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Frankenoctopus unveils novel shape-shifting arms

November 5, 2012

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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

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Fox | Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey trailer, sequel to Carl Sagan’s iconic 1980 PBS series

July 23, 2013

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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

Fora.TV | Domestic spy drones raise legal concerns

February 22, 2012

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Fora.tv | Author P.W. Singer discusses the increasingly common “leeching” of advanced and often invasive military technology into civilian life and domestic law enforcement. Do drones engaged on American soil violate our right to privacy? Does the Second Amendment protect our right to “bear robotic arms”?

The rate of technological change over the last century has been exponential. According to Moore’s Law, computing power has doubled for the price… read more

Focus Features | Trailer for surveillance thriller Closed Circuit

August 26, 2013

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Focus Features | The international suspense thriller Closed Circuit turns a timely tale of government surveillance in a high-profile terrorism case into a very human drama. It is in theaters August 28, 2013.

Following a mysterious explosion in a busy London market, the police swoop, a suspect is detained, and the country prepares for one of the most high-profile trials in British history. Two exceptional lawyers… read more

Flying Legos

December 21, 2012

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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

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Flying electric bicycle invented in Czech Republic

June 13, 2013

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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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Fly through a canyon on Mars

July 15, 2013

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(Full-screen view recommended)

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

First video sample from Google’s Project Glass

May 25, 2012

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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

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First time-travel movies reveal surreal universe

February 1, 2013

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Developed by Wolfgang Schleich and colleagues at the University of Ulm in Germany, the first time-travel videos mathematically recreate the weird world of Gödel’s universe.

New Scientist

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First MRI movies capture fetal brain connecting up

February 25, 2013

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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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film | Ex Machina

January 1, 2015

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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

Field Trip on Glass

August 25, 2013

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The history, architecture, insider tips and hidden gems from over 100 local publisher partners come to life. Right before your eyes. Field Trip for iPhoneAndroid, and now Glass.

– Niantic Labs@Google

Video Source: Niantic Labs@Google

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Fever Picture | Artist Gavin Blake illustrates Ray Kurzweil’s talk

December 28, 2011

Artist Gavin Blake illustrates Ray Kurzweil's talk

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 — a finger-worn visual assitant

August 14, 2012

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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

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Evolving soft robots

April 22, 2013

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University of Wyoming scientists have developed a simulated robot made up of two different kinds of muscles along with bones and soft tissue for structure. This robot was devolved over a thousand virtual generations to move as fast, as far, and as functionally as possible.

 

 

 

Video Source: The Golem Project

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