August 21, 2013
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
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May 18, 2015
The Daily Conversation | The future of driverless cars. Autonomous vehicles have made significant progress in the last decade. This report looks at the history of self driving vehicles, and where the industry is heading.
An autonomous car — also called a driverless car, self driving car, robotic car — is an automated vehicle capable of sensing its environment and driving without human input, or with limited human interaction.… read more
December 21, 2012
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.
This video shows the… read more
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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
February 1, 2013
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
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June 26, 2012
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March 15, 2012
Best Buy | The inventor of text-to-speech says you won’t need text or speech to surf the Web.
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December 24, 2012
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
March 3, 2014
Meta | A first look at the META.01 Developer Edition with Matt Kitchales, Product Manager at Meta.
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September 19, 2012
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
May 22, 2013
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
April 30, 2012
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.
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October 16, 2012
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