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DigInfo | World’s first 8K Ultra HD display

May 21, 2011

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DigInfo | The world’s first ultra high definition-capable LCD display has been announced by Sharp and NHK. This 85″ LCD experimental display has a resolution of 33 megapixels (7,680 x 4,320 pixels) — 16 times the resolution of HDTV — allowing for detailed, high-quality images.

In the past, the only way to show a ultra high definition video (UHDV) broadcast at full resolution was by using a… read more

Video Source: DigInfo | Sharp & NHK

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Sharp | Sharp and NHK successfully develop 85-inch direct-view LCD compatible with super Hi-Vision, a world first
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Verizon Wireless | ‘Susie’s Lemonade Stand’ commercials exemplify democratization of innovation

May 16, 2011

Verizon Wireless Susie lemonade stand commercial

Ray Kurzweil | This commercial is a wonderful depiction of the enormous power of the tools that are in all of our hands — illustrating the democratization of innovation, and the increasing youthfulness of entrepreneurship.

Video Source: Verizon Wireless

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IDG Computerworld | Telenoid robot attempts emotions

May 16, 2011

Telenoid robot

IDG Computerworld | Conveying physical emotions through a phone call or email is difficult, but researchers from Japan’s Osaka University, in collaboration with the Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute, have developed a robot called Telenoid that they think can do just that.

Video Source: IDG Computerworld

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Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International

The Economist | Vivek Kundra, the White House’s CIO, discusses technological progress and the Singularity

May 11, 2011

Vivek Kundra talks to The Economist

The Economist | Vivek Kundra, President Obama’s Chief Information Officer, speaks about updating Washington D.C.’s tech for the 21st century. This video was recorded live at The Economist‘s “The Ideas Economy” event: Intelligent Infrastructure — The Architecture of Progess, which was held in New York City on February 16–17, 2011.

Transcript excerpt:

Host | In the spirit of fun, in which we’ve been together the last day and a half, I’ll… read more

Video Source: The Economist | “The Ideas Economy”

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U.S. CIO | Vivek Kundra
The Economist | "The Ideas Economy" events

DigInfo | Japan’s University of Electro-Communications demonstrates ‘remote kissing device’ prototype

April 27, 2011

remote kiss

DigInfo | The Kajimoto Laboratory at the University of Electro-Communications is conducting research into remote tactile communications, with the aim of creating a device which can effectively transmit the feeling of a kiss. “This device is for communications within the mouth, in other words, the goal is to obtain the feeling of kissing,” the lab explained.

Video Source: DigInfo | The Unviersity of Electro-Communications

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AT&T | Ads accurately predicted the future: ‘You Will’ ad campaign 1993-1994

March 15, 2011

virtual leg

These ads featuring eerily familiar (yet-to-be-created technologies) were produced by AT&T and broadcast on mainstream television from 1993-1994.

A savvy YouTuber culled them together in one convenient spot (video above) — “FunkyWitDaSysTm” says: “I could never find a complete compilation of all of these videos, so I put all 7 together and uploaded it for the world. Looking back on these ads, I remember how moved I was… read more

Video Source: AT&T

Nova on PBS | ‘The smartest machine on Earth’ on IBM’s Watson

March 1, 2011

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Video Source: Nova

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Gapminder | Professor Hans Rosling presents:200 years that changed the world visualized with Gapminder

February 28, 2011

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Gapminder | For the first time, Gapminder can now visualize change in life expectancy and income per person over the last two centuries. In this Gapminder video, Professor Hans Rosling shows you how all the countries of the world have developed since 1809 — 200 years ago. The interactive animations and corresponding documentation are freely available at www.gapminder.org/world. Further information and other videos are available from www.gapminder.org/videos

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Video Source: Hans Rosling, Gapminder

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Nova: Science Now on PBS | ‘How does the brain work?’

February 28, 2011

brain color map

Nova: Science Now on PBS | This episode of Nova: Science Now delves into some pretty heady stuff, examining magic and the brain, artificial intelligence, magnetic mind control, and the work of neuroscientist and synesthesia researcher David Eagleman. Can we really believe our own eyes? Will machines one day think like us? Can magnetic wands effectively control brain functions and treat depression? Explore this and more.

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Video Source: Nova: Science Now on PBS

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Under Armour | Smart garments include embedded sensors and on-board computer for biofeedback

February 26, 2011

Under Armour shirt

Yahoo Sports | At the 2011 scouting combine, about 30 players will be wearing clothing technology that allows coaches and scouts watching the various drills to receive specific technical data about the players. The E-39 compression shirt is fitted with electronic touchpoints that send biofeedback via Bluetooth or to a computer or handheld device, and expands the specific awareness of what the body is doing during the drills.

The… read more

Video Source: Under Armour

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Zephyr Technologies

Time | 10 questions for Stephen Hawking

February 26, 2011

Stephen Hawking

Time | The renowned physicist has a new book, The Grand Design. Stephen Hawking will now take your questions.

Video Source: Time

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New Scientist | Less invasive mind control system for prosthetics

February 25, 2011

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New Scientist | A model helps to visualize how a new neural implant device reads brain signals and interprets them to control a prosthetic arm. The yellow spikes represent firing motor neurons in the brain. Each neuron is tuned to recognize a different direction in space, so as the arm moves, the spikes change to reflect the changing direction. By combining the output of all the neurons, the direction of… read more

Video Source: New Scientist

Time | Best inventions of the year: 2007-2010

February 22, 2011

Nexi MDS head

Time | Here are some of 2010′s biggest (and coolest) breakthroughs in science, technology and the arts.

 

Video Source: Time

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Ars Electronica | Showcase: Festival Ars Electronica 2010 — art, technology and society

February 19, 2011

Ars Electronica cube

Ars Electronica | Repair — Rethink — Reinvent: 2010 Festival for Art, Technology and Society turns to the pioneers of our age. Not the adventurers who’ve sailed forth because they wanted to find out what awaits them on the other side, but rather the visionaries who are bringing expertise as well as a great deal of creativity and idealism to bear in their work on an alternative future. “Repair” is… read more

Video Source: Ars Electronica

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AeroVironment/DARPA | Nano hummingbird reconnaissance UAV

February 19, 2011

Hummingbird Nano Air Vehicle in hand (Image: AeroVironment, Inc.)

Newly released Aerovironment demo footage of the final project phase of the Nano Hummingbird aerial reconaissance vehicle, developed for the DARPA Defense Sciences Office. The flight test video shows the “birds eye view” on screen as well as the bird and engineer. Bird flies outside and then goes inside the building. We see what it sees via flat panel screen. Battery-powered and remote-controlled, the hummingbird-like prototype uses flapping wings for… read more

Video Source: AeroVironment, Inc.

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AeroVironment, Inc. website | Hummingbird Nano page
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DARPA Defense Sciences Office

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