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UC Berkley brings a new definition to the term “custom home.” The Bloom Pavilion measures 9 feet high, 12 feet wide and 12 feet deep, and has a traditional Thai floral motif design.  Unlike other 3D printed buildings which extruded wet cement through a nozzle, this new building was printed using dry powder cement.  According to team leader Ronald Rael, they "are mixing polymers with cement and fibers to produce very strong, lightweight, high-resolution parts on readily available equipment; it's a very precise, yet frugal technique."

There sure has been a lot of rapid development with regards to the 3D printer.  A Chinese company built 10 houses in less than 24 hours and in January finished a 5 story apartment block.  How soon before we work or live in a 3D printed building?

 

 

 

Boston Dynamics is at it again.  Their latest robot, named Spot is an improvement over its predecessor.  Unlike Wild Cat, Spot is much quieter.  It is fascinating to watch Spot navigate both indoors and out.  The original K9 and R2D2 remote controlled props were never capable of handling such issues with so much ease.  In fact, Spot is able to walk up stairs better than I can.

 

At the heart of our recent "Our Companion the Robot" investigation is the quest for the artificial intelligence.  From HAL 9000 and KITT to Iron Man's JARVIS science fiction is teeming with AIs.  So how soon before you will have your own constant companion?  Sooner than you think.

The creators of CUBIC were inspired by JARVIS to create an AI that unlike Siri, has the ability to integrate with your home giving you voice command over your environment.  Thanks to some cloud computing and an app, Cubic can follow you wherever your adventure takes you.

 Cubic was recently funded by an Indiegogo campaign so expect to see Cubic soon.

 

 

  

As part of the recent Doctor Geek’s Science Fair, students participated in our inaugural Applied Geekdom Completion.  One of these “Geek Games” was titled – Design Your Own Comic Book.  The winning entry in the costume design category was The Masked Manatee by 6 year old Nathaniel Victor.

We were so proud of Nathaniel’s comic that we decided to bring it to life as a segment on the next episode of Doctor Geek’s Laboratory of Applied Geekdom.

 

 

   The segment was so much fun to create and it turned out so well, that we decided to create a Doctor Geek’s Moment of Science in tribute to The Masked Manatee.  Enjoy this tidbit as we work to bring you the next full length episode of our show.