On (most) Fridays I post here a roundup of interesting things I’ve read and/or posted on social media since my last roundup, generally stories about emerging technologies, experiential activations, interactive art, advances in scientific research, and other things I find interesting.
Featured Image: Disney Imagineering / Techcrunch

After 30 years, Honda is halting the development of its iconic Asimo humanoid robots in favor of more useful models:

Image: Evan Ackerman/IEEE Spectrum

Researchers have used copper nanoparticles to create a new antibacterial coating for medical clothing that kills bacteria to reduce infections:

Image: Getty Images/The Economist

Disney Imagineering has created autonomous robot stunt doubles called Stuntronics that can perform really active aerial stunts that current generations of animatronics can’t even approach:

Image: Disney Imagineering / Techcrunch

Want to understand experience design? Eat popcorn with chopsticks, drink water from a martini glass, or watch a movie through “finger-goggles”:

Image: Co.Design, Source Photos: Antonio Guillem/iStock (hand), Paket/iStock (popcorn)

Self-driving car startup Nuro is teaming up with Kroger on a pilot for same-day grocery delivery:

Image: Nuro/Kroger/Techcrunch

Lionsgate & Pepsi created a Snapchat augmented reality experience to promote the NBA star-packed movie ‘Uncle Drew’:

Image: Tommy Palladino/Next Reality

Physicists at Brandeis have created a robotic eel that can swim through human bodies for drug delivery:

Image: Brandeis University

Researchers in Hong Kong created a drug delivery system that uses magnetically-controlled microbots to deliver stem cells into hard-to-reach organs:

Image: University of Hong Kong/Science Robotics

Ikea created an augmented reality app for kids that suggests toys they can make out of discarded flat-pack cardboard:

Image: Ikea/Contagious

Facing wildfire threats, some cities in the West are choosing drone shows instead of the traditional 4th of July fireworks:

Image: Great Lakes Drone Company

Scientists in Singapore have demonstrated how to use CRISPR gene editing to change the colour, pattern and shape of butterfly wings:

Image: Mutsuoka & Monteira/Cell Reports

Harvard’s Ambulatory Microrobot (HAMR) is a cockroach-inspired robot that can swim on the water surface, break the surface tension to sink and also walk underwater:

Image: The Harvard Microrobotics Lab/Harvard University

Chemistry researchers are using virtual reality to manipulate molecules in three dimensions, recalling physical models used to visualize forests of atoms in the past:

Image: Helen Deeks and Matt Sutton/Interactive Scientific Ltd.

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