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Walking on air

April 23, 2012


This video features a series of time lapse sequences photographed by the Expedition 30 crew aboard the International Space Station. Set to the song “Walking in the Air,” by Howard Blake, the video takes viewers around the world, through auroras, and over dazzling lightning displays.

Song lyrics:

We’re walking in the air
We’re floating in the moonlit sky
The people far below are sleeping as we fly… read more

Video Source: NASA

Walking On Air

Introducing David 8

April 23, 2012


Introducing David 8 is a promotional video for the Prometheus movie. See also Project Prometheus and the website of the fictional corporation Weyland Industries.

He has been reimagined, reengineered and brought to life with better technological, intellectual, physical and emotional performance than ever before. Welcome to the eighth generation of cybernetic advancement. Brought to you by Weyland Industries.

With his new 99% emotional sensitivity… read more

Video Source: Weyland Industries

Introducing David 8

Building the #Knowosphere

April 27, 2012


In a talk, “Building the #Knowosphere: How new ways to share and shape ideas can help build durable progress on a finite planet“ on Earth Day 2012 at MIT, New York Times Dot Earth blogger Andrew Revkin suggests how to use the Web and other emerging communication tools and networks to make the world a better place

The notion of Knowosphere has… read more

Video Source: MIT TechTV

Building the #Knowosphere: How new ways to share and shape ideas can help build durable progress on a finite planet

This remote-controlled machine might one day weave a building

April 29, 2012


Inspired by nature, a three-week old remote-controlled machine at the MIT Media Lab is weaving a cocoon-like structure. Eventually it will be autonomous.

Video Source: IDG News

Robotic spider weaves web at MIT Media Lab

Celebrating the beauty of living systems

April 30, 2012


Bryan Alvarez is a doctoral candidate at the University of California, Berkeley, researching brain-based and cognitive mechanisms of a unique form of sensory-blending called synesthesia, which he also experiences.

TEDxBerkeley 2011 — Engaging the World — took place on Saturday, February 19th, 2011 at UC Berkeley.

Video Source: TEDx Berkeley

TEDxBerkeley - Bryan Alvarez - Celebrating the Beauty of Living Systems

LightGuide: projected visualizations for hand movement guidance

May 8, 2012


When performing complex gestures that require a specific form or technique, such as an exercise or playing an instrument, we use resources such as visual diagrams or videos to communicate concepts like posture, movement and speed of motion. Without incremental and real-time feedback such as those we receive from an instructor, interpreting and following a set of instructions can be a challenge.

LightGuide is a new approach to gesture… read more

Video Source: Microsoft Research

LightGuide: projected visualizations for hand movement guidance

High-power robot legs can jump, balance

May 8, 2012


University of Tokyo JSK Lab researchers have developed a high-torque, high-speed robotic leg based on a novel electrical actuation system. Their robot uses high-voltage and high-current liquid-cooled motor drivers that get their power from a 13.5-farad capacitor system, which can supply lots of current very fast and reliably, something that batteries are not good at.

Video Source: University of Tokyo JSK Lab

Japanese Humanoid Robot Can Keep Its Balance After Getting Kicked


May 9, 2012


DARPA’s SeeMe program aims to give mobile, individual US warfighters overseas access to on-demand, space-based tactical information in remote and beyond- line-of-sight conditions. If successful, SeeMe will provide small squads and individual teams the ability to receive timely imagery on a handheld device of their specific overseas location directly from a small satellite with the press of a button — something that’s currently not possible from military or commercial satellites.… read more

Video Source: DARPA


Crowdsourcing a TEDx at SISSA Trieste, Eric Ezechieli

May 10, 2012


“A few months ago you enthusiastically responded to my request for help, posted on KurzweilAI. Here you will find the result: a crowdsourced TEDx (probably the first of this kind). It is in Italian (recorded at SISSA in Trieste, Italy) with English voiceover translation.

“I asked the following question: ‘What are the three most important trends shaping humankind’s future in the next 10 years? Provide specific recent examples/news/Web links which exemplify… read more

Video Source: TEDx Trieste

Maxed-out or abundance? Paul Gilding, Peter Diamandis debate

May 13, 2012


Is the Earth maxed out, or should we be optimistic about being able to solve our future? At TED 2012, Paul Gilding made the case for the former, and Peter Diamandis argued for the latter, and then they debated.

Video Source: TED

Exclusive Q&A from the TED stage: Paul Gilding and Peter Diamandis debate
Paul Gilding
Peter Diamandis: Abundance

Honda announces new UNI-CUB personal mobility device

May 16, 2012


Honda’s new UNI-CUB personal mobility device is designed for “harmony with people.” Featuring a compact design and saddle, the UNI-CUB offers the same freedom of movement in all directions that the average person has while walking.

Video Source: SportsCarIllustrated

Juggling robot takes on two balls with one very fast hand

May 17, 2012


Japanese roboticts at Chiba University have taught one of their robots to repeatedly juggle two balls at once with an incredibly lifelike motion. This high-speed hand and arm combination is coupled to an even higher speed vision system.

Video Source: IEEE Spectrum

Juggling Robot Takes on Two Balls With One Very Fast Hand

Robots at ICRA 2012

May 21, 2012

(Credit: DARPA)

Robots exhibited at the 2012 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) in St. Paul, Minn.

Video Source: IEEE Spectrum

Video: Throwable Robot, Roomba-Riding Humanoid, and More from ICRA 2012

In robot football, the quarterback has a battery pack

May 22, 2012


On April 20, 2012, a mechatronic quarterback’s metallic arm threw a football into the waiting net of a nearby wheeled receiver, and history was made. It was the first-ever completed pass in a football game played entirely by robots, and it happened during the world’s first intercollegiate robotic football game.

Video Source: Wired

In Robot Football, the Quarterback Has a Battery Pack

Watch Google’s Larry Page speak at Zeitgeist 2012 while wearing Project Glass

May 23, 2012


Google CEO Larry Page’s talk titled “Beyond Today” at this year’s Zeitgeist was centered around all of the areas that Google focuses on, including Project Glass, the power of the smartphone, Google+,  and increased interest in all things mobile.

Video Source: Google

Watch Google’s Larry Page speak at Zeitgeist 2012 while wearing Project Glass

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