July 7, 2012
Corporate video from Intuitive Surgical, maker of the da Vinci surgical robot, describing the main features of the system.
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The Objet30 Pro desktop 3D printer combines incredible fine detail accuracy with a versatile range of 7 unique and different materials. This 3D printer is the only desktop system to feature clear transparent material and high temperature resistant material. The Objet30 Pro is ideal for the rapid prototyping needs of professional designers and engineers working in industries such as consumer goods, consumer electronics, medical devices, design consultancies and… read more
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Masked Frame Pictures | Project Kronos is an upcoming documentary film following a mission to achieve interstellar space travel. As the mission unfolds, the scientists find themselves questioning whether the space agency’s solution to achieving interstellar space travel is ethical at all. Written and directed by Hasraf ‘HaZ’ Dulull. Technology sponsored by Adobe. Produced by Masked Frame Pictures. Representation: Scott Glassgold / I AM Entertainment.
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Video Source: IBM
BigDog handles heavy objects. The goal is to use the strength of the legs and torso to help power motions of the arm. This sort of dynamic, whole-body approach to manipulation is used routinely by human athletes and will enhance the performance of advanced robots.
Video Source: Boston Dynamics
University of Tokyo JSK Lab researchers have developed a high-torque, high-speed robotic leg based on a novel electrical actuation system. Their robot uses high-voltage and high-current liquid-cooled motor drivers that get their power from a 13.5-farad capacitor system, which can supply lots of current very fast and reliably, something that batteries are not good at.
Video Source: University of Tokyo JSK Lab
20th Century Fox | Billy (Vince Vaughn) and Nick (Owen Wilson) are salesmen whose careers have been torpedoed by the digital world. Trying to prove they are not obsolete, they defy the odds by talking their way into a coveted internship at Google, along with a battalion of brilliant college students. But, gaining entrance to this utopia is only half the battle. Now they must compete with a group of… read more
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Throughout human evolution, multiple versions of humans co-existed. Could we be mid-upgrade now? At TEDxSummit, Juan Enriquez sweeps across time and space to bring us to the present moment — and shows how technology is revealing evidence that suggests rapid evolution may be under way.
Video Source: TED
This talk is from USC in October 2011.
Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth is a new science-fiction-themed game entry into the award-winning Civilization series. Set in the future, global events have destabilized the world leading to a collapse of modern society, a new world order and an uncertain future for humanity. As the human race struggles to recover, the re-developed nations focus their resources on deep space travel to chart a new beginning for mankind.
As… read more
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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
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.
Video Source: CTBTO
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