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Samsung smartwatch, other gadgets

September 5, 2013

Samsung smartwatch

New gear showcased at the IFA tech show includes Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch, Galaxy Note 3 smartphone, and Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet; and a new type of camera from Sony that clips onto a smartphone.

— CNET

Video Source: CNET

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European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope HD timelapse footage

June 1, 2011

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NikoBustos’ YouTube Channel | This video was taken on location by Stéphane Guisard and José Francisco Salgado, at the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (VLT)  (Paranal), ALMA (Chajnantor) Observatories, and the E-ELT Site (Armazones) in the Atacama Desert, II Region, CHILE.

Recommendations: Watch on YouTube. Choose 720p, full screen, and turn up the sound.

Video Source: YouTube

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Untangling the brain – by Nature Video

July 22, 2012

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Our brains are a dense tangle of billions of nerve cells connected together at synapses. Knowing how everything links up is key to understanding how the brain works — but it’s a huge challenge. Figuring out the brain’s wiring diagram is the aim of connectomics. It’s done at many scales: from the “super highways” linking brain areas down to individual cells and their connections. This video shows how, for the… read more

Video Source: Nature Video

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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

Double by Double Robotics

August 19, 2012

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The Double looks like an ultra-simple robot that can navigate a far-off place through two iPads. One acts as the robot’s eyes and ears, and the other controls it through an iPad application. It is the simplest, most elegant way to be somewhere else in the world without flying there. The minimalist design and intuitive touchscreen controls allow you to freely move around without inconveniencing others.

You can stay… read more

Video Source: Double Robotics

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Discovery | 2111 show features Alcor member Maria Entraigues

May 10, 2013

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Discovery | Interview for a Spanish/English show about the future called 2111, a series covering robotics, communications, travel, longevity, and other futures scenarios. This is a segment of the episode dedicated to longevity, the part on Alcor and cryonics, featuring Alcor member Maria Entraigues. The full episode includes interviews with Dr. Aubrey de Grey at SENS Research Foundation, Alcor president Max More, Peter and Louise Voss, James Canton, and Ray… read more

Video Source: Discovery

Matt Mills: Image recognition that triggers augmented reality

July 25, 2012

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Matt Mills and Tamara Roukaerts demonstrate Aurasma, a new augmented reality tool that can seamlessly animate the world as seen through a smartphone. Going beyond previous augmented reality, their “auras” can do everything from making a painting talk to overlaying live news onto a printed newspaper.

Matt Mills comes from Aurasma, a startup that makes augmented-reality technology for mobile phones. Full bio »

Tamara… read more

Video Source: TED Global 2012

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Space Oddity

May 13, 2013

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A revised version of David Bowie’s Space Oddity, recorded by Commander Chris Hadfield on board the International Space Station.

With thanks to Emm Gryner, Joe Corcoran, Andrew Tidby and Evan Hadfield for all their hard work.

Find out more:

Twitter: twitter.com/Cmdr_Hadfield
Facebook: www.facebook.com/AstronautChrisHadfield
Google+: plus.google.com/113978637743265603454/po­­sts/p/pub

— Chris Hadfield

Video Source: Evan Hadfield

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

Warner Brothers | Her film trailers by filmmaker Spike Jonze

December 21, 2013

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Warner Brothers | Set in the Los Angeles of the slight future, Her follows Theodore Twombly, a complex, soulful man who makes his living writing touching, personal letters for other people.

Heartbroken after the end of a long relationship, he becomes intrigued with a new, advanced operating system, which promises to… read more

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

February 1, 2012

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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

Microsoft KinEtre lets you possess people, inanimate objects

August 9, 2012

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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

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Russian fireball largest ever detected by CTBTO’s infrasound sensors

February 21, 2013

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Infrasonic waves from the meteor that broke up over Russia’s Ural mountains last week were the largest ever recorded by the CTBTO’s International Monitoring System.

Infrasound is low frequency sound with a range of less than 10 Hz.

The blast was detected by 17 infrasound stations in the CTBTO’s network, which tracks atomic blasts across the planet.  The furthest station to record the sub-audible… read more

Video Source: CTBTO

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Sandia National Labs | Self-guided bullet can alter trajectory in flight, navigating to laser-painted target

February 2, 2012

Sandia self guided bullet

Sandia Labs | Sandia researchers have invented a dart-like, self-guided bullet for small-caliber, smooth-bore firearms that could hit laser-designated targets at distances of more than a mile (about 2,000 meters). The four-inch-long bullet has actuators that steer tiny fins that guide it to its target. (Images here.)

Sandia’s self-guided bullet prototype can hit target a mile away. The design for the four-inch-long bullet includes an optical sensor… read more

NAO Writer — NAO robot writes any word

May 17, 2013

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NAO Robot writes any word you ask him, and spells the word as he writes it. This app uses text-to-speech for word recognition and inverse kinematics for writing.

Video Source: Aldebaran Robotics

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