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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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20th Century Fox | Viral trailers for Prometheus feature David the android

November 26, 2012

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Wikipedia | About the film: Prometheus is a 2012 science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott. The story is set in the late 21st century and centers on the crew of the spaceship Prometheus as they follow a star map discovered among the artifacts of several ancient Earth cultures. The crew, seeking the origins of humanity, arrive on a distant world and discover a threat that could cause the extinction… read more

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Enabling end-users to program new skills on their robot

November 19, 2012

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Robots like Willow Garage’s PR2 have the physical capability to do a range of useful tasks for humans, but they’re limited by the software applications written by highly specialized programmers. Instead, Maya Cakmak from Georgia Tech, envisions robots that can be programmed by their end-users for their own specific needs.

Cakmak developed a spoken dialog interface that allows a user to program new skills by physically… read more

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Bluetooth gloves provide hands-free smartphone control

November 16, 2012

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BEARTek gloves allow users to control phone calls and music apps — including built in music apps, Pandora, and Spotify — without removing their gloves. If funded, the gloves will cost $175 to $200.

Video Source: Mashable

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CTRL+CONSOLE looks to take editing to the touchscreen

November 16, 2012

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New Kickstarter project creates an instant editing station for Final Cut X, Final Cut 7, and Premiere on iPad or iPhone.

Video Source: Mashable

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Paralyzed patients to remotely control robots with their mind

November 15, 2012

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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

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Electrical near-field 3D gesture interface

November 14, 2012

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Microchip Technology has introduced GestIC, a configurable 3-D gesture controller that allows users to interact with their devices using hand/finger position tracking and intuitive free-space gestures in real time. The device is only available as a development kit. Applications include: 

  • Notebooks/Keyboards/PC Peripherals
  • Mobile phones
  • Tablet computers
  • Electronic readers
  • Remote controls
  • Game controllers

Video Source: Microchip Technology

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Nova scienceNow | The discovery and potential of RNA interference

November 13, 2012

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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

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343 Industries | Halo 4 launch trailer

November 10, 2012

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343 Industries | Watch the official Halo 4 launch trailer, “Scanned.” Master Chief’s mind is violated by a powerful new enemy, who in searching for Chief’s weaknesses, finds the source of his strength. Winner of over 30 industry awards. Halo 4 live-action & CGI trailer produced by David Fincher and directed by Tim Miller. ESRB Rating: MATURE (Blood, Violence).

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Xbox | SmartGlass

November 10, 2012

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Xbox | SmartGlass turns your mobile phone or tablet into a second screen that intelligently interacts with your Xbox 360 to elevate your entertainment experience. Xbox SmartGlass allows for your devices and TV to talk to each other to enhance your favorite TV shows, movies, music, sports and games.

Use your phone, tablet, or Windows 8 and Windows RT tablets and PCs to control your living room Xbox experience.… read more

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Leap Motion | Introducing the Leap

November 9, 2012

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Leap represents an entirely new way to interact with your computers. It’s more accurate than a mouse, as reliable as a keyboard and more sensitive than a touchscreen. For the first time, you can control a computer in three dimensions with your natural hand and finger movements.

The Leap works on Windows Vista/7/8 and Mac OS X, with Linux being on the agenda. To learn more, pre-order, or apply… read more

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Microsoft Research | Speech recognition breakthrough for the spoken, translated word

November 9, 2012

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Microsoft’s Chief Research Officer Rick Rashid demonstrates a speech recognition breakthrough via machine translation that converts his spoken English words into computer-generated Chinese language. The breakthrough is patterned after deep neural networks and significantly reduces errors in spoken as well as written translation.

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Prized Science | Peter Wolynes: untangling protein folding

November 9, 2012

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Peter Wolynes, winner of the 2012 ACS Award in Theoretical Chemistry, spent his career untangling the process of protein folding and discovered a process through which these chain molecules tumble into shape. His discovery may help usher in new techniques for personalized medicine and reveal how protein mutations affect the body.

Video Source: American Chemical Society

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Nike | FuelBand

November 8, 2012

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Nike | The FuelBand team talk about the inspiration behind the product’s design for everyday athletes.

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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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