October 27, 2012
In this video, the Pet-Proto, a predecessor to DARPA’s Atlas robot, is confronted with obstacles similar to those robots might face in the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC). To maneuver over and around the obstacles, the robot exercises capabilities including autonomous decision-making, dismounted mobility and dexterity.
Video Source: Boston Dynamics
March 2, 2010
BBTV | Boing Boing TV Gadgets editor, Joel Johnson, meets with his hero, futurist and artist Syd Mead, to discuss the evolution of conceptual design. Mead is a former designer for Ford Motor Company and US Steel. His designs have appeared in many movies, including Aliens, Tron, and Blade Runner.
Video Source: bbtv
April 3, 2010
Intuitive Surgical | The da Vinci robotic surgical system performs minimally invasive surgeries with extraordinary precision and more dexterity than the human hand. The original prototype for Intuitive Surgical’s da Vinci System was developed in the late 1980s at SRI International under contract to the U.S. Army. While initial work was funded in the interest of developing a system for performing battlefield surgery remotely, possible commercial applications were even more… read more
Video Source: Intuitive Surgical
October 13, 2010
Scientists have built a virtual heart that works just like its real counterpart, showing, for example, cells that don’t perform well enough, or allowing the study of the propagation of the electrical wave in someone’s heart muscle before implanting a pacemaker.
Video Source: Euronews Futuris
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Microsoft Surface | An abstract of life in the workplace of tomorrow with suppressed visibility of technology and devices; directed by Microsoft’s Dane Storrusten, created by INVIVIA Inc.
Slashgear | Microsoft has released a few interesting concept videos over the past years, usually tipping their vision of multitouch, mobile handsets and the interaction between intelligent devices. Their two latest videos, “Home” and “Work,” take things more into the bizarre:… read more
Video Source: Microsoft Surface
February 1, 2011
Nova: Making Stuff — with David Pogue | What is the strongest material in the world? Is it steel, Kevlar, carbon nanotubes, or something entirely new? Nova kicks off the four-part series “Making Stuff” with a quest for the world’s strongest substances. Host David Pogue takes a look at what defines strength, examining everything from steel cables to mollusk shells to a toucan’s beak. Pogue travels from the deck of a U.S. naval aircraft… read more
Video Source: Nova
December 7, 2011
BBC | An excerpt from the BBC documentary Upgrade Me. Poet and gadget lover Simon Armitage explores people’s obsession with upgrading to the latest technological gadgetry. Upgrade culture drives millions to purchase the latest phones, flatscreen TVs, laptops and MP3 players. But is it design, functionality, fashion or friends that makes people covet the upgrade, and how far does the choice of gadgets define identity? Simon journeys across Britain and to South… read more
February 17, 2012
NTD | The field of regenerative medicine is moving from the realm of science fiction to science fact. From fingers and ears to complex organs like livers or hearts, scientists at Wake Forest University are making headway into growing human body parts in a laboratory.
TED | Anthony Atala’s state-of-the-art lab grows human organs — from muscles to blood vessels to bladders, and more. At TEDMED, he… read more
Video Source: NTD / TED / The Methuselah Foundation / University of Minnesota / Joseph Mercola, D.O.
June 3, 2013
With an Arduino board, a hacked brain sensor, and a little code, you can control paramecia, which will change their swimming direction in response to an electrical field.
Build instructions and source code:http://making.do/paramecium
Paramecium footage credits:
Video Source: Geva Patz
January 25, 2010
“GestureTek’s Illuminate® multi-touch table brought the touch interface from the James Bond film, Quantum of Solace, to life. Inspired by the film, the British Film Institute in South Bank, London, hosted an event to show film enthusiasts how the multi-touch interface could be created for real, rather than as a post-production effect. Seeper created the engaging interactive multi-touch content. GestureTek’s U.K. dealer, Paradigm Audio Visual, provided the hardware.”
Video Source: GestureTek
March 9, 2010
Rob Prior | A short 3D film I made last year. I am currently putting together my second short film which will be named ‘Chiyo.’ Here you can follow the film’s progress from original thoughts, to sketchbook drawings all the way through to the final outcome… your opinions and comments during this process my well influence some of the directions I decided to take.
Video Source: Rob Prior
September 9, 2010
In Aukland, New Zealand, wheelchair users have new hope of improved mobility after a company unveiled a new type of robotic leg. According to the developers, these bionic legs mean paraplegic people can do much more than they can with existing technology. The designer, Richard Little, is enthusiastic about this new technology: “There’s no other device that we know of that’s autonomous and allows people to stand, walk go up… read more
Video Source: euronews
January 13, 2008
Scientists at the University of Minnesota experimenting with tissue engineering having created a working rat heart by using heart cells from newborn rats.
Video Source: Associated Press
Nuance hosts ‘The Amazing Race’ — text messaging and speech recognition competition, pits man against machine
October 24, 2006
Medialink & Nuance | Nuance Communications, Inc., provider of speech and imaging solutions, hosts the “The Amazing Race: Mobile Text Messaging,” a challenge to determine the fastest and most accurate way to send text messages and email using mobile devices. In a classic match-up of man vs. machine, the Amazing Race pits the most proficient 3-key and T-9 typists, including the world champion of text messaging, against Nuance Mobile Dictation,… read more
Video Source: Medialink / Nuance