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Future

Facebook planning AR glasses

Published on 09/26/2019 @ 8 AM EST

Along with a project called “Live Maps,” the social media giant is building a pair of AR glasses and 3D maps of the world. Confirmed at Oculus Connect, Facebook shared it has a few prototypes already, though details are scarce.

Robotics lab creates flying fish drone

Published on 09/15/2019 @ 1 AM EST

Using a gas explosion for propulsion, AquaMAV is able to jump up to 26 meters out of the water, including choppy water. Its main function would be collecting water samples during natural disasters.

Moon elevator being discussed by experts

Published on 09/14/2019 @ 1 AM EST

Astronomers from Cambridge and Columbia Universities have proposed the idea of Spaceline, an elevator that gives access to the moon. Rather than being anchored to Earth, it would remain in orbit and require a zip line of sorts.

MIT develops color-changing ink

Published on 09/12/2019 @ 8 AM EST

Called PhotoChromeleon Ink, it’s a reprogrammable ink that can change its color after exposure to UV light, which takes anywhere from 15 to 40 minutes. Developers are looking at adding this to consumer products, such as clothing.

Made In Space creating self-building satellites

Published on 09/03/2019 @ 9 AM EST

Using automation and 3D printers, the brand is looking to launch a self-manufacturing satellite in the next three years. The advantage is that supplies are more dense for launching into space, meaning the final designs can be more elaborate than those that must withstand a launch.

MIT creates shape-shifting boat robots

Published on 09/01/2019 @ 1 AM EST

The “roboats” are capable of changing configurations and even working with other “roboats” to create new structures on their own. This is in addition to basic autonomy with navigation and assembly lines.