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Digits hand tracker: freehand 3D computer interaction without gloves

October 10, 2012

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Digits, a wrist-worn gloveless sensor developed by Microsoft Research in Cambridge, U.K., enables 3-D computer interaction in any environment and is practical beyond computer gaming.

Video Source: Microsoft Research

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Discovery | 2111 show features Alcor member Maria Entraigues

May 10, 2013

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Discovery | Interview for a Spanish/English show about the future called 2111, a series covering robotics, communications, travel, longevity, and other futures scenarios. This is a segment of the episode dedicated to longevity, the part on Alcor and cryonics, featuring Alcor member Maria Entraigues. The full episode includes interviews with Dr. Aubrey de Grey at SENS Research Foundation, Alcor president Max More, Peter and Louise Voss, James Canton, and Ray… read more

Video Source: Discovery

Disney | Monsanto House of the Future from 1957

January 10, 2012

House of the Future Disneyland photo

Wikipedia | The Monsanto House of the Future was an attraction at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, from 1957 to 1967. It was sponsored by Monsanto Company.

The design and engineering of the house was done jointly by Monsanto, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Walt Disney Imagineering.

The fiberglass components of the house were manufactured by Winner Manufacturing Company in Trenton, New Jersey, and were assembled on site.… read more

DISPLAX Multitouch Technology

February 13, 2010

DISPLAX | This DISPLAX Multitouch Technology uses a controller that works by processing multiple input signals it receives from a grid of nanowires embedded in the film attached to the enabled surface. Each time a finger is placed on the screen or a user blows on the surface, a small electrical disturbance is caused. The microprocessor controller analyzes this data and decodes the location of each input on that grid… read more

Video Source: Vimeo / DISPLAX Interactive

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DIY (Drone It Yourself) v1.0

July 11, 2013

Drone It Yourself

The DIY (Drone It Yourself) v1.0 kit offers you the opportunity to turn any object into a drone, simply by attaching four motors and a control unit — no technical know-how needed. The kit consists of multiple parts that are easy to assemble and can be attached to a wide range of different objects.

For more advanced uses, you can take the original designs and alter the kit… read more

Video Source: Jasper van Loenen

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Documentary on Joseph Weizenbaum, computer pioneer, Rebel at Work

January 5, 2011

Il Mare Film | [Weizenbaum] created the first banking computer in the world, was perhaps one of the first computer nerds ever and pursued an unprecedented career at MIT, where he invented the first virtual persona, ELIZA/DOCTOR, a program that engaged humans in conversation with a computer.  Later, Weizenbaum was branded as a heretic when he began to criticize his colleagues in public.  Joseph Weizenbaum eventually became a “preacher.” strictly demanding… read more

Video Source: Il Mare Film

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Watch the film: DVD and download site

Doing business with a parrot: Goffin cockatoos trade with nuts in an exchange experiment

March 15, 2013

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Biologists in the Department of Cognitive Biology at the University of Vienna has for the first time succeeded in observing self-control of cockatoos in exchange experiments.

A new study at the University of Vienna, on an Indonesian cockatoo species — the Goffin’s cockatoo — which recently made headlines, showed notable results.

“The animalsread more

Video Source: University of Vienna

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Double by Double Robotics

August 19, 2012

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The Double looks like an ultra-simple robot that can navigate a far-off place through two iPads. One acts as the robot’s eyes and ears, and the other controls it through an iPad application. It is the simplest, most elegant way to be somewhere else in the world without flying there. The minimalist design and intuitive touchscreen controls allow you to freely move around without inconveniencing others.

You can stay… read more

Video Source: Double Robotics

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Dr. Rohit Khare – Networks and Computing Systems

April 30, 2010

Dr Rohit Khare explains the fundamentals of networks and computing systems. Filmed during the November 2009 Executive Program at Singularity University, NASA Ames Research Center, Silicon Valley, CA.… read more

Dreamworks | The Fifth Estate film trailer

September 10, 2013

The Fifth Estate movie take

Dreamworks Pictures & Reliance Entertainment | Triggering our age of high-stakes secrecy, explosive news leaks and the trafficking of classified information, WikiLeaks forever changed the game.

Now, in a dramatic thriller based on real events, The Fifth Estate reveals the quest to expose the deceptions and corruptions of power that turned an Internet upstart into the 21st century’s most fiercely debated organization.

The story begins… read more

Driverless car research shifts into higher gear

July 11, 2013

Lexus autonomous research car

The automotive and tech industries are increasing their research in autonomous driving, but a truly driverless car remains years away.

Video Source: Network World

Drones shot down over Texas

May 29, 2012

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Good old boys deal with drones the Texas way.

Video Source: Prison Planet TV

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Dynamically Changeable Physical Buttons

March 19, 2010

CHRIS HARRISON | Physical buttons have the unique ability to provide low-attention and vision-free interactions through their intuitive tactile clues. Unfortunately, the physicality of these interfaces makes them static, limiting the number and types of user interfaces they can support. On the other hand, touch screen technologies provide the ultimate interface flexibility, but offer no inherent tactile qualities. In this paper, we describe a technique that seeks to occupy the… read more

Video Source: Chris Harrison

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Electrical near-field 3D gesture interface

November 14, 2012

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Microchip Technology has introduced GestIC, a configurable 3-D gesture controller that allows users to interact with their devices using hand/finger position tracking and intuitive free-space gestures in real time. The device is only available as a development kit. Applications include: 

  • Notebooks/Keyboards/PC Peripherals
  • Mobile phones
  • Tablet computers
  • Electronic readers
  • Remote controls
  • Game controllers

Video Source: Microchip Technology

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Electronics nerds light up the holidays!

December 17, 2012

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Video Source: multiple on YouTube

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