Photo credit: Moahmed Radwan
Called ‘Qworkntine’, these modular work pods are designed to help employees safely return to the workplace as lockdown measures ease over the coming months. Each one contains an airtight seal and just enough space to get everything done. For security purposes, each employee is authenticated with facial recognition technology, thus eliminating the need for a door handle.
Set to be officially unveiled at CES 2020 in Las Vegas next month, the Rinspeed MetroSnap vehicle boasts a modular design, enabling it to double as a standalone store store or even a local postal office. This means Amazon can simply drive one of these to a designated parking spot and use it as a package station during the busy holiday season for returns.
Photo credit: Jason Dorfman | MIT CSAIL
MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have created M-Block 2.0, or self-assembling modular robots with flywheels inside them that can spin at up to 20,000 rpm. They use the angular momentum generated when braking to propel themselves in a specific direction, enabling them to spin, flip and even stack themselves together.