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MeBot: A robotic platform for socially embodied telepresence

March 10, 2010
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MIT MEDIA LAB | The MeBot is a semi-autonomous robotic avatar that gives a person a richer way to interact remotely with an audience than is allowed with phone and video conferencing. The robot was designed with an emphasis on being able to convey the non-verbal channels of social communication. That is, it is able to communicate some body posture, a wide range of head movement and very expressive hand… read more

Video Source: Sigurdur Orn Adalgeirsson, MIT Media Lab

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Short film Life on a Leash

March 9, 2010

Rob Prior | A short 3D film I made last year. I am currently putting together my second short film which will be named ‘Chiyo.’ Here you can follow the film’s progress from original thoughts, to sketchbook drawings all the way through to the final outcome… your opinions and comments during this process my well influence some of the directions I decided to take.

Video Source: Rob Prior

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Futuristic rolltop laptop concept

March 5, 2010

YOUTUBE | www.orkin-design.de : The device of the flexible display allows a new concept in notebook design growing out of the traditional bookformed laptop into unfurling and convolving portable computer.

By virtue of the OLED-Display technology and a multi touch screen the utility of a laptop computer with its weight of a mini-notebook and screen size of 13 inch easily transforms into the graphics tablet, which (with its 17-inch… read more

Brain-machine interface technology enabling control of a robot by human thought alone

March 3, 2010

HONDA | Honda Research Institute Japan Co., Ltd. (HRI-JP), a subsidiary of Honda R&D Co., Ltd., Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (ATR) and Shimadzu Corporation have collaboratively developed the world’s first Brain Machine Interface (BMI) technology that uses electroencephalography (EEG) and near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) along with newly developed information extraction technology to enable control of a robot by human thought alone. It does not require any physical movement such as… read more

Video Source: Honda

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Honda short film Mobility 2088

March 3, 2010

HONDA | Ever since the dawn of man, mobility has been central to our growth and freedom as a civilization. There have always been places to go and people to see, greener pastures, bluer skies and undiscovered lands. But what about the future of mobility? We ask some of the great thinkers of our generation how people will get around in 80 years. From the hope of hydrogen to the… read more

Video Source: Honda

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Honda short film Living With Robots

March 3, 2010

HONDA | What’s behind our collective obsession with robots? Join us as we ponder life with robots alongside science-fiction screenwriters, professors, philosophers, engineers and other thinkers.

Video Source: Honda

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Highlights of Honda at Sundance and ASIMO’s (robot) Film Festival Debut

March 3, 2010

HONDA | Living With Robots, an all-new short documentary film from Honda, debuted at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, Jan. 22, followed by a live 10-minute demonstration of the worlds most advanced humanoid robot, ASIMO (Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility).

The sixth film release in Honda’s popular “Dream the Impossible” Documentary Series, Living With Robots was directed by award-winning filmmaker, Joe Berlinger, (Brother’s Keeper, Crude, Paradise Lost, Metallica: Some… read more

Video Source: Honda

Stunning and prescient architectural futurism of the 1920s

March 2, 2010

CHRIS FAGAN | A Visual Exploration of the Fritz Lang’s Film Metropolis and its relationship to other Futurist works of the 1920s, including Le Corbusier’s The City of To-Morrow & Hugh Ferriss’s The Metropolis of Tomorrow.

Video Source: Chris Fagan

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Interview with famed futurist designer, Syd Mead, on video games, the auto industry, and the design process by bbtv

March 2, 2010

BBTV | Boing Boing TV Gadgets editor Joel Johnson’s interview with his hero, futurist and artist Syd Mead, on the evolution of conceptual design. In this installment, we go inside Syd’s studio in Pasadena, CA, and learn more about the creative process behind his work for movies, television, and automobile design — both Hot Wheels and life-sized — and how Syd feels about design in the video game industry. Mead… read more

Video Source: bbtv

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Interview with famed futurist designer, Syd Mead, on high-tech gadgets and concept cars by bbtv

March 2, 2010

BBTV | Boing Boing TV Gadgets editor, Joel Johnson, meets with his hero, futurist and artist Syd Mead, to discuss the evolution of conceptual design. Mead is a former designer for Ford Motor Company and US Steel. His designs have appeared in many movies, including Aliens, Tron, and Blade Runner.

Video Source: bbtv

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Interview with Syd Mead, famed futurist artist who designed the world of Blade Runner by bbtv

March 2, 2010

BBTV | The 1982 cyberpunk cinema classic Blade Runner remains one of the most influential science fiction movies of all time, and tops many a nerd’s favorite films list.

Today on Boing Boing tv, Boing Boing Gadgets editor Joel Johnson visits the studio of artist and futurist Syd Mead, who designed the film’s dystopian look and feel. We learn about the 4 alternate opening scenes designed by Syd (one… read more

Video Source: bbtv

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Syd Mead: Visual Futurist documentary trailer

March 2, 2010

SYDMEAD.COM | Visual Futurist: The Art & Life of Syd Mead : Exhaustive interviews with some of the greatest minds in design share their experiences working with Syd Mead in automotive, industrial, and film design. Listen to Syd Mead recall his influences and life tales of working on some of the largest projects the world has ever undertaken. Travel through the film projects such as Blade Runner and TRON with… read more

Video Source: SydMead.com

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Concept cars of the future

March 2, 2010

ipodwheels YouTube channel | Some recent high-tech concept cars from the LA Auto Show. Manufacturers like Honda, Mazda, Toyota, Volkswagen, General Motors, Nissan and Mercedes Benz have come up wit revolutionary designs that are fit for the probable roads of the future.

Video Source: ipodwheels YouTube channel

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Short Film World Builder

March 2, 2010

World Builder is a 2007 award-wining science fiction short film by Bruce Branit (co-creator of 405) in which a man uses holographic tools to create a virtual world for a woman he loves. The filming was completed in a single day, but the post-production computer graphics required 2 years.

Video Source: Branit|FX

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405 short film by Bruce Branit & Jeremy Hunt

Microsoft® Live Labs™ Pivot™

February 25, 2010

MICROSOFT | At Microsoft® Live Labs™ we’re all about experiments, and Pivot is our most ambitious to date. Pivot makes it easier to interact with massive amounts of data in ways that are powerful, informative, and fun.

Video Source: Microsoft Live Labs

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