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Bicycles of tomorrow

April 1, 2008

YOUTUBE | Shimano, best known for bike parts, developed a new concept to attract non bikers. It added coaster brakes and a computer that shifts gears automatically. Matt Robertson, with Shimano, explains how the new Coaster gear shift works. Shimano’s Coaster concept, with a computer for automatic gear shifting, was integrated into Trek’s new Lime bicycle. The Lime includes extra storage under the seat, hidden gears and coaster brakes.

Video Source: The Orange County Register

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IBM | Perspectives on Watson — customer service, finance, and healthcare applications

February 13, 2011

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IBM | The customer service industry is judged on two criteria: speed and accuracy. Watson, the IBM computing system designed to compete on Jeopardy!, is built to achieve both of these. IBM experts share their thoughts on how the DeepQA technology that powers Watson could transform the customer service industry into a faster, more accurate experience.

Medical records, texts, journals and research documents are all written in natural language… read more

Video Source: IBM

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Verizon Wireless | ‘Susie’s Lemonade Stand’ commercials exemplify democratization of innovation

May 16, 2011

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Ray Kurzweil | This commercial is a wonderful depiction of the enormous power of the tools that are in all of our hands — illustrating the democratization of innovation, and the increasing youthfulness of entrepreneurship.

Video Source: Verizon Wireless

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New Scientist | Physics in a Minute: The twin paradox

January 5, 2012

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New Scientist | Twins can be competitive, but thanks to special relativity you could age slower than your sibling. The feat requires a trip to space aboard a rocket travelling near the speed of light. Known as the twin paradox, this animation by The Open University explores the scenario posed by Albert Einstein.

As time marches on as usual for the earthbound twin, time ticks slower for the space… read more

CERN: Are we there yet on the search for the Higgs boson?

July 4, 2012

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Video Source: CERN

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Amazon | Demo of Zocalo cloud service

January 1, 2001

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Amazon | Zocalo is a fully managed, secure enterprise storage and sharing service with strong administrative controls and feedback capabilities that improve user productivity.

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Business Wire | “Amazon Web Services Introduces Amazon Zocalo”read more

PointScreen™ user interface from the Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis & Information Systems

January 25, 2010

“PointScreen™ is an Interface developed at Fraunhofer Institut für Medienkommunikation in Bremen, Germany. PointScreen™ makes it possible to control the computer intuitively with gestures. The user navigates by merely pointing toward the screen; contrary to touch screen technology, the interaction proceeds completely without touch. The PointScreen™ technology is based on the principle of Electric Field Sensing (EFS): the dynamics of the body—such as gestures and movement—are measured and digitally registered.… read more

Video Source: Fraunhofer IAIS

Futuristic rolltop laptop concept

March 5, 2010

YOUTUBE | www.orkin-design.de : The device of the flexible display allows a new concept in notebook design growing out of the traditional bookformed laptop into unfurling and convolving portable computer.

By virtue of the OLED-Display technology and a multi touch screen the utility of a laptop computer with its weight of a mini-notebook and screen size of 13 inch easily transforms into the graphics tablet, which (with its 17-inch… read more

Road trip: 3 months, 13,000km… and no driver

September 9, 2010

Two electric autonomous orange vans are on their way from Italy to China. They will brave the traffic of Moscow, the intense summer heat of Siberia and the bitter cold of the Gobi desert before their planned arrival in Shanghai in October.

Video Source: euronews

Multitouch musical instruments

September 4, 2008

Using infrared lasers and an infrared camera, it is possible to transform any surface into a low cost, multi-point interface for controlling electronic musical instruments, lighting, and other applications.

Video Source: University of Applied Sciences, Western Switzerland & Music Conservatory of Geneva

Kevin Kelly on how technology evolves

November 1, 2006

TED | Tech enthusiast Kevin Kelly asks “What does technology want?” and discovers that its movement toward ubiquity and complexity is much like the evolution of life. Kevin Kelly has been publisher of the Whole Earth Review, exec editor at Wired, founder of visionary nonprofits, and writer on biology and business and “cool tools.” He’s admired for his new perspectives on technology and its relevance to history, biology and religion.

Video Source: TED

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BMW | Demo of ‘CDC hands-free mode’ portends driverless cars

January 26, 2012

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BMW | This clip is a part of the BMW ConnectedDrive Future Lab. More details here.

Daily Mail | BMW developers have designed a car that can drive itself down Germany’s autobahn. Looking no different from a regular BMW, the car is fitted with a “four-sense” system which includes radar, cameras, laser scanners and ultrasonics.

Some other recent research by BMW into automated driving:read more

20th Century Fox | Viral trailers for Prometheus feature David the android

November 26, 2012

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Wikipedia | About the film: Prometheus is a 2012 science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott. The story is set in the late 21st century and centers on the crew of the spaceship Prometheus as they follow a star map discovered among the artifacts of several ancient Earth cultures. The crew, seeking the origins of humanity, arrive on a distant world and discover a threat that could cause the extinction… read more

Video Source: 20th Century Fox

Scratch Input: novel finger input surface

March 19, 2010

Scratch Input R&D team | Scratch Input: Creating Large, Inexpensive, Unpowered and Mobile Finger Input Surfaces

We present Scratch Input, an acoustic-based input technique that relies on the unique sound produced when a fingernail is dragged over the surface of a textured material, such as wood, fabric, or wall paint. We employ a simple sensor that can be easily coupled with existing surfaces, such as walls and tables, turning… read more

Video Source: Chris Harrison

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New Scientist | Less invasive mind control system for prosthetics

February 25, 2011

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New Scientist | A model helps to visualize how a new neural implant device reads brain signals and interprets them to control a prosthetic arm. The yellow spikes represent firing motor neurons in the brain. Each neuron is tuned to recognize a different direction in space, so as the arm moves, the spikes change to reflect the changing direction. By combining the output of all the neurons, the direction of… read more

Video Source: New Scientist

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