College Seniors Invent AI Helmet To Help The Visually Impaired See

Two college seniors from south China’s Kunming University of Science and Technology have invented an intelligent device, Eye See, to help with the everyday life of the visually impaired.

Eye See, a helmet, was designed for the visually impaired. The built-in image recognition function helps users read books and magazines, while laser sensors react to obstacles on road.

Wang Xinkai, one of the inventors, said the team is currently developing a smartphone application that can aid the visually impaired to shop in supermarkets via image recognition technology.

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The Super Monster Wolf Is Here To Scare Animals Away From Farmers’ Crops

A wolf-like robot to drive away wild animals that cause damage to agriculture has been introduced on a trial basis in Kisarazu in southwest Chiba Prefecture in Japan.

According to the agricultural cooperative association JA Kisarazu-shi, the robot is almost the same size as an adult wolf. Named Super Monster Wolf, the robot is covered by fur and is baring its fangs.

The robot detects wild animals with an infrared ray sensor when they approach and intimidates them, flashing the red LEDs of its eyes on and off, and blaring 18 types of sounds in rotation, including a wolf’s growl, a human voice and a gunshot. The agricultural cooperative borrowed the robot for free from a Hokkaido company that developed it to keep away bears and deer.

A Kisarazu city government official said there have been no signs of wild animals or birds nearby since Super Monster Wolf was installed on July 11.

The Hokkaido company will start manufacturing the robot to order in September. Each will retail for about ¥200,000 (about $2,200).

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The Japanese Supercar That Almost Was – The Dome Zero

What do you get when you mix Japan’s burgeoning fortunes as an automaker in the 1970s along with a passel of frustrated racers?

One of the first Japanese supercars, that’s what. The Dome Zero’s road to the 1978 Geneva Motor Show was paved with broken marriages, infrequent bathing schedules, and a nearly impossible deadline. It sounds like an episode of Monster Garage, now that we think about it. The wedgy, Italian-esque body evokes the finest work of the House of Nuccio. Power came from a Datsun inline six, offering a power to weight ratio on par with Porsches of the day.

Dome was a racing shop initially, so the learning curve to road vehicles was a steep climb. The marathon finally finished, the Zero took the stand at the 1978 Geneva Motor Show. Enough of a stir was whipped up that several Japanese toy manufacturers approached Dome about licensing the design. Looking to bring the actual car to market, Dome entered into agreements with the toy manufacturers. The sales of the little cars funded the development of the real deal to the point where Dome built a new HQ in Kyoto.

The Zero progressed nearly to production, but was derailed after over a year of wrangling unsuccessfully with Japan’s Ministry of Transport. Failing to gain approval to homologate the car in Japan, Dome decided to try building the car in the United States and reimporting Zeros into Japan. We’re not sure what finally caused the project to grind to a halt, but a few prototypes with chunky US-spec bumpers are all that remains. Dome went back to racing, and paid homage to this star-crossed road car by naming their first LeMans entry the Dome Zero RL. Thirty years on, all we can do is gaze at the pictures and dream of what might have been.

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Mercedes-Maybach Unveils The Super-Luxury Electric Car Of Tomorrow’s World

The Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet concept car looks very appropriate parked next to the open sea. Designers clearly looked to watercraft rather than cars for inspiration.

The long two-seater will be on display in at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California on Sunday, with the crashing surf of the California coastline will be its backdrop.

With its long nose, tapering tail, sparkling blue paint and bright white and wood interior the Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet looks very much like a road-going sport yacht. The car is intended to show the “ultimate in luxury of the future,” according to Mercedes’ announcement.

The car is electrically powered, according to Mercedes, with a total output of 750 horsepower from four electric motors.

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This 3D Printed Coffee Table Shows Art As Seen Under The Microscope

Scientists have long been fascinated with viewing objects under the microscope, and it’s easy to see why. You get a fresh perspective on everyday items that look completely different under the lens. With pretty patterns and vivid colors, there’s a sense of surprise when you get a closer look at images that can’t be seen with the naked eye.

Enter Microcromo, a 3D-printed transformable coffee table that displays microscopic art. Designed by Italian company Art Is Therapy, Microcomo was born out of a combination of passions – photography and a penchant for microscopic images.

Microcromo is multifunctional transforming furniture designed to be at the same time an artistic painting, a smart ambient light and a comfortable table. Designed for sophistication but built for functionality, our product uses microscope photography, chromotherapy and transformation to turn any space into a better place to live.

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Meet Light Ragaz, A Spectacular 3D Projection Onto Natural Environment

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Chilling Look At The Ordinary Cars ISIS Have Transformed Into ‘Mad Max’ Deadly Bombs

Police in Iraq have released images of 23 cars – captured from ISIS – that have been turned into bombs...

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This Oversized Helmet Is Designed To Block Out Noise In The Workplace

Ukrainian based Hochu rayu design bureau have come up with an idea for when your office or workplace gets too...

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Watch 3-Year-Old Kid And Volvo Truck In The ‘World’s Largest Unboxing’

Volvo Trucks North America recently set a spectacular record when launching their all-new truck series, the Volvo VNL. By letting...

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Ukrainian Technician Builds A Family Of Robots Out Of 1750 Wooden Parts

Gleb Garanich/Reuters Dmitry Balandin uses a wooden external prosthesis as he plays with his wooden models Centurion, Amazonand Kid in...

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