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High-power robot legs can jump, balance

May 8, 2012

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University of Tokyo JSK Lab researchers have developed a high-torque, high-speed robotic leg based on a novel electrical actuation system. Their robot uses high-voltage and high-current liquid-cooled motor drivers that get their power from a 13.5-farad capacitor system, which can supply lots of current very fast and reliably, something that batteries are not good at.

Video Source: University of Tokyo JSK Lab

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LightGuide: projected visualizations for hand movement guidance

May 8, 2012

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When performing complex gestures that require a specific form or technique, such as an exercise or playing an instrument, we use resources such as visual diagrams or videos to communicate concepts like posture, movement and speed of motion. Without incremental and real-time feedback such as those we receive from an instructor, interpreting and following a set of instructions can be a challenge.

LightGuide is a new approach to gesture… read more

Video Source: Microsoft Research

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Celebrating the beauty of living systems

April 30, 2012

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Bryan Alvarez is a doctoral candidate at the University of California, Berkeley, researching brain-based and cognitive mechanisms of a unique form of sensory-blending called synesthesia, which he also experiences.

TEDxBerkeley 2011 — Engaging the World — took place on Saturday, February 19th, 2011 at UC Berkeley.

Video Source: TEDx Berkeley

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This remote-controlled machine might one day weave a building

April 29, 2012

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Inspired by nature, a three-week old remote-controlled machine at the MIT Media Lab is weaving a cocoon-like structure. Eventually it will be autonomous.

Video Source: IDG News

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Building the #Knowosphere

April 27, 2012

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In a talk, “Building the #Knowosphere: How new ways to share and shape ideas can help build durable progress on a finite planet“ on Earth Day 2012 at MIT, New York Times Dot Earth blogger Andrew Revkin suggests how to use the Web and other emerging communication tools and networks to make the world a better place

The notion of Knowosphere has… read more

Video Source: MIT TechTV

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Introducing David 8

April 23, 2012

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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

Video Source: Weyland Industries

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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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World Records Academy | Purdue team set new world record for Rube Goldberg machine

April 10, 2012

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World Records Academy | The Purdue Society of Professional Engineers team smashed its own world record for largest Rube Goldberg machine with a 300-step behemoth that flawlessly accomplished the simple task of blowing up and popping a balloon – setting the new world record for the Largest functional Rube Goldberg machine, according to World Records Academy.

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Twentieth Century Fox | Prometheus official full HD trailer

March 28, 2012

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Twentieth Century Fox | In the distant future, two superpowers control Earth and fight each other for all the solar system’s natural resources. When one side dispatches a team to a distant planet to terraform it for human colonization, the team discovers an indigenous race of bio-mechanoid killers.

Ridley Scott, director of Alien and Blade Runner, returns to the genre he helped define. With Prometheus, he creates a groundbreaking mythology,… read more

Video Source: Twentieth Century Fox

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GoPollGo brings real-time polls and results to the Web, Robert Scoble interviews founder Ben Schaechter

March 26, 2012

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Scobleizer | This is really cool. You can ask your followers a question and see their answers in real time. You see this after I asked a question. Here you meet Ben Schaechter, CEO, who tells you about his new company and explains how the technology works. GoPollGo lets you build your own. My polls are here.

Wikipedia | Robert Scoble is an American blogger,… read more

Video Source: Scobleizer

Radiolab | Talking to machines

March 26, 2012

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Radiolab | We begin with a love story — from a man who unwittingly fell in love with a chatbot on an online dating site. Then, we encounter a robot therapist whose inventor became so unnerved by its success that he pulled the plug.

And we talk to the man who coded Cleverbot, a software program that learns from every new line of conversation it receives…… read more

Video Source: Radiolab

CNET | Fraunhofer’s portrait robot at CeBIT

March 25, 2012

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CNET | Robots are widely used now, and they’re only spread even farther into daily life. The sci-fi future may be closer than you think. The Fraunhofer Institute usually uses this robot for gauging the quality of new reflective materials, but at the CeBIT show in Hanover, Germany, it used it to draw portraits. The robot took a digital photo of a person, processed it digitally, drew a line-art portrait,… read more

Video Source: CNET

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TEDxLausanne | When creative machines overtake man

March 19, 2012

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TEDxLausanne — Jürgen Schmidhuber  

Machine intelligence is improving rapidly, to the point that the scientist of the future may not even be human! In fact, in more and more fields, learning machines are already outperforming humans.

Artificial intelligence expert Jürgen Schmidhuber isn’t able to predict the future accurately, but he explains how machines are getting creative, why 40’000 years of Homo sapiens-dominated history are about to end… read more

Video Source: Youtube

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CBS 60 Minutes | SpaceX: Entrepreneur’s race to space

March 19, 2012

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From PayPal to electric cars to rockets, billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk wants his company, SpaceX, to build America’s next manned spacecraft. Scott Pelley reports.

Video Source: CBS News

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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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