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Robotic wheelchair climbs over steps

October 19, 2012


Chiba Institute of Technology engineers have developed a robot wheelchair that can climb over steps by using its wheels as legs. All the user control direction using a joystick. The robot automatically assesses the surrounding terrain and moves appropriately, using sensors on its feet to see if there’s anything nearby and how far it is from a step.

Video Source: DigInfo TV

Robotic wheelchair from Chiba Tech turns wheels into legs and climbs over steps

Robotic exoskeleton turns grunts into super soldiers

November 19, 2007

Video Source: KSL Channel 5 — NBC

Sarcos Exoskeletons and Robotics

Robot creates ‘infinite’ WiFi network

August 8, 2012


A team of seven undergraduate students at Northeastern University designed and built a “nearly indestructible” robot that can enter rugged territory and create a theoretically infinite WiFi networks as it goes.

The team faced three problems: they needed a robot that could travel over rough terrain or rubble; the WiFi network had to be robust, cheap and easy to deploy; and they needed a way to control the robot… read more

Video Source: Barry Son, Daniel Landers, Hector Palomares, Mauro Berti, Ryan Moynihan, Senthuran S.

Engineering students build robot capable of creating theoretically infinite WiFi network

Robot copies your muscles and bones

December 12, 2012


Meet Kenshiro, developed by University of Tokyo researchers as a bio-inspired musculoskeletal humanoid robot. They have added more muscles and more motors to their Kojiro robot from 2010, making Kenshiro’s underlying structure the closest to a human’s form so far.

Video Source: University of Tokio

Kenshiro Robot Gets New Muscles and Bones
Kenshiro: Human Mimetic Musculoskeletal Humanoid

Road trip: 3 months, 13,000km… and no driver

September 9, 2010

Two electric autonomous orange vans are on their way from Italy to China. They will brave the traffic of Moscow, the intense summer heat of Siberia and the bitter cold of the Gobi desert before their planned arrival in Shanghai in October.

Video Source: euronews

Rhythm Ring: interactive rhythm sequencer

January 2, 2011

Creators Brian Yung & Hanson Jiang, Cornell University | The Rhythm Ring interactive rhythm sequencer is an engaging musical device that enables the user to create a plethora of rhythms and beat patterns with the touch of their own fingers.

Besides being fun to play with, the Rhythm Ring provides a tangible method of arranging a musical rhythm. In our design, the user can arrange beats and… read more

Video Source: Brian Yung & Hanson Jiang, Cornell University

Rhythm Ring website

Reuters | Seasteading Institute aiming for floating cities within decade

February 6, 2012

Blueseed concept

The Seasteading Intitute | The Seasteading Institute believes that innovative political systems could serve humanity far better than our governments do today. That’s why we work to enable “seasteads” — floating cities — which will give people the opportunity to peacefully test new ideas about how to live together. The most successful will become thriving new societies — inspiring change around the world. We’re creating this future because our governments… read more

Video Source: Reuters / The Seasteading Institute

Reuters | New KNFB smartphone app gives sight to the blind

September 22, 2014

KNFB Reader - screenshots - three

National Federation of the Blind | Snap pictures, listen to printed text read aloud, store and share documents and more using the KNFB Reader iPhone app. The KNFB Reader app for iPhone is available in the Apple iTunes app store.

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National… read more

Researchers confirm new element 115

August 29, 2013


Scientists have now confirmed the existence of a new element, No. 115 on the periodic table, by slamming atoms into each other.


Video Source: CNN

Red Bull Stratos | World record stratosphere jump with full POV, multiangle, mission data

October 18, 2013


Felix Baumgartner’s world-record-breaking jump from the stratosphere, 127,851 feet up.

Video Source: Red Bull

Red Bull Releases Incredible POV Video of 128,000-Foot Stratos Jump

Record-setting asteroid flyby

February 1, 2013


On Feb. 15th an asteroid about half the size of a football field will fly past Earth closer than many man-made satellites. Since regular sky surveys began in the 1990s, astronomers have never seen an object so big come so close to our planet.

— NASA Science

Video Source: NASA Science

Near-Earth asteroid 2012 DA14 to miss Earth on Feb. 15

Reactable, a tangible, multi-user electronic musical instrument

February 4, 2004

Reactable | The Reactable is a new electronic musical instrument which enables musicians to experiment with sound, change its structure, control its parameters and be creative in a direct and refreshing way. The instrument uses a “tangible interface,” where the musician controls the system by manipulating tangible objects.

The instrument is based on a translucent and luminous round table. By putting pucks on the Reactable surface, turning them… read more

Video Source: Universitat Pompeu Fabra


Ray Kurzweil on Singularity 1 on 1: be who you would like to be

October 22, 2012


During our conversation with Dr. Kurzweil we cover a wide variety of topics such as: how and why at age 5 Ray decided to become an inventor; his unique background of being born to Jewish parents but brought up in a Unitarian Church; his early interest in issues such as religious tolerance, poverty, social inequality and justice; 3D printing, open source, patents, progress and intellectual property rights; Watson, artificial intelligence,… read more

Video Source: Singularity Weblog

Ray Kurzweil on Singularity 1 on 1: Be Who You Would Like To Be

Ramesh Raskar: Imaging at a trillion frames per second

July 29, 2012


Ramesh Raskar presents femto-photography, a new type of imaging so fast it visualizes the world one trillion frames per second, so detailed it shows light itself in motion. This technology may someday be used to build cameras that can look “around” corners or see inside the body without X-rays.

Photography is about creating images by recording light. Ramesh Raskar and his team members have invented a camera… read more

Video Source: TED

Ramesh Raskar: Imaging at a trillion frames per second

‘RADICAL OPENNESS’ for TEDGlobal 2012 by Jason Silva

June 26, 2012


Video Source: TEDGlobal

Exploring openness in radical video: Jason Silva at TEDGlobal2012

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