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Audiopad: Motion-Based Electronic Instrument

January 2, 2011

James Patten & Ben Recht | Audiopad is a composition and performance instrument for electronic music which tracks the positions of objects on a tabletop surface and converts their motion into music. One can pull sounds from a giant set of samples, juxtapose archived recordings against warm synthetic melodies, cut between drum loops to create new beats, and apply digital processing all at the same time on

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Video Source: James Patten & Ben Recht

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Rhythm Ring: interactive rhythm sequencer

January 2, 2011

Creators Brian Yung & Hanson Jiang, Cornell University | The Rhythm Ring interactive rhythm sequencer is an engaging musical device that enables the user to create a plethora of rhythms and beat patterns with the touch of their own fingers.

Besides being fun to play with, the Rhythm Ring provides a tangible method of arranging a musical rhythm. In our design, the user can arrange beats and… read more

Video Source: Brian Yung & Hanson Jiang, Cornell University

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Rhythm Ring website

Nokia | Nanotechnology ‘Morph’ concept

December 31, 2010

Morph is a concept demonstrating some of the possibilities nanotechnologies might enable in future communication devices. Morph is a flexible two-piece device that can adapt its shape to different use modes. Morph can sense its environment, is energy-harvesting and self cleaning. Nanotechnology enables Morph to have adaptive materials yet rigid forms on demand. It is featured in the MoMA online exhibition “Design and the Elastic Mind.” Morph has been a… read more

Video Source: Nokia

Smart fabrics

December 31, 2010

Video Source: Cetemmsa

Smart clothing, embedded electronics

December 31, 2010

Video Source: EuroNews, Futuris

The Hubble Ultra Deep Field in 3D

November 12, 2010

These images, called the Hubble Deep Field (HDF), were assembled from 342 separate exposures taken with the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2) of the Hubble Space Telescope between December 18 and 28, 1995. Representing a narrow “keyhole” view stretching to the visible horizon of the universe, the HDF images cover a speck of the sky only about the width of a dime located 75 feet away. Though the… read more

Video Source: Tony Darnell’s Deep Astronomy

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Microsoft | Origami Project prototype

October 28, 2010

Microsoft Origami

SlashGear | Microsoft’s Origami campaign came in for both praise and criticism, and while they can’t claim to entirely control the UMPC (or subsequent MID) markets they were at least initially responsible for promoting ultramobile PCs. Now Microsoft has decided to shut down their official Origami project site, three years after it was founded.

According to the official Origami Team Blog, the sites closure has been precipitated by their realization that “we cannot… read more

Japanese robot pop star

October 24, 2010

Japanese robot girl “HRP-C4,” created at Japan’s National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), danced and sang a pop song on stage at the Digital Content Expo 2010. The android has come a long way since her debut in March 2009. Wikipedia says: “The robot is 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighs 95 pounds, including battery. Its shape and joints are based on the 1997–1998 Japanese… read more

Video Source: Digital Content Expo 2010, Japan’s AIST

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Apple’s 1980s Knowledge Navigator concept videos foresaw the iPad, multitouch, Internet, Google, speech recognition, e-books

October 22, 2010

Wikipedia (with edits) | The Knowledge Navigator was a concept developed by Apple in the 1980s, based on Alan Kay’s Dynabook, for a hypothetical device that could access a large networked database of hypertext information, and use software agents to assist searching for information.

Apple produced several concept videos showcasing the idea. All of them featured a tablet style computer with numerous advanced capabilities, including an excellent text-to-speech… read more

Video Source: Apple Inc.

Water droplet bouncing on a superhydrophobic carbon nanotube array

October 18, 2010

Video from the paper “Bouncing Water Droplet on a Superhydrophobic Carbon Nanotube Array,” authored by Adrianus I. Aria, Morteza Gharib, published online on ArXiv, Submitted on 7 Oct 2010: http://arxiv.org/abs/1010.1351

Video Source: ThoughtWare.TV

MovieReshape software

October 14, 2010

The MovieReShape software was developed at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics in Saarbrucken by Christian Theobalt and colleagues, and enables movie-makers, both amateur and professional, to dramatically change the appearance of people on video without computer editing each frame. The software can quickly and easily manipulate parameters such as muscularity, body bulk, height, waist and hip girth, and length of legs.

Video Source: Max Planck Institute for Informatics

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Virtual heart may hold key to better treatment

October 13, 2010

Scientists have built a virtual heart that works just like its real counterpart, showing, for example, cells that don’t perform well enough, or allowing the study of the propagation of the electrical wave in someone’s heart muscle before implanting a pacemaker.

Video Source: Euronews Futuris

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Japanese scientists create new humanoid walking robot

September 28, 2010

Japanese scientists have unveiled a new humanoid walking robot, northeast of Tokyo. Demands are growing for socially useful robots, such as those for caring for the elderly and the sick.

Video Source: National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology

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Titan the Robot performing at the Dubai Gitex 2009

September 28, 2010

Titant the Robot entertains spectators at the Dubia Gitex 2009 conference.

Video Source: Cyberstein Robots Ltd.

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Titan the Robot website

Lifenaut

September 18, 2010

Lifenaut

The latest video update of Bina48 robot (first seen in the New York Times online video). She is part of the LifeNaut.com project and first came to life three months ago.

More info: Lifenaut

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