January 1, 2001
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“PointScreen™ is an Interface developed at Fraunhofer Institut für Medienkommunikation in Bremen, Germany. PointScreen™ makes it possible to control the computer intuitively with gestures. The user navigates by merely pointing toward the screen; contrary to touch screen technology, the interaction proceeds completely without touch. The PointScreen™ technology is based on the principle of Electric Field Sensing (EFS): the dynamics of the body—such as gestures and movement—are measured and digitally registered.… read more
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YOUTUBE | www.orkin-design.de : The device of the flexible display allows a new concept in notebook design growing out of the traditional bookformed laptop into unfurling and convolving portable computer.
By virtue of the OLED-Display technology and a multi touch screen the utility of a laptop computer with its weight of a mini-notebook and screen size of 13 inch easily transforms into the graphics tablet, which (with its 17-inch… read more
Two years ago, Rodney Schoenhardt faced having his leg amputated. A condition called critical limb ischemia meant that blockage in his arteries restricted blood flow to his legs. In an attempt to save his leg, Rodney underwent several operations; for a time the pain went, only to come back again.
It was then his doctors turned to stem cell treatment.
Video Source: euronews
SlashGear | Microsoft’s Origami campaign came in for both praise and criticism, and while they can’t claim to entirely control the UMPC (or subsequent MID) markets they were at least initially responsible for promoting ultramobile PCs. Now Microsoft has decided to shut down their official Origami project site, three years after it was founded.
According to the official Origami Team Blog, the sites closure has been precipitated by their realization that “we cannot… read more
KEIICHI MATSUDA | The latter half of the 20th century saw the built environment merged with media space, and architecture taking on new roles related to branding, image and consumerism. Augmented reality may recontextualise the functions of consumerism and architecture, and change in the way in which we operate within it. A film produced for my final year Masters in Architecture, part of a larger project about the social and… read more
Video Source: Vimeo / Keiichi Matsuda
University of Arizona News | U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords initiated a series of public forums on the economy at the UA and in Phoenix. During one visit to the UA, Giffords attended a Steward Observatory Mirror Laboratory solar energy demonstration where UA scientists burned a hole through a piece of steel within a 15-second period.
Video Source: University of Arizona News
Sony | To promote the immersiveness of movies available on the Playstation Store, Sony commissioned a team to do “projection-mapping” of an entire room in real-time (no post-production), Gizmag reports.
Projection mapping has become more common in advertising recently, but has always been limited by the effect only being visible from a single, static point. The production team found a way around this using Sony’s… read more
Oxford Future of Humanity Institute | Dr. Eric Drexler speaks at the Inaugural Lecture of the Oxford Martin Program on the Impacts of Future Technology. Introduced by Professor Nick Bostrom: “Exploring a Timeless Landscape: Physical Law and the Future of Nanotechnology”
In the inaugural lecture of the Oxford Martin Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology, Eric Drexler explores the implications of physical law for the future potential of nanotechnology, then… read more
Video Source: Oxford Martin Program on the Impacts of Future Technology
On April 20, 2012, a mechatronic quarterback’s metallic arm threw a football into the waiting net of a nearby wheeled receiver, and history was made. It was the first-ever completed pass in a football game played entirely by robots, and it happened during the world’s first intercollegiate robotic football game.
Video Source: Wired
This supercomputer simulation shows one of the most violent events in the universe: a pair of neutron stars colliding, merging and forming a black hole. A neutron star is the compressed core left behind when a star born with between eight and 30 times the sun’s mass explodes as a supernova. Neutron stars pack about 1.5 times the mass of the sun — equivalent to about half a million Earths… read more
Video Source: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center
BBTV | The 1982 cyberpunk cinema classic Blade Runner remains one of the most influential science fiction movies of all time, and tops many a nerd’s favorite films list.
Today on Boing Boing tv, Boing Boing Gadgets editor Joel Johnson visits the studio of artist and futurist Syd Mead, who designed the film’s dystopian look and feel. We learn about the 4 alternate opening scenes designed by Syd (one… read more
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