Here's what has us buzzing this week in the world of innovation and technology.
What is this? A satellite for ants?
From Arizona State Univeristy:
Going into space is now within your grasp.
A tiny spacecraft being developed at Arizona State University is breaking the barrier of launch cost, making the price of conducting a space mission radically cheaper.
“With a spacecraft this size, any university can do it, any lab can do it, any hobbyist can do it,” said Jekan Thanga, assistant professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration and head of the Space and Terrestrial Robotic Exploration (SpaceTREx) Laboratory.
Best Sleep of Your Life?
Power napping on a $3,299 mattress
Not since I fell asleep on top of my tablet watching House of Cards in bed have I laid down on top of so much technology. Testing out the Balluga smart bed — which launches today on Kickstarter — felt pretty normal until I was handed a smartphone with a connected app and told to go nuts with the bed’s many controls.
Paralyzed Patients Control Robotic Arm With Their Thoughts
IAN BURKHART HAS been a cyborg for two years now. In 2014, scientists at Ohio State’s Neurological Institute implanted a pea-sized microchip into the 24-year-old quadriplegic’s motor cortex. Its goal: to bypass his damaged spinal cord and, with the help of a signal decoder and electrode-packed sleeve, control his right arm with his thoughts. Cue the transhumanist cheers!
Neuroengineers have been developing these so-called brain-computer interfaces for more than a decade. They’ve used readings from brain implants to help paralyzed patients play Pong on computer screens and control robotic arms. But Burkhart is the first patient who’s been able to use his implant to control his actual arm.