Things 82: Mad Science, Storytelling Verve, Solar Lighting

Time for a Things Picture Special: 10 Pictures Lacking Context.

Here’s some proper Mad Science: setting up a feedback loop such that a fly sees what a robot sees, and its attempts to fly around the obstacles it sees through the robot’s eyes are translated into movements by the robot. Yikes.

More details on the experiment can be found over at IEEE.

Do not be put off by the artistic style here – this is some serious storytelling verve.

I recently read about some new solar powered floodlights, which is a pretty incredible thing since it means you can have off-grid public lighting. This begs the question: even when we couldn’t tap enough sunlight in a day to power a streetlight for a night, why weren’t all street lights at least partially solar powered?