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MicroTUM – a Magnetic Microbot Inside Human

If one day the micro robots will start travelling inside our bodies, they should be able to deal with obstacles. Scientists from Purdue University created a new magnetic robot called microTUM. It moves overturning and can overcome hollows and mounts in wet or dry environment.


Key features of device

Having dimensions of 800 microns in length and 400 in width, the magnetic robot looks very similar to the micro robots of the Max Planck Institute engineers. Both prototypes have elongated magnetic tips, which allow them to control the magnetic field. The robot is available for carrying medicines or other loads. It can carry them right to the organ where they are needed.

The human body is a diverse and inimical environment. Frictional forces can impede the movement of the bot. Moreover, biological fluids increase resistance. The engineers report that overturning is crucial for μTUM mobility. This requires a strong magnetic field. However, the minibot always keeps one side on the surface and can handle even steep slopes.

Robot tests

Having checked the device in various environments, the developers assured that the μTUM works well under any conditions. For instance, the oil slows it down. On the contrary, it allows to climb mounts and slopes with an angle of up to 60 degrees. Moreover, the micro bot moves faster outside due to the ability of rock climbing.

In future, μTUM can finally become an application for medicine delivery. Prior to this, the team is planning to give it a new management system based on machine vision, for more accurate movement and development of a non-magnetic mode of motion.



Mining. Now Available on Billboards

English mobile Internet consultant Terence Eden reported on his official Twitter page that in London a billboard was hacked. The hackers installed a program on the device and started mining cryptocurrency using a computer that ran a billboard.

Terence Eden photographed a huge advertising screen, which took almost the whole wall of the London shop. It is noteworthy that the Windows OS was installed on the computer that controlled the advertisement.


On the photo you can see the desktop of the computer with a lot of icons. One of the open programs was the NiceHash program – a program-miner for old computers. It is also known that the purse where the cryptocurrency came was started with the symbols 3Jgi6. In his message Terence Eden suggests that thanks to this information his “smarter” subscribers will be able to find out to whom it belongs. In addition, it is not known whether the software for the mining was installed by the store employees themselves or someone else.

Robot Spotmini Can Open Door

The fourlegged robot SpotMini developed by Boston Dynamics, which was completely updated in November last year, received a hand manipulator that allows it to perform many tasks, in particular, to open doors. Now employees in BD should be careful for the robot not to escape.


Team approach

Boston Dynamics demonstrated its fourlegged SpotMini for the first time in 2016. A fully electric robot with a height of 84 cm has a precise mechanics of animals. Moreover, it contains a lever with a fivedegree manipulator. The latter receives signals from a set of sensors. It includes stereo cameras, IMU, as well as position and force sensors. Last time SpotMini showed how it was running along the open country with incredible agility as well as smooth movements. But the recent presentation gave even more horrible and exciting image of these machinesupdated abilities.

One robot comes to the door, looks on it, and then waits for another robot to open it. The updated Spotmini easily stretches itshandto the door, open it, and politely holds it while thecomradeenters the room. This video impressed a lot. The way they move andbehavecan not but frighten.

Korean Exchange Bithumb Welcomes New Users

The South Korean currency exchange Bithumb opened registration for new users after the introduction of theknowyourcustomer” (KYC) procedure.

At the end of December, the government of South Korea reported on a demand to prohibit the opening of anonymous unverified accounts for users of crypto exchanges. It resulted in the development of laws and regulations, according to which at present registration on the Korean stock exchanges everybody must pass through the KYC.


The developers of the Bithumb reported that from February 9, users are able to verify their profiles via an open account in Nonghyup Bank. Moreover, the report says that the last revisions on the integration of the verification through Shinhan Bank will soon be completed.

The South Korean crypto exchange Bithumb was able to introduce the KYC system within ten days after the official ban of anonymous trading accounts in the whole country.

According to media reports, on January 30, 2018, new legislation was introduced in the country, created by the Financial Services Commission (FSC). It obliges crypto exchanges to introduce the KYC procedure for all the platform users. Thus, for the implementation of trading on the Bithumb, new users, as well as previously registered ones, must pass the KYC necessarily.

Artificial Intelligence Becomes a Jury in the Photo Contest

International Business Times starts the contest of architectural photography with an artificial intelligence acting as a jury. It was created by the developers of the well-known mobile app EyeEm. Developers say that the system is able to analyze the images according to a number of criteria: from identification of objects on the photo to evaluating the aesthetic features of the photo.


The Graphic City competition is dedicated to architectural minimalism. Mangers ask participants to focus on geometric elements, corners, and curves. They want photographers to send visually concise photos. Recruitment continues until February 12.

EyeEm is one of the most popular photo apps. The number of users is equal to approximately 20 million people all over the world. Technologies of AI in the program have been used for a few years – mostly for sorting photos regarding the themes and categories.


Ford Got the Patent for an Autonomous Police Car

Ford is one of the automotive companies making huge investments in the field of autonomous vehicle. They believe it is going to be an integral part of the future traffic. Recently the company filed an application for a patent. They are going to create an autonomous police car.

Car to Guard the Streets

The patent, called Motor 1, describes an autonomous police vehicle that can independently detect violations committed by other cars on the road in connection with surveillance cameras and road sensors.


A police car operating on AI can report the information on the offender to the office and chase this vehicle. Moreover, it is able to connect to the lawbreaker’s vehicle to communicate with passengers, check the identity of the driver, etc.

In fact, Ford’s patent application contains an algorithm that could determine how severe a driver’s violation of rules is and presume a penalty. The patent also describes how police officers are able to take control of a self-driving vehicle or use a wireless connection to various databases to obtain additional information about a driver who violates the law.

As for now, this is only a patent. Even if Ford gets permission to accomplish this goal, it is not known when it will be realized.

Ori – Robotic Furniture for a Smart Home

Imagine that you have a little flat in a big city. A little space, too many things, always mess… On the other hand, you will be able to create a table or a bed using just an app or gesture. Spinout MIT Media Lab Ori seeks to make this kind of robofiction a reality. Boston start-up company develops smart furniture. It turns into a bedroom, a study or a big wardrobe to save space in a small apartment.

More than a Smart Home

The Ori is an L-shaped device that is installed along the wall. There is a closet, a folding table, a pull-out bed, drawers and shelves on one side. The other side of the device could be unfolded to become a table. The surface above is a big shelf where one can place the TV. The third side, opposite to the wall, includes more shelves and hooks for hanging coats. Users can control the device through a smart home, a mobile Ori app or assistants like Echo Amazon. The test line of Ori, estimated at $ 10,000, is already being sold.


Developers predict that future apartments can be fully equipped with smart Ori furniture. This tech can be developed for other rooms like kitchens, bathrooms and hallways. For example, a two-bedroom apartment can be transformed into a spacious studio, become three separate rooms or turn into one big hall for a party.

The main task is to solve the problems of urbanization, as nowadays cities are extremely popular places for life. The second new phenomenon is the Internet of Things, so to say, it is a flow of intellectual gadgets, like household goods and furniture intended for connection to the Internet. They are connected to each other and simplify human life serving as gadgets.

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