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Gesture-based robot control

May 20, 2013

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JPL’s BioSleeve enables precise robot control with hand and arm gestures. It uses EMG sensors, and other devices to decode hand and arm gestures and map them onto a robot control system. The system was presented at ICRA 2013 by Michael T. Wolf, Christopher Assad, Matthew T. Vernacchia, Joshua Fromm, and Henna L. Jethani from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Video Source: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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Sergey Brin: why Google Glass?

May 18, 2013

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It’s not a demo, more of a philosophical argument: Why did Sergey Brin and his team at Google want to build an eye-mounted camera/computer, codenamed Glass? Onstage at TED2013, Brin calls for a new way of seeing our relationship with our mobile computers — not hunched over a screen but meeting the world heads-up.

Sergey Brin is half of the team that founded Google. Now he’s leading the development… read more

Video Source: TED Talks

Cara: a new way to measure the world

May 17, 2013

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Cara is ultra-light software that turns any web camera into an intelligent sensor. Accurate, insightful, real world analytics in real time.

  • Gather anonymous real time audience analytics such as gender, age and attention time using a basic webcam.
  • Use Cara to create intelligent things and interactive spaces — trigger events based on the audience. Connect the online and offline worlds.

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Video Source: IMRSV

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NAO Writer — NAO robot writes any word

May 17, 2013

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NAO Robot writes any word you ask him, and spells the word as he writes it. This app uses text-to-speech for word recognition and inverse kinematics for writing.

Video Source: Aldebaran Robotics

Gravity — official teaser trailer

May 14, 2013

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At 372 miles above the Earth, the view is breathtaking.

Don’t let go.

Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney:

In theaters October 4th.

Video Source: Warner Bros Pictures

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Space Oddity

May 13, 2013

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A revised version of David Bowie’s Space Oddity, recorded by Commander Chris Hadfield on board the International Space Station.

With thanks to Emm Gryner, Joe Corcoran, Andrew Tidby and Evan Hadfield for all their hard work.

Find out more:

Twitter: twitter.com/Cmdr_Hadfield
Facebook: www.facebook.com/AstronautChrisHadfield
Google+: plus.google.com/113978637743265603454/po­­sts/p/pub

— Chris Hadfield

Video Source: Evan Hadfield

Discovery | 2111 show features Alcor member Maria Entraigues

May 10, 2013

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Discovery | Interview for a Spanish/English show about the future called 2111, a series covering robotics, communications, travel, longevity, and other futures scenarios. This is a segment of the episode dedicated to longevity, the part on Alcor and cryonics, featuring Alcor member Maria Entraigues. The full episode includes interviews with Dr. Aubrey de Grey at SENS Research Foundation, Alcor president Max More, Peter and Louise Voss, James Canton, and Ray… read more

Video Source: Discovery

Buzz Aldrin says humanity’s future is on Mars

May 9, 2013

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The moon is not enough for Buzz Aldrin, the second man ever to walk on the lunar surface. If humanity is to truly realize its space travel potential, there is only one place it will find it: Mars.

Aldrin’s new book, Mission to Mars: My Vision for Space Exploration, now available, charts out a course that could put astronauts on the surface of Mars by 2035.… read more

Video Source: Space.com

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Ender’s Game — trailer

May 9, 2013

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Based on the best-selling, award winning science-fiction novel by Orson Scott Card, ENDER’S GAME is an epic adventure starring Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, with Abigail Breslin and Harrison Ford.

Mission Statement of the International Fleet

United under a single, harmonious government, the International Fleet serves to protect the Earth from another global invasion, while striving to maintain order and propel human progress… read more

Video Source: I.F. Sentinel

OppiKoppi beer drone tech

May 8, 2013

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Visitors to the OppiKoppi festival in South Africa can now order beer and have it delivered by a drone and parachuted right to their location at the “District 9″ campsite..

 

Video Source: Oppikoppi Festival

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NBC | Saturday Night Live “Weekend Update” spoofs Google Glass

May 6, 2013

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Video Source: NBC via Hulu

An Affordable, Adaptable, Resilient, Robust Robotic Hand

May 3, 2013

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The ARM-H track of DARPA’s Autonomous Robotic Manipulation (ARM) program focuses on development of robust, low-cost and dexterous robotic hand hardware. DARPA funded performers to design and build hand mechanisms that could replace the claw-like hands currently used on robots with hands incorporating 3-4 fingers and useable palms.

The teams successfully produced hands that can be manufactured for as little as $3,000 per unit (in batches of 1,000 or… read more

Video Source: DARPA

A Boy and His Atom: the world’s smallest movie

May 1, 2013

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You’re about to see the movie that holds the Guinness World Records record for the World’s Smallest Stop-Motion Film (see how it was made here). The ability to move single atoms — the smallest particles of any element in the universe — is crucial to IBM’s research in the field of atomic memory. But even nanophysicists need to have a little fun. In that spirit, IBM researchers used… read more

Video Source: IBM

Virgin Galactic first powered flight VNR

May 1, 2013

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Video Source: Virgin Galactic

DARPA: Driving critical technological surprise

April 30, 2013

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In this Pentagon media briefing, DARPA Director Dr. Arati Prabhakar explains what the Agency does for the U.S., how it does it, how it thinks about its mission in the context of today’s realities, and the future that it’s building by creating the next generation of technology to give Defense leaders more options for tomorrow’s missions.

She mentions innovations in cyber warfare, electronic warfare, position navigation and timing… read more

Video Source: U.S. Department of Defense

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