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Robotic wheelchair climbs over steps

October 19, 2012


Chiba Institute of Technology engineers have developed a robot wheelchair that can climb over steps by using its wheels as legs. All the user control direction using a joystick. The robot automatically assesses the surrounding terrain and moves appropriately, using sensors on its feet to see if there’s anything nearby and how far it is from a step.

Video Source: DigInfo TV

Robotic wheelchair from Chiba Tech turns wheels into legs and climbs over steps

Iuro robot asks humans for help navigating cities

October 16, 2012


Iuro, or Interactive Urban Robot, has  21 actuators inside its head, giving it fully controllable eyes, eyelids, eyebrows, lips, ears, and mouth. Stereo cameras above the eyes and a Kinect sensor in the chest help Iuro to interact with humans it runs into on the street, interpreting speech and gestures to enable it to find its way from place to place without using maps or GPS.

The overall… read more

Video Source: Interactive Urban Robot Project

[IROS 2012] Iuro Robot Finds Its Way Through Cities, With Your Help

Digits hand tracker: freehand 3D computer interaction without gloves

October 10, 2012


Digits, a wrist-worn gloveless sensor developed by Microsoft Research in Cambridge, U.K., enables 3-D computer interaction in any environment and is practical beyond computer gaming.

Video Source: Microsoft Research

Freehand 3D Computer Interaction Without Gloves

Seth Lloyd on quantum life

October 9, 2012


Seth Lloyd of MIT spoke at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics.on how organisms have evolved to make use of quantum the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics.

Video Source: TVO

Big Ideas: Seth Lloyd on Quantum Life


October 6, 2012


MIT Media Lab – Tangible Media Group – Hiroshi Ishii

Like-A-Hug is a wearable social media vest that allows for hugs to be given via Facebook, bringing us closer despite physical distance. The vest inflates when friends ‘Like’ a photo, video, or status update on the wearer’s wall, thereby allowing us to feel the warmth, encouragement, support, or love that we feel when we receive hugs. Hugs can also… read more

Video Source: Melissa Chow


The Solar Pocket Factory by Alex Hornstein and Shawn Frayne

October 5, 2012

Solar Pocket Factory

What if you could have electricity anywhere there was sunlight? What if the charge on your phone could last for weeks, the poorest, most remote homes in the world could have electric home lighting, and adding a USB charge outlet was as simple as slapping a sticker onto a sunlit wall? All of these are becoming possible thanks to microsolar: small solar panels that are small and cheap enough to… read more

Video Source: Digibox/Rhine Bernardino/Alex Hornstein and Shawn Frayne

The Solar Pocket Factory: an Invention Adventure

Teacher with no arms, instructs and inspires with her feet

October 3, 2012


Mary Gannon instructs and inspires with her feet. She uses her toes as naturally as if they were fingers, writing on the board, typing on the computer and passing out papers, Huffington Post reports.

Gannon, born with no arms, teaches math and science at Harding Middle School in Lakewood, Ohio. But it’s her handling of a disability that provides life lessons.

“If it’s going to inspire… read more

Video Source: Fox 8

Mary Gannon, Ohio Teacher With No Arms, Instructs And Inspires With Her Feet (VIDEO)

Watch flying robots cooperate, throw and catch balls

October 3, 2012


The Flying Machine Arena at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) offers a safe, controlled sandbox environment for testing mobile robots’ fast-paced motions, thanks to a high-precision localization system, high-performance radio links, easy-to-use software structure, and safety nets enclosing the space.

Video Source: ETH

Flying Machine Arena

Watch 32 discordant metronomes achieve synchrony in a matter of minutes

October 1, 2012


If you place 32 metronomes on a static object and set them rocking out of phase with one another, they will remain that way indefinitely. Place them on a moveable surface, however, and something very interesting (and very mesmerizing) happens, notes io9.

The metronomes in this video fall into the latter camp. Energy from the motion of one ticking metronome can affect the motion of every metronome… read more

Video Source: IkeguchiLab

Watch 32 discordant metronomes achieve synchrony in a matter of minutes
American Scientist | Huygens's clocks revisited

Chris Anderson on desktop manufacturing’s ‘Macintosh moment’

October 1, 2012


With the advent of affordable, advanced desktop 3-D printers like the Makerbot Replicator and Cubify’s Cube, we’re standing at the starting line of a manufacturing revolution, says Wired. These tools, once reserved for top-level firms, give curious minds everywhere rapid prototyping capabilities for almost any type of project.

Chris Anderson, Editor-in-Chief of Wired, DIY robotics enthusiast, and author of recently released Makers: The New Industrialread more

Video Source: Wired

Video: Chris Anderson on Desktop Manufacturing’s ‘Macintosh Moment’

Explaining the Future | Singularity or decline?

September 28, 2012

Toward the Singularity

Explaining the Future | Is a new, more prosperous age beyond a technological Singularity on the horizon? Or does human civilization now face an inevitable decline? This video by futurist Christopher Barnatt discusses the great debate at the heart of future studies.

About Explaining the Future and Christopher Barnatt

Hello, I am Christopher Barnatt — a futurist, author, videographer, and Associate Professor of Computing and… read more

Video Source: Explaining the Future | Christopher Barnatt

Explaining the Future
Explaining the Future YouTube channel

Singularity Summit 2012 — Create the Future

September 26, 2012

Singularity Summit promo video

The Singularity Summit is the world’s leading dialog on the Singularity, bringing together scientists, technologists, skeptics, and enthusiasts alike. It was created to provide a much needed forum to discuss the risks and opportunities presented by our expanding relationship with technology.

Visit their registration page for the 2012 Summit, where you can buy tickets before prices increase on September 30. We hope to see you all there for this momentous occasion.

Video Source: Singularity Institute

Singularity Institute

Grasshopper Takes Its First Hop / 9-21-12

September 25, 2012


On Friday, September 21, 2012 SpaceX’s Grasshopper vertical takeoff and landing test vehicle (VTVL) took its first test flight hop from the company’s rocket testing facility in McGregor, Texas.

The short hop of approximately 6 feet is the first major milestone for Grasshopper, and a critical step toward a reusable first stage for SpaceX’s proven Falcon 9 rocket. As seen in the video, Grasshopper consists of a Falcon 9… read more

Video Source: SpaceX

SpaceX Channel

Kevin Margo | Grounded — film trailer

September 19, 2012


One astronaut’s journey through space and life ends on a hostile exosolar planet. Grounded is a metaphorical account of the experience, inviting unique interpretation and reflection by the viewer. Themes of aging, inheritance, paternal approval, cyclic trajectories, and behaviors passed on through generations are explored against an ethereal backdrop.

Video Source: Kevin Margo | Grounded


Armless man pitches at Fenway

September 18, 2012


Having perfected the art of grabbing a baseball with his feet, he set a goal of throwing out the first pitch at every ballpark in the country.

Video Source: Fox News

Armless Man Pitches at Fenway

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