We Like June 15th: NASA’s New Payload of Apps, MIT Cheetah Robot, and a Dual Mice Collaboration Tool Reply

‘Largest hackathon ever’ gives NASA a new payload of space apps


Photo adapted from gcn.com

NASA has named the five best in class winners of its second annual International Space Apps Challenge, which include technology for growing spinach on Mars and helping astronauts save time when taking photographs from space.

More than 9,000 people and 484 organizations from 83 cities across 44 countries competed the April 20-21 challenge, which Nick Skytland, program manager for NASA’s Open Innovation Program, described as the “largest hackathon ever held.”…

MIT Cheetah Robot Runs Fast, and Efficiently


Photo adapted from spectrum.ieee.org

The Cheetah robot developed at MIT’s Biomimetic Robotics Lab first grabbed our attention when the project was announced back in 2009. In the years that followed few details emerged about its progress, until finally in July 2012 the lab posted videos of the robot walking on YouTube. Now, at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), the MIT team has shown its cheetah-inspired robot running at a respectable 22 km/h (13.7 mph)…

Screenhero: Dual Mice and Collaboration in Any Window


We all love the idea of being able to connect and work with people in our always-online day and age, but ironically, when it comes to document collaboration, a lot of the software designed to aid in that — WebEx, GoToMeeting and the rest — is actually more geared to presenting rather than actually letting people work together on things, in real time, or focused on documents within a particular platform, like Google Docs…

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