A company called Global Energy Transmission (GET) have developed and indictive charging solution to allow drones to charge wirelessly, while in flight. The system can transmit up to 12kW of power at approx. 80% efficiency.
Researchers at MIT have developed an intelligence augmentation device that is capable of detecting and transmitting verbalised words that are not spoken. The device measures neuro-muscular signals in the jaw and face that are triggered when words are internally verbalised inside the users head but not spoke out loud.
BMW Motorrad have released footage of their driverless motorcycle driving on its own around a track. The aim of the project is to improve riding safety by allowing this technology to aid the rider, as opposed to a producing an autonomous driving motorcycle.
Researchers at the University of California, Riverside have discovered the chemical detection abilities of an African musical instrument called a mbira. The instrument uses metal times connected to a wooden sounding board which produce a musical tone when plucked. The research has discovered that using a hallow U-shaped tine filled with different liquids produce notes of different frequencies. These differences can be used to detect different liquid samples such as sodium chloride or non-toxic glycerol.
This is an interesting piece by Wired on Piotr Wozniak, a Polish scientist, experimenter and founder of SuperMemo. The spacing effect is a phenomenon discovered by Hermann Ebbinghaus circa 1885 which results in dramatically improved learning by correctly spacing practice sessions.
Before Satoshi and Bitcoin, researchers Stuart Haber and Scott Stornetta invented the blockchain concept in a paper published in the Journal of Cryptography in 1991. They then went on to found a company called Surety which provided timestamping and digital seal services for digital documents.
Researchers at UC Berkeley have developed a motion video retargeting system that captures dance moves from a source dancer and generates video of those dance moves being performed by a target dancer, using pose detection as the transfer medium, with seemingly good face synthesis and motion smoothing.
Researchers at the University of Illinois' Coordinated Science Laboratory have demonstrated a better mechanism for noise cancelling headphones that uses wireless signals to send sound data from microphones close to the sound source, allowing less processing and microphone hardware to be installed on the headphones themselves.
A startup called Energy Vault is using a 120 meter crane to store potential energy in a tower of concrete blocks that weight 35 metric tons each. The tower can store 20 megawatt hours of power and has a round-trip energy efficiency rate of 85%.