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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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SpaceX Grasshopper 12 story test flight

December 25, 2012

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SpaceX’s Grasshopper — a 10-story vertical takeoff and landing (VTVL) vehicle — took a 12-story leap towards full and rapid rocket reusability in a test flight conducted December 17, 2012 at SpaceX’s rocket development facility in McGregor, Texas.

Grasshopper rose 131 feet (40 meters), hovered, and landed safely on the pad, using closed-loop thrust vector and throttle control. The total test duration was 29 seconds.

Grasshopper consists of… read more

Video Source: SpaceX

Frankenoctopus unveils novel shape-shifting arms

November 5, 2012

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It looks like a creation from Frankenstein’s lab: a robot with tentacles modelled on an octopus — the world’s first entirely soft robot.

The first prototype has six silicone legs designed for locomotion, while two specialized arms use artificial muscles, motors and sensors to detect and grasp objects. A spring-like structure inside these tentacles, made from a shape-memory alloy, can expand, contract or bend in any direction with… read more

Video Source: Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies of Pisa

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Researchers confirm new element 115

August 29, 2013

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

— CNN

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Luna Ring lunar solar power generation concept

May 27, 2011

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Shimizu Corporation | Shimizu claims: ”The energy paradigm shift opens the door to a sustainable society — a shift from economical use of limited resources to the unlimited use of clean energy is the ultimate dream of all mankind. The Luna Ring, our lunar solar power generation concept, translates this dream into reality through ingenious ideas coupled with advanced space technologies. Virtually inexhaustible, nonpolluting solar energy is the ultimate source of green… read more

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TEDxLausanne | When creative machines overtake man

March 19, 2012

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TEDxLausanne — Jürgen Schmidhuber  

Machine intelligence is improving rapidly, to the point that the scientist of the future may not even be human! In fact, in more and more fields, learning machines are already outperforming humans.

Artificial intelligence expert Jürgen Schmidhuber isn’t able to predict the future accurately, but he explains how machines are getting creative, why 40’000 years of Homo sapiens-dominated history are about to end… read more

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Life’s work: James Watson

July 1, 2013

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James Watson won a Nobel prize for his work on the discovery of the structure of DNA.

— CNN

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Could Mars support life?

August 30, 2012

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Google+ Hangout on August 29 with astrobiologist Pan Conrad — NASA deputy principal investigator with the Sample Analysis at Mars chemistry lab aboard the Curiosity rover, to learn more about the Mars astrobiology mission.

Her instrument is currently “sniffing” the Martian atmosphere, and will soon start digesting bits of the soil around Curiosity, trying to answer one pressing question: Could Mars support life?

With Fraser Cain and Amy… read more

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How to deflect an incoming asteroid

October 28, 2012

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Send space-launched white paint balls on pellets, says Sung Wook Paek, a graduate student in MIT’s Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics. The pellets would deflect the asteroid and the white surface (albedo) would continue to reflect sunlight — and in 20 years, this bouncing of photons off its surface could create enough of a force to push the asteroid off its course.

Paek won the 2012 Move an Asteroidread more

Some GM 2013 cars to support Siri for voice control

November 28, 2012

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General Motors says a number of its 2013 models will be compatible with Apple’s Siri. You’ll be able to use Siri’s Eyes Free mode without ever glancing away from the road. Triggered by a steering wheel button, Siri will find directions, look up information online, send text or e-mails,

 

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Mind Camp 3.0 | Singularity discussion with Alex Barnett inspired by Ray Kurzweil

November 22, 2006

Session by Alex Barnett at Mind Camp 3.0, inspired by Ray Kurzweil’s concept of the Singularity.

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Oakley | Airwave goggles

November 7, 2012

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The $600 Oakley Airwave snow goggles feature a small corner display that lets you see how fast you’re going, where your friends are on the mountain, vertical feet attained, maps, incoming calls/text messages, and music playlist. The Airwave app for Android or iOS lets you control your phone and playlist through the Airwave’s wrist controller. The display is perceived to be the size of a 14-inch screen viewed from a distance of… read more

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Nikola Tesla pitching Silicon Valley VCs

June 10, 2013

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Nikola Tesla pitches wireless energy to VCs.

Video Source: Northern Imagination

Overview of the da Vinci Si Surgical System

July 7, 2012

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Corporate video from Intuitive Surgical, maker of the da Vinci surgical robot, describing the main features of the system.

Video Source: Intuitive Surgical

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A pro 3D printer with 7 different materials [cute animation]

March 1, 2013

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The Objet30 Pro desktop 3D printer combines incredible fine detail accuracy with a versatile range of 7 unique and different materials. This 3D printer is the only desktop system to feature clear transparent material and high temperature resistant material. The Objet30 Pro is ideal for the rapid prototyping needs of professional designers and engineers working in industries such as consumer goods, consumer electronics, medical devices, design consultancies and… read more

Video Source: Stratasys

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