The Guardian | Japanese technology firm Air Danshin has devised an airbag system that can raise a house 3cm off the ground to protect it from earthquake tremors. Sensors detect when a quake starts and ends, and gently deflates the airbags afterwards.
Inhabitat | “Japanese levitating house system could protect homes from earthquakes”
Video Source: The Guardian / Air Danshin
August 8, 2012
A team of seven undergraduate students at Northeastern University designed and built a “nearly indestructible” robot that can enter rugged territory and create a theoretically infinite WiFi networks as it goes.
The team faced three problems: they needed a robot that could travel over rough terrain or rubble; the WiFi network had to be robust, cheap and easy to deploy; and they needed a way to control the robot… read more
Video Source: Barry Son, Daniel Landers, Hector Palomares, Mauro Berti, Ryan Moynihan, Senthuran S.
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
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
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
November 4, 2008
Alvis Brigis, FutureBlogger | Intel CTO Justin Rattner paints a scenario in which humans have access to “computers, and cameras, and phones that run infinitely”, relating that the feasibility and demand for such devices has spurred Intel to seriously research the underlying technologies that could spawn such a future reality. Rattner says Intel has been coming at wireless power “in a number of ways”, first from
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IBM Labs | Stream computing software enables massive amounts of data to be correlated and analyzed for patterns and trends at more than 200 times a second, faster than a hummingbird can flap its wings. This advanced analysis can be quickly turned into insight that is used to determine which actions drive optimal results. Organizations across industries have begun to use analytics to sift through 1000s of simultaneous data streams —… read more
Video Source: IBM Labs
IBM Labs YouTube Channel
August 20, 2012
A YouTube video titled We’re NASA and We Know It has gone viral since the video’s launch on August 15, 2012 with over 1.5 million views.
The video published on the Satire YouTube channel features a Jet Propulsion Laboratory “Mohawk Guy” look-a-like as the lead singer with NASA flight-suited break dancers surrounded by nerdy back-up dancers dressed in baby-blue NASA mission control polo shirts and khakis.
Exploiting the… read more
Video Source: Satire
March 5, 2013
With a wave of your hand, MYO will transform how you interact with your digital world.
The MYO armband lets you use the electrical activity in your muscles to wirelessly control your computer, phone, and other favorite digital gadgets.
— Thalmic Labs
Video Source: Thalmic Labs
GE | Building upong the natural properies of garnet gemstone, scientists at GE have created a new material, making the world’s first HDCT possible.
At the heart of Gemstone Spectral Imaging is the first new detector material in 20 years; one that is, quite literally, a gem. GE engineers discovered that, by changing the molecular structure of real garnets, they could develop a scintillator capable of delivering images 100… read more
Video Source: GE Healthcare
Microsoft Office Labs | Prescient Microsoft ‘Manufacturing Future Vision’ smart environment concept video from 2006
February 19, 2011
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
University of Georgia | Scientists develop ‘super’ yeast to turn pine trees into ethanol for biofuels
November 27, 2011
University of Georgia | Researchers at the University of Georgia have developed a “super strain” of yeast that can efficiently ferment ethanol from pretreated pine — one of the most common species of tree in Georgia and the U.S. Their research could help biofuels replace gasoline as a transportation fuel.
International Business Times: “Scientists develop ‘super’ yeast to turn pine trees into ethanol for biofuels” | [...]… read more
Video Source: University of Georgia