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A revolution in online education?

March 5, 2013

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In this interview with Physics WorldedX president Anant Agarwal explains why he is so confident that the initiative can transform online learning. The program offers free online learning in the form of “MOOCs” (massive open online courses).

Video Source: Physics World

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A small robot driven by a moth

February 7, 2013

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A male silkmoth uses a small, two-wheeled robot to track down a female silkmoth from the odor of her sex pheromone. The objective: develop autonomous robots that can detect and track down environmental spills and leaks, according to University of Tokyo scientists.

Video Source: University of Tokyo

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Aaron Sims | In short film Archetype a combat robot rebels after malfunctioning with memories of once being human

February 19, 2012

Archetype short film RL7 robot

Aaron Sims | RL7 is an eight-foot-tall combat robot that goes on the run after malfunctioning with vivid memories of once being human. As its creators and the military close in, RL7 battles its way to uncovering the shocking truth behind its mysterious visions and past.

Directed by Aaron Sims and starring Robert Joy (Land of the Dead, CSI:NY) and David Anders (Heroes, 24).

“Thanks for all the… read more

Video Source: Aaron Sims

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

Video Source: ABC News

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ABC | Experiment shows brain function improves with exercise

January 5, 2012

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Source: ABC News

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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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AeroVironment/DARPA | Nano hummingbird reconnaissance UAV

February 19, 2011

Hummingbird Nano Air Vehicle in hand (Image: AeroVironment, Inc.)

Newly released Aerovironment demo footage of the final project phase of the Nano Hummingbird aerial reconaissance vehicle, developed for the DARPA Defense Sciences Office. The flight test video shows the “birds eye view” on screen as well as the bird and engineer. Bird flies outside and then goes inside the building. We see what it sees via flat panel screen. Battery-powered and remote-controlled, the hummingbird-like prototype uses flapping wings for… read more

Video Source: AeroVironment, Inc.

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Air Danshin | Japanese airbag protects homes from earthquakes

March 7, 2012

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The Guardian | Japanese technology firm Air Danshin has devised an airbag system that can raise a house 3cm off the ground to protect it from earthquake tremors. Sensors detect when a quake starts and ends, and gently deflates the airbags afterwards.

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Video Source: The Guardian / Air Danshin

AirHarp

April 17, 2013

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AirHarp is the result of a weekend hacking session with a Leap Motion dev board. Leap Motion is a highly precise and responsive motion tracking device, making it a perfect tool for expressive musical interactions. AirHarp is being developed in C++ using my audio processing toolkit, MusKit.

My own fork of the project will show up in Leap Motion’s AirSpace app store as a polished, cross-platform… read more

Video Source: Leap Motion

AIRobots: remotely controlled aerial robots

December 24, 2012

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The University of Twente AIRobots project is developing a new generation of remotely controlled “aerial service robots” (a.k.a. drones). The researchers plan to use virtual reality, augmented reality, and haptic (touch) devices to allow the operator to guide the robot while hiding the complexity of the vehicle dynamics.

Video Source: University of Twente

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Alastair Parvin: architecture for the people by the people

August 4, 2013

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Alastair Parvin believes in making architecture accessible to 100 percent of the population.

“As a society we’ve never needed design thinking more,” says Alastair Parvin, but most people — particularly those in cities of growing density and poverty — can’t afford it. Parvin, who was trained in architecture but chooses to make a career looking for ideas beyond its conventional framework, wants to change that.

He is one… read more

Video Source: TED

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Albino Black Sheep | Animator versus animation

January 29, 2012

Animator vs Animation by Alan Becker

Albino Black Sheep (Alan Becker) | This animation was made using Flash (now called Adobe Flash). It’s for Windows or Mac. See part 2 here.

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Alexander Graham Bell voice recording recovered

April 26, 2013

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A dramatic application of digital technology has allowed researchers to recover Alexander Graham Bell‘s voice from a recording held by the Smithsonian — a breakthrough announced in the Smithsonian magazine for the first time.

The precise methods they employed in early efforts to play back their recordings are lost to history. As a result, says curator Carlene Stephens of the National Museum of American History, the discs, ranging… read more

Video Source: Smithsonian

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Amazing traffic inside a brain cell reveals brain’s continuous renovation

August 24, 2012

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Using bioluminescent proteins from a jellyfish, a team of scientists has lit up the inside of a neuron, capturing spectacular video footage that shows the movement of proteins throughout the cell.

The video offers a rare peek at how proteins, the brain’s building blocks, are directed through neurons to renew its structure.

“Your brain is being disassembled and reassembled every day,” said Don Arnold, associate professor… read more

Video Source: University of Southern California

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Amber Case: We are all cyborgs now

January 19, 2011

TED | Technology is evolving us, says Amber Case, as we become a screen-staring, button-clicking new version of homo sapiens. We now rely on “external brains” (cell phones and computers) to communicate, remember, even live out secondary lives. But will these machines ultimately connect or conquer us? Case offers surprising insight into our cyborg selves. Amber Case studies the symbiotic interactions between humans and machines — and considers how our… read more

Video Source: TED

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