Welcome to Cyber Dump number 25, your weekly look at what's happening in this insane age of technology that we live in. As always, all source links mentioned are below.
Michael Laufer from the Four Thieves Vinegar Collective has created a $30 DIY Autoinjector called the EpiPencil. It's aimed at people who need to carry an EpiPen with them in case of emergency, but don't want to pay the $600+ fee that pharma companies charge.
Uber's new self-driving car had it's maiden journey in public recently when it gave a ride to the mayor of Pittsburgh, and the president of Carnegie Mellon.
Fastbrick also showed off their Hadrian autonomous construction platform that can build houses in a fraction of the time it'd usually take.
Lampix showed off their augmented reality lamp that sits on your desk, and turns the surface into an interactive screen. Users can place objects on the desk, which the Lampix can read, and contextually react to.
Engineers at UC Berkley have created new neural dust sensors that can be embedded directly into the body, allowing for potential tracking and monitoring of nerves, muscles and organs in real time.
I mentioned a few weeks ago that it's now possible to track people in physical space using wireless routers, well now researchers at MIT have gone further, developing a technology that can measure peoples emotions, and is using this method to read the minute differences in peoples heartbeats and breathing.
Michal Spicka released a really cool project on github the other day called Web2web. It's a domain-less and server-less website system which uses bitcoin's blockchain and torrents to create fully distributed websites.
MavLab have shown off their Delftacopter drone, a fixed wing, bi-plane-like drone that can take off and land vertically. They're currently testing this as a delivery drone in the Australian outback.
In other drone news, DARPA announced their Aerial Dragnet program, a project that claims to create a meshnetwork of drones that can track any non-authorized drones in an area. I've got a feeling this will also be used for surveillance, tracking wifi and radio signals.
Two robotics videos this week. The first is a sit down with Marc Raibert, the founder of Boston Dynamics, where he goes over some of the history of the robotics company, and the challenges with making robots friendlier.
The next video follows another guy called Mark, who is training for the cybathlon with the help of a powered exoskeleton.
THIS WEEK ON NODE
Over on the site, contributor D10D3 did a great write-up showing you how to make a working Cyberdeck using a Raspberry Pi 3 and an old Commodore 64 case. Definitely check this out.
This week I released the latest Dead Drop video. I'm really glad you seem to like this new series. The other video is a useful little hack that turns the Raspberry Pi Zero into a USB dongle computer. No more need for annoying cables and adaptors.
Alright that's it for this week. I also just wanted to say welcome to all the new subscribers, and thanks for watching.