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Michigan Tech

— Drones

Drone-catching hexacopter fires a large net to reel in suspicious aircraft

Shotguns, radio beams and firmware updates are just a few of the ways being floated to stop dangerous drones in their tracks. Another approach that's starting to gain a bit of traction is drone-catching nets carried by drones themselves. Following the lead of Tokyo police last month, a team of mechanical engineers has devised a retrieval system that captures small drones and carries them unharmed to desired location.

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— Robotics

Michigan Tech developing robot teams to restore power at disaster sites

Thanks to mobile phone technology, getting caught in a disaster means that help is only a call away – unless the disaster knocks out the electricity to the cell towers. To help bring the phones back on line to aid in recovery efforts, researchers at Michigan Technological University are developing a team of robots designed to restore power to towers and other communication sites. Read More
— 3D Printing

3D-printed syringe pumps could cut the cost of scientific research

Used in laboratories to administer small amounts of liquid for drug delivery or chemistry research, syringe pumps can cost research labs hundreds or even thousands of dollars. But researchers from Michigan Technological University have now created an open-source library of 3D-printable designs, enabling anyone in need of the commonly used scientific tool to produce their own at a fraction of the cost. Read More
— Mobile Technology

Message scent: oPhone sends smells as a text or email

The smartphone has certainly ushered in a state of hyper-connectivity, where the sharing of information over long distances, even to the other side of the world, is a simple tweet, email or Snapchat away. While these platforms offer up plenty of content for our eyes and ears, some feel that our noses are missing out on all the fun and have developed the oPhone, a Bluetooth-enabled odor emitting device designed to enable users to send smells to one another as a text or email. Read More
— 3D Printing

Low-cost, open-source 3D printer looks beyond plastic

With 3D printers dropping below the US$200 mark, the home 3D printing revolution appears to be getting into full swing, which is great ... if you want to make things out of plastic. Unfortunately, the price of commercial metal 3D printers means the ability to print metal objects has remained out of reach of most people. That could be set to change with a team from Michigan Technical University building a 3D metal printer for under $1,500. Read More
— Health & Wellbeing

Computer-controlled artificial leg offers a more natural gait

Although computer-controlled artificial legs have been around for a few years now, they generally still feature an ankle joint that only allows the foot to tilt along a toe-up/toe-down axis. That's fine for walking in a straight line, but what happens when users want to turn a corner, or walk over uneven terrain? Well, in some cases, they end up falling down. That's why researchers at Michigan Technological University are now developing a microprocessor-controlled leg with an ankle that also lets the foot roll from side to side. Read More
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