Stories by Kevin Lee

  • Photo of Tokyo is 600,000 pixels wide, lets you zoom-enhance all over the place

    Jeffrey Martin, panoramic photographer and founder of photography site 360Cities, just created the world's largest photo of Tokyo. The image 600,000 pixels wide, and it's a composite made from over 8000 photos. It took Jeffery two days to capture the entire scene from the Tokyo Tower's lower observatory roof using a Canon 7D DSLR and 400mm lens mounted on a Clauss Rodeon gigapixel robot.

  • This lens will give your photos and DSLR that 19th century look

    Here's something for those who ever wanted to give photos that old timey look but like for real--without any of that Instagram digital post-processing shader mess. The minds at Lomography have brought back the nearly two-century old Petzval portrait lens that you can stick onto your digital-age SLR camera to create stylish photos like it's the 19th century all over again.

  • NASA test-fires a 3D-printed rocket part - and it didn't melt under the heat

    3D printing is great for making trinkets, but NASA has some much more ambitious plans in mind: Take, for instance, this 3D-printed rocket injector assembly that NASA, in collaboration with Aerojet Rocketdyne, recently put through a successful "hot-fire" test (which is basically what you think it is--a test burn of a rocket on the ground).

  • Move over, Google car; this is a smartphone-powered self-driving Power Wheels

    Three college students from Griffith University in Australia have created an autonomous vehicle using just a smartphone and a toy Power Wheels car. This self-driving car navigates its way around by plotting a GPS course on the smartphone. Meanwhile, it uses a connected camera sensor to see where the road lanes are, and to spot any other hazards on the traffic-laden streets. This one smartphone system also controls all of the car's steering and acceleration.

  • This robotic ape is what futuristic dystopian nightmares are made of

    It's almost as if scientists have never seen a movie before. Researchers at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) have developed the world's first robotic primate called the iStruct robo-ape, thus combining our worst fears of robot uprisings along with a literal Planet of the Apes.

  • Cheetah-Cub robot brings us one step closer to robo-kittehs

    Researchers at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) have created a small cat-like automaton called the Cheetah Cub Robot. Unlike DARPA's Cheetah or Boston Dynamics's Big Dog, this little robo-cat comes in an adorable size that's meant to prance around like a real feline. D'aww.

  • Shapeways launches a new soft, squishy 3D printing material

    If you've ever felt a 3D-printed object? They're typically made of hard, brittle plastic, and tend to be delecate. Now Shapeways is introducing a new, squishy 3D printing material called Elasto Plastic that's more like a soft, pliable piece of rubber than stiff ABS plastic.

  • 3D printing could lead to bionic brain chips, microscopic toy bunnies

    The idea of applying a regular computer chip directly to your brain is silly, so scientists at Japan's Yokohama National University have created a new material that can be shaped into complex, conductive microscopic 3D structures. What does that mean? It could potentially lead to custom brain electrodes.

  • How does the world's first full-color 3D printer work? We ask its creators

    A few weeks ago, we were absolutely excited over the over the prospect of the ProDesk3D, a full-color 3D printer in the works from a New York-based startup named botObjects. Unlike every 3D printer that we've seen so far, the ProDesk3D color palate isn't limited to a handful of pre-colored spools of plastic. This printer promised to create a whole rainbow of colors, not unlike an inkjet printer using a five-color cartridge.