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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


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


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

Chris Harrison's website & Search by Sketch project details

OppiKoppi beer drone tech

May 8, 2013


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

OppiKoppi Beer drone tech

Grasshopper Takes Its First Hop / 9-21-12

September 25, 2012


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

SpaceX Channel

NBC | Amazon acquires video game streaming service Twitch

August 26, 2014

Twitch - logo - two

NBC | Amazon’s itch for Twitch. Ethan Kurzweil, Bessemer Venture Partners, provides insight on Amazon’s $970 million acquisition of video game streaming company Twitch.

IGN | Amazon will acquire video game streaming service Twitch for approximately $970 million dollars.

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About Us

Twitch is the world’s leading video platform and community… read more

Xbox | SmartGlass

November 10, 2012


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

Introducing Xbox SmartGlass

A prosthetic hand controlled by mobile app

April 24, 2013


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

Touch Bionics unveils next generation of prosthetic hand with powered thumb rotation

Entertainment Technology Center at USC School of Cinematics

March 24, 2008

The Entertainment Technology Center at the University of Southern California [ETC-USC] is an Organized Research Unitwithin the School of Cinematic Arts. Its mission is to study entertainment technology developments that are critical to the creative community; production companies; content owners, distributors and exhibitors; and technology companies.
ETC-USC’s sponsors include the School of Cinematic Arts; Hollywood’s major studios: NBC-Universal, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox, Viacom/Paramount Studios, The Walt Disney Company… read more

Video Source: Entertainment Technology Center at USC

Entertainment Technology Center at USC website

Engadget | Leaked video on YouTube alleges Google Now for iOS

March 12, 2013


Engadget | “The clip is allegedly a low resolution version of a promotional video for Google Now on iPhone and iPad. The video has since been pulled from YouTube and appears to feature the same voice actress as the original Now announcement (which you’ll also find after the break for comparison). Supposedly, Now will be accessible in an upcoming iOS app update simply by swiping up from the main screen. Of course,… read more

Video Source: Engadget, Google Inc. (alleged)

Alleged Google Now for iOS video leaks on YouTube, is promptly pulled
Leaked video provides what may be our first look at Google Now for iOS

Microsoft Surface | Experience User Interface (XUI) concept video: Home

February 9, 2011

Microsoft concept home xui

Microsoft Surface | An abstract of life in the home of tomorrow with suppressed visibility of technology and devices; directed by Microsoft’s August de los Reyes, created by INVIVIA Inc.

Slashgear | Microsoft has released a few interesting concept videos over the past years, usually tipping their vision of multitouch, mobile handsets and the interaction between intelligent devices. Their two latest videos, “Home” and “Work,” take things more into the bizarre:

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Video Source: Microsoft Surface

Microsoft Surface YouTube channel

PopFab — 3D printer fits inside a briefcase (Intro)

August 4, 2012


PopFab is a 3D printer that fits inside a briefcase. At its heart is a computer-controlled motion platform and a means of attaching various toolheads. These enable PopFab to make objects from a digital plan in a variety of ways: current capabilities include 3D printing, milling, vinyl cutting, and drawing — with more on the way. PopFab has traveled the world as a carry-on item of luggage.

Video Source: Ilan Moyer

MIT students reveal PopFab, a 3D printer that fits inside a briefcase

Defense Distributed | Controversial weapons firm posts mysterious video October Surprise

September 22, 2014

Defense Distributed - October Surprise - promo

Defense Distributed, the controversial research and development firm that has publicly released files for 3D printed guns, just posted a mysterious video showing what appears to be World War II bombers in flight. They stated, “Respectfully requesting your attendance for an October Surprise. September 30, 2014.”

“October surprise” traditionally refers to a news event deliberately created to influence the outcome of an election in November. Any guesses?… read more

Robotic wheelchair climbs over steps

October 19, 2012


Chiba Institute of Technology engineers have developed a robot wheelchair that can climb over steps by using its wheels as legs. All the user control direction using a joystick. The robot automatically assesses the surrounding terrain and moves appropriately, using sensors on its feet to see if there’s anything nearby and how far it is from a step.

Video Source: DigInfo TV

Robotic wheelchair from Chiba Tech turns wheels into legs and climbs over steps

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