Four short links: 16 February 2017
- China’s Taobao Villages (Quartz) — Today, the township and its surrounding area are China’s domestic capital for one rather specific category of products: acting and dance costumes. Half of the township’s 45,000 residents produce or sell costumes—ranging from movie-villain attire to cute versions of snakes, alligators, and monkeys—that are sold on Alibaba-owned Taobao, the nation’s largest e-commerce platform.
- Aerial Informatics and Robotics platform (Microsoft) — open source drone simulator.
- How to Build Your Own Bio Bot (Ray Kurzweil) — researchers are sharing a protocol with engineering details for their current generation of millimeter-scale soft robotic bio-bots.