UCLA’s Augmented Reality Sandbox

The Augmented Reality Sandbox (orginally developed by researchers at UC Davis) lets users sculpt mountains, canyons and rivers, then fill them with water or even create erupting volcanoes. This version of the device at UCLA was built by Gary Glesener using off-the-shelf parts and good ol’ playground sand. Any shape made in the sandbox is … Read moreUCLA’s Augmented Reality Sandbox

Future traffic challenges of flying cars

US aerospace start-up Terrafugia unveiled the TF-X recently, which is a concept car of the future… a very near future with additional plans to build a street legal airplane that can convert from flying to driving in under a minute. UCLA researcher Mario Gerla who studies intelligent transport weighed in on the concept: “We always … Read moreFuture traffic challenges of flying cars

The urban heat island effect and how cool pavement can help

On sweltering days you can fry an egg on them. But, now, Lawrence Berkeley Lab and UC Davis researchers are testing surfaces designed to make them cooler and safer. “Cool pavements are paved surfaces that are more effective at reflecting sunlight. So, by reflecting more sunlight than traditional paved surfaces, they’re able to absorb less … Read moreThe urban heat island effect and how cool pavement can help

Clean burner technology produces whiter chicken meat in food

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory scientists invented “ultraclean low swirl combustion.” Their commercialized burners are cheaper than the traditional kind and they don’t cause pollution. “Companies are able to find a market for this burner in places that does not require low emissions burner because in the absence of pollutants, for example they sell the burner … Read moreClean burner technology produces whiter chicken meat in food

How nanotechnology can boost energy efficiency

Researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed a nanocrystal material that could add a critical energy-saving dimension to “smart window” coatings. “We’re really excited about our technology using a solution-based process because that has the potential to really bring the costs down to the point where it can be deployed broadly in the … Read moreHow nanotechnology can boost energy efficiency

Robotic squirrels vs. rattlesnakes

UC Davis researchers go into rattlesnake country to study the interaction between snakes and squirrels. The snakes are real, but the squirrel is a robot. “By bringing engineers and biologists together, we’re creating new ways of doing science.  Hopefully making discoveries that would not have been made unless we brought these different fields together.” – … Read moreRobotic squirrels vs. rattlesnakes