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MeBot: A robotic platform for socially embodied telepresence

March 10, 2010

MIT MEDIA LAB | The MeBot is a semi-autonomous robotic avatar that gives a person a richer way to interact remotely with an audience than is allowed with phone and video conferencing. The robot was designed with an emphasis on being able to convey the non-verbal channels of social communication. That is, it is able to communicate some body posture, a wide range of head movement and very expressive hand… read more

Video Source: Sigurdur Orn Adalgeirsson, MIT Media Lab

MIT Media Lab Personal Robotics Group
PDF: Sigurdur Orn Adalgeirsson Thesis
Sigurdur Orn Adalgeirsson Thesis Website

MediaCart | Shopping cart of tomorrow

March 27, 2010


MediaCart | MediaCart has developed a computerized shopping cart that assists shoppers, delivers targeted communications at the point of purchase, and streamlines store operations. The MediaCart system accurately anticipates and responds to the shopper’s needs — helping them locate products, check prices and product information, and manage their shopping lists.

Most product purchasing decisions (over 70%) are made at the point of purchase in the store. Until now, effectively… read more

Video Source: MediaCart


Meet Diego-san, a robot baby than learns

January 9, 2013


“DIEGO-SAN” by Hanson for the Machine Perception Lab at the UCSD Institute for Neural Computation.

With a face by David Hanson and Hanson Robotics, which mounts on a body by Kokoro, this robotic baby boy was built with funding from the National Science Foundation and serves cognitive AI and human-robot interaction research.

With high definition cameras in the eyes, Diego San sees… read more

Video Source: Hanson Robotics

Meet Diego-san, the creepy robot baby developed by UCSD

Meet the robots

September 9, 2010

On hi-tech this week – Acroban, a humanoid robot who plays with children, technology to control robotic hands and arms and Digoro the ‘Partner Robot’

Video Source: euronews

Meta | Planets and 3D printing technical demonstration

March 3, 2014

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Meta | A first look at the META.01 Developer Edition with Matt Kitchales, Product Manager at Meta.

Video Source: Meta – SpaceGlasses

Micro and nanotechnologies are revolutionizing medicine

January 25, 2010

EUTUBE | Micro and nanotechnologies are revolutionizing medicine. ‘Almost invisible’ tools are being developed by European researchers to discover diseases earlier and to treat patients better. The miniaturization of instruments to micro and nano dimensions promises to make our future lives safer and cleaner. A team of European researchers from the Fraunhofer Institute for Biomedical Technologies Institute near Saarbruecken is using nanotechnology to improve diagnostic capabilities. In the “Adonis”-project, nano-sized… read more

Video Source: EUTube

MicroLED display for next-generation Google Glass demo

July 30, 2013

Next-gen Glass

Google’s Glass has everyone excited and that includes the folks at ITRI in Taiwan. They are working on some next generation technology for what they hope will power the next Google Glass. Right now they are showing it in monochrome but they will have full color by the end of the year. ITRI was showing off some new Active Micro-sized light emitting Diode chip technology for micro imaging and pico… read more

Video Source: Mobile Geeks

Microsoft KinEtre lets you possess people, inanimate objects

August 9, 2012


Kinect technique lets your body control virtual avatars of things around your house.

Ever wanted to make your bookshelf shake its booty just by shaking your own? Graphics gurus at Microsoft Research have a new system that will let you do just that — possess other inanimate objects around your house or even make images of other people move. The KinÊtre project starts with a KinectFusion scan of an… read more

Video Source: IEEE Spectrum

Microsoft's KinEtre Animates Household Objects

Microsoft Office Labs | Microsoft futuristic concept home

October 28, 2011

Microsoft concept home

Also see: Guided tour of the Microsoft concept home

Microsoft | January 6, 2000 — The Microsoft Home®, located on the company’s Redmond, WA, campus is a concept family home  designed to showcase the company’s vision of the role new software will play in improving people’s quality of life. The Microsoft Home brings together under one roof a broad range of technologies, products and services that work together to… read more

Microsoft Office Labs | Prescient Microsoft ‘Healthcare Future Vision’ seamless systems concept video from 2007

February 19, 2011

health future vision

Microsoft | Health Future Vision — Imagine healthcare of the future where emerging technologies may provide more seamless connections across healthcare providers and equip patients with the knowledge and control they need for a more comprehensive, personalized healthcare experience — enabled by products like HealthVault and Amalga. This video is from 2007.

Video Source: Microsoft

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Microsoft Office Labs | Prescient Microsoft ‘Manufacturing Future Vision’ smart environment concept video from 2006

February 19, 2011

manufacturing future vision

Microsoft | Manufacturing Future Vision — Imagine a manufacturing environment of the future where workers collaborate seamlessly across time-zones, predictive technologies automate processes, and sense and respond systems are connected across organizations. This video was created in 2006.

Video Source: Microsoft

Microsoft Office Labs

Microsoft Office Labs | Prescient Microsoft ‘Productivity Future Vision’ smart surface concept video

February 19, 2011

productivity future vision

Microsoft | Productivity Future Vision — Microsoft’s long-term productivity vision explores how we will create and share content; collaborate across teams, organizations and networks; and gain contextually relevant insights based on preferences and intent. Each scene showcases real technologies being explored by Microsoft teams and partners and others in the industry. To see current prototypes we are exploring, go to Microsoft Office Labs.

Video Source: Microsoft

Microsoft Office Labs

Microsoft Office Labs | Prescient Microsoft ‘Retail Future Vision’ augmented reality concept video from 2004

February 19, 2011

retail future vision

Microsoft | Retail Future Vision — Visit a store of the future where integrated handheld devices and store systems provide a more personalized, streamlined shopping experience. This video was created in 2004.

Video Source: Microsoft

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Microsoft Office Labs | Prescient ‘Banking Future Vision’ pervasive information technology concept video from 2005

February 19, 2011

banking future vision

Microsoft Office Labs | Banking Future Vision — Imagine a banking experience where you’re always connected to your finances, banks are empowered to anticipate your needs, and transactions are seamless through predictive technologies — whether you’re in the branch, at home, or on the go. This video was created in 2005.

Video Source: Microsoft

Microsoft Office Labs

Microsoft Research & Carnegie Mellon University | OmniTouch wearable projection system makes any surface interactive

October 18, 2011

OmniTouch hand

OmniTouch, a wearable projection system developed by researchers at Microsoft Research and Carnegie Mellon University, lets you turn pads of paper, walls, or even your own hands, arms, and legs into graphical, interactive surfaces.

OmniTouch uses a depth-sensing camera, similar to the Microsoft Kinect, to track your fingers on everyday surfaces. You control interactive applications by tapping or dragging your fingers. The projector… read more

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