January 13, 2014
The new Parrot MiniDrone is a miniaturized version of the AR.Drone quadcopter, at about a tenth the size.
An optical flow camera, sonar rangefinder, and computer allows it to sense how high it is off of the ground, and using optical flow, sense its own motion relative to the ground. This, with the assistance of a barometer, accelerometer, and gyro, enables the MiniDrone to self-stabilize.
It… read more
Video Source: IEEE Spectrum
November 15, 2012
CRNS-AIST Joint Robotics Laboratory researchers are developing a brain-controlled interface (BCI) that would allow tetraplegics or paraplegics to remotely control robots via thought alone.
Using a cap with electroencephalogram (EEG) electrodes, a computer program would interpret the user’s brainwave signals and transform them into robot actions to control movement and interaction.
Video Source: DigInfo TV
October 24, 2014
Eustace made history with a near space dive from a high altitude balloon at approximately 135,000 feet. Eustace broke several records, including national record for highest exit altitude; world and national record for free fall under a drogue chute; national record for vertical… read more
Oxford Martin Program on the Impacts of Future Technology | Eric Drexler explores physical law and future of nanotech
February 9, 2012
Oxford Future of Humanity Institute | Dr. Eric Drexler speaks at the Inaugural Lecture of the Oxford Martin Program on the Impacts of Future Technology. Introduced by Professor Nick Bostrom: “Exploring a Timeless Landscape: Physical Law and the Future of Nanotechnology”
In the inaugural lecture of the Oxford Martin Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology, Eric Drexler explores the implications of physical law for the future potential of nanotechnology, then… read more
Video Source: Oxford Martin Program on the Impacts of Future Technology
January 11, 2011
Nova: Making Stuff on PBS | Invisibility cloaks. Spider silk that is stronger than steel. Plastics made of sugar that dissolve in landfills. Self-healing military vehicles. Smart pills and micro-robots that zap diseases. Clothes that monitor your mood. What will the future bring, and what will it be made of? In Nova’s four-hour series, “Making Stuff: Stronger, Smaller, Cleaner, Smarter,” popular New York Times technology… read more
Video Source: Nova: Making Stuff on PBS
December 31, 2012
Graphite has been known as a typical diamagnetic material and can be levitated in the strong magnetic field. Here we show that the magnetically levitating pyrolytic graphite can be moved in the arbitrary place by simple photoirradiation. It is notable that the optical motion control system described in this paper requires only NdFeB permanent magnets and light source.
The optical movement is driven by photothermally induced changes in the… read more
Open innovation & Nokia philosophy, Dr. Bob Iannucci, CTO of Nokia and Head of Nokia Research Center
June 1, 2008
February 8, 2013
Omek Interactive‘s new gesture recognition feature allows users to control a variety of apps and games. Dubbed “Grasp,” the technology captures 22 points of reference along your hands, allowing complex gesture control using simple, intuitive finger and wrist movement.
— Lazy Tech Guys
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September 9, 2010
Despite all the oil exploitation that goes on around the world, there are still no really reliable ways to collect and clean up deep water oil spills.
Video Source: euronews