Technological innovations across the globe in the year of 2015. Look back over a year of amazing engineering listed below.
A student (L) and an instructor look at a computer as they demonstrate using a headset to control robots with her mind, at the People’s Liberation Army Information Engineering University, in Zhengzhou, Henan province, China, August 7, 2015. The robots can be controlled through the headset to go different directions, turn their heads and pick up objects, local media reported.
A Honda Motor employee demonstrates the company’s new Walking Assist Device, which helps those with weakened leg muscles but who are still able to walk, during its unveiling in Tokyo, Japan July 21, 2015.
A 500-metre (1,640-ft.) aperture spherical telescope is seen under construction among the mountains in Pingtang county, Guizhou province, China, November 26, 2015. The telescope, which will be the largest in the world, will be put in use by September 2016, according to local media.
A robot in the Robotic Kitchen prototype created by Moley Robotics cooks a crab soup at the company’s booth at the world’s largest industrial technology fair, the Hannover Messe, in Hanover, Germany April 13, 2015.
Drones fly in synchronization above attending conference-goers as they dine outside along the ocean during the opening remarks at the beginning of the Wall Street Journal Digital Live conference in Laguna Beach, California October 19, 2015.
Jan Stumpf of Ascending Technologies controls an Intel AscTec Firefly drone during a flight demonstration at the House Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade subcommittee on Capitol Hill in Washington November 19, 2015.
Brianna Lempesis, from San Diego, appears on a video screen on her “Beam” robot, while waiting in line to purchase an iPhone 6S at the Apple store in Palo Alto, California September 25, 2015. Lempesis made the purchase via the screen and the phone was attached to a hook on the robot.
A humanoid robot named “Yangyang” shows a facial expression during its demonstration at the Global Mobile Internet Conference in Beijing, China, April 29, 2015. The android was produced jointly by China’s Shanghai Yangyang Intelligent Robot Science Service center and Japanese professor Hiroshi Ishiguro, with the aim of popularizing robotics among the young.
The shock wave of a T-38C supersonic jet flying over the Mojave Desert in California is seen in an undated NASA schlieren image released August 25, 2015. Researchers used NASA-developed image processing software to remove the desert background, then combined and averaged multiple frames to produce a clear picture of the shock waves. Schlieren imaging reveals shock waves due to air density gradient and the accompanying change in refractive index, according to a NASA news release.
The Solar Impulse 2 is seen taking off at the Mandalay international airport, Myanmar March 30, 2015. The Swiss solar-powered plane whose record-setting, round-the-world solar-powered flight began in Abu Dhabi on March 9, was put on hold in July by weather and battery trouble.
Jacob and Ester Fu jump in the Nikon 360 Degree Project during the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada January 6, 2015. The project uses images taken from 48 Nikon D750 cameras to create 360-degree frozen moments and slow motion captures in 5K resolution.
The Jet Propulsion Lab team’s RoboSimian robot turns on a valve at a simulated disaster-response course during day one of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Robotics Challenge finals in Pomona, California, June 5, 2015.
Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson interacts with Pepper, a social humanoid robot developed by Aldebaran for SoftBank, during the Clinton Global Initiative’s annual meeting in New York, September 28, 2015.