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Festo unveils robotic ants, butterflies and chameleon tongue gripper


Designing a robot that can convincingly move like a member of the animal kingdom is a much more difficult prospect than merely building something that has the outward appearance of one.

kSafe smart safe wants you to work for your cookies


The kSafe is a smart safe designed to turn temptation into motivation by locking items away until the user has earned them through either hitting an activity goal, spending time at a specific location such as a library, or simply waiting until a pre-determined time for the lid to unlock.

Future firefighters may be guided by "robots on reins"


When firefighters need to enter smoke-filled buildings to conduct search or rescue, they frequently suffer from low visibility and often need to feel their way along walls or follow ropes reeled out by the lead firefighter.

Tallest building in Europe planned for ... a small Alpine village?


Californian firm Morphosis (headed by Pritzker Architecture Prize winner Thom Mayne) has revealed plans for a slim mirrored skyscraper that – if it goes ahead – will be the tallest building in Europe.

Roots Up greenhouse collects mountain dew to water crops in Ethiopian highlands


In hot, dry areas of the world, collecting enough rainwater to grow crops can be difficult. Another potential source of water for collection, however, can be dew.

LivingHomes sustainable prefab houses are judged by their own standard


Back in 2013, Gizmag covered the launch of the C6 sustainable prefab homes from LivingHomes. The residences were designed to be low-cost and to be LEED Platinum certified.

Tandem silicon-perovskite solar cells could provide solar power on the cheap


By combining silicon solar cells with their cheap and efficient perovskite-based counterparts, researchers at Stanford and MIT are creating a new type of "tandem cell" that could reach efficiencies up to 35 percent...

Save over 80% on the Complete Arduino Starter Kit


An Arduino can be the brains of virtually any project — from a tweeting toaster to a remote controlled dinosaur.

Periscope turns any iPhone user into a live broadcaster


Not all that long ago, to call yourself a broadcaster you needed the blessing of station executives and pretty smile.

Opportunity rover completes Martian marathon


Marathons may be an everyday occurrence for people on Earth, but are a little more noteworthy when you're a little robot on Mars.

Researchers stumble across Earth's largest asteroid impact zone


Geophysicists conducting drilling as part of geothermal research claim to have stumbled across the largest asteroid impact zone ever found on Earth.

Porsche’s electric plans decoded


While this month's news of plans for an electric-powered Porsche sent the traditional car press into a frenzy of speculation there’s been little substance behind the talk of which direction an all-electric model might take, with many suggesting the company will opt for a Panamera-like Tesla rival.

In pictures: Baselworld 2015


Given the premier nature of Switzerland's watchmaking industry, the level of excitement, glitz and glamor that surrounds Baselworld should come as no surprise.

Solar-assisted, volcanic-composite sailing yacht navigating world's toughest waters


Carbon fiber has established itself as a wonder material in vehicle construction, with its mix of low weight and high strength being prized for many of the world's most advanced vehicles of land, sea and air.

Facebook successfully tests its internet-beaming drones


Mark Zuckerberg's plans to use unmanned drones to provide internet connections appears one step closer to reality.

Switchmate gives smart light bulbs the flick


Being able to control your home's lights from your phone can be useful. Lights can be switched on or off from your bed, for example, or set to come on when you arrive home.

MIT scientists detect possible ring system around minor planet Chiron


A team of astronomers from MIT have detected signs of a possible ring system around the minor planet Chiron.

Squid-inspired stickers could make soldiers invisible to infrared cameras


We've already heard about two different studies in which scientists are developing camouflage systems inspired by squids' color-changing skin.

Quadcopter converted into balloon-hunting Laser Drone


The ability to view real-time video from a quadcopter's onboard camera is certainly a handy feature, but let's be honest – there are probably a lot of people who just think, "Wouldn't be great if I could use this to shoot at stuff?

Aalberg announces two more effects pedals ahead of Frankfurt reveal


Changing parameters on a floor-based stomp while playing a song on stage or in the studio is tricky. Aalberg Audio's first effects pedal announced last year aimed to bring some setting-switching ease to the process by allowing players to wirelessly control parameters using a little box that could be attached to a guitar strap or belt.


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