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

January 26, 2012

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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

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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

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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

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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.

 

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A small robot driven by a moth

February 7, 2013

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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

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The Daily | ‘Tase of Our Lives’

March 19, 2012

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The Daily | New police surveillance drones could be armed with nonlethal weapons. As a Texas sheriff prepares to use an unmanned drone as his force’s eye in the sky, and perhaps even arm it with nonlethal weapons like tasers and rubber bullets, civil liberties groups are crying foul.

Video Source: The Daily

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Hackers On Planet Earth 2012

July 20, 2012

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Highlights of the Hackers On Planet Earth (HOPE) conference, held July 13-15, 2012 in New York City.

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Mona Lisa beamed to Moon probe in laser-link test

January 18, 2013

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As part of the first demonstration of laser communication with a satellite at the moon, scientists with NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) beamed an image of the Mona Lisa to the spacecraft from Earth.

The iconic image traveled nearly 240,000 miles in digital form from the Next Generation Satellite Laser Ranging (NGSLR) station at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., to the Lunar… read more

Video Source: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

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Bioprinting a pancreas

March 12, 2013

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The Biomanufacturing Laboratory at the University of Iowa College of Engineering’s Center for Computer Aided Design is  developing a process for bioprinting a glucose-sensitive pancreatic organ that can be grown in a lab and transplanted anywhere inside the body to regulate the glucose level of blood.

Their bioprinter has multiple arms that can print several materials concurrently. This capability offers a time-saving advantage when attempting… read more

Video Source: University of Iowa

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Wolfram Research | A personal introduction to Wolfram Language by Stephen Wolfram, PhD

March 7, 2014

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Wolfram Research | Stephen Wolfram, PhD, introduces the Wolfram Language in this video and demonstrates how the symbolic programming language enables functional programming, querying of large databases, flexible interactivity, and easy deployment.

Wikipedia | Wolfram Language is a highly general, multi-paradigm programming language developed by Wolfram Research, that serves as the main interfacing language for Wolfram Mathematica.

It is designed with emphasis on symbolic computation, functional programming, and rule-based programming. It is built to represent arbitrary… read more

Watch Google’s Larry Page speak at Zeitgeist 2012 while wearing Project Glass

May 23, 2012

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Google CEO Larry Page’s talk titled “Beyond Today” at this year’s Zeitgeist was centered around all of the areas that Google focuses on, including Project Glass, the power of the smartphone, Google+,  and increased interest in all things mobile.

Video Source: Google

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3-mile-long asteroid seen by SLOOH space camera

December 13, 2012

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The irregularly-shaped space rock named 4179 Toutatis was captured by the SLOOH team on December 11th, 2012. Its closest approach to Earth was nearly 4.4 million miles away on December 12th.

Video Source: SLOOH Space Camera

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Deep Learning in Action | How to learn an algorithm

January 3, 2016

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Deep Learning in Action | A talk by Juergen Schmidhuber, PhD at the Deep Learning in Action talk series in October 2015. He is professor in computer science at the Dalle Molle Institute for Artificial Intelligence Research, part of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland.*

Juergen Schmidhuber, PhD | I review 3 decades of our research on both gradient based and more general problem solvers that search… read more

The Eye Tribe — eye control for mobile devices

August 16, 2012

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The Eye Tribe software (formerly known as Senseye) allows users to interact with their mobile device using their eye movements.

The add-on uses a simple webcam and a set of infrared LEDs, all connected to the USB port of the tablet. Our software records the eyes and calculates the point of the screen where the user is looking.

Video Source: EyeTribe

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CBC The National | Lego man sent to ‘space’

January 26, 2012

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CBC The National | These two Canadian teens — Mathew Ho and Asad Muhammad — sent a patriotic Lego man on a space mission. They designed a capsule that carried four cameras and the Lego man high above the clouds.

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Video Source: Mathew Ho & Asad Muhammad

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