December 6, 2011
Proud Pixels | Short film created for a fashion event. We shot with almost no budget (something about $200). With the project, except me, worked two talented designers and photographers as well as a musician and fashion designer whose clothes you can admire on the screen. Greetings to everyone who helped us on this film. Enjoy watching. Shot on: Canon 5d mkII, Canon 24-70 L, Canon 70-200L, Zeiss ZE 35mm F2.… read more
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
December 9, 2013
CBS News | A 1.8-million-year-old skull discovered by scientists in the Former Soviet Republic of Georgia reveals new evidence that may reshape what is known about human evolution.
The discovery of an ancient skull has revealed clues that could shake up the accepted theories of human evolution, it could rewrite the history of humanity.
Instead of many branches in our evolutionary family tree thought to lead to us, like… read more
November 19, 2012
Robots like Willow Garage’s PR2 have the physical capability to do a range of useful tasks for humans, but they’re limited by the software applications written by highly specialized programmers. Instead, Maya Cakmak from Georgia Tech, envisions robots that can be programmed by their end-users for their own specific needs.
Cakmak developed a spoken dialog interface that allows a user to program new skills by physically… read more
Video Source: Willow Garage
March 7, 2013
One promising direction in the evolution of Kinect for Windows is enabling hand-gesture recognition. A machine-learning project uses a large, varied set of images of people’s hands to train Kinect to determine if a hand is open or closed. This enables the development of a handgrip detector, which could launch another step forward in natural user interfaces.
— Microsoft Research
Video Source: Microsoft Research
The ARM-H track of DARPA’s Autonomous Robotic Manipulation (ARM) program focuses on development of robust, low-cost and dexterous robotic hand hardware. DARPA funded performers to design and build hand mechanisms that could replace the claw-like hands currently used on robots with hands incorporating 3-4 fingers and useable palms.
The teams successfully produced hands that can be manufactured for as little as $3,000 per unit (in batches of 1,000 or… read more
Video Source: DARPA
Dr. Heinrich Rohrer, IBM Fellow, Nobel Laureate and co-inventor of the scanning tunneling microscope, passed away on the evening of May 16, 2013. He was 79. Dr. Rohrer joined IBM Research – Zurich in December of 1963, where he worked for 34 years.
“The invention of the scanning tunneling microscope was a seminal moment in the history of science and information technology,” said Dr. John E. Kelly III, IBM senior vice president and director… read more
Video Source: IBM Research
December 12, 2012
Meet Kenshiro, developed by University of Tokyo researchers as a bio-inspired musculoskeletal humanoid robot. They have added more muscles and more motors to their Kojiro robot from 2010, making Kenshiro’s underlying structure the closest to a human’s form so far.
Video Source: University of Tokio
March 19, 2012
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