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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

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

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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

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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

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

May 11, 2011

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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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Bluetooth gloves provide hands-free smartphone control

November 16, 2012

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BEARTek gloves allow users to control phone calls and music apps — including built in music apps, Pandora, and Spotify — without removing their gloves. If funded, the gloves will cost $175 to $200.

Video Source: Mashable

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At CES, more gadgets talk to each other

January 10, 2013

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Imagine a day when all of your gadgets can talk to each other. Your phone will control your television and your computer can run your gaming device. At the annual Consumer Electronics Show going on now in Las Vegas, that vision is becoming more of a reality.

— CNET

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Microsoft Office Labs | Microsoft futuristic concept home

October 28, 2011

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Also see: Guided tour of the Microsoft concept home

Microsoft | January 6, 2000 — The Microsoft Home®, located on the company’s Redmond, WA, campus is a concept family home  designed to showcase the company’s vision of the role new software will play in improving people’s quality of life. The Microsoft Home brings together under one roof a broad range of technologies, products and services that work together to… read more

Walking on air

April 23, 2012

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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

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Invisible QR codes tackle counterfeit bank notes

September 13, 2012

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An invisible quick response (QR) code has been created by researchers from the University of South Dakota and South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in an attempt to increase security on printed documents and reduce the possibility of counterfeiting.

The QR code is made of tiny nanoparticles that have been combined with blue and green fluorescence ink, which is invisible until illuminated with laser light. It is generated using… read more

Video Source: Institute of Physics

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Jeevan M Meruga, William M Cross, P Stanley May, QuocAnh Luu, Grant A Crawford, Jon J Kellar, Security printing of covert quick response codes using upconverting nanoparticle inks, Nanotechnology, 2012, DOI: 10.1088/0957-4484/23/39/395201

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