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Minority Report arrives with Oblong (Part II) — mind-blowing UI

November 4, 2012


“This is part II (Part I at showed off the technology, in Part II you see where Oblong is taking the technology and productizing it). John Underkoffler, chief scientist, Oblong Industries, was the tech advice behind the film ‘Minority Report’ and then he built his own company to make that science fiction real. Here … you’ll see a new conference room that Oblong has built using these technologies.” —… read more

Video Source: Robert Scoble

oblong industries

Field Trip on Glass

August 25, 2013


The history, architecture, insider tips and hidden gems from over 100 local publisher partners come to life. Right before your eyes. Field Trip for iPhoneAndroid, and now Glass.

– Niantic Labs@Google

Video Source: Niantic Labs@Google

Field Trip on Glass
Google reveals Field Trip app for Glass, puts recreational recommendations in your FOV
Interview: Google’s John Hanke, head of the Niantic projects, on Field Trip and Ingress

Body language-based gameplay

August 14, 2012


Researchers at Goldsmiths College led by Dr. Marco Gillies have enlisted theater performers to help design computer software capable of recognizing and responding to human body language.

Using the latest generation of motion detectors, including Microsoft’s Kinect camera, actors’ interactions with members of the public and their responses to specific body language are recorded by the software.

“Two people can take on the roles of the video game… read more

Video Source: Goldsmiths Digital Studio

Actors help university create body recognition tech

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

Chris Harrison's website & Scratch Input project details

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

TED | Kevin Kelly: digital visionary

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

January 26, 2012

BMW driverless demo connecteddrive

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


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

brain diagram blue

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


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

Hanson Robokind

A small robot driven by a moth

February 7, 2013


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

Insect drives robot to track down smells

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

Sony's Rolly webpage

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


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

PBS NewsHour

EyeRing — a finger-worn visual assitant

August 14, 2012


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


GEN News | Video timeline history of stem cell research

December 11, 2013

red cell dividing in biological setting

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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