June 20, 2012
Video Source: Comedy Central
It looks like a creation from Frankenstein’s lab: a robot with tentacles modelled on an octopus — the world’s first entirely soft robot.
The first prototype has six silicone legs designed for locomotion, while two specialized arms use artificial muscles, motors and sensors to detect and grasp objects. A spring-like structure inside these tentacles, made from a shape-memory alloy, can expand, contract or bend in any direction with… read more
Video Source: Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies of Pisa
Full episodes are now available for viewing at this link: Fox | Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey
Entertainment Weekly | Fox has debuted the trailer for Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, a follow-up to Carl Sagan’s iconic 1980 PBS series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. Among sweeping shots of valleys and mountains are pictures of the solar system and the infinite blackness of areas of the universe. Part animation and part awe-inspiring real… read more
Nicholas and Joshua Scott, with help from their father Ed Scott, have designed “the world’s first flying robot made out of Lego.”
According to Gary Mortimer in sUAS News, the quadrocopter is equipped with a Go Pro camera, offering a first-person-view camera, and a transmitter sends back live video images to its pilot. It is kept on an even keel and able to navigate waypoints via GPS thanks to an APM 2.5 autopilot from… read more
Video Source: Ed Scott, Nick Scott, Joshua Scott
Drone made of Lego takes flight
In the Czech Republic three companies have teamed up to make a prototype of an electric bicycle capable of flying, The Telegraph reports. It has six propellers powered by six battery-powered engines. It’s currently only capable of five minutes of flight before the batteries need to be recharged.
Video Source: The Telegraph
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Glide through part of the largest canyon on Mars, Valles Marineris, in this stunning visualization from ESA’s Mars Express.
Valles Marineris is the largest canyon on Mars, and at 4000 km long, 200 km wide and 10 km deep is the largest in the entire Solar System.
The movie focuses on an enclosed 8 km-deep trough in the northern most part of Valles Marineris,… read more
Video Source: ESA
In a gallery posted to Google+, Google has included a sample video from its Project Glass device, providing an early look at how the glasses can capture video and photos.
Although it doesn’t offer any additional clues to the exact technology behind Project Glass, it’s another key example of how Google’s vision to “let technology get out of your way” is slowly becoming a reality.
Video Source: The Verge
The brains of unborn babies have now been imaged in action, showing how connections form.
This fMRI movie, produced by Moriah Thomason from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, shows a fly-through of several fetuses in their third trimester. By comparing the scans at slightly different stages of development, Thomason was able to pinpoint when different parts of the brain wire up.
By identifying how brain… read more
Video Source: New Scientist
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About the film Ex Machina
DNA Films | Alex Garland, acclaimed writer of 28 Days Later and Sunshine, makes his directorial debut with the stylish and cerebral thriller, Ex Machina.
Caleb Smith, played by Domhnall Gleeson, a programmer at… read more
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Video Source: Niantic Labs@Google
Field Trip on Glass
Google reveals Field Trip app for Glass, puts recreational recommendations in your FOV
Interview: Google’s John Hanke, head of the Niantic projects, on Field Trip and Ingress
Ray Kurzweil recently keynoted Australia’s Creative Innovation 2011 conference. Artist Gavin Blake (director of Fever Picture “graphic facilitation agency”) documented the event with these clever illustrations. You can see more examples of their work on here. Click on the [+] expand button in the upper right-hand corner of the two images below to expand them to full size for best readability.… read more
Video Source: Fever Picture | Gavin Blake
EyeRing is a wearable intuitive interface that allows a person to point at an object to see or hear more information about it. We came up with the idea of a micro camera worn as a ring on the index finger with a button on the side, which can be pushed with the thumb to take a picture or a video that is then sent wirelessly to a mobile phone… read more
Video Source: Fluid Interfaces