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Apple — Introducing iPad mini

October 24, 2012

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Video Source: Apple Inc

Swarm robots cooperate with augmented-reality drone

October 24, 2012

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We’re starting to see swarms of heterogeneous robots, with different robots combining their powers to make each other more efficient and more capable. One of the first projects to really make this work was Swarmanoid, with teams of footbots and handbots and eyebots, and researchers presented a similar idea at IROS earlier this month, using an augmented-reality drone to help a swarm of self-assembling ground robots… read more

Video Source: Nithin Mathews, Anders Lyhne Christensen, Rehan O’Grady, and Marco Dorigo, from Universite Libre de Bruxelles and Instituto Universitario de Lisboa

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Bill Gates on Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, and Microsoft Surface

October 24, 2012

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Video Source: Microsoft

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The Eye Tribe — eye control for mobile devices

October 25, 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.

A simple webcam and a set of infrared LEDs are connected to the USB port of the tablet. The software records the eyes and calculates the point of the screen where the user is looking.

Video Source: The Eye Tribe

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Printing a bicycle with a 3D printer

October 25, 2012

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The BBC explores how industrial 3-D printers can go from a nylon plastic powder to any conceivable shape. At this U.K. factory, engineers try to produce a ready-to-ride.bicycle in one go.

Video Source: BBC

Digital Taste project

October 27, 2012

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Adrian Cheok, a professor at Keio University’s Graduate School of Media Design in Japan, is working on a “digital lollypop” that can electrically and thermally stimulates the tongue to produce basic flavors — bitter, sour, salty, sweet. He wants to design a system for the “multisensory Internet” in which a friend can send you a flavor over the Internet.

Video Source: Adrian Cheok

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DARPA’s Pet-Proto robot navigates obstacles

October 27, 2012

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In this video, the Pet-Proto, a predecessor to DARPA’s Atlas robot, is confronted with obstacles similar to those robots might face in the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC). To maneuver over and around the obstacles, the robot exercises capabilities including autonomous decision-making, dismounted mobility and dexterity.

The DARPA Robotics Challenge will test these and other capabilities in a series of tasks that will simulate conditions in a dangerous,… read more

Video Source: Boston Dynamics

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How to deflect an incoming asteroid

October 28, 2012

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Send space-launched white paint balls on pellets, says Sung Wook Paek, a graduate student in MIT’s Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics. The pellets would deflect the asteroid and the white surface (albedo) would continue to reflect sunlight — and in 20 years, this bouncing of photons off its surface could create enough of a force to push the asteroid off its course.

Paek won the 2012 Move an Asteroidread more

Terraform

October 29, 2012

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An overrun world is about to be changed. Over generations, the legend lives on…

A film by Arthur Bayard, Félicien Daros, Guillaume Dadaglio, Vincent Glaize, Thomas Nivet

Video Source: ARTFX

Singularity Hub | Exclusive interview with Ray Kurzweil on How to Create a Mind

October 30, 2012

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Singularity Hub’s Keith Kleiner interviews Ray Kurzweil about his new book, How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed.

Video Source: Singularity Hub

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Autonomous robot swarm takes over farm work

October 31, 2012

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A new robot developed by David Dorhout and colleagues from Dorhout R&D is designed to plant seeds in a field while coordinating with a gang of other robotic farmhands, according to New Scientist.

The robot can walk in any direction while avoiding obstacles, using a sensor underneath its body to detect where seeds have already been planted. Once it finds an untouched patch, it drills a hole… read more

Video Source: Dorhout R&D

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Parallella: a supercomputer for everyone

October 31, 2012

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The Parallella project aims to make parallel computing accessible to everyone. The project has successfully raised its Kickstarter.funding goal of $750,000, with $898,921 pledged.

According to Adapteva founder Andreas Olofsson:
Making parallel computing easy to use has been described as “a problem as hard as any that computer science has faced”. With such a big challenge ahead, we need to make sure that every programmer has access to cheap and… read more

Video Source: Adapteva

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Microsoft Research | Deep neural networks for speech and image processing

November 1, 2012

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Microsoft Research | Deep Neural Networks for Speech and Image Processing: Neural networks are experiencing a renaissance, thanks to a new mathematical formulation, known as restricted Boltzmann machines, and the availability of powerful GPUs and increased processing power.

Unlike past neural networks, these new ones can have many layers and thus are called “deep neural networks”; and because they are a machine-learning technique, the technology is also known as… read more

Video Source: Microsoft Research

Andrew McAfee: are droids taking our jobs?

November 1, 2012

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Robots and algorithms are getting good at jobs like building cars, writing articles, translating — jobs that once required a human. So what will we humans do for work? Andrew McAfee walks through recent labor data to say: We ain’t seen nothing yet. But then he steps back to look at big history, and comes up with a surprising and even thrilling view of what comes next. (Filmed at

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Video Source: TED

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BeeBee’s special enhancement

November 1, 2012

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BeeBee, a tiny Chihuahua, was born with no shoulder blades; she can’t put any weight on her front legs or straighten them. So engineering students at Bollman Tech, in Thornton, Colorado built a special wheelchair just for her.

Video Source: USA TODAY

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