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Nova | Making Stuff with David Pogue: materials science super stories — stronger stuff

February 1, 2011

Nova: Making Stuff — with David Pogue | What is the strongest material in the world? Is it steel, Kevlar, carbon nanotubes, or something entirely new? Nova kicks off the four-part series “Making Stuff” with a quest for the world’s strongest substances. Host David Pogue takes a look at what defines strength, examining everything from steel cables to mollusk shells to a toucan’s beak. Pogue travels from the deck of a U.S. naval aircraft… read more

Video Source: Nova

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

Wake Forest University | Organ manufacturing

February 17, 2012

printing human ear

NTD | The field of regenerative medicine is moving from the realm of science fiction to science fact. From fingers and ears to complex organs like livers or hearts, scientists at Wake Forest University are making headway into growing human body parts in a laboratory.

TED | Anthony Atala’s state-of-the-art lab grows human organs — from muscles to blood vessels to bladders, and more. At TEDMED, he… read more

Video Source: NTD / TED / The Methuselah Foundation / University of Minnesota / Joseph Mercola, D.O.

Mind-controlled microbes

June 3, 2013

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With an Arduino board, a hacked brain sensor, and a little code, you can control paramecia, which will change their swimming direction in response to an electrical field.

Build instructions and source code:http://making.do/paramecium

Paramecium footage credits:

Mon Microscopic
Proyecto Agua
desertfox326

Video Source: Geva Patz

Related:
Paramecium/Arduino interface

GestureTek’s Illuminate® interactive multi-touch table

January 25, 2010

“GestureTek’s Illuminate® multi-touch table brought the touch interface from the James Bond film, Quantum of Solace, to life. Inspired by the film, the British Film Institute in South Bank, London, hosted an event to show film enthusiasts how the multi-touch interface could be created for real, rather than as a post-production effect. Seeper created the engaging interactive multi-touch content. GestureTek’s U.K. dealer, Paradigm Audio Visual, provided the hardware.”

Video Source: GestureTek

Short film Life on a Leash

March 9, 2010

Rob Prior | A short 3D film I made last year. I am currently putting together my second short film which will be named ‘Chiyo.’ Here you can follow the film’s progress from original thoughts, to sketchbook drawings all the way through to the final outcome… your opinions and comments during this process my well influence some of the directions I decided to take.

Video Source: Rob Prior

Related:
Chiyo: 3D Short Film Blog
Portfolio Website
Life on a Leash Website

Bionic legs give new hope

September 9, 2010

In Aukland, New Zealand, wheelchair users have new hope of improved mobility after a company unveiled a new type of robotic leg. According to the developers, these bionic legs mean paraplegic people can do much more than they can with existing technology. The designer, Richard Little, is enthusiastic about this new technology: “There’s no other device that we know of that’s autonomous and allows people to stand, walk go up… read more

Video Source: euronews

Scientists grow new heart

January 13, 2008

Scientists at the University of Minnesota experimenting with tissue engineering having created a working rat heart by using heart cells from newborn rats.

Video Source: Associated Press

Related:
University of Minnesota News: “Researchers create a new heart in the lab”

Nuance hosts ‘The Amazing Race’ — text messaging and speech recognition competition, pits man against machine

October 24, 2006

Medialink & Nuance | Nuance Communications, Inc., provider of speech and imaging solutions, hosts the “The Amazing Race: Mobile Text Messaging,” a challenge to determine the fastest and most accurate way to send text messages and email using mobile devices. In a classic match-up of man vs. machine, the Amazing Race pits the most proficient 3-key and T-9 typists, including the world champion of text messaging, against Nuance Mobile Dictation,… read more

Video Source: Medialink / Nuance

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Nuance

ABC | Experiment shows brain function improves with exercise

January 5, 2012

glowing purple brain

Source: ABC News

Related:
Wikipedia | Brain-derived neurotrophic factor

 

Entertainment Technology Center at USC School of Cinematics

March 24, 2008

The Entertainment Technology Center at the University of Southern California [ETC-USC] is an Organized Research Unitwithin the School of Cinematic Arts. Its mission is to study entertainment technology developments that are critical to the creative community; production companies; content owners, distributors and exhibitors; and technology companies.
ETC-USC’s sponsors include the School of Cinematic Arts; Hollywood’s major studios: NBC-Universal, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox, Viacom/Paramount Studios, The Walt Disney Company… read more

Video Source: Entertainment Technology Center at USC

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Entertainment Technology Center at USC website

Engadget | Leaked video on YouTube alleges Google Now for iOS

March 12, 2013

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Engadget | “The clip is allegedly a low resolution version of a promotional video for Google Now on iPhone and iPad. The video has since been pulled from YouTube and appears to feature the same voice actress as the original Now announcement (which you’ll also find after the break for comparison). Supposedly, Now will be accessible in an upcoming iOS app update simply by swiping up from the main screen. Of course,… read more

Video Source: Engadget, Google Inc. (alleged)

Related:
Alleged Google Now for iOS video leaks on YouTube, is promptly pulled
Leaked video provides what may be our first look at Google Now for iOS

Microsoft Surface | Experience User Interface (XUI) concept video: Home

February 9, 2011

Microsoft concept home xui

Microsoft Surface | An abstract of life in the home of tomorrow with suppressed visibility of technology and devices; directed by Microsoft’s August de los Reyes, created by INVIVIA Inc.

Slashgear | Microsoft has released a few interesting concept videos over the past years, usually tipping their vision of multitouch, mobile handsets and the interaction between intelligent devices. Their two latest videos, “Home” and “Work,” take things more into the bizarre:

read more

Video Source: Microsoft Surface

Related:
Microsoft Surface YouTube channel

PopFab — 3D printer fits inside a briefcase (Intro)

August 4, 2012

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PopFab is a 3D printer that fits inside a briefcase. At its heart is a computer-controlled motion platform and a means of attaching various toolheads. These enable PopFab to make objects from a digital plan in a variety of ways: current capabilities include 3D printing, milling, vinyl cutting, and drawing — with more on the way. PopFab has traveled the world as a carry-on item of luggage.

Video Source: Ilan Moyer

Related:
MIT students reveal PopFab, a 3D printer that fits inside a briefcase

Defense Distributed | Controversial weapons firm posts mysterious video October Surprise

September 22, 2014

Defense Distributed - October Surprise - promo

Defense Distributed, the controversial research and development firm that has publicly released files for 3D printed guns, just posted a mysterious video showing what appears to be World War II bombers in flight. They stated, “Respectfully requesting your attendance for an October Surprise. September 30, 2014.”

“October surprise” traditionally refers to a news event deliberately created to influence the outcome of an election in November. Any guesses?… read more

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