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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

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

Hanson Robokind

August 3, 2012

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Hanson RoboKind robots bring you amazing Hanson facial expressions on walking bodies, for the most lifelike robots in the world. With high-definition cameras, numerous sensors, software API, Maxon motors, and a powerful embedded computer, RoboKind robots are perfect for RoboCup, robotics, and psychology research.

 

Video Source: Hanson Robokind

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A small robot driven by a moth

February 7, 2013

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A male silkmoth uses a small, two-wheeled robot to track down a female silkmoth from the odor of her sex pheromone. The objective: develop autonomous robots that can detect and track down environmental spills and leaks, according to University of Tokyo scientists.

Video Source: University of Tokyo

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Sony Rolly demo 2007

January 1, 2008

WIKIPEDIA | Rolly was an egg-shaped digital robotic music player made by Sony, combining music functions with robotic dancing. It had several motors that allowed it to rotate and spin, as well as two bands of LED lights running around its edge and cup-like “wings” (or “arms” according to the Sony sonystyle USA website) which can open and close on either end, all of which could be synchronized to the… read more

Video Source: Diginfo News

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Reactable, a tangible, multi-user electronic musical instrument

February 4, 2004

Reactable | The Reactable is a new electronic musical instrument which enables musicians to experiment with sound, change its structure, control its parameters and be creative in a direct and refreshing way. The instrument uses a “tangible interface,” where the musician controls the system by manipulating tangible objects.

The instrument is based on a translucent and luminous round table. By putting pucks on the Reactable surface, turning them… read more

Video Source: Universitat Pompeu Fabra

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PBS NewsHour | This computer could defeat you at Jeopardy! — What is Watson?

February 14, 2011

Ray Kurzweil on PBS News Hour

PBS NewsHour | Science correspondent Miles O’Brien goes head-to-circuit board with IBM’s computer Watson on the game show Jeopardy! to explore the limits of language and artificial intelligence for machines. Interviewed in this segment: Ray Kurzweil (author, inventor), David Ferrucci (IBM), Marvin Minksy (MIT, AI expert). In the second video, Miles O’Brien takes on Watson, and loses. In the third video, he tells Hari Sreenivasan about how the supercomputer works… read more

Video Source: PBS | NewsHour

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EyeRing — a finger-worn visual assitant

August 14, 2012

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EyeRing is a wearable intuitive interface that allows a person to point at an object to see or hear more information about it. We came up with the idea of a micro camera worn as a ring on the index finger with a button on the side, which can be pushed with the thumb to take a picture or a video that is then sent wirelessly to a mobile phone… read more

Video Source: Fluid Interfaces

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GEN News | Video timeline history of stem cell research

December 11, 2013

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Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News | A timeline spanning 60 years of stem cell research. Reporting by Kevin Mayer, video by Sunya Bhutta.

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Search by Sketch

March 19, 2010

SEARCH BY SKETCH R&D TEAM | After several months of intense development alongside Stacey Kuznetsov, the Rapid Content-Based Image Search (RCBIS) engine was ready for use in user oriented programs. The most obvious and appealing project was to develop an image search engine which took not text, but a sketch as input. Search by Sketch was born – developed by Stacey Kuznetsov, Teobaldo Fernandez and myself.

Mirroring the RCBIS… read more

Video Source: Chris Harrison

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OppiKoppi beer drone tech

May 8, 2013

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Visitors to the OppiKoppi festival in South Africa can now order beer and have it delivered by a drone and parachuted right to their location at the “District 9″ campsite..

 

Video Source: Oppikoppi Festival

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Grasshopper Takes Its First Hop / 9-21-12

September 25, 2012

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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

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Xbox | SmartGlass

November 10, 2012

Xbox-SmartGlass

Xbox | SmartGlass turns your mobile phone or tablet into a second screen that intelligently interacts with your Xbox 360 to elevate your entertainment experience. Xbox SmartGlass allows for your devices and TV to talk to each other to enhance your favorite TV shows, movies, music, sports and games.

Use your phone, tablet, or Windows 8 and Windows RT tablets and PCs to control your living room Xbox experience.… read more

Video Source: Xbox

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A prosthetic hand controlled by mobile app

April 24, 2013

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The Touch Bionics i-limb ultra revolution, featuring a powered rotating thumb, 24 grip options, and extra-sensitive electrodes, is the first upper-limb prosthesis that can be controlled via a mobile app.

Video Source: Touch Bionics

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