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Invisible QR codes tackle counterfeit bank notes

September 13, 2012


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

Invisible QR codes tackle counterfeit bank notes
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

iPad magic sub:E

July 9, 2010

iRobot | The Ava mobile robotics platform

February 4, 2012

iRobot Ava

iRobot | iRobot Ava™ is a breakthrough mobile robotics platform developed to help robot designers, application developers and market innovation specialists expedite the pursuit of practical, affordable mobile robotic solutions.

Autonomous navigation for independent, proactive point-to-point navigation. The right balance of features and robustness integrated in meaningful and productive ways. A highly accessible development platform for business or consumer applications. Comprehensive sensor arrays (laser, sonar, and 2D/3Dimaging) providing complete… read more

Video Source: iRobot

Iuro robot asks humans for help navigating cities

October 16, 2012


Iuro, or Interactive Urban Robot, has  21 actuators inside its head, giving it fully controllable eyes, eyelids, eyebrows, lips, ears, and mouth. Stereo cameras above the eyes and a Kinect sensor in the chest help Iuro to interact with humans it runs into on the street, interpreting speech and gestures to enable it to find its way from place to place without using maps or GPS.

The overall… read more

Video Source: Interactive Urban Robot Project

[IROS 2012] Iuro Robot Finds Its Way Through Cities, With Your Help

Japanese robot actroid-SIT gets more social

March 25, 2013


Actroid-SIT, a lifelike robot from Japanese firm Kokoro can function autonomously, talking and gesturing while interacting with people. Researchers are teaching the robot to handle interruptions and address crowds.

Video Source: IEEE Spectrum

Japanese Robot Actroid Gets More Social, Has No Fear of Crowds

Japanese robot pop star

October 24, 2010

Japanese robot girl “HRP-C4,” created at Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), danced and sang a pop song on stage at the Digital Content Expo 2010. The android has come a long way since her debut in March 2009. Wikipedia says: “The robot is 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighs 95 pounds, including battery. Its shape and joints are based on the 1997–1998 Japanese… read more

Video Source: Digital Content Expo 2010, Japan’s AIST

AIST Intelligent Systems Group: Humanoid Robotics Group
Digital Content Expo 2010
Japanese Body Dimension Database 1997-1998: anthropomorphic test dummy project
TOPIO android
ASIMO android

Japanese scientists create new humanoid walking robot

September 28, 2010

Japanese scientists have unveiled a new humanoid walking robot, northeast of Tokyo. Demands are growing for socially useful robots, such as those for caring for the elderly and the sick.

Video Source: National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology

The HRP-4C humanoid robot

Jason Silva | Video maps out Kurzweil’s Six Epochs of Evolution

December 2, 2012

Jason Silva The Six Epochs video

Jason Silva | This video maps out Kurzweil’s Six Epochs of Evolution showing the exponential progression in the way the universe stores and processes information. What we see is a bootstrapping recursive complexification leading us towards some kind of intelligence singularity. Created for educational purposes only and non-commercial use by Jason Silva.

Shot by @JasonSilva
Edited by Dan McComb
Music by Nicholas Cotton
Images by Shutterstock and
Shot… read more

Jason Sussberg and David Alvarado | Long for This World — documentary teaser trailer

August 28, 2012


Trailer of a documentary about the science and philosophy of the longevity movement, and the scientists making science fiction a reality. The film is by Jason Sussberg and David Alvarado.

Video Source: Jason Sussberg and David Alvarado

Long for This World: Live Forever or Die Trying

John Carmack talks virtual reality at E3 2012

June 7, 2012


John Carmack, co-founder of id Software demonstrates his latest VR work at E3 2012.

Video Source: E3 2012

John Carmack talks virtual reality at E3 2012

John Searle: our shared condition — consciousness

August 6, 2013


Philosopher John Searle lays out the case for studying human consciousness — and systematically shoots down some of the common objections to taking it seriously. As we learn more about the brain processes that cause awareness, accepting that consciousness is a biological phenomenon is an important first step. And no, he says, consciousness is not a massive computer simulation. (Filmed at TEDxCERN.)


Video Source: TED

ARE WE SPIRITUAL MACHINES? | Chapter 2: I Married a Computer

Juan Enriquez: Will our kids be a different species?

July 10, 2012


Throughout human evolution, multiple versions of humans co-existed. Could we be mid-upgrade now? At TEDxSummit, Juan Enriquez sweeps across time and space to bring us to the present moment — and shows how technology is revealing evidence that suggests rapid evolution may be under way.

Juan Enriquez thinks and writes about profound changes that genomics will bring in business, technology, and society. His TED Book, “Homo Evolutis,”… read more

Video Source: TED

Juan Enriquez: Will our kids be a different species?

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

Keiich Matsuda | Artist concepts of the future of augmented reality

June 12, 2015

Image from the concept film Augmented City 3D. -- credit | Keiichi Matsuda

Keiichi Matsuda | Augmented City 3D — an artist’s concept of embedded, real time augmented reality.

The architecture of the contemporary city is no longer simply about the physical space of buildings and landscape, more and more it is about the synthetic spaces created by the digital information that we collect, consume and organize.

An immersive interface may become as much part of the world we inhabit as… read more

Kessler Foundation | Ekso exoskeleton allowing traumatic spinal cord injury patients to walk

December 21, 2011

Ekso exoskeleton allowing traumatic spinal cord injury patients to walk

Kessler Foundation | Researchers were encouraged by observations of 6 patients with traumatic spinal cord injury: Monitored by scientists at Kessler Foundation, six people with spinal cord injuries tested Ekso, the new robotic exoskeleton (formerly eLEGS™) from Ekso Bionics (formerly Berkeley Bionics) that enables wheelchair users to stand and walk.

The six, each of whom has a different level of injury, participated in one week of preliminary testing in… read more

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