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Kinect Superman game using virtual reality glasses

February 13, 2011

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Sicco van Sas | We have created a Superman game using Kinect and virtual reality glasses with head tracking. The goal of our one-month project was to create an immersive virtual reality feeling with Kinect which could be controlled in an intuitive way.

This is the result of a month long project of the MSc. Artificial Intelligence at the University of Amsterdam with support of ISLA (Intelligent Systems Lab Amsterdam).

Video Source: Daniel Karavolos, Sicco van Sas, Maarten van der Velden at the University of Amsterdam

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IBM scientists create ultra-fast device that uses light for communication between computer chips

February 13, 2011

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IBM | Ultra-low power device could greatly further energy efficient computing: IBM scientists today unveiled a significant step towards replacing electrical signals that communicate via copper wires between computer chips with tiny silicon circuits that communicate using pulses of light. As reported in the recent issue of the scientific journal Nature, this is an important advancement in changing the way computer chips talk to each other.  

The device, called… read more

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‘How smart are animals?’ on Nova: Science Now

February 13, 2011

Nova: Science Now on PBS | As an astrophysicist, Nova: Science Now host Neil deGrasse Tyson has a unique view of the universe. Hear his cosmic perspective on “How smart are animals?”

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‘Where did we come from?’ on Nova: Science Now

February 13, 2011

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Nova: Science Now on PBS | “Where did we come from?” with host Neil DeGrasse Tyson explores the origin of our solar system and the start of life itself, how head lice figure in human evolution, and more. Journey back in time to the birth of our solar system to examine whether the key to our planet’s existence might have been the explosive shockwave of an ancient supernova. Meet a… read more

Video Source: PBS | Nova: Science Now

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ABC News | In the server room of Jeopardy! challenger ‘Watson’

February 10, 2011

Click link below to watch the ABC video report.

ABC News | Video Report by David Muir, ABC News: A long way since that first computer with a hard drive in the 1960s could store about one Manhattan phone book, Watson can hold 12 million of them.

In the 1980s, IBM’s first PC could understand about 5,000 words — Watson: 125 billion.

But sometimes that data misses the human subtlety. Scientists will tell you that… read more

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Microsoft Surface | Experience User Interface (XUI) concept video: Home

February 9, 2011

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Microsoft Surface | An abstract of life in the home of tomorrow with suppressed visibility of technology and devices; directed by Microsoft’s August de los Reyes, created by INVIVIA Inc.

Slashgear | Microsoft has released a few interesting concept videos over the past years, usually tipping their vision of multitouch, mobile handsets and the interaction between intelligent devices. Their two latest videos, “Home” and “Work,” take things more into the bizarre:

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Microsoft Surface | Experience User Interface (XUI) concept video: Work

February 9, 2011

Microsoft Surface | An abstract of life in the workplace of tomorrow with suppressed visibility of technology and devices; directed by Microsoft’s Dane Storrusten, created by INVIVIA Inc.

Slashgear | Microsoft has released a few interesting concept videos over the past years, usually tipping their vision of multitouch, mobile handsets and the interaction between intelligent devices. Their two latest videos, “Home” and “Work,” take things more into the bizarre:… read more

Video Source: Microsoft Surface

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University of Arizona | 3-D moving images possible with new hologram technology

February 8, 2011

University of Arizona News | Traditional holograms are printed much in the same way a poster or a painting are, in that once the image is printed on a surface, it is permanent. But a technological breakthrough at the University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences has brought the possibility of full color, rewritable, holographic displays and televisions one step closer to reality.

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Anybot robot orders a scone in Mountain View, California

February 7, 2011

Video Source: Aaron Blumenshine

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The future dangers of technology, from the History Channel’s “Prophets of Doom”

February 5, 2011

The History Channel | Today’s world has troubles unique to its time in history, from the global financial crisis to technological meltdowns to full scale, computerized global war. Observing the convergence of such events, contemporary prophets have begun to emerge from obscurity to suggest that these conditions might be signs of the demise of the modern world. These men are historians as well, using all manner of information and patterns… read more

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Tour of The Daily, the world’s first iPad-only news app in the U.S.

February 4, 2011

The Daily Holdings, Inc. | The Daily is the world’s first iPad-only news app in the U.S., owned by News Corporation, with original daily content created exclusively for the iPad and covering: breaking news, sports, pop culture, entertainment, apps, games, technology, opinion, celebrity gossip and more. The Daily has the depth and quality of a magazine but is delivered daily like a newspaper and updated in real-time… read more

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Nova | Making Stuff with David Pogue: materials science super stories — smaller stuff

February 1, 2011

Nova: Making Stuff — with David Pogue | How small can we go? Could we one day have robots taking “fantastic voyages” in our bodies to kill rogue cells? The triumphs of tiny are seen all around us in the Information Age: transistors, microchips, laptops, cell phones. Now, David Pogue takes Nova viewers to an even smaller world in “Making Stuff: Smaller,” examining the latest in high-powered nano-circuits and micro-robots that may one day… read more

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Nova | Making Stuff with David Pogue: materials science super stories — stronger stuff

February 1, 2011

Nova: Making Stuff — with David Pogue | What is the strongest material in the world? Is it steel, Kevlar, carbon nanotubes, or something entirely new? Nova kicks off the four-part series “Making Stuff” with a quest for the world’s strongest substances. Host David Pogue takes a look at what defines strength, examining everything from steel cables to mollusk shells to a toucan’s beak. Pogue travels from the deck of a U.S. naval aircraft… read more

Video Source: Nova

Kinect-controlled robot

January 27, 2011

New Scientist | Microsoft Kinect’s game controllers have been popular with hackers since their launch in November last year. The sophisticated depth-sensing camera can detect your gestures from afar, typically to play video games. But we’ve seen it hacked to control a digital bird, morph an image and even to apply digital clothing to a topless man (watch these hacks here). Now developer Taylor Veltrop has used the system… read more

Video Source: New Scientist

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Colorado State University develops artificial tissue for training

January 27, 2011

Colorado State University | Medical students in both the human and veterinary world must translate information from the classroom to surgical suite with limited realistic practice. Students learn basic techniques such as sutures by practicing on carpet foam, rubber sheets, pig feet and whole, raw chickens from the grocery store, and orange rinds. Colorado State University veterinarians Dean Hendrickson and Fausto Bellezzo have developed artificial silicone models that realistically respond… read more

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