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Project Tango: NASA SPHERES

April 21, 2014

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Project Tango Prepping for Launch Into Space.

Since the summer of 2013, the Project Tango team has been working closely with a team at the NASA Ames Research Center. The goal: to integrate a Project Tango prototype onto a robotic platform, called SPHERES, that flies inside the International Space Station. The SPHERES program aims to develop zero-gravity autonomous platforms that could act as robotic assistants for astronauts or perform… read more

Video Source: Google ATAP

Kinect Superman game using virtual reality glasses

February 13, 2011

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Sicco van Sas | We have created a Superman game using Kinect and virtual reality glasses with head tracking. The goal of our one-month project was to create an immersive virtual reality feeling with Kinect which could be controlled in an intuitive way.

This is the result of a month long project of the MSc. Artificial Intelligence at the University of Amsterdam with support of ISLA (Intelligent Systems Lab Amsterdam).

Video Source: Daniel Karavolos, Sicco van Sas, Maarten van der Velden at the University of Amsterdam

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Space Experience Economy seminar trailer

June 8, 2012

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Second trailer introduction to the Space Tourism Society’s new seminars — the Space Experience Economy seminar series.

Video by Virgin Galactic, ESA-Hubble.org, and NASA video
Music by Elegyscores
http://www.youtube.com/user/Elegyscores
http://soundcloud.com/elegy-music

Video Source: Space Tourism Society

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Flying Legos

December 21, 2012

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Nicholas and Joshua Scott, with help from their father Ed Scott, have designed “the world’s first flying robot made out of Lego.”

According to Gary Mortimer in sUAS News, the quadrocopter is equipped with a Go Pro camera, offering a first-person-view camera, and a transmitter sends back live video images to its pilot. It is kept on an even keel and able to navigate waypoints via GPS thanks to an APM 2.5 autopilot from… read more

Video Source: Ed Scott, Nick Scott, Joshua Scott

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CES 2013: flying a helicopter with brain waves

January 10, 2013

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The Neurosky MindWave is a headband with EEG sensors that, paired with software, let’s you control things by thinking.

The latest gadget to use the Neurosky interface, the Puzzlebox Orbit, has a helicopter inside an orb (to keep it from damaging itself when it inevitably crashes). It comes with a transmitter that hooks up to a mobile device, software, and a Neurosky headset; the package costs $189.… read more

Video Source: IEEE Spectrum

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Martian rover Curiosity looking for organics

March 7, 2013

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Why is Curiosity looking for organics? What are organic molecules, and what can they tell us about the history of Mars? Learn more in this 60-second video.

— NASA

Video Source: NASA

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NBC | Her wins 71st annual Golden Globe award for best screenplay for motion picture

January 13, 2014

Her wins 71st annual Golden Globe award Spike Jonze on stage

NBC | Emma Thompson presents the Golden Globe to Spike Jonze for the screenplay of Her.

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Future cities

September 10, 2010

More than half the world’s population already lives in cities, and that trend is going to continue, putting a high demand on energy and resources.

Ursula Eicker, Scientific Director at the Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences, guides us through the key themes that will define the cities of the future in this special Futuris documentary.

Video Source: euronews

The future dangers of technology, from the History Channel’s “Prophets of Doom”

February 5, 2011

The History Channel | Today’s world has troubles unique to its time in history, from the global financial crisis to technological meltdowns to full scale, computerized global war. Observing the convergence of such events, contemporary prophets have begun to emerge from obscurity to suggest that these conditions might be signs of the demise of the modern world. These men are historians as well, using all manner of information and patterns… read more

Video Source: The History Channel

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SkyCube: the first satellite launched by you!

September 12, 2012

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A nano-satellite that lets you take Earth images and “tweet” from space, then inflates a visible balloon, and de-orbits cleanly. Fully funded after a successful Kickstarter campaign.

Who Are We? And What is SkyCube?

We’re the makers of the SkySafari astronomy apps for iOS, Android, and Mac OS X, and the SkyFi wireless telescope controller.  With our mobile apps, we’ve revolutionized the way people… read more

Video Source: SkyCube

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Create kinect 3D avatars using your body

March 21, 2013

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Last week, IEEE Spectrum showed you how Microsoft’s new Kinect API lets you use your hands to draw on a painting program. But how about using gestures to create 3D models of any shape that you can use as Kinect avatars? That’s exactly what Microsoft Research’s Beijing team showed early this month at the company’s TechFest 2013.

IEEE Spectrum

Video Source: IEEE Spectrum

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The Economist | Vivek Kundra, the White House’s CIO, discusses technological progress and the Singularity

May 11, 2011

Vivek Kundra talks to The Economist

The Economist | Vivek Kundra, President Obama’s Chief Information Officer, speaks about updating Washington D.C.’s tech for the 21st century. This video was recorded live at The Economist‘s “The Ideas Economy” event: Intelligent Infrastructure — The Architecture of Progess, which was held in New York City on February 16–17, 2011.

Transcript excerpt:

Host | In the spirit of fun, in which we’ve been together the last day and a half, I’ll… read more

Video Source: The Economist | “The Ideas Economy”

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Futurama is back tonight 10/9c

June 20, 2012

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Video Source: Comedy Central

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AirHarp

April 17, 2013

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AirHarp is the result of a weekend hacking session with a Leap Motion dev board. Leap Motion is a highly precise and responsive motion tracking device, making it a perfect tool for expressive musical interactions. AirHarp is being developed in C++ using my audio processing toolkit, MusKit.

My own fork of the project will show up in Leap Motion’s AirSpace app store as a polished, cross-platform… read more

Video Source: Leap Motion

Google developing Android game console: WSJ

June 28, 2013

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Google is developing a videogame console and wristwatch powered by its Android operating system, sources told The Wall Street Journal.

Video Source: Wall Street Journal

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