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Visualizing data in the AlloSphere

April 16, 2009

TED has just released a video with JoAnn Kuchera-Morin, who demos the AlloSphere, an entirely new way to see and interpret scientific data, in full color and surround sound inside a massive metal sphere. Dive into the brain, feel electron spin, hear the music of the elements …

Composer JoAnn Kuchera-Morin is the director of the Center for Research in Electronic Art Technology (CREATE) at… read more

Visualising invisibility

August 1, 2006

A new study published in the New Journal of Physics describes the physics of several theoretical devices that could create invisibility.

The ideas in the paper are based around devices that will bend light or radio waves around a hole inside a device. Any object placed inside the hole will become invisible.

There are advances being made in metamaterials that mean the first devices will probably be used… read more

Visual Strategies

September 4, 2012


A new book, Visual Strategies, by Felice C. Frankel and Angela H. DePace is “a guide to graphics for scientists and engineers, but it will be useful for anyone who wants to make clear presentations of data of any kind, The New York Times reports.

The book offers general guidelines, with illustrative graphics, and many real-life case studies. The authors show how they… read more

Visual computing still decades from computational apex

March 9, 2012


With 120 million monochrome and 5 million color receptors, the eye and brain are able to do what even our most advanced cameras are unable to, according to computer graphics pioneer Tim Sweeney of Epic Games.

With a resolution of about 30 megapixels, the human eye is able to gather information at about 72 frames per second, which explains why many gamers debate the need for frame rates higher than… read more

Visual Brain Areas Assist Inflamed Optic Nerves

October 6, 2004

Researchers using functional magnetic resonance imaging of the brain found that visual areas of the cortex could adapt to altered input coming from an inflamed optic nerve.

Areas of the brain normally associated with more specialized higher visual processing reorganized themselves in response to the faulty visual information transmitted by the nerve. The techniques used in this study could also be applied to other conditions such as stroke in… read more

VISTA gigapixel mosaic of the central parts of the Milky Way

November 7, 2012


This striking view of the central parts of the Milky Way was obtained with the VISTA survey telescope at the European Southern Observatory (ESO)’s Paranal Observatory in Chile. This huge picture is 108,500 by 81,500 pixels — nearly nine billion pixels. It was created by combining thousands of individual images from VISTA, taken through three different infrared filters, into a single monumental mosaic. VISTA has a… read more

Visit the Amazon with Street View

March 22, 2012


Google is making ground-level images of the rivers, forest and communities in the Rio Negro Reserve in the Amazon Basin available through the Street View feature on Google Maps. Now anyone can experience the beauty and diversity of the Amazon.

Take a virtual boat ride down the main section of the Rio Negro, and float up into the smaller tributaries where the forest is flooded. Stroll along… read more

Visions of data

September 21, 2009

A day of shipping traffic near Rotterdam, using data from ships: darker traces signify slower speeds and color coding shows traffic density (N. Willems / H. van de Wetering / J. van Wijk / TUE)

Researchers are developing new ways to visualize information to analyze the world around us.

Visionary Kurzweil Touts Technologies Of Tomorrow

November 17, 2005

Computer visionary Ray Kurzweil examined the effects of accelerating growth of technologies on the present and future of human technological innovation during a speech at the ninth annual CRN Industry Hall of Fame, held Tuesday in Santa Clara, Calif.

The bulk of human intelligence is pattern recognition, which Kurzweil said is the quintessential example of a self-organizing system. This will be instrumental in the development of future Web-based applications,… read more

Visionary device gives hope 20-year high-tech project aims to restore sight, boost quality of life

March 11, 2008

The Boston Retinal Implant Project is developing a retinal implant that uses special glasses wired with a battery-powered camera and transmitter that sends images to a chip implanted behind the retina.

First human surgeries are expected to take place in the next few years.

Visionaries see flexible computers using less power

July 11, 2003

Computers will be more flexible, intelligent and require less power by the end of the decade, according to engineering groups meeting in Munich.

Visionaries outline web’s future

October 11, 2004

Brewster Kahle has suggested digitally scanning all 26 million books in the US Library of Congress, the world’s biggest library, at a cost of only $260 million.

He estimated that the scanned images would take up about a terabyte of space, cost about $60,000 to store, and fit on a single shelf.

Visionaries Outline Space Exploration Advances at Telluride TechFest

August 12, 2003

New technological advances will bring about great change in both robotic and human exploration throughout the 21st century, according to visionary thinkers and futurists in science, technology, and the arts gathered at the annual Telluride Tech Festival.

Vision-body link tested in robot experiments

October 30, 2006

“Embodied cognition” experiments involving real and simulated robots suggest that the relationship between physical movement and sensory input could be crucial to developing more intelligent machines.

Vision of life in the middle of the century

December 22, 2006

Chinese astronauts walk on the moon, the world has splintered into currency blocs after an international exchange rate shock, and even robots have the vote: these are among the scenarios of what life might be like around the middle of the century.

They have emerged from 270 rigorously researched papers commissioned by the government that together purport to be the world’s most extensive look into the future, The Horizon… read more

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