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Date: 08/24/11 08:10 AM

26 Responses to GelSight: Sensing Surfaces With This Wonder Goo

  1. Profile photo of Dickens
    Dickens Male 18-29
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    August 24, 2011 at 8:11 am
    Link: GelSight: Sensing Surfaces With This Wonder Goo - A hyper responsive gelatinous substance being used to effortlessly visualize and record superfine details.
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    Angelmassb Male 18-29
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    August 24, 2011 at 8:19 am
    Nice, Ill buy 4 please
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    YIELD_TO_ME Male 18-29
    218 posts
    August 24, 2011 at 8:27 am
    awesome
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    bliznik Male 30-39
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    August 24, 2011 at 9:10 am
    Haha, I love it when they put the Gelsight on a camera. So they use a magnifying gel along with a magnifying camera to gain high resolution. Or, they could just use a magnifying camera...
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    HalfPintRoo Female 18-29
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    August 24, 2011 at 9:26 am
    pretty sweet
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    Mantistador Male 18-29
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    August 24, 2011 at 9:26 am
    now use the camera to texture an entire game with it...
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    Samsquanch Male 30-39
    792 posts
    August 24, 2011 at 9:30 am
    Sweet! Now my fleshlight can feel even more realistic!
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    the_windy Female 18-29
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    August 24, 2011 at 10:05 am
    Someone want to explain to me the difference between this and a microscope?
    Looks really neat though.
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    Quackor Male 18-29
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    August 24, 2011 at 10:38 am
    how is this different from only using the camera being used?
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    GRadde Male 18-29
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    August 24, 2011 at 11:05 am
    Hum... possible future almost-mechanical fingerprint recognition? I like!
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    LexiLeet Female 18-29
    430 posts
    August 24, 2011 at 12:07 pm
    Is particularly fascinating.
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    Scott_2150 Male 18-29
    801 posts
    August 24, 2011 at 1:55 pm
    So first a replicator and now magic sorcery paint? DEVILRY I SAY!!
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    Zombiemike Male 18-29
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    August 24, 2011 at 3:11 pm
    The difference, is those high powered microscopes are expensive, big, and take effort to use. This is tiny, and incredibly simplistic.
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    sunday_scour Male 18-29
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    August 24, 2011 at 3:20 pm
    Microscopes rely on things bouncing off a sample`s surface, either photons for conventional microscopes or electrons for electron microscopes in order to gather and visualize data. Surfaces can vary from one to another and may require different settings to get a clear picture. The same known suface of the painted gel is used for all samples regardless of material. Microscopes also require small samples to fit within the constraints of the tool; additionally, electrom microscopes require a near perfect vacume which is not condusive to measuring living things. Gel can splt on just about anything. Finally, and most importantly, consider cost. Which is more expensive: An electron microscope found only in major universities and large R&D departments or a painted blob of rubber, a white LED light and a digital camera, even inlcuding special lenses? I`d be more comfortable trying the latter on new materials; also, you can`t lug an electron microscope around on a reasonable expedition.
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    August 24, 2011 at 3:33 pm
    Science wins again
  16. Profile photo of Angilion
    Angilion Male 40-49
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    August 24, 2011 at 3:48 pm
    The difference, is those high powered microscopes are expensive, big, and take effort to use. This is tiny, and incredibly simplistic.

    This resolves to the same level as an optical microscope and a digital one with recording capabilities can feed straight to a computer.

    Also, this gel just creates an imprint. To get it onto a computer you need...a digital optical microscope with recording capabilities (the camera shown in this video).

    It`s an impressive material, but I`m not convinced that it`s hugely useful.

    One advantage that a microscope with similar capabilities has over this gel is that you can record things without even touching them, let alone applying pressure to them. That could be very important in some situations.
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    cyborg Male 13-17
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    August 24, 2011 at 4:49 pm
    go, go, gadget science
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    last_metroid Female 18-29
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    August 24, 2011 at 5:46 pm
    That`s nice...but will it blend? :P
  19. Profile photo of Krowley
    Krowley Male 30-39
    696 posts
    August 24, 2011 at 5:47 pm
    Fascinating.

    and then i watched BeachFight!

    Fascinating.
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    manorrd Male 30-39
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    August 24, 2011 at 8:43 pm
    Not good for bugs...
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    TwoTone Male 18-29
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    August 24, 2011 at 8:44 pm
    Angilion, if u can use to find glue droplets untampered on a post-it, ain`t no chance of it corrupting fine detail. What about its potential in something like forensics?
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    pariahnola Male 18-29
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    August 24, 2011 at 10:02 pm
    So basically, in theory, this can be used to get the imprint of, say an old 100 dollar bill (kind of just guessing it can do this considering what I saw in the video) and scan it into a computer and then use a 3D printer to make printing plates......all you would really need after that would be the ink.....just saying. This tech can be used for good as well as illegal things when combined with other tech.....in theory.
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    sunday_scour Male 18-29
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    August 25, 2011 at 12:49 pm
    @TwoTone I imagine it might could get finger prints without worrying about messin` them up. Also, a 3D fingerprint can provide much more information than 2D; a partial print could be more valuble with topographic data unique to an individual. (Unless I`m wrong or full of poo, neither of which would be an invalid description of most of the crap in my head.)
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    thehitcher Male 18-29
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    August 25, 2011 at 1:05 pm
    this is fricken sweet=D
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    Angilion Male 40-49
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    August 25, 2011 at 3:31 pm
    I`d like to know why a photograph of an imprint of an object on this gel is better than a photograph of the object. That applies to fingerprints or anything else.
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    xelous Male 18-29
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    August 31, 2011 at 4:55 am
    @ Angillion
    Q: "I`d like to know why a photograph of an imprint of an object on this gel is better than a photograph of the object."
    A: Third dimension modeling; pictures tend to be flat

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