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George Carlin’s Modern Man

June 29, 2010

PBS | Taped at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on November 10, 2008, the 90-minute 11th Annual Mark Twain Prize honoring George Carlin featured tributes and comic testimonials from a star-studded cast including Richard Belzer, Lewis Black, Margaret Cho, Ben E. King, Denis Leary, Bill Maher, Joan Rivers, Garry Shandling, Jon Stewart, and Lily Tomlin.

Video Source: PBS

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Move over Dr. Moreau! Official trailer for Warner Brothers’ sci-fi movie Splice, genetic engineering nightmare

June 2, 2010

WARNER BROS. | Superstar genetic engineers Clive (Adrien Brody) and Elsa (Sarah Polley)specialize in splicing DNA from different animals to create incredible new hybrids. Now they want to use human DNA in a hybrid that could revolutionize science and medicine. But when the pharmaceutical company that funds their research forbids it, Clive and Elsa secretly take their boldest experimentation underground—risking their careers by pushing the boundaries of science to serve… read more

Video Source: Warner Brothers Pictures

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Splice official website

Cedars Sinai Heart Institute pioneers heart stem cell procedure

May 25, 2010

CBS News | Cedars Sinai Heart Institute physicians have completed the world’s first procedure in which a patient’s own heart tissue was used to grow specialized heart stem cells that were then injected back into the patient’s heart in an effort to repair and re-grow healthy muscle in a heart that had been injured by a heart attack. Eduardo Marbán, MD, PhD, Director of the Cedars Sinai Heart Institute, who… read more

Video Source: CBS

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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

Video Source: David Orban

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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.

Video Source: David Orban

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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

Video Source: Chris Harrison

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Chris Harrison's website & Pneumatic Displays project details

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

Video Source: Chris Harrison

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Chris Harrison's website & Search by Sketch project details

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

Video Source: Chris Harrison

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Chris Harrison's website & Scratch Input project details

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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Chris Harrison's website & Abracadabra project details
Carnegie Mellon: Human-Computer Interaction Institute

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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Chris Harrison's website & Surface Stacks project details
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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Chris Harrison's website & Skinput project details
Carnegie Mellon: Human-Computer Interaction Institute

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