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Paralyzed patients to remotely control robots with their mind

November 15, 2012

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CRNS-AIST Joint Robotics Laboratory researchers are developing a brain-controlled interface (BCI) that would allow  tetraplegics or paraplegics to remotely control robots via thought alone.

Using a cap with electroencephalogram (EEG) electrodes, a computer program would interpret the user’s brainwave signals and transform them into robot actions to control movement and interaction.

Video Source: DigInfo TV

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Electrical near-field 3D gesture interface

November 14, 2012

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Microchip Technology has introduced GestIC, a configurable 3-D gesture controller that allows users to interact with their devices using hand/finger position tracking and intuitive free-space gestures in real time. The device is only available as a development kit. Applications include: 

  • Notebooks/Keyboards/PC Peripherals
  • Mobile phones
  • Tablet computers
  • Electronic readers
  • Remote controls
  • Game controllers

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Nova scienceNow | The discovery and potential of RNA interference

November 13, 2012

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Nova ScienceNow | RNA, the close chemical cousin of DNA, was once thought to be a bit player in the life of a cell, but not anymore. RNA is now at the heart of a scientific and medical revolution. It’s a revolution that started with the cultivation of a purple petunia, and it has led scientists to what may be the most important advance in biology in decades.

Through a… read more

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343 Industries | Halo 4 launch trailer

November 10, 2012

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343 Industries | Watch the official Halo 4 launch trailer, “Scanned.” Master Chief’s mind is violated by a powerful new enemy, who in searching for Chief’s weaknesses, finds the source of his strength. Winner of over 30 industry awards. Halo 4 live-action & CGI trailer produced by David Fincher and directed by Tim Miller. ESRB Rating: MATURE (Blood, Violence).

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Xbox | SmartGlass

November 10, 2012

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Xbox | SmartGlass turns your mobile phone or tablet into a second screen that intelligently interacts with your Xbox 360 to elevate your entertainment experience. Xbox SmartGlass allows for your devices and TV to talk to each other to enhance your favorite TV shows, movies, music, sports and games.

Use your phone, tablet, or Windows 8 and Windows RT tablets and PCs to control your living room Xbox experience.… read more

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Leap Motion | Introducing the Leap

November 9, 2012

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Leap represents an entirely new way to interact with your computers. It’s more accurate than a mouse, as reliable as a keyboard and more sensitive than a touchscreen. For the first time, you can control a computer in three dimensions with your natural hand and finger movements.

The Leap works on Windows Vista/7/8 and Mac OS X, with Linux being on the agenda. To learn more, pre-order, or apply… read more

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Microsoft Research | Speech recognition breakthrough for the spoken, translated word

November 9, 2012

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Microsoft’s Chief Research Officer Rick Rashid demonstrates a speech recognition breakthrough via machine translation that converts his spoken English words into computer-generated Chinese language. The breakthrough is patterned after deep neural networks and significantly reduces errors in spoken as well as written translation.

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Prized Science | Peter Wolynes: untangling protein folding

November 9, 2012

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Peter Wolynes, winner of the 2012 ACS Award in Theoretical Chemistry, spent his career untangling the process of protein folding and discovered a process through which these chain molecules tumble into shape. His discovery may help usher in new techniques for personalized medicine and reveal how protein mutations affect the body.

Video Source: American Chemical Society

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Nike | FuelBand

November 8, 2012

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Nike | The FuelBand team talk about the inspiration behind the product’s design for everyday athletes.

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

November 8, 2012

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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

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Prized Science | Robert Langer: a founding father of tissue engineering and controlled drug release

November 7, 2012

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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

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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

Video Source: Oakley

The Verge | Google Now and the future of predictive search

November 7, 2012

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The Verge | An interview with the engineering team behind Google Now on Android to find out what’s next for the innovative search feature. Google executives Hugo Barra, Scott Huffman, Jeff Dean, and Vincent Vanhoucke tell the story behind how Google Now came into being and why it represents the best of Google. Read the full article here.

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Shimon Schocken: the self-organizing computer course

November 6, 2012

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Shimon Schocken and Noam Nisan developed a curriculum for their students to build a computer, piece by piece. When they put the course online — giving away the tools, simulators, chip specifications and other building blocks — they were surprised that thousands jumped at the opportunity to learn, working independently as well as organizing their own classes in the first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). A call to forget about… read more

A paper-like, low-power color video display

November 6, 2012

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Japan Display has developed a paper-like, low-power color reflective LCD that can display video.

Source: Diginfo TV

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