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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

Model of Elon Musk’s Hyperloop 3D-printed

August 21, 2013

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Five designers set out to build a 3D-printed model of Elon Musk’s Hyperloop. Each designer took a component of the Hyperloop concept and designed digital 3D models based on images released by Musk. The model consists of elevated tubes that are supported by pillars. There are passenger transport capsules that run through the tubes and a station where people will load and unload.

After the models were designed in… read more

Video Source: WhiteClouds

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LS3 Follow Tight (mobile, semi-autonomous legged robot)

December 21, 2012

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For the past two weeks, researchers from DARPA’s LS3 program have been testing the Legged Squad Support System (LS3), a four-legged robot.

They have demonstrated new advances in the robot’s control, stability and maneuverability, including “Leader Follow” decision making, enhanced roll recovery, exact foot placement over rough terrain, the ability to maneuver in an urban environment, and verbal command capability.

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Video Source: DARPA

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Surround-See: enabling peripheral vision on smartphones during active use

July 18, 2013

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Mobile devices are endowed with significant sensing capabilities. However, their ability to “see” their surroundings, during active use, is limited. We present Surround-See, a self-contained smartphone equipped with an omni-directional camera that enables peripheral vision around the device to augment daily mobile tasks. Surround-See provides mobile devices with a field-of-view collinear to the device screen.

This capability facilitates novel mobile tasks such as pointing at objects in the environment… read more

Video Source: Xing-Dong Yang

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Record-setting asteroid flyby

February 1, 2013

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On Feb. 15th an asteroid about half the size of a football field will fly past Earth closer than many man-made satellites. Since regular sky surveys began in the 1990s, astronomers have never seen an object so big come so close to our planet.

— NASA Science

Video Source: NASA Science

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‘RADICAL OPENNESS’ for TEDGlobal 2012 by Jason Silva

June 26, 2012

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Video Source: TEDGlobal

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Best Buy | SXSW interview — ‘A genius predicts the future’

March 15, 2012

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Best Buy | The inventor of text-to-speech says you won’t need text or speech to surf the Web.

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AIRobots: remotely controlled aerial robots

December 24, 2012

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The University of Twente AIRobots project is developing a new generation of remotely controlled “aerial service robots” (a.k.a. drones). The researchers plan to use virtual reality, augmented reality, and haptic (touch) devices to allow the operator to guide the robot while hiding the complexity of the vehicle dynamics.

Video Source: University of Twente

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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

Kevin Margo | Grounded — film trailer

September 19, 2012

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One astronaut’s journey through space and life ends on a hostile exosolar planet. Grounded is a metaphorical account of the experience, inviting unique interpretation and reflection by the viewer. Themes of aging, inheritance, paternal approval, cyclic trajectories, and behaviors passed on through generations are explored against an ethereal backdrop.

Video Source: Kevin Margo | Grounded

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Next generation DNA sequencing

May 22, 2013

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The advent of next-generation sequencing is considered the most propelling technological advance, which has resulted in the doubling of sequence data almost every five months and the precipitous drop in the cost of sequencing a region of DNA.

This is a rebroadcast of a webinar that tracks the evolution of next-generation sequencing and explores what the future holds in terms of the technology and its medical applications.

Panelists:… read more

Video Source: Gerontology Research Group

Celebrating the beauty of living systems

April 30, 2012

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Bryan Alvarez is a doctoral candidate at the University of California, Berkeley, researching brain-based and cognitive mechanisms of a unique form of sensory-blending called synesthesia, which he also experiences.

TEDxBerkeley 2011 — Engaging the World — took place on Saturday, February 19th, 2011 at UC Berkeley.

Video Source: TEDx Berkeley

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Behrokh Khoshnevis — contour crafting: automated construction

August 4, 2012

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The next humans to lose their jobs may well be construction workers, says The Atlantic.

Behrokh Khoshnevis, a professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Southern California, has spent the last 15 years working on a machine that will “print” buildings. He calls the practice Contour Crafting.

The technology, he says, will be faster than all conventional building methods (including prefab construction), cheaper,… read more

Video Source: TED

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Iuro robot asks humans for help navigating cities

October 16, 2012

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Iuro, or Interactive Urban Robot, has  21 actuators inside its head, giving it fully controllable eyes, eyelids, eyebrows, lips, ears, and mouth. Stereo cameras above the eyes and a Kinect sensor in the chest help Iuro to interact with humans it runs into on the street, interpreting speech and gestures to enable it to find its way from place to place without using maps or GPS.

The overall… read more

Video Source: Interactive Urban Robot Project

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Could Mars support life?

August 30, 2012

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Google+ Hangout on August 29 with astrobiologist Pan Conrad — NASA deputy principal investigator with the Sample Analysis at Mars chemistry lab aboard the Curiosity rover, to learn more about the Mars astrobiology mission.

Her instrument is currently “sniffing” the Martian atmosphere, and will soon start digesting bits of the soil around Curiosity, trying to answer one pressing question: Could Mars support life?

With Fraser Cain and Amy… read more

Video Source: NASA

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