AI Is the New Secret Weapon in the Quest for Better Batteries

Compared to all the electronics that power the tiny computer in your pocket; battery technology is downright disappointing. Not only does your smartphone need charging every day, but in a few years, its battery will be barely able to hold a charge at all. So how long will your device last? Researchers at Standford University and MIT have created an AI that can predict a battery’s potential lifespan after just a handful of charges. Read More >>

This Shape-Shifting, Pin-Headed Robot Lets You Feel Virtual Objects With Your Bare Hands

Virtual reality headsets today use your eyes and ears to make simulated experiences seem more real, but what about your other senses? Researchers at Stanford University have come up with a way for your hands and fingers to feel virtual objects with a unique robot that looks like an animated version of those Pin Art toys. Read More >>

Stanford Designed the Most Phallic Robot You’ve Ever Seen

Designing simpler spacecraft is what helped us finally put rovers on Mars and start exploring the Red Planet. Embracing simplicity might also give us simple, inexpensive robots that thrive doing very specific tasks, instead of multi-million dollar humanoids that have trouble just staying on their feet. Read More >>

Scientists Can Now Study Animal Motion Without Tiny Motion Capture Suits

Watch the behind-the-scenes footage of any effects-laden blockbuster film and you’ll see actors running around in checkered body suits. Capturing the motions of a human performer is the most lifelike way to bring a digital character to life, but scientists at Stanford have come up with a less intrusive way to capture and study the motions of animals. Read More >>

A Future Where Tiny Swarming Robots Bring Me My Phone Is the Future I Want

Making robots act like humans is hard, but making robots act like insects is considerably easier. And if you’ve ever seen a towering ant hill, or a massive bee hive, you know that thousands of insects working together can accomplish impressive things. So why not have a bunch of tiny robots do the same? Read More >>

Oh Great, a Deep Diving Robot Is Going to Steal All Our Pirate Treasure

We already know that robots are destined to steal all our jobs. But thanks to some foolhardy researchers at Stanford University who’ve developed an articulated robot that can dive and explore underwater shipwrecks, our android rivals will soon be stealing all our pirate treasure too. Read More >>

Stanford Built a Turbulent Wind Tunnel for Birds to Help Drones Fly Better

In terms of airborne manoeuvrability, Mother Nature’s flying creations still put our aircraft to shame. So when it comes to teaching drones and other autonomous aircraft how to stay aloft in the worst of conditions, it only makes sense to copy how birds do it. Read More >>

Stanford Built a New Kind of Computer That Uses Water Drops

Dunking your laptop in a bucket of water while it’s running is just about the worst thing you can do to it. But researchers at Stanford University, led by assistant professor Manu Prakash, have developed a new type of computer processor that’s actually built around moving water drops, instead of electrons. Read More >>

This Tiny, Inexpensive Microchip Can Diagnose Diabetes Instantaneously

Stanford researchers recently published work on a small microchip they've developed that scans for diabetes in a fraction of the time of current tests. Additionally, their test is reusable for upwards of 15 patients, can be performed on site, and is more accurate in differentiating the biomarkers that distinguish type 1 and type 2 diabetes. In other words, it's a major milestone in diabetes research. Read More >>

A Home Art Installation That Doubles as a Rooftop Solar Panel Monitor

Installing a set of solar panels on the roof of your home can lead to significant savings when your monthly power bill arrives. But how do you know how well they're performing in between without watching the meter like a hawk? With this innocuous looking piece of art that doubles as a home energy monitor. Read More >>

A Simple Adapter Lets the iPhone Assist in Eye Exams

We've already got machines that give ophthalmologists a close-up view of the inside and outside of the human eye. The problem is they're big and heavy, expensive, and rarely accessible to those in third world nations. So researchers at Stanford University have created a simple iPhone add-on that lets almost anyone, anywhere, perform eye exams. Read More >>

This Particle Accelerator Is Barely Bigger Than a Grain of Rice

Just getting a particle up to near the speed of light isn't good enough for today's physics. To properly unravel the fundamentals of the universe, particles have to be smashed together with enormous force. Two Stanford researchers have just devised a laser based method that imparts ten times the power of traditional methods at a fraction of the cost. Read More >>

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Stanford Develops Nanotube-Infused Artificial Skin for Robots and People Alike

Man and machine might not be that different in the future — especially if they share the same synthetic skin being developed at Stanford University. Read More >>