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Dr. Rohit Khare – Networks and Computing Systems

April 30, 2010

Dr Rohit Khare explains the fundamentals of networks and computing systems. Filmed during the November 2009 Executive Program at Singularity University, NASA Ames Research Center, Silicon Valley, CA.… read more

Intuitive Surgical | The da Vinci® Surgical Robot

April 3, 2010

da Vinci surgical system

Intuitive Surgical | The da Vinci robotic surgical system performs minimally invasive surgeries with extraordinary precision and more dexterity than the human hand. The original prototype for Intuitive Surgical’s da Vinci System was developed in the late 1980s at SRI International under contract to the U.S. Army. While initial work was funded in the interest of developing a system for performing battlefield surgery remotely, possible commercial applications were even more… read more

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MediaCart | Shopping cart of tomorrow

March 27, 2010

MediaCart

MediaCart | MediaCart has developed a computerized shopping cart that assists shoppers, delivers targeted communications at the point of purchase, and streamlines store operations. The MediaCart system accurately anticipates and responds to the shopper’s needs — helping them locate products, check prices and product information, and manage their shopping lists.

Most product purchasing decisions (over 70%) are made at the point of purchase in the store. Until now, effectively… read more

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Virtusphere full body immersion virtual reality

March 27, 2010

Virtusphere | Virtusphere develops and markets a locomotion platform that allows users to be completely immersed into their interactive virtual experience. How it works: Virtusphere consists of a 10-foot hollow sphere, which is placed on a special platform that allows the sphere to rotate freely in any direction according to the user’s steps. Wearing a wireless, head-mounted display the user is able to walk and run being immersed into virtual… read more

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David Orban’s interview with John Nash

March 23, 2010

DAVID ORBAN | During this conversation, John Nash (profiled in the movie “Beautiful Mind”) insisted for a while that change having been always present would not represent anything new today. Who was I to convince him of the contrary? I told him the example of heating water: nothing changes for a long time but temperature. Then, unexpectedly, the same change that from 85 C to 95 C did nothing much,… read more

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David Orban’s Interview with Vernor Vinge, who coined the term “technological singularity”

March 23, 2010

DAVID ORBAN | Conversation with Vernor Vinge on the Technological Singularity. Vernor Vinge published the original article at a NASA conference in 1993 that reintroduced and popularized the concept of the Technological Singularity.

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Dynamically Changeable Physical Buttons

March 19, 2010

CHRIS HARRISON | Physical buttons have the unique ability to provide low-attention and vision-free interactions through their intuitive tactile clues. Unfortunately, the physicality of these interfaces makes them static, limiting the number and types of user interfaces they can support. On the other hand, touch screen technologies provide the ultimate interface flexibility, but offer no inherent tactile qualities. In this paper, we describe a technique that seeks to occupy the… read more

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Search by Sketch

March 19, 2010

SEARCH BY SKETCH R&D TEAM | After several months of intense development alongside Stacey Kuznetsov, the Rapid Content-Based Image Search (RCBIS) engine was ready for use in user oriented programs. The most obvious and appealing project was to develop an image search engine which took not text, but a sketch as input. Search by Sketch was born – developed by Stacey Kuznetsov, Teobaldo Fernandez and myself.

Mirroring the RCBIS… read more

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Scratch Input: novel finger input surface

March 19, 2010

Scratch Input R&D team | Scratch Input: Creating Large, Inexpensive, Unpowered and Mobile Finger Input Surfaces

We present Scratch Input, an acoustic-based input technique that relies on the unique sound produced when a fingernail is dragged over the surface of a textured material, such as wood, fabric, or wall paint. We employ a simple sensor that can be easily coupled with existing surfaces, such as walls and tables, turning… read more

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Abracadabra: wireless, high-precision finger input for very small mobile devices

March 19, 2010

ABRACADABRA R&D TEAM | Advances in small and low power electronics have created new opportunities for mobile computing, leading to an explosion of new devices for the general public. Overall, these advances have allowed extremely powerful computing capabilities to be packaged in smaller and smaller form factors. These devices offer tremendous new potential due to e.g., their extreme mobility. However, with this potential come new challenges for interaction design.… read more

Video Source: Carnegie Mellon: Human-Computer Interaction Institute & Microsoft

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Stacks on the Surface

March 19, 2010

SURFACE STACKS R&D TEAM | Stacks on the Surface: Resolving Physical Order Using Fiducial Markers With Structured Transparency

Considerable work has explored tangible interactions on surface-based computing. Often, this entails the direct placement of physical objects – either abstract or iconic – onto interactive surfaces. Although static themselves, their physicality offers an accurate and intuitive means for instantiating, manipulating, or otherwise acting on dynamic elements within the interface.… read more

Video Source: Carnegie Mellon: Human-Computer Interaction Institute & Microsoft

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Carnegie Mellon: Human-Computer Interaction Institute

Skinput: Turning the Human Body into an Input Surface

March 19, 2010

SKINPUT R&D TEAM | We present Skinput, a technology that appropriates the human body for acoustic transmission, allowing the skin to be used as a finger input surface. In particular, we resolve the location of finger taps on the arm and hand by analyzing mechanical vibrations that propagate through the body. We collect these signals using a novel array of sensors worn as an armband. This approach provides an always-available,… read more

Video Source: Carnegie Mellon: Human-Computer Interaction Institute & Microsoft

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Carnegie Mellon: Human-Computer Interaction Institute

PayPal teams with Bump for revamped iPhone app

March 15, 2010

PayPal’s official commercial for their iPhone “Bump” app. Is this a sign of things to come? Is this really the end of paper money? Some critics site continued problems with security still plaguing progress in this area.

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The Manhattan Beach Project | top scientists, MDs, entrepreneurs gather to set real guidelines to end aging, disease

March 11, 2010

biotech in yellow gear

MaxLife Foundation | The Manhattan Beach Project was a recent conference of leading biomedical scientists, entrepreneurs, and anti-aging doctors held in Manhattan Beach, California on November 13-15, 2009. The goal of the event was to create real timelines and real budgets “designed to completely change the face of aging.” This conference presented an interesting map of current knowledge on why we age, why degnerative illnessness that hasten aging and death occur, and what… read more

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To Age or Not to Age, documentary film by Robert Kane Pappas

March 10, 2010

FILM WEBSITE | Imagine a 120-year-old living like today’s 50 year-olds. Possible? Yes, according to the scientists in Robert Kane Pappas’ new film, To Age or Not to Age. The scientists featured have found the means to postpone and possibly mitigate diseases tied to aging, such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, neurodegenerative diseases, and diabetes. Genes that control aging, among them SIRT2/SIRT1 genes, when altered, may, as a side effect increase… read more

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