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University of Pennsylvania GRASP Lab | A swarm of ‘nano’ quadrotors in agile formations

February 1, 2012

swarm of nano quadrotors

Daniel Mellinger | Experiments performed with a team of nano quadrotors at the General Robotics, Automation, and Sensing (GRASP) Lab, University of Pennsylvania. Vehicles developed by KMel Robotics. Special thanks to Professor Daniel Lee for his support.

A nano quadrotor is a multicopter that is propelled by four rotors and nanotechnology.

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Video Source: University of Pennsylvania | GRASP Lab

Super Bowl Ads for Geeks | Get sneak peeks at hilarious upcoming Super Bowl commercials, nerd-approved

February 1, 2012

Super Bowl Ads for Geeks

Super Bowl Ads for Geeks | For many people the Super Bowl is the only time they don’t fast forward the commercials with their TiVo.

Many Super Bowl 2012 commercials are released only days ahead of the February 5th Super Bowl game.

The first Super Bowl 2012 ads are here! See our constantly updated 2012 advertiser list to find out who’s advertising during… read more

Video Source: Super Bowl Ads for Geeks

American Museum of Natural History | Beyond Earth: The future of space exploration

January 30, 2012

AMNH Beyond Planet Earth logo

American Museum of Natural History | Beyond Planet Earth: The Future of Space Exploration (November 19, 2011 — August 12, 2012) offers a vision of the future of space travel as it boldly examines humanity’s next steps in our solar system and beyond.

See a re-creation of a lunar habitat, a model of a space elevator rising up from the surface of the Moon, and one of… read more

Albino Black Sheep | Animator versus animation

January 29, 2012

Animator vs Animation by Alan Becker

Albino Black Sheep (Alan Becker) | This animation was made using Flash (now called Adobe Flash). It’s for Windows or Mac. See part 2 here.

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Video Source: Albino Black Sheep (Alan Becker)

BMW | Demo of ‘CDC hands-free mode’ portends driverless cars

January 26, 2012

BMW driverless demo connecteddrive

BMW | This clip is a part of the BMW ConnectedDrive Future Lab. More details here.

Daily Mail | BMW developers have designed a car that can drive itself down Germany’s autobahn. Looking no different from a regular BMW, the car is fitted with a “four-sense” system which includes radar, cameras, laser scanners and ultrasonics.

Some other recent research by BMW into automated driving:read more

CBC The National | Lego man sent to ‘space’

January 26, 2012

Lego man in space

CBC The National | These two Canadian teens — Mathew Ho and Asad Muhammad — sent a patriotic Lego man on a space mission. They designed a capsule that carried four cameras and the Lego man high above the clouds.

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SAP | Michio Kaku fires off on America’s H-1B ‘genius visa’ and declining skilled worker population domestically

January 25, 2012

Michio Kaku at SAP event

Full video, from SAP’s Sapphire Now/TedEd conference in Madrid, Spain, November 8-10, 2011. (The Big Think panel discussion transcript is here.):

The72tube | Michio Kaku, Ph.D., speaks about how America’s poor educational system has created a shortage of Americans who can perform highly skilled technology jobs. As a result, America’s H-1B “genius visa” is used to attract immigrants who are skilled enough to perform these jobs.… read more

Disney | Monsanto House of the Future from 1957

January 10, 2012

House of the Future Disneyland photo

Wikipedia | The Monsanto House of the Future was an attraction at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, from 1957 to 1967. It was sponsored by Monsanto Company.

The design and engineering of the house was done jointly by Monsanto, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Walt Disney Imagineering.

The fiberglass components of the house were manufactured by Winner Manufacturing Company in Trenton, New Jersey, and were assembled on site.… read more

Broad Group | Thirty-story building built in 15 days

January 10, 2012

Broad skyscraper

Wikipedia | Broad Group is a private company based in Changsha, China. Since 1996, it has been the global leader in manufacturing central air conditioning non-electric absorption chillers, powered by natural gas and waste heat, and currently exports its products to over 60 countries. It was Shanghai Expo 2010′s only global official partner that was a Chinese private enterprise and exclusively supplied central air conditioning, ventilation and air purification products for the event.

Broad is one of the few Chinese manufacturing companies that… read more

3D Systems: Cubify | Bringing 3D printing to the home consumer

January 9, 2012

Cube 3D printer by Cubify

Cubify | 3D Systems’ Cubify™ combines coloring book simplicity with cloud gaming fun to deliver a simple and fun create-and-make experience in 3D. With intuitive apps, 3D printable content libraries of games, puzzles and collections, Cubify™ turns a mobile device, tablet or Kinect(R) into a mobile digital canvas. Capture and customization apps make it simple to personalize creations. Cubify™ them at home on our Cube™ 3D printer or have them delivered… read more

Honda | ASIMO the robot live at Disneyland

January 6, 2012

ASIMO at Disney

ASIMO live show at Disney

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New Scientist | Some interesting experiments to emulate humans with machines

January 5, 2012

robot arms on keyboard

Source: New Scientist

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ABC | Experiment shows brain function improves with exercise

January 5, 2012

glowing purple brain

Source: ABC News

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New Scientist | Tech in a Minute: Can machines ever be intelligent?

January 5, 2012

computer graduating

New Scientist | Machines may be capable of impressive feats, but can they ever be truly intelligent? In this animation produced by The Open University, we follow a famous thought experiment proposed by philosopher John Searle that challenges the notion of strong AI — that a machine can ever successfully perform an intellectual task as well as a human.

Today, people use computers to improve their ownread more

New Scientist | Physics in a Minute: The twin paradox

January 5, 2012

twin paradox

New Scientist | Twins can be competitive, but thanks to special relativity you could age slower than your sibling. The feat requires a trip to space aboard a rocket travelling near the speed of light. Known as the twin paradox, this animation by The Open University explores the scenario posed by Albert Einstein.

As time marches on as usual for the earthbound twin, time ticks slower for the space… read more

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