"This is a harbinger of things to come," said David Bourne, a robotics professor at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, who called the price surprisingly low. He described it as a "work in progress" and said most manufacturers would want faster and stronger robots.
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3. An ultra-low cost scanner that can be plugged into any computer to show images of an unborn baby has been developed by Newcastle University engineers.
The handheld USB device — roughly the size of a computer mouse — works like existing ultrasound scanners, using pulses of high frequency sound to build up a picture of the unborn child on the computer screen.
However, unlike the technology used in most hospitals across the UK costing anywhere from £20,000- £100,000, the scanner created by Jeff Neasham and Research Associate Dave Graham at Newcastle University can be manufactured for as little as £30-40.