DoorBot – The Wi-Fi Enabled “Smart” Doorbell

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GravitySpace: Tracking Users and Their Poses in a Smart Room Using a Pressure-Sensing Floor

GravitySpace is a new approach to tracking people and objects indoors. Unlike traditional solutions based on cameras, GravitySpace reconstructs scene data from a pressure-sensing floor. While the floor is limited to sensing objects in direct contact with the ground, GravitySpace reconstructs contents above the ground by first identifying objects based on their texture and then applying inverse kinematics.

GravitySpace is a research project by Alan Bränzel, Daniel Hoffmann, Marius Knaust, Patrick Lühne, René Meusel, and Stephan Richter supervised by Christian Holz, Dominik Schmidt, and Patrick Baudisch at the Human Computer Interaction Lab at Hasso Plattner Institute.

Learn more: http://www.hpi.uni-potsdam.de/baudisch/projects/gravityspace.html

Bioinspired Robojelly fuelled by hydrogen

American researchers have created a robotic jellyfish, named Robojelly, which not only exhibits characteristics ideal to use in underwater search and rescue operations, but could, theoretically at least, never run out of energy thanks to it being fuelled by hydrogen.
The video, provided by researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas and Virginia Tech, shows the potential of the robot as it is powered by electricity.

The paper, published in IOP Publishing’s journal Smart Materials and Structures, can be downloaded from http://iopscience.iop.org/0964-1726/21/4/045013