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“The Pusher” by Keiichi Matsuda

January 1, 2010

KEIICHI MATSUDA | Alternative realities surround us and present possible and impossible fantasies for purposes of information, advertising, glamorising, publicising, and propagating the ideals of capitalism through consumption. The mechanisms of addiction are at play.

Shop windows, billboards, magazines are portals to parallel universes. They set-dress our mundane world, and relieve us of the responsibility of the dream. The pusher shows us what our aspirations are, and shows us… read more

Video Source: Vimeo / Keiichi Matsuda

PayPal teams with Bump for revamped iPhone app

March 15, 2010

PayPal’s official commercial for their iPhone “Bump” app. Is this a sign of things to come? Is this really the end of paper money? Some critics site continued problems with security still plaguing progress in this area.

Video Source: PayPal

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Multiple hopes for multiple sclerosis

September 10, 2010

Anette Hansson, is one of the tens of thousands that fall prey to MS across Europe, she describes the onset of the disease:

“I had a lot of balance problems. My muscles were very weak. I had pain in my eyes. It was the optic nerve, I understood afterwards. So I went to the doctor. And after a while I got the diagnosis.”

Video Source: euronews

Geoffrey Beene Foundation’s “Rock Stars of Science” campaign raises funds, profiles cutting edge R&D in critical areas of medical research

January 27, 2011

Video Source: Geoffrey Beene Foundation

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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

LightGuide: projected visualizations for hand movement guidance

May 8, 2012

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When performing complex gestures that require a specific form or technique, such as an exercise or playing an instrument, we use resources such as visual diagrams or videos to communicate concepts like posture, movement and speed of motion. Without incremental and real-time feedback such as those we receive from an instructor, interpreting and following a set of instructions can be a challenge.

LightGuide is a new approach to gesture… read more

Video Source: Microsoft Research

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3D-printed exoskeleton gives a little girl use of her arms

August 6, 2012

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A heartwarming new video documents the story of a small child whose life has been radically changed for the better because of 3D printing technology.

Two-year-old Emma was born with a rare disease called arthrogryposis that makes it so she can’t raise her arms without assistance. Through the use of 3D printing, a Delaware hospital created a mobile plastic exoskeleton that now allows Emma to… read more

Video Source: Stratasys

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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

‘How smart are animals?’ on Nova: Science Now

February 13, 2011

Nova: Science Now on PBS | As an astrophysicist, Nova: Science Now host Neil deGrasse Tyson has a unique view of the universe. Hear his cosmic perspective on “How smart are animals?”

Video Source: Nova: Science Now on PBS

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Air Danshin | Japanese airbag protects homes from earthquakes

March 7, 2012

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The Guardian | Japanese technology firm Air Danshin has devised an airbag system that can raise a house 3cm off the ground to protect it from earthquake tremors. Sensors detect when a quake starts and ends, and gently deflates the airbags afterwards.

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Video Source: The Guardian / Air Danshin

Robot creates ‘infinite’ WiFi network

August 8, 2012

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A team of seven undergraduate students at Northeastern University designed and built a “nearly indestructible” robot that can enter rugged territory and create a theoretically infinite WiFi networks as it goes.

The team faced three problems: they needed a robot that could travel over rough terrain or rubble; the WiFi network had to be robust, cheap and easy to deploy; and they needed a way to control the robot… read more

Video Source: Barry Son, Daniel Landers, Hector Palomares, Mauro Berti, Ryan Moynihan, Senthuran S.

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Nokia “Morph” nanotechnology concept phone

March 31, 2008

Morph is a concept demonstrating some of the possibilities nanotechnologies might enable in future communication devices. Morph can sense its environment, is energy harvesting and self cleaning. Morph is a flexible two-piece device that can adapt its shape to different use modes. Nanotechnology enables it to have adaptive materials yet rigid forms on demand. It was featured in the MoMA exhibition “Design and the Elastic Mind” (highlights available online, see… read more

Video Source: Nokia

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Robots: man’s new best friend?

September 10, 2010

Robots are learning to become more human. But what are the goals and boundaries of such progress?

Meet Erica and Borka.

Erica – 29 years old – lives not far from Budapest. At the age of 2, a road accident left her confined to a wheelchair.

Video Source: euronews

DARPA SeeMe

May 9, 2012

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DARPA’s SeeMe program aims to give mobile, individual US warfighters overseas access to on-demand, space-based tactical information in remote and beyond- line-of-sight conditions. If successful, SeeMe will provide small squads and individual teams the ability to receive timely imagery on a handheld device of their specific overseas location directly from a small satellite with the press of a button — something that’s currently not possible from military or commercial satellites.… read more

Video Source: DARPA

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Doing business with a parrot: Goffin cockatoos trade with nuts in an exchange experiment

March 15, 2013

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Biologists in the Department of Cognitive Biology at the University of Vienna has for the first time succeeded in observing self-control of cockatoos in exchange experiments.

A new study at the University of Vienna, on an Indonesian cockatoo species — the Goffin’s cockatoo — which recently made headlines, showed notable results.

“The animalsread more

Video Source: University of Vienna

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