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July 9, 2010

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

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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

Intuitive Surgical | The da Vinci® Surgical Robot

April 3, 2010

da Vinci surgical system

Intuitive Surgical | The da Vinci robotic surgical system performs minimally invasive surgeries with extraordinary precision and more dexterity than the human hand. The original prototype for Intuitive Surgical’s da Vinci System was developed in the late 1980s at SRI International under contract to the U.S. Army. While initial work was funded in the interest of developing a system for performing battlefield surgery remotely, possible commercial applications were even more… read more

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Intuitive Surgical

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

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Introducing David 8

Interview with Syd Mead, famed futurist artist who designed the world of Blade Runner by bbtv

March 2, 2010

BBTV | The 1982 cyberpunk cinema classic Blade Runner remains one of the most influential science fiction movies of all time, and tops many a nerd’s favorite films list.

Today on Boing Boing tv, Boing Boing Gadgets editor Joel Johnson visits the studio of artist and futurist Syd Mead, who designed the film’s dystopian look and feel. We learn about the 4 alternate opening scenes designed by Syd (one… read more

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Interview with famed futurist designer, Syd Mead, on video games, the auto industry, and the design process by bbtv

March 2, 2010

BBTV | Boing Boing TV Gadgets editor Joel Johnson’s interview with his hero, futurist and artist Syd Mead, on the evolution of conceptual design. In this installment, we go inside Syd’s studio in Pasadena, CA, and learn more about the creative process behind his work for movies, television, and automobile design — both Hot Wheels and life-sized — and how Syd feels about design in the video game industry. Mead… read more

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Interview with famed futurist designer, Syd Mead, on high-tech gadgets and concept cars by bbtv

March 2, 2010

BBTV | Boing Boing TV Gadgets editor, Joel Johnson, meets with his hero, futurist and artist Syd Mead, to discuss the evolution of conceptual design. Mead is a former designer for Ford Motor Company and US Steel. His designs have appeared in many movies, including Aliens, Tron, and Blade Runner.

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Syd Mead documentary film

International Supercomputing Conference | Henry Markram on simulating the brain — the next decisive years

July 10, 2011

Henry Markram on brain modeling

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Henry Markram, Ph.D., Director of the Blue Brain Project at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, speaks at the International Supercomputing Conference 2011.

Wikipedia | Henry Markram, Ph.D.
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Interactive volume segmentation and visualization in augmented reality

March 18, 2013


Dr. Takehiro Tawara, research scientist at RIKEN, Japan has developed an augmented reality system that provides an intuitive 3D working environment for segmenting volumetric medical imaging data, such as CT or MRI scans, to select structures and areas in the images for further study.


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Segmentation of Medical Imaging Data Using Augmented Reality

Intel CTO Justin Rattner on Intel and the Singularity

November 4, 2008

Alvis Brigis, FutureBlogger | Intel CTO Justin Rattner paints a scenario in which humans have access to “computers, and cameras, and phones that run infinitely”, relating that the feasibility and demand for such devices has spurred Intel to seriously research the underlying technologies that could spawn such a future reality.  Rattner says Intel has been coming at wireless power “in a number of ways”, first from

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FutureBlogger: "Intel CTO Rattner: Wireless Power Likely to Produce Devices That Run Infinitely"

Innowattech | Harvesting mechanical energy from roadways to produce electricity

October 25, 2011


Innowattech Ltd. | Innowattech Ltd. has developed a new alternative energy system that harvests mechanical energy imparted to roadways, railways and runways from passing vehicles, trains and pedestrian traffic and converts it into green electricity.

The system, based on a new breed of piezoelectric generators, harvests energy that ordinarily goes to waste and can be installed without changing the habitat. Innowattech innovation provides environmental benefits where parasitic mechanical energy on… read more

Infinite Reality: avatars, eternal life and new worlds

July 16, 2012


Jeremy Bailenson, founding director of Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab and an associate professor in the Department of Communication at Stanford, shares his research on virtual reality, avatars, transformed social interaction, related communication and psychological theories; and the implications for citizens living in the digital age.

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Infinite Reality: Avatars, Eternal Life, New Worlds, and the Dawn of the Virtual Revolution
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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

IDG Computerworld | Telenoid robot attempts emotions

May 16, 2011

Telenoid robot

IDG Computerworld | Conveying physical emotions through a phone call or email is difficult, but researchers from Japan’s Osaka University, in collaboration with the Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute, have developed a robot called Telenoid that they think can do just that.

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Telenoid R1: Hiroshi Ishiguro’s newest and strangest android
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IBM: Watson sparring matches — pop culture performance

February 13, 2011


IBM | During its training against former champions, Watson, the IBM computer system designed to play Jeopardy!, was constantly updated on popular music, movies, television and pop culture references in order to be competitive in these categories. Watch Watson tackle pop culture references during these sparring matches. Enormous amounts of data are generated every day in the financial industry. The deep analytics of Watson, the IBM computer system designed to play… read more

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