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Japanese balloon artist Masayoshi Matsumoto has created amazingly detailed colored balloon animals that appear as lifelike as a balloon animal can possibly get. According to Matsumoto, balloons are the only materials that he uses to create these rubber masterpieces.
(translated) The work that has been published on this page is made from all balloon only. (Adhesive, magic pen, seal, etc. are not used at all)
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MIT scientists premiered their amazing Untethered Miniature Origami Robot that is able to self-assemble, walk on various surfaces, swim in shallow water, carry small items, and climb up different grades at the IEEE 2015 ICRA Conference in Seattle, Washington.
…we present a novel single-sheet structure that self-folds into a centimeter-sized mobile robot that subsequently walks, swims, and dissolves. The robot is controlled using an external magnetic field exerted by embedded coils underneath the robot. Equipped with just one permanent magnet, the robot features a lightweight body yet can perform many tasks reliably despite its simplicity. The minimal body materials enable the robot to completely dissolve in a liquid environment, a difficult challenge to accomplish if the robot had a more complex architecture. This study is the first to demonstrate that a functional robotic device can be created and operated from the material level, promising versatile applications including use in vivo.
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Two adorable little hamsters named Dumptruck and Porkchop spent some time at the Chicken Memorial Playground where they were able to swing on the swings, slide down the slide, roll around in the sandbox, and even play a game of ball before the two tired rodents decided to call it a day.
What’s cuter than a tiny hamster in a tiny playground? Two tiny hamsters in a tiny playground! Check out Dumptruck and Porkchop as they swing, slide and go all crazy pants in the sandbox. The playground has been named “The Chicken Memorial Playground” in honour of my very first hamster. Chicken, you will always be remembered and loved.
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