Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Space gas samples, the dishwasher reimagined, architecture ethics and more in our look around the web

Japan Space Agency JAXA Confirms the Contents of Asteroid Mission “Treasure Box” In 2018 and 2019, Japanese space agency JAXA’s space probe Hayabusa2 spent 16 months following the asteroid Ryugu—and touching down on its surface twice. Hayabusa2 landed in Australia this month and JAXA confirms that its “tamatebako” (or “treasure box”) contained not only dark debris and small rocks but also a gas sample—the first-ever …

A Movement-Matching Virtual Reality Robot

The virtual reality experience continues to expand, now with the Dexterous Observational Roving Automation (DORA) telepresence robot. DORA pairs VR headsets with a movement-matching, mobile robot, allowing users to explore nearby areas without ever having to get up—think of it as a spare body you can control. Though it might seem like the ultimate tool for laziness, possible uses are very encouraging: for example, emergency …

SKEYE Nano Drone

A quadcopter that fits in the palm of your hand

At just four centimeters by four centimeters, the SKEYE Nano Drone from Netherlands-based gadget-maker TRNDlabs is presently the smallest consumer quadcopter on the market. Appearing like a prop out of a Honey, I Shrunk the Kids/Star Wars mashup, the SKEYE’s design takes cues from its larger brethren—including the HD camera-toting micro ZANO that recently caught the attention of amateur pilots and fledgling surveillance techs at …