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Geordie Rose – D-Wave Quantum Computing – A Eureka Moment

December 4, 2012


This talk is from USC in October 2011.

Russian fireball largest ever detected by CTBTO’s infrasound sensors

February 21, 2013


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.

The blast was detected by 17 infrasound stations in the CTBTO’s network, which tracks atomic blasts across the planet.  The furthest station to record the sub-audible… read more

Video Source: CTBTO

Russian fireball largest ever detected by CTBTO's infrasound sensors

Google Lunar XPRIZE | Moon Shot | Official Trailer

March 24, 2016


Academy Award-nominated director Orlando von Einsiedel, Executive Producer J.J. Abrams, Bad Robot and Epic Digital have joined forces with Google and XPRIZE to create a documentary web series about the people competing for the Google Lunar XPRIZE.

The Google Lunar XPRIZE is the largest prize competition of all time with a reward of $30 million and aims to incentivize entrepreneurs to create a new era of affordable… read more

Video Source: Google Lunar XPRIZE

Microsoft KinEtre lets you possess people, inanimate objects

August 9, 2012


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

Microsoft's KinEtre Animates Household Objects

NAO Writer — NAO robot writes any word

May 17, 2013


NAO Robot writes any word you ask him, and spells the word as he writes it. This app uses text-to-speech for word recognition and inverse kinematics for writing.

Video Source: Aldebaran Robotics

Sandia National Labs | Self-guided bullet can alter trajectory in flight, navigating to laser-painted target

February 2, 2012

Sandia self guided bullet

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

iRobot | The Ava mobile robotics platform

February 4, 2012

iRobot Ava

iRobot | iRobot Ava™ is a breakthrough mobile robotics platform developed to help robot designers, application developers and market innovation specialists expedite the pursuit of practical, affordable mobile robotic solutions.

Autonomous navigation for independent, proactive point-to-point navigation. The right balance of features and robustness integrated in meaningful and productive ways. A highly accessible development platform for business or consumer applications. Comprehensive sensor arrays (laser, sonar, and 2D/3Dimaging) providing complete… read more

Video Source: iRobot

Sight — the future of Project Glass?

July 30, 2012


A short film by Eran May-raz and Daniel Lazo about a blind date in an augmented-reality future.

Video Source: Sight Systems

Is this the future of Project Glass?

Red Bull Stratos | World record stratosphere jump with full POV, multiangle, mission data

October 18, 2013


Felix Baumgartner’s world-record-breaking jump from the stratosphere, 127,851 feet up.

Video Source: Red Bull

Red Bull Releases Incredible POV Video of 128,000-Foot Stratos Jump

Prized Science | Chad Mirkin: gold nanoparticles & the future of medical diagnostics

November 8, 2012


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

Ep. 2: “Chad Mirkin: Gold Nanoparticles & The Future of Medical Diagnostics”

Creating a Google map of the brain with David Van Essen

July 18, 2013


David Van Essen, Edison professor of neurobiology and department head of anatomy and neurobiology, Washington University in St. Louis, develops and uses computerized brain mapping techniques to study the structure, function, and development of cerebral cortex in humans and nonhuman primates. Van Essen also worked on the Human Connectome Project, a 5-year project to map human brain circuitry in healthy adults. Now… read more

Video Source: AAAS

Creating a Google Map of the brain with David Van Essen

Model of Elon Musk’s Hyperloop 3D-printed

August 21, 2013


Five designers set out to build a 3D-printed model of Elon Musk’s Hyperloop. Each designer took a component of the Hyperloop concept and designed digital 3D models based on images released by Musk. The model consists of elevated tubes that are supported by pillars. There are passenger transport capsules that run through the tubes and a station where people will load and unload.

After the models were designed in… read more

Video Source: WhiteClouds

Small Firm Creates A 3D-Printed Scale Model Of The Hyperloop

BeeBee’s special enhancement

November 1, 2012


BeeBee, a tiny Chihuahua, was born with no shoulder blades; she can’t put any weight on her front legs or straighten them. So engineering students at Bollman Tech, in Thornton, Colorado built a special wheelchair just for her.

Video Source: USA TODAY

LS3 Follow Tight (mobile, semi-autonomous legged robot)

December 21, 2012


For the past two weeks, researchers from DARPA’s LS3 program have been testing the Legged Squad Support System (LS3), a four-legged robot.

They have demonstrated new advances in the robot’s control, stability and maneuverability, including “Leader Follow” decision making, enhanced roll recovery, exact foot placement over rough terrain, the ability to maneuver in an urban environment, and verbal command capability.

This video shows theread more

Video Source: DARPA

LS3 Four-Legged Robot Plays Follow the Leader

Surround-See: enabling peripheral vision on smartphones during active use

July 18, 2013


Mobile devices are endowed with significant sensing capabilities. However, their ability to “see” their surroundings, during active use, is limited. We present Surround-See, a self-contained smartphone equipped with an omni-directional camera that enables peripheral vision around the device to augment daily mobile tasks. Surround-See provides mobile devices with a field-of-view collinear to the device screen.

This capability facilitates novel mobile tasks such as pointing at objects in the environment… read more

Video Source: Xing-Dong Yang

Surround-See: Enabling Peripheral Vision on Smartphones during Active Use

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