Tacterion is a spin-off from the German aerospace center at the Robotics and Mechatronics Center to develop tacterion, a new kind of tactile sensor. Tacterion offers polymer-based tactile sensors called Artificial Skin for Robotics, MedTech or as a new kind of input device in Human-Machine-Interaction in Smart Clothing. The rubber foil-like Artificial Skin sensor is connected to Tacterion's readout electronic component that translates physical interaction into data which digital systems can process. Filmed in 4K using Sony AX53 at the IDTechEx Printed Electronics Europe 2016 event. Read more at http://tacterion.com
Weccan Toys makes 12000 drone per month. Their mini model costs US$15 and is seen here in orange colour, flying about the booth. The bigger model sells for US$65 and their most popular model sells for US$27. They have their own R&D team in charge of developing new products every year. They also have on display their toy cars.
Now available for $137 at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/riley-your-smart-and-mobile-companion/x/585198#/ the retail price will be $229 and distributors can buy it at $78 for 1 thousand pieces minimum order. It moves around quite smoothly and fastly, works on carpets too, can climb over small obstacles, it can get back up if it fall over on its side. They have nice app features such as taking pictures, video, night-vision, "wake up on movement", go back to charger home. They might add more functions like room mapping/memory, follow function, "automatic roaming security guard" and more.
Rockchip RK3399 is Rockchip's first big.LITTLE processor, 64bit ARMv8, on 28nm with two large ARM Cortex-A72 cores and 4 small ARM Cortex-A53 cores, with ARM Mali-T864 GPU, it features dual USB Type-C with DisplayPort audio-video output support, H265/VP9 10bit 60fps HDMI 2.0 decode, PCI-e, 8 channel microphone array and support for the latest Android, Linux, Chrome OS and Windows 10. The RK3399 SDK is available to Rockchip's partners with sampling of the chip starting before the end of this month, full mass production in consumer electronics should happen in the 3 months of July to September 2016, depending on Rockchip's mass production device partners reaching stable results with the chip. Rockchip may position RK3399 as a mass market well priced Hexacore 64bit platform.
Orbital Composites aims to completely 3d print drones and satellites, here interviewed at 3D Printing USA. Orbital Composites has created new composite materials and 3D printer processes. The printer has a coaxial extruder. It can coat continuous fibers with a thermoplastic sheath. Carbon or copper fibers may be used to 3D print with. For more information, visit http://www.orbitalcomposites.com and http://www.IDTechEx.com
Airwheel shows their Aladdin flying carpet made famous by PranksvsPranks is remote controlled to accelerate, decelerate, stop, back forward. Sample price is at $300 and available now. If you want to look awesome in the streets, this is it.
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Aerotain, a Spin-Off of one of Switzerland's top universities ETH Zurich, shows a flying robot called Skye that is safe enough to fly above crowds and be touched in midflight. Helium provides uplift, even if technical problems occur and thus does not hurt anybody. The individually branded hull together with a live stream allow the audience to experience the brand. This is a new tool that marketing agencies and event organizers can consider as one great attention grabbing display/branding/projector drone. You can find out more about it at http://aerotain.com and follow them on https://twitter.com/aerotain
Sharp Robohon (which I previously filmed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KiZSL3o8L7M) is Sharp's vision for the future of the smartphone. A pocket-sized humanoid Robot, with built-in Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, LTE Sim card slot, it has a built-in projector, microphone, speaker. The concept is to use AI conversations to bring usefulness as a notification robot. I think Sharp needs to mass manufacture it, sell it worldwide for the price of an iPhone, and load all kinds of AI apps so it can be powered by Google, Amazon, Microsoft or anyone else who is making an AI voice assistant.
Fazein Acton Global, a Silicon Valley-based startup, has on demo their Rocket Skates, a pair of powered skates that run on rechargeable batteries and allow the wearer to move faster. The skates are available in different models differentiated only by price and battery runtime. Prices start at US$399 for the cheapest model.
Lego Education launches Lego WeDo 2.0 robotics kit at https://education.lego.com/en-us/elementary/shop/wedo-2 to teach elementary students all over the world about science and to give them a taste for building robots based on lego. It includes bluetooth controlled motors with apps on Android and iOS to let the students program the behavior of each lego robot.