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Japanese robot pop star

October 24, 2010

Japanese robot girl “HRP-C4,” created at Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), danced and sang a pop song on stage at the Digital Content Expo 2010. The android has come a long way since her debut in March 2009. Wikipedia says: “The robot is 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighs 95 pounds, including battery. Its shape and joints are based on the 1997–1998 Japanese… read more

Video Source: Digital Content Expo 2010, Japan’s AIST

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Overview of Nova: Making Stuff with David Pogue, exploring materials science breakthroughs

January 11, 2011

Nova: Making Stuff on PBS | Invisibility cloaks. Spider silk that is stronger than steel. Plastics made of sugar that dissolve in landfills. Self-healing military vehicles. Smart pills and micro-robots that zap diseases. Clothes that monitor your mood. What will the future bring, and what will it be made of? In Nova’s four-hour series, “Making Stuff: Stronger, Smaller, Cleaner, Smarter,” popular New York Times technology… read more

Video Source: Nova: Making Stuff on PBS

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Nova on PBS | ‘The smartest machine on Earth’ on IBM’s Watson

March 1, 2011

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University of California Berkeley | Scientists reconstruct video using brain waves

September 23, 2011

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Gallant Lab at University of California Berkeley | The left clip is a segment of a Hollywood movie trailer that the subject viewed while in the magnet. The right clip shows the reconstruction of this segment from brain activity measured using fMRI.

The procedure is as follows:

  • [1] Record brain activity while the subject watches several hours of movie trailers.
  • [2] Build dictionaries (i.e., regression models) that

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Robotiq robot hand

June 1, 2012

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Canadian firm Robotiq demonstrates its adaptive robotic gripper at the 2012 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation in St. Paul, Minn.

Video Source: IEEE Spectrum

Project Natal demo for Xbox 360

January 25, 2010

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To Age or Not to Age, documentary film by Robert Kane Pappas

March 10, 2010

FILM WEBSITE | Imagine a 120-year-old living like today’s 50 year-olds. Possible? Yes, according to the scientists in Robert Kane Pappas’ new film, To Age or Not to Age. The scientists featured have found the means to postpone and possibly mitigate diseases tied to aging, such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, neurodegenerative diseases, and diabetes. Genes that control aging, among them SIRT2/SIRT1 genes, when altered, may, as a side effect increase… read more

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Surgery enters the third dimension

September 9, 2010

3D images have made work a little easier for surgeons at the University Hospitals of Geneva. The imaging helps plan operations and improve doctors’ precision, allowing them to see inside the body they’re about to go to work on.

Video Source: euronews

Rhythm Ring: interactive rhythm sequencer

January 2, 2011

Creators Brian Yung & Hanson Jiang, Cornell University | The Rhythm Ring interactive rhythm sequencer is an engaging musical device that enables the user to create a plethora of rhythms and beat patterns with the touch of their own fingers.

Besides being fun to play with, the Rhythm Ring provides a tangible method of arranging a musical rhythm. In our design, the user can arrange beats and… read more

Video Source: Brian Yung & Hanson Jiang, Cornell University

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IBM Labs | Five innovations that will transform our lives over the next five years

February 17, 2011

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IBM Labs | IBM explores its “Next Five in Five” — a list of innovations with the potential to change the way people work, live and play over the next five years. The “Next Five in Five” is based on market and societal trends expected to transform our lives, as well as emerging technologies from IBM’s Labs around the world that can make these innovations possible.

Video Source: IBM Labs

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GoPollGo brings real-time polls and results to the Web, Robert Scoble interviews founder Ben Schaechter

March 26, 2012

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Scobleizer | This is really cool. You can ask your followers a question and see their answers in real time. You see this after I asked a question. Here you meet Ben Schaechter, CEO, who tells you about his new company and explains how the technology works. GoPollGo lets you build your own. My polls are here.

Wikipedia | Robert Scoble is an American blogger,… read more

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Carl Schoonover: How to look inside the brain

July 11, 2012

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There have been remarkable advances in understanding the brain, but how do you actually study the neurons inside it? Using gorgeous imagery, neuroscientist and TED Fellow Carl Schoonover shows the tools that let us see inside our brains.

Carl Schoonover is a neuroscientist and one of the founders of NeuWrite, a collaboration between writers and neuroscientist.

Video Source: TED

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Wii remote-controlled robot percussion

February 22, 2010

POPULAR SCIENCE | A musician has harnessed the power of two Nintendo Wiimotes to become a cyborg percussionist with the robo-band Jazari. His playing of one drum machine can evoke an automated response from another, so that he can go around the drum circle in a beautiful display of human-robot improvisation.

The man behind the machine, Patrick Flanagan, is a composer who cites music theory, music cognition, and machine… read more

Video Source: Popular Science

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Microsoft Office Labs | Prescient Microsoft ‘Healthcare Future Vision’ seamless systems concept video from 2007

February 19, 2011

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Microsoft | Health Future Vision — Imagine healthcare of the future where emerging technologies may provide more seamless connections across healthcare providers and equip patients with the knowledge and control they need for a more comprehensive, personalized healthcare experience — enabled by products like HealthVault and Amalga. This video is from 2007.

Video Source: Microsoft

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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

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