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Enter Squishy Fingers – The Deep Sea Fauna Retriever

The deep-sea fauna is very delicate and fragile, and perhaps that is what makes it so precious to every marine biologist. However for years, biologists were unable to collect these deep-sea corals efficiently. Looks like the problem is finally solved, all thanks to “Squishy Fingers”- the robot with soft and spongy grabbers.

There’s a limit to what humans can do. They can dive into oceans even rough waters but diving too deep isn’t possible. To reach where no man (in-person) has reached before, robots are used. However, the robots used for collecting corals have heavy, rigid claws that make it unable to take the corals to surface with little or no damage.

That is what made Robert Wood, Harvard engineer and a Roboticist, and David Gruber, a marine biologist, to team up and create a robot that can safely extract corals from deep sea and take them to the surface for study.

The team took inspiration from the sea creatures like snake or tube worm to come up with two different shapes grabbers. One works like a pair of hands and the other wrap itself around the corals to recover them safely. The soft grabbers were developed using materials like fiberglass and silicone, along with Kevlar for reinforcement. Another reason for using such materials is to make the technology inexpensive and easily reproducible and repairable.

The team conducted its first field test back in May 2015 in the Northern Red Sea, making dozens of successful dives and retrieving precious samples of deep-sea corals.

The team also hopes that the technology will be highly useful in above-water operations as well including gene expression analysis, biological sampling, archaeology, etc. The roboticist, Robert Wood, also plans to integrate the sense of touch technology as well into the ROV to enable the operator feel the grab as well.

Featured Image Courtesy of: http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/full/10.1089/soro.2015.0019

Top 5 Gizmos that Stunned the World at CES 2016

Bye, Bye 2015. Welcome CES 2016!

The biggest Tech event of the world, the Consumer Electronic Show (CES), finally came to a close a few days back. Although CES is the most awaited tech event around, frankly speaking this year’s event brought nothing exceptionally-new to the table.

The event brought in thousands and thousands of gadgets from startups to established tech giants. However, majority of the gadget, if not all, seemed like just another upgrade of their cousin products (like drones) that are already hovering in the market.

Regardless, for tech savvy consumers around the globe and not to mention the new startups that just need a little kick of inspiration to invent and present their own creation at the next event, CES 2016 unveiled many products that are worth discussing.

So, allow us to present the 7 best CES 2016 gadgets that although are not any sort of breakthroughs yet they still are incredibly-astounding.

Samsung KS9500 SUHD TVs

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Image Courtesy of: http://fortune.com/2016/01/09/the-coolest-things-we-saw-at-ces-this-year/

Samsung has always been a key player in the market when it comes to TVs, and this year is no different. At this year’s CES, Samsung presented its gigantic KS9500 Super Ultra High Definition (SUHD) TV that harnesses the power of Quantum Dots to offer a crystal clear and real-to-life picture quality.

LG’s Rollable Display

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Image Courtesy of: http://bgr.com/2016/01/08/best-of-ces-2016-innovation/

Last year we’ve witnessed ground breaking innovations in displays, especially the curved screens of HDTVs and smartphones. Looks like this year we’ve passed the curved point and enter into the “rollable” universe with LG’s new rollable display. Roll the display like a newspaper and you’ll find not even a single bit of distortion in the picture quality.

Withings Thermo

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Image Courtesy of: http://www.popsci.com/most-wtf-things-we-saw-at-ces-2016?image=1

Don’t know why we added this cute little thingy to this list, but we did. As you can guess it by its name, Withings Thermo can instantly tell the temperature of any surface. The gadget will cost around $100, but not sure whether it would gain any traction in the market or not.

Samsung Rink

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Image Courtesy of: http://bgr.com/2016/01/08/best-of-ces-2016-innovation/

Samsung’s VR gear is making waves in the market along with Oculus Rift. At CES 2016, Samsung introduced the motion-controllers, Samsung Rink, which will add more stars to Samsung’s virtual reality gaming experience.

DAQRI Smart Helmet

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Image Courtesy of: http://bgr.com/2016/01/08/best-of-ces-2016-innovation/

We’ve always wondered, when will the superman-like x-ray vision will become a reality? Well, it seems like it will be in a few years or so. Intel partnered with a company known as DAQRI to step into the world of x-ray vision or more like close to x-ray vision. DAQRI smart helmet that offers advance Augmented Reality lets the users see inside object and analyze the mechanics while it is in operation.

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