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Verizon Wireless | ‘Susie’s Lemonade Stand’ commercials exemplify democratization of innovation

May 16, 2011

Verizon Wireless Susie lemonade stand commercial

Ray Kurzweil | This commercial is a wonderful depiction of the enormous power of the tools that are in all of our hands — illustrating the democratization of innovation, and the increasing youthfulness of entrepreneurship.

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DigInfo | World’s first 8K Ultra HD display

May 21, 2011

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DigInfo | The world’s first ultra high definition-capable LCD display has been announced by Sharp and NHK. This 85″ LCD experimental display has a resolution of 33 megapixels (7,680 x 4,320 pixels) — 16 times the resolution of HDTV — allowing for detailed, high-quality images.

In the past, the only way to show a ultra high definition video (UHDV) broadcast at full resolution was by using a… read more

Video Source: DigInfo | Sharp & NHK

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Luna Ring lunar solar power generation concept

May 27, 2011

Luna Ring

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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European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope HD timelapse footage

June 1, 2011

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NikoBustos’ YouTube Channel | This video was taken on location by Stéphane Guisard and José Francisco Salgado, at the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (VLT)  (Paranal), ALMA (Chajnantor) Observatories, and the E-ELT Site (Armazones) in the Atacama Desert, II Region, CHILE.

Recommendations: Watch on YouTube. Choose 720p, full screen, and turn up the sound.

Video Source: YouTube

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TED | Daniel Kraft: Medicine’s future? There’s an app for that

June 14, 2011

Daniel Kraft on future of medicine

TED | At TEDxMaastricht, Daniel Kraft, M.D., offers a fast-paced look at the next few years of innovations in medicine, powered by new tools, tests and apps that bring diagnostic information right to the patient’s bedside.

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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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International Supercomputing Conference | Henry Markram on simulating the brain — the next decisive years

July 10, 2011

Henry Markram on brain modeling

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Henry Markram, Ph.D., Director of the Blue Brain Project at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, speaks at the International Supercomputing Conference 2011.

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New project ‘Hypothes.is’ for sentence-level annotation of the Web

August 1, 2011

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Hypothes.is | Hypothes.is is an open-source, community-moderated, distributed platform for sentence-level annotation of the Web. We think relatively simple tools can help us all improve the quality of information on the Internet, and by extension in the greater world around us.

Hypothes.is will be a distributed, open-source platform for the collaborative evaluation of information. It will enable sentence-level critique of written words combined with a sophisticated yet easy-to-use… read more

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TED | Markus Fischer: A robot that flies like a bird

August 3, 2011

Markus Fischer robot flies like bird

TED | Plenty of robots can fly — but none can fly like a real bird. That is, until Markus Fischer and his team at Festo built SmartBird, a large, lightweight robot, modeled on a seagull, that flies by flapping its wings. A soaring demo fresh from TEDGlobal 2011.

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University of California Berkeley | Scientists reconstruct video using brain waves

September 23, 2011

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Gallant Lab at University of California Berkeley | The left clip is a segment of a Hollywood movie trailer that the subject viewed while in the magnet. The right clip shows the reconstruction of this segment from brain activity measured using fMRI.

The procedure is as follows:

  • [1] Record brain activity while the subject watches several hours of movie trailers.
  • [2] Build dictionaries (i.e., regression models) that

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Microsoft Research & Carnegie Mellon University | OmniTouch wearable projection system makes any surface interactive

October 18, 2011

OmniTouch hand

OmniTouch, a wearable projection system developed by researchers at Microsoft Research and Carnegie Mellon University, lets you turn pads of paper, walls, or even your own hands, arms, and legs into graphical, interactive surfaces.

OmniTouch uses a depth-sensing camera, similar to the Microsoft Kinect, to track your fingers on everyday surfaces. You control interactive applications by tapping or dragging your fingers. The projector… read more

Innowattech | Harvesting mechanical energy from roadways to produce electricity

October 25, 2011

Innowattech

Innowattech Ltd. | Innowattech Ltd. has developed a new alternative energy system that harvests mechanical energy imparted to roadways, railways and runways from passing vehicles, trains and pedestrian traffic and converts it into green electricity.

The system, based on a new breed of piezoelectric generators, harvests energy that ordinarily goes to waste and can be installed without changing the habitat. Innowattech innovation provides environmental benefits where parasitic mechanical energy on… read more

University of Texas | Mirage invisibility effect using transparent carbon nanotube sheets

October 25, 2011

nanotechnology mirage invisibility

University of Texas | Researchers at UT Dallas recently demonstrated that transparent carbon nanotube sheets, which can have the density of air and the specific strength of steel, can be used to make objects invisible.

Vanishing act creates a stir in the nanotech world,” Oct. 25, 2011 | Sheets made of microscopic carbon fibers seem to disappear when heated. Dr. Ali Aliev, a research scientist at UT… read more

Microsoft Office Labs | Microsoft futuristic concept home

October 28, 2011

Microsoft concept home

Also see: Guided tour of the Microsoft concept home

Microsoft | January 6, 2000 — The Microsoft Home®, located on the company’s Redmond, WA, campus is a concept family home  designed to showcase the company’s vision of the role new software will play in improving people’s quality of life. The Microsoft Home brings together under one roof a broad range of technologies, products and services that work together to… read more

YouTube Leanback | New feature turns your videos feed into a virtual TV

November 2, 2011

YouTube leanback

YouTube | YouTube Leanback is designed to start playing a personalized feed of videos in full screen and in high definition as soon as you launch it. Sit back, relax and enjoy the show.

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