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Robotic wheelchair climbs over steps

October 19, 2012


Chiba Institute of Technology engineers have developed a robot wheelchair that can climb over steps by using its wheels as legs. All the user control direction using a joystick. The robot automatically assesses the surrounding terrain and moves appropriately, using sensors on its feet to see if there’s anything nearby and how far it is from a step.

Video Source: DigInfo TV

Robotic wheelchair from Chiba Tech turns wheels into legs and climbs over steps

Ray Kurzweil on Singularity 1 on 1: be who you would like to be

October 22, 2012


During our conversation with Dr. Kurzweil we cover a wide variety of topics such as: how and why at age 5 Ray decided to become an inventor; his unique background of being born to Jewish parents but brought up in a Unitarian Church; his early interest in issues such as religious tolerance, poverty, social inequality and justice; 3D printing, open source, patents, progress and intellectual property rights; Watson, artificial intelligence,… read more

Video Source: Singularity Weblog

Ray Kurzweil on Singularity 1 on 1: Be Who You Would Like To Be

Bipedal hobby robot walks a tightrope

October 23, 2012


A Japanese roboticist that goes by the handle Dr. Guero, famous for programming his hobby robot to ride a miniature bicycle and walk on stilts, has managed to get his robot to balance on a tightrope.

The video shows Dr. Guero’s robot as it slides its way along the wire, making minute adjustments to its balance by waving its arms, based on signals from its… read more

Video Source: Dr. Guero

Bipedal hobby robot walks a tightrope

Apple — Introducing iPad mini

October 24, 2012


Video Source: Apple Inc

Swarm robots cooperate with augmented-reality drone

October 24, 2012


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

[IROS 2012] AR Drone Helps Swarm of Self-Assembling Robots to Overcome Obstacles

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

October 24, 2012


Video Source: Microsoft

Bill Gates Talks Windows Future, Touch Interfaces

The Eye Tribe — eye control for mobile devices

October 25, 2012


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

The Eye Tribe - Eye Control for Mobile Devices

Printing a bicycle with a 3D printer

October 25, 2012


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


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

Adrian Cheok: Making a Huggable Internet

DARPA’s Pet-Proto robot navigates obstacles

October 27, 2012


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

DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC)
Boston Dynamics

How to deflect an incoming asteroid

October 28, 2012

asteroid deflection

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


October 29, 2012


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


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

How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed

Autonomous robot swarm takes over farm work

October 31, 2012


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

Autonomous robot swarm takes over farm work

Parallella: a supercomputer for everyone

October 31, 2012


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

Parallella: A Supercomputer For Everyone
$99 Raspberry Pi-sized ‘supercomputer’ touted in Kickstarter project

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