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

April 27, 2011

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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.

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

March 15, 2011

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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

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

March 1, 2011

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

February 28, 2011

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

February 26, 2011

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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.

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Time | 10 questions for Stephen Hawking

February 26, 2011

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

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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

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Time | Best inventions of the year: 2007-2010

February 22, 2011

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

 

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

February 19, 2011

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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

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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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Microsoft Office Labs | Prescient ‘Banking Future Vision’ pervasive information technology concept video from 2005

February 19, 2011

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Microsoft Office Labs | Banking Future Vision — Imagine a banking experience where you’re always connected to your finances, banks are empowered to anticipate your needs, and transactions are seamless through predictive technologies — whether you’re in the branch, at home, or on the go. This video was created in 2005.

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Microsoft Office Labs | Prescient Microsoft ‘Retail Future Vision’ augmented reality concept video from 2004

February 19, 2011

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Microsoft | Retail Future Vision — Visit a store of the future where integrated handheld devices and store systems provide a more personalized, streamlined shopping experience. This video was created in 2004.

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Microsoft Office Labs | Prescient Microsoft ‘Healthcare Future Vision’ seamless systems concept video from 2007

February 19, 2011

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Microsoft | Health Future Vision — Imagine healthcare of the future where emerging technologies may provide more seamless connections across healthcare providers and equip patients with the knowledge and control they need for a more comprehensive, personalized healthcare experience — enabled by products like HealthVault and Amalga. This video is from 2007.

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Microsoft Office Labs | Prescient Microsoft ‘Manufacturing Future Vision’ smart environment concept video from 2006

February 19, 2011

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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.

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