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Electronics nerds light up the holidays!

December 17, 2012

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Video Source: multiple on YouTube

Building new experiences with Glass

April 5, 2013

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Timothy Jordan gave developers at SXSW in Austin, TX a sneak peek at the Google Mirror API, which is what they’ll use to build services for Glass. With the presentation, we set out to help developers and entrepreneurs start imagining what they could do on Glass.

— Google

Video Source: Google

The New York Times | Interview with the robot Bina48

June 20, 2011

Bina48 interview

The New York Times | Bina48 was designed to be a “friend robot,” as she later told me in one of her rare (but invariably thrilling) moments of coherence. Per the request of Martine Rothblatt, the self-made millionaire who paid $125,000 for her last March, her personality and appearance are based on those of Bina Rothblatt, Martine’s living, breathing spouse. [...]

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Video Source: The New York Times

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Nova scienceNow | The discovery and potential of RNA interference

November 13, 2012

RNA concept

Nova ScienceNow | RNA, the close chemical cousin of DNA, was once thought to be a bit player in the life of a cell, but not anymore. RNA is now at the heart of a scientific and medical revolution. It’s a revolution that started with the cultivation of a purple petunia, and it has led scientists to what may be the most important advance in biology in decades.

Through a… read more

Video Source: Nova scienceNOW

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Atlas human-powered helicopter — AHS Sikorsky Prize flight

July 12, 2013

Human-Powered Helicopter

On June 13th, 2013, the AeroVelo‘s Atlas Human-Powered Helicopter captured the long standing AHS Sikorsky Prize with a flight lasting 64.1 seconds and reaching an altitude of 3.3 metres. The competition was initially opened in 1980, and over the course of the 33 years that followed, dozens of teams from around the world pushed the limits of existing technology in pursuit of this once-thought-to-be impossible goal.

This… read more

Video Source: AeroVelo

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Microsoft KinEtre lets you possess people, inanimate objects

August 9, 2012

KinEtre

Kinect technique lets your body control virtual avatars of things around your house.

Ever wanted to make your bookshelf shake its booty just by shaking your own? Graphics gurus at Microsoft Research have a new system that will let you do just that — possess other inanimate objects around your house or even make images of other people move. The KinÊtre project starts with a KinectFusion scan of an… read more

Video Source: IEEE Spectrum

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Russian fireball largest ever detected by CTBTO’s infrasound sensors

February 21, 2013

CTBTO

Infrasonic waves from the meteor that broke up over Russia’s Ural mountains last week were the largest ever recorded by the CTBTO’s International Monitoring System.

Infrasound is low frequency sound with a range of less than 10 Hz.

The blast was detected by 17 infrasound stations in the CTBTO’s network, which tracks atomic blasts across the planet.  The furthest station to record the sub-audible… read more

Video Source: CTBTO

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Sandia National Labs | Self-guided bullet can alter trajectory in flight, navigating to laser-painted target

February 2, 2012

Sandia self guided bullet

Sandia Labs | Sandia researchers have invented a dart-like, self-guided bullet for small-caliber, smooth-bore firearms that could hit laser-designated targets at distances of more than a mile (about 2,000 meters). The four-inch-long bullet has actuators that steer tiny fins that guide it to its target. (Images here.)

Sandia’s self-guided bullet prototype can hit target a mile away. The design for the four-inch-long bullet includes an optical sensor… read more

NAO Writer — NAO robot writes any word

May 17, 2013

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NAO Robot writes any word you ask him, and spells the word as he writes it. This app uses text-to-speech for word recognition and inverse kinematics for writing.

Video Source: Aldebaran Robotics

iRobot | The Ava mobile robotics platform

February 4, 2012

iRobot Ava

iRobot | iRobot Ava™ is a breakthrough mobile robotics platform developed to help robot designers, application developers and market innovation specialists expedite the pursuit of practical, affordable mobile robotic solutions.

Autonomous navigation for independent, proactive point-to-point navigation. The right balance of features and robustness integrated in meaningful and productive ways. A highly accessible development platform for business or consumer applications. Comprehensive sensor arrays (laser, sonar, and 2D/3Dimaging) providing complete… read more

Video Source: iRobot

Sight — the future of Project Glass?

July 30, 2012

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A short film by Eran May-raz and Daniel Lazo about a blind date in an augmented-reality future.

Video Source: Sight Systems

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Prized Science | Chad Mirkin: gold nanoparticles & the future of medical diagnostics

November 8, 2012

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Chad Mirkin, Ph.D., the 2012 winner of the American Chemical Society’s Award for Creative Invention, is no stranger to the value of gold, but not in the traditional sense. Working in the nano scale, Mirkin uses gold particles to create promising new medical diagnostic tools that could lead to future cancer treatments and ways to track and treat diseases at earlier stages. Mirkin and his team discovered a method in… read more

Video Source: American Chemical Society

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

October 18, 2013

stratosphere

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

Video Source: Red Bull

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Creating a Google map of the brain with David Van Essen

July 18, 2013

Essen

David Van Essen, Edison professor of neurobiology and department head of anatomy and neurobiology, Washington University in St. Louis, develops and uses computerized brain mapping techniques to study the structure, function, and development of cerebral cortex in humans and nonhuman primates. Van Essen also worked on the Human Connectome Project, a 5-year project to map human brain circuitry in healthy adults. Now… read more

Video Source: AAAS

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BeeBee’s special enhancement

November 1, 2012

BeeBee-enhanced

BeeBee, a tiny Chihuahua, was born with no shoulder blades; she can’t put any weight on her front legs or straighten them. So engineering students at Bollman Tech, in Thornton, Colorado built a special wheelchair just for her.

Video Source: USA TODAY

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