July 7, 2012
Corporate video from Intuitive Surgical, maker of the da Vinci surgical robot, describing the main features of the system.
Video Source: Intuitive Surgical
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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.
Video Source: Masked Frame Pictures
Session by Alex Barnett at Mind Camp 3.0, inspired by Ray Kurzweil’s concept of the Singularity.
Video Source: Bryan Zug on Blip.tv
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
Video Source: 20th Century Fox
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
Daniel Mellinger | Experiments performed with a team of nano quadrotors at the General Robotics, Automation, and Sensing (GRASP) Lab, University of Pennsylvania. Vehicles developed by KMel Robotics. Special thanks to Professor Daniel Lee for his support.
A nano quadrotor is a multicopter that is propelled by four rotors and nanotechnology.
Video Source: University of Pennsylvania | GRASP Lab
In her final days as Commander of the International Space Station, Sunita Williams of NASA recorded an extensive tour of the orbital laboratory and downlinked the video on Nov. 18, just hours before she, cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko and Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency departed in their Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft for a landing on the steppe of Kazakhstan. The tour includes scenes of each of the… read more
Video Source: NASA
The goal of 3-D printing is to take this capability to microgravity for use on the International Space Station. In space, whatever astronauts have available on orbit is what they have to use — but just like on Earth, parts break or get lost. When that happens, there’s a wait for replacement parts, or the need to have multiple spares that have to be launched. The ability to conduct 3-D… read more
Video Source: NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
The first episode of the 2012 season of Prized Science highlights the work of Robert Langer, Institute Professor at MIT. His influential research on tissue engineering and controlled drug release earned him the 2012 American Chemical Society Priestley Medal, the highest honor given by the world’s largest scientific society.
To get a sense of Langer’s prolific career, just look at the numbers: He runs one of the largest academic… read more
Video Source: American Chemical Society