ETH Zurich

  • This edible sensor could help keep food fresh

    This edible sensor could help keep food fresh

    Making sure fresh food is kept at the right temperature during transit is a harder problem than one might think — but the Swiss are on the job. Not only did they create robo-fruit to mix in with the real ones, but another research team has created a biodegradable temperature sensor that sticks to food all the way from its starting point to the inside of your mouth. Read More

  • Zapping cobalt nanodots could lead to magnetic RAM

    Zapping cobalt nanodots could lead to magnetic RAM

    Magnetic storage, and we’re talking tape here, is good for long-term storage because it’s cheap and stable — unlike solid state drives and volatile memory, which are quick but expensive and better for temporary storage. New research might lead to a method that combines the best of both worlds. Read More

  • Smile, you’re in augmented reality dentistry

    Smile, you’re in augmented reality dentistry

    For someone getting major dental work or reconstructive surgery, it can be hard to visualize what they’ll look like afterwards. You can do casts and make wax molds, but that’s a bit… 19th century, isn’t it? A Swiss startup brings the, in retrospect, obvious solution of augmented reality to the problem, giving patients a virtual view of the smile they could soon have. Read More

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    Researchers 3D print a soft artificial heart that works a lot like a real one

    Researchers 3D print a soft artificial heart that works a lot like a real one

    The science of prosthetics has been advancing by leaps and bounds over the last few years, and research into soft robotics has been especially complementary. The same techniques that go into making a robot arm that flexes and turns like a real one can go into making more complex, subtle organs — like the heart, as Swiss researchers have demonstrated. Read More

  • Project recreates cities in rich 3D from images harvested online

    Project recreates cities in rich 3D from images harvested online

    People are taking photos and videos all over major cities, all the time, from every angle. Theoretically, with enough of them, you could map every street and building — wait, did I say theoretically? I meant in practice, as the VarCity project has demonstrated with Zurich, Switzerland. Read More

  • Disney Research Creates A Robot That Can Fly Up Walls

    Disney Research Creates A Robot That Can Fly Up Walls

    Disney Research and the research group at ETH Zurich have created a car that can drive, fly, jump, and ride up walls. By using propellers and wheels, the robot can fly over obstacles and then smack against walls for a little vertical action. Called the VertiGo, the robot’s wheels are actually unpowered. All of the motion comes from the propellers which send it rolling across the ground… Read More

  • If You Watch One Video Of A Quadcopter Walking A Quadrupedal Robot, Make It This One

    If You Watch One Video Of A Quadcopter Walking A Quadrupedal Robot, Make It This One

    The folks at the Autonomous Systems Lab at the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich in Switzerland have created the ultimate robot combo. Need a quadruped? You got one. Need a quadcopter? You got one. Need them both to bounce around like jolly friends? You got that too! This robot duo is an example of how robots can work together as a team and remain “tethered” to each… Read More

  • Watch These Drones Dance Merrily ‘Round The Maypole

    Watch These Drones Dance Merrily ‘Round The Maypole

    Under the guise of “high-g quadcopter training” the folks at ETH Zurich have tethered multiple drones to a central pole and are teaching them to do 50 km/h accelerations of up to 13 gs. In short, these guys are going really fast and not hitting each other, which is amazing. From the release: The testbed allows the characterization of the flight behavior of quadrocopters at… Read More

  • Kooaba's Reality Augmented With $3 Million Funding

    A Swiss startup offering mobile visual search and augmented reality technology, kooaba, landed 3 million in Swiss franks (or about $3 million) venture funding from undisclosed Swiss investors the company’s co-founder and chief executive Herbert Bay reported this morning. Kooaba was spun out of the Computer Vision Lab at a top science and technology university in Switzerland, ETH… Read More