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Microsoft Office Labs | Microsoft futuristic concept home

October 28, 2011

Microsoft concept home

Also see: Guided tour of the Microsoft concept home

Microsoft | January 6, 2000 — The Microsoft Home®, located on the company’s Redmond, WA, campus is a concept family home  designed to showcase the company’s vision of the role new software will play in improving people’s quality of life. The Microsoft Home brings together under one roof a broad range of technologies, products and services that work together to… read more

YouTube Leanback | New feature turns your videos feed into a virtual TV

November 2, 2011

YouTube leanback

YouTube | YouTube Leanback is designed to start playing a personalized feed of videos in full screen and in high definition as soon as you launch it. Sit back, relax and enjoy the show.

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YouTube Leanback

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Living Tomorrow | House of the future

November 3, 2011

living tomorrow house of the future

Wannahaves | Living Tomorrow was founded in 1991 by architects Frank Belien and Peter Bongers. Their mission was to create a platform on which several companies could show their innovative ideas. Have you ever wondered what a future home will look like? We have been there, so watch here and find out.

Wikipedia | Living Tomorrow is a research oriented company with projects in the cities of Brussels and Amsterdam. It focuses… read more

Dan Trachtenberg | Live action short film Portal: No Escape rips fabric of space-time

November 10, 2011

Portal short film

Dan Trachtenberg | A woman wakes up in a room with no memory of who she is or how she got there. This is a short set in the world of the Portal video games created by Valve Software.

Wikipedia | Dan Trachtenberg is a filmmaker and video podcast host from the Philadelphia suburbs who currently resides in the Los Angeles metro area. He is one of the three hosts… read more

Google Zeitgeist | Young Minds competition winner hacks Kinect to help blind navigate

November 21, 2011

Kinecthesia

Google | Google Zeitgeist Americas 2011: “Spirit of the Time” — when we bring together a range of young minds seeking solutions for our time, what inspirational insights will we discover? Panel: Eric Berdinis — Young Minds Winner; Shree Bose — Google Science Fair Winner; Scot Frank — Clinton Global Initiative University moderated by Chelsea Clinton.

Kinecthesia | Kinecthesia uses a belt-mounted Kinect to aid navigation for the visually… read more

University of Georgia | Scientists develop ‘super’ yeast to turn pine trees into ethanol for biofuels

November 27, 2011

pine ethanol

University of Georgia | Researchers at the University of Georgia have developed a “super strain” of yeast that can efficiently ferment ethanol from pretreated pine — one of the most common species of tree in Georgia and the U.S. Their research could help biofuels replace gasoline as a transportation fuel.

International Business Times: “Scientists develop ‘super’ yeast to turn pine trees into ethanol for biofuels” | [...]… read more

Video Source: University of Georgia

Thiel Foundation | 20 Under 20 fellowship program is now accepting applications: $100,000 grant to skip college

November 29, 2011

20 Under 20 fellowship program is now accepting applications: $100,000 grant to skip college

The Thiel Fellowship | The Thiel Foundation’s 20 Under 20 fellowship program is now accepting applications for their second round of fellows for 2012. The deadline is December 31, 2011. To get a sense of what life is like as a fellow, they’ve created a short documentary series.

“A radical re-thinking of what it takes to succeed, the Thiel Fellowship encourages lifelong learning and independent… read more

Video Source: The Thiel Fellowship

Backyard Brains | Affordable neuroscience kits for students of all ages

November 30, 2011

Affordable neuroscience kits for students of all ages

Backyard Brains | Backyard Brains offers a series of exciting and affordable entry‐level Brain Recording Kits that provide the ability for students of all ages to learn about neurons. For the first time ever, school children and amateur scientists will have access to similar tools used by neuroscientists worldwide to study Electrophysiology: the electrical activity ofneurons. By following a few simple steps, everyone can experience how the brain is able to communicate our… read more

Sony | Projection-mapping entire room in real time using Playstation Move and EyeToy

November 30, 2011

Projection-mapping entire room in real time using Playstation Move and EyeToy

Sony | To promote the immersiveness of movies available on the Playstation Store, Sony commissioned a team to do “projection-mapping” of an entire room in real-time (no post-production), Gizmag reports.

Projection mapping has become more common in advertising recently, but has always been limited by the effect only being visible from a single, static point. The production team found a way around this using Sony’s… read more

Sci Fi Science on The Science Channel | Michio Kaku, Singularity and an ‘A.I. Uprising’

December 1, 2011

Michio Kaku, Singularity and an 'A.I. Uprising'

Sci Fi Science on The Science Channel | Michio Kaku comes up with a plan to stop the robots from taking over Earth. Imagine a world ruled by artificial intelligence where humans have been wiped out. This is no sci-fi fantasy. We’re fast approaching the moment when machines will be smarter than we are! We need a plan to stay on top and Dr. Michio Kaku is on the case.… read more

Video Source: The Science Channel | Sci Fi Science: Physics of the Impossible

Proud Pixels | Short film Singularity. Fashion. Reincarnation.

December 6, 2011

Short film "Singularity. Fashion. Reincarnation."

Proud Pixels | Short film created for a fashion event. We shot with almost no budget (something about $200). With the project, except me, worked two talented designers and photographers as well as a musician and fashion designer whose clothes you can admire on the screen. Greetings to everyone who helped us on this film. Enjoy watching. Shot on: Canon 5d mkII, Canon 24-70 L, Canon 70-200L, Zeiss ZE 35mm F2.… read more

Stefan Eckert | The world’s first 3-D holographic fashion show

December 6, 2011

The world's first 3-D holographic fashion show

Potts Mueller & Stefan Eckert Design | Yessian has ventured onto the catwalk with fashion designer Stefan Eckert, presenting music and sound design for a first-of-its-kind fashion show performance using 3-D holographic imagery.

The show required construction of one of the largest fashion stages ever created to showcase this innovative event.

It is a complete holographic show presented without using actual live models, but rather by utilizing large… read more

BBC | Microsoft-Samsung house of the future in South Korea from documentary Upgrade Me

December 7, 2011

Microsoft-Samsung house of the future in South Korea from documentary "Upgrade Me"

BBC | An excerpt from the BBC documentary Upgrade Me. Poet and gadget lover Simon Armitage explores people’s obsession with upgrading to the latest technological gadgetry. Upgrade culture drives millions to purchase the latest phones, flatscreen TVs, laptops and MP3 players. But is it design, functionality, fashion or friends that makes people covet the upgrade, and how far does the choice of gadgets define identity? Simon journeys across Britain and to South… read more

Kessler Foundation | Ekso exoskeleton allowing traumatic spinal cord injury patients to walk

December 21, 2011

Ekso exoskeleton allowing traumatic spinal cord injury patients to walk

Kessler Foundation | Researchers were encouraged by observations of 6 patients with traumatic spinal cord injury: Monitored by scientists at Kessler Foundation, six people with spinal cord injuries tested Ekso, the new robotic exoskeleton (formerly eLEGS™) from Ekso Bionics (formerly Berkeley Bionics) that enables wheelchair users to stand and walk.

The six, each of whom has a different level of injury, participated in one week of preliminary testing in… read more

The Economist | 2011 Innovation Awards winners

December 21, 2011

2011 Innovation Awards winners

The Economist | This year The Economist’s Innovation Awards reached its 10th year so we invited all of our past winners and our judges from around the world to attend the ceremony and summit to mark the tenth anniversary.

The theme was “the essence of truly great innovation” and in recognition of this we launched the Anniversary Award which was presented to Steve Jobs for his contribution to innovation… read more

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