ETH Zurich Presents: Juliet's Christmas Tree

Can you stand one more holiday video featuring cute quadrotors? Sure you can!

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ETH Zurich Presents: Juliet's Christmas Tree

ETH Zurich tells the story of Juliet, one of their resident quadrotors, who decided to have an adventure on Christmas eve.

"As hard-working PhD students went home on a Christmas evening, Juliet, a little quadrocopter, found herself awake and unable to sleep. Perhaps it was her neighbors, Kilo and Lima, snoring too loudly. So she got up and started looking around, quickly discovering a small pretty Christmas tree lit up in the office. The tree was behind a glass window, so she decided to build her own tree -- out of foam bricks left over from another project. She even found some candles and lights... and even some matches!"

Three things:

  • I love the charging system.
  • I really love the ping-pong ball eyes!
  • I hate to have to ask this again, but are we sure that we should be giving robots access to fire?

[ ETH Zurich FMA ]

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The Bionic-Hand Arms Race

The prosthetics industry is too focused on high-tech limbs that are complicated, costly, and often impractical

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A photograph of a young woman with brown eyes and neck length hair dyed rose gold sits at a white table. In one hand she holds a carbon fiber robotic arm and hand. Her other arm ends near her elbow. Her short sleeve shirt has a pattern on it of illustrated hands.

The author, Britt Young, holding her Ottobock bebionic bionic arm.

Gabriela Hasbun. Makeup: Maria Nguyen for MAC cosmetics; Hair: Joan Laqui for Living Proof

In Jules Verne’s 1865 novel From the Earth to the Moon, members of the fictitious Baltimore Gun Club, all disabled Civil War veterans, restlessly search for a new enemy to conquer. They had spent the war innovating new, deadlier weaponry. By the war’s end, with “not quite one arm between four persons, and exactly two legs between six,” these self-taught amputee-weaponsmiths decide to repurpose their skills toward a new projectile: a rocket ship.

The story of the Baltimore Gun Club propelling themselves to the moon is about the extraordinary masculine power of the veteran, who doesn’t simply “overcome” his disability; he derives power and ambition from it. Their “crutches, wooden legs, artificial arms, steel hooks, caoutchouc [rubber] jaws, silver craniums [and] platinum noses” don’t play leading roles in their personalities—they are merely tools on their bodies. These piecemeal men are unlikely crusaders of invention with an even more unlikely mission. And yet who better to design the next great leap in technology than men remade by technology themselves?

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