airbus, Rohde & Schwarz and Dedrone, who are developing such systems. Deutsche Telekom plans to introduce the technology later this year.

Dedrone's anti-drone system for companies: Now Deutsche Telekom wants to offer a defense system and is looking for cooperation partners.

Anti-drone system Dedrone for companies: Now Deutsche Telekom wants to offer a defense system and is looking for cooperation partners.

Photo: Dedrone

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They are smuggling drugs, weapons, money and smartphones into jail, often unnoticed through the air, simply floating across the prison wall: The British University of Southampton has such drones developed a defense system. It consists of interfering signals and, in the case of an emergency, a cannon, which brings drones from the sky with a net.

Drone in front of the Frankfurt skyline: With new jammers and network guns, a British company wants protection

drone in front of the Frankfurt skyline: with new jammers and network guns a British company wants to improve the protection (more…)

Now chess players all over the world can compete on real boards with real game pieces. The Internet transmits the moves, a robot moves the figures. Apparently, this is a heartfelt wish of the chess players: a start-up has financed this invention in no time.

The chess computer Square Off not only allows the game against a player on the Internet. The computer also uses magnetic force to move the characters of the other player.

The Square Off chess computer not only allows you to play against a teammate over the Internet.

Photo: Square Off

A chess board, on which the characters move as if by magic, is currently fascinating (more…)

Can you remotely control a game device with your thoughts? One can. IBM engineer Joshua Carr just needs a headset and full concentration to move a BB-8 droid toy from the recent Star Wars movie with the power of his mind.

IBM engineer Joshua Carr controlled the BB-8 Star Wars toy with a headset and the power of his mind.

IBM engineer Joshua Carr steered the Star Wars BB-8 with a headset and the power of his mind.

Photo: IBM

At Hursely House, an 18th-century mansion in the British Hampshire, IBM has been researching cutting-edge technologies since (more…)

It looks almost like other drones too – if there were not the two gripping arms. This can be used to transport chairs, but also to hold dangerous bombs. The flexible grippers enable completely new applications for drones. Even in the hotel business.

The drone with the impossible name PD6B-AW-ARM can even put chairs in place.

The drone with the impossible name PD6B-AW-ARM can even put chairs in place.

Photo: Prodrone

The Japanese drone manufacturer Prodrone from Nagoya in Japan still has to work on the name of its latest (more…)

The US aircraft manufacturer Boeing has a US Air Force contract worth over $ 3 billion for production at the end of May named Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM). These are retrofit devices that are placed on bombs to make them accurate. JDAM allows individual control of each bomb by GPS.

With the new JDAM upgrades, bombs via GPS can now be controlled very precisely to the destination.

With the new JDAM upgrades, bombs via GPS can now be controlled very precisely to the destination.

Photo: Michael B. Keller / US Air Force

For decades, bombs (more…)