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AIRobots: remotely controlled aerial robots

December 24, 2012

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The University of Twente AIRobots project is developing a new generation of remotely controlled “aerial service robots” (a.k.a. drones). The researchers plan to use virtual reality, augmented reality, and haptic (touch) devices to allow the operator to guide the robot while hiding the complexity of the vehicle dynamics.

Video Source: University of Twente

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Meta | Planets and 3D printing technical demonstration

March 3, 2014

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Meta | A first look at the META.01 Developer Edition with Matt Kitchales, Product Manager at Meta.

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Kevin Margo | Grounded — film trailer

September 19, 2012

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One astronaut’s journey through space and life ends on a hostile exosolar planet. Grounded is a metaphorical account of the experience, inviting unique interpretation and reflection by the viewer. Themes of aging, inheritance, paternal approval, cyclic trajectories, and behaviors passed on through generations are explored against an ethereal backdrop.

Video Source: Kevin Margo | Grounded

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Next generation DNA sequencing

May 22, 2013

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The advent of next-generation sequencing is considered the most propelling technological advance, which has resulted in the doubling of sequence data almost every five months and the precipitous drop in the cost of sequencing a region of DNA.

This is a rebroadcast of a webinar that tracks the evolution of next-generation sequencing and explores what the future holds in terms of the technology and its medical applications.

Panelists:… read more

Video Source: Gerontology Research Group

Celebrating the beauty of living systems

April 30, 2012

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Bryan Alvarez is a doctoral candidate at the University of California, Berkeley, researching brain-based and cognitive mechanisms of a unique form of sensory-blending called synesthesia, which he also experiences.

TEDxBerkeley 2011 — Engaging the World — took place on Saturday, February 19th, 2011 at UC Berkeley.

Video Source: TEDx Berkeley

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Behrokh Khoshnevis — contour crafting: automated construction

August 4, 2012

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The next humans to lose their jobs may well be construction workers, says The Atlantic.

Behrokh Khoshnevis, a professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Southern California, has spent the last 15 years working on a machine that will “print” buildings. He calls the practice Contour Crafting.

The technology, he says, will be faster than all conventional building methods (including prefab construction), cheaper,… read more

Video Source: TED

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Iuro robot asks humans for help navigating cities

October 16, 2012

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Iuro, or Interactive Urban Robot, has  21 actuators inside its head, giving it fully controllable eyes, eyelids, eyebrows, lips, ears, and mouth. Stereo cameras above the eyes and a Kinect sensor in the chest help Iuro to interact with humans it runs into on the street, interpreting speech and gestures to enable it to find its way from place to place without using maps or GPS.

The overall… read more

Video Source: Interactive Urban Robot Project

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Could Mars support life?

August 30, 2012

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Google+ Hangout on August 29 with astrobiologist Pan Conrad — NASA deputy principal investigator with the Sample Analysis at Mars chemistry lab aboard the Curiosity rover, to learn more about the Mars astrobiology mission.

Her instrument is currently “sniffing” the Martian atmosphere, and will soon start digesting bits of the soil around Curiosity, trying to answer one pressing question: Could Mars support life?

With Fraser Cain and Amy… read more

Video Source: NASA

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How to deflect an incoming asteroid

October 28, 2012

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Send space-launched white paint balls on pellets, says Sung Wook Paek, a graduate student in MIT’s Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics. The pellets would deflect the asteroid and the white surface (albedo) would continue to reflect sunlight — and in 20 years, this bouncing of photons off its surface could create enough of a force to push the asteroid off its course.

Paek won the 2012 Move an Asteroidread more

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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Mind Camp 3.0 | Singularity discussion with Alex Barnett inspired by Ray Kurzweil

November 22, 2006

Session by Alex Barnett at Mind Camp 3.0, inspired by Ray Kurzweil’s concept of the Singularity.

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Oakley | Airwave goggles

November 7, 2012

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The $600 Oakley Airwave snow goggles feature a small corner display that lets you see how fast you’re going, where your friends are on the mountain, vertical feet attained, maps, incoming calls/text messages, and music playlist. The Airwave app for Android or iOS lets you control your phone and playlist through the Airwave’s wrist controller. The display is perceived to be the size of a 14-inch screen viewed from a distance of… read more

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Nikola Tesla pitching Silicon Valley VCs

June 10, 2013

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Nikola Tesla pitches wireless energy to VCs.

Video Source: Northern Imagination

Overview of the da Vinci Si Surgical System

July 7, 2012

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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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A pro 3D printer with 7 different materials [cute animation]

March 1, 2013

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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

Video Source: Stratasys

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