Math Monday: Quilted Geometric Spheres

By George Hart for the Museum of Mathematics Anabeth Dollind made this assortment of quilted balls, based on tilings of the sphere. These first two are spherical versions of Platonic solids: the dodecahedron and icosahedron, with twelve pentagons and twenty triangles, respectively. Next are a spherical version of the icosidodecahedron,... Read more »

Prospero, a Robotic Farmer

Dave wrote in with his intriguing agriculture robot. Are a swarm of robots like this the future of farming? Prospero is the working prototype of an Autonomous Micro Planter (AMP) that uses a combination of swarm and game theory and is the first of four steps. It is meant to... Read more »

Duck Feeds Kids When Kids Feed Ducks

In this digital performance experiment from the students of the Digital World and Image Group at Georgia Tech, an Arduino-based robotic duck spits out treats for kids when enough real ducks are gathered in the stream below. In order to get the real ducks to accumulate, the kids must feed... Read more »