Last year the Starwood Hotels group announced that they would be allowing smartphones to unlock their hotel doors through the use of Bluetooth proximity keys. However if you’d rather not be fishing for your phone with your hands full, you might be interested to learn that your Apple Watch will also be able to unlock the hotel room doors at Starwood Hotels.
That being said, this is only applicable to those who are members of the group’s SPG rewards program. The new application will allow guests to check in to the hotel and basically walk into the hotel, head right up to their room and unlock it and start unpacking. This is compared to the more “traditional” process where one has to check in at the reception and wait to receive their key. This could be ideal for the business traveller who just wants to skip the process and get into bed ASAP. Read full post →Apple Watch Can Now Be Used To Unlock Rooms At Starwood Hotels
It is said that the ant is capable of lifting many times its body weight, which has been estimated to be 20-100 times depending on the particular species, so imagine if we could roboticize their ability, how cool would that be? Well that’s what researchers at Stanford have done when they created a gecko-like robot that is capable of lifting more than 100 times its weight.
According to the report from New Scientist, this ability comes from the robot’s feet on which there are adhesives placed. This helps to stabilize the robot while at the same time allowing it to climb up a wall. “The bots also move in a style that is borrowed from biology. Like an inchworm, one pad scooches the robot forward while the other stays in place to support the heavy load. This helps the robot avoid falls from missing its step and park without using up precious power.” Read full post →Tiny Gecko-Like Robot Can Lift Over 100 Times Its Own Weight