There's simply too much tech to go around. Every week, we scan the Web for the coolest stories, and what we don't write about, we pull into a weekly gallery. Quick bites of hot trends in technology. Here they are for the week ending July 5. Google announced this week that it's willing to loan out its backpack-based camera, the Trekker, to guides, researchers or anyone else who can access hard-to-reach places and help Google image every corner of the globe.
David Lentink, Stanford University
Researchers at Stanford University used an ultra-high-speed Phantom camera that can shoot upwards of 3,300 frames per second to produce ultra-slow-motion video of birds. Understanding the movement of wings will help scientists build aerial vehicles that can flap with the ease and efficiency of birds.
Luke Sturgeon and Shamik Ray, Creators Project
Interaction designers Luke Sturgeon and Shamik Ray turned an Android smartphone as an electromagnetic field indicator and then used long-exposure photography and stop-motion animation to create movies of the electromagnetic fields emanating from everyday devices.
Hong Kong-based Robugtix introduced its lifelike robotic tarantula, the T8, which comes with a realistic and creepy 3D-printed exoskeleton. It's powered by 26 motors, three in each leg, and additional one to wiggle its abdomen, and retails for US $1,350.
This "sculpture in motion" called FLUIDIC has 12,000 individual spheres suspended from the ceiling. Several cameras in the room track visitors to the art installation and cause the sculpture to react to their presence. It's on dispaly in Italy for the Milan Design Week.
Artist Jake Evill, a recent graduate of Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand, used a 3-D scanner, X-ray machine and a 3-D printer to create Cortex, a concept for a customized cast for a broken limb that doesn't weigh down the patient.
Horizon, screengrab Vimeo
A combination plane-train concept involves a wing that flies in to drop off and pick up rail cars that contain passengers.
Christina Stephens (aka Amputee OT)
Occupational therapist Christina Stephens assembled her own prosthetic leg out of LEGOs.
A new contact lens is being developed that would allow wearers to zoom in and zoom out on focal points, just like the Terminator.