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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

Finally! A Human-Powered Helicopter Wins the $250,000 Sikorsky Prize

Chris Anderson on desktop manufacturing’s ‘Macintosh moment’

October 1, 2012


With the advent of affordable, advanced desktop 3-D printers like the Makerbot Replicator and Cubify’s Cube, we’re standing at the starting line of a manufacturing revolution, says Wired. These tools, once reserved for top-level firms, give curious minds everywhere rapid prototyping capabilities for almost any type of project.

Chris Anderson, Editor-in-Chief of Wired, DIY robotics enthusiast, and author of recently released Makers: The New Industrialread more

Video Source: Wired

Video: Chris Anderson on Desktop Manufacturing’s ‘Macintosh Moment’

The Ubi — the always-on voice-activated computer

August 20, 2012


The Ubi is an always-on voice-activated computer ready to help. Just plug it in, talk to it and it’ll help you connect with your world.

Ubi uses voice recognition technology to listen for plain language commands, responding to requests in a synthesized voice or offering simple status updates using the multi-colored LED indicator lights. It’s been designed to synchronize with other Ubis in the home or office, and users… read more

Video Source: Team Ubi

Meet Ubi: An always-on, connected computer that talks back
Meet Ubi: An always-on, connected computer that talks back (Kickstarter)

Time | Meet the Google robot that won DARPA Robotics Challenge trials

December 26, 2013


Time | SCHAFT was developed by a Japanese team and is owned by Google. The rescue and response humanoid can even drive a car.

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DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials winner: Schaft from Japan

Ramesh Raskar: Imaging at a trillion frames per second

July 29, 2012


Ramesh Raskar presents femto-photography, a new type of imaging so fast it visualizes the world one trillion frames per second, so detailed it shows light itself in motion. This technology may someday be used to build cameras that can look “around” corners or see inside the body without X-rays.

Photography is about creating images by recording light. Ramesh Raskar and his team members have invented a camera… read more

Video Source: TED

Ramesh Raskar: Imaging at a trillion frames per second

SkySweeper robot inspects power lines inexpensively

August 21, 2013


Mechanical engineers at the University of California, San Diego invented a robot designed to scoot along utility lines, searching for damage and other problems that require repairs. Made of off-the-shelf electronics and plastic parts printed on an inexpensive 3D printer, the SkySweeper prototype could be scaled up for less than $1,000, making it significantly more economical than the two models of robots currently used to inspect power lines.

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Video Source: University of California, San Diego

SkySweeper Robot Makes Inspecting Power Lines Simple and Inexpensive
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AT&T | Ads accurately predicted the future: ‘You Will’ ad campaign 1993-1994

March 15, 2011

virtual leg

These ads featuring eerily familiar (yet-to-be-created technologies) were produced by AT&T and broadcast on mainstream television from 1993-1994.

A savvy YouTuber culled them together in one convenient spot (video above) — “FunkyWitDaSysTm” says: “I could never find a complete compilation of all of these videos, so I put all 7 together and uploaded it for the world. Looking back on these ads, I remember how moved I was… read more

Video Source: AT&T

Quantic Dream | Tech demo features sophisticated performance-capture and self-aware android

March 9, 2012

Kara performance capture

Wired: Tech Life | A new tech demo featuring sophisticated performance-capture technology made by the game developer Quantic Dream (Heavy Rain, Indigo Prophecy) was inspired by Ray Kurzweil’s book The Singularity is Near.

The clip, which David Cage, the head of Quantic Dream, unveiled on Wednesday at a Game Developers Conference presentation, shows an android named Kara becoming self-aware as she is being assembled, and desperately insisting… read more

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


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

Video Source: Sight Systems

Is this the future of Project Glass?

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

November 8, 2012


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

Ep. 2: “Chad Mirkin: Gold Nanoparticles & The Future of Medical Diagnostics”

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

October 18, 2013


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

Video Source: Red Bull

Red Bull Releases Incredible POV Video of 128,000-Foot Stratos Jump

Creating a Google map of the brain with David Van Essen

July 18, 2013


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

Creating a Google Map of the brain with David Van Essen

BeeBee’s special enhancement

November 1, 2012


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

Model of Elon Musk’s Hyperloop 3D-printed

August 21, 2013


Five designers set out to build a 3D-printed model of Elon Musk’s Hyperloop. Each designer took a component of the Hyperloop concept and designed digital 3D models based on images released by Musk. The model consists of elevated tubes that are supported by pillars. There are passenger transport capsules that run through the tubes and a station where people will load and unload.

After the models were designed in… read more

Video Source: WhiteClouds

Small Firm Creates A 3D-Printed Scale Model Of The Hyperloop

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