Advanced Automation has been edging into our working lives for decades. While most of the inroads made by automation have been in manufacturing, these technologies are being increasingly applied in entertainment. Jon Sorkin has created a gadget that plays programmed songs with a harmonica. The device, known as the E-Sharp, uses two standard "C" harmonicas and plays them with compressed air. The E-Sharp can play a number of simple tunes. When the device is on, an LCD displays the name of the project and the developer's name, followed by a prompt to select a song.
Two different shape-shifting polymers have been announced from two different universities: Wyss Institute at Harvard University and Zhejiang University in eastern China. Both of them change their shapes when immersed in water, and the one from Wyss Institute was made with 3D-printing techniques.
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