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The Everyday Calendar

Simone Giertz, the robotics enthusiast who initially became known for her useless robots, has launched a Kickstarter campaign for a device called the Everyday Calendar. The device allows you to touch a day on the screen to illuminate the hexagon for that day. The idea is the device aids you in keeping to habits and routines. The project has already 10x'd its goal and has 28 days to go.

Adobe Max

The Adobe MAX 2018 event demonstrated a plethora of AI enabled "multimedia" tools from Adobe this year. The innovations include the Moving Stills project which automatically generates an animated fly-through from a static image, ProjectKazoo which allows the user to hum a tune and generate sampled instrumental music from it and Fontphoria which automatically generates a custom font from one letter of a newly designed font. Check out these and the rest of the projects on the Adobe Blog.

Fiberbots

The Mediated Matter Group at MIT have created Fiberbots, robots that use a mix of fiber and resin to build towers underneath themselves. The bots use sensors and algorithms to colaborate with eachother while adjusting the length and curvature of the towers they build. (H/T to Mikael for sharing this).

Jumping Robots!

Boston Dynamics have released footage of Atlas doing parkour jumps from leg to leg! Also this week, researchers at Berkeley have developed the second iteration of a one legged jumping robot called Salto 1-P which can accurately control it's jumping patterns and trajectory.

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