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MicroLED display for next-generation Google Glass demo

July 30, 2013

Next-gen Glass

Google’s Glass has everyone excited and that includes the folks at ITRI in Taiwan. They are working on some next generation technology for what they hope will power the next Google Glass. Right now they are showing it in monochrome but they will have full color by the end of the year. ITRI was showing off some new Active Micro-sized light emitting Diode chip technology for micro imaging and pico… read more

Video Source: Mobile Geeks

Digital carjackers show off new attacks

July 26, 2013

Digital Carjackers

A couple of hackers show off a series of nasty new attacks on cars—with Forbes’ Andy Greenberg behind the wheel.

“Stomping on the brakes of a 3,500-pound Ford Escape that refuses to stop — or even slow down — produces a unique feeling of anxiety. In this case it also produces a deep groaning sound, like an angry water buffalo bellowing somewhere under the SUV’s chassis. The more I… read more

Video Source: Forbes

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World’s first stainless-steel robot with seven degrees of freedom

July 24, 2013

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Kawasaki Heavy Industries has developed the world’s first all-stainless-steel robot with seven degrees of freedom. It will be used in the drug discovery and pharmaceutical fields to automate experiments that use dangerous chemicals.

Due to its stainless steel body, it can be sterilized using hydrogen peroxide gas, for work in sterile environments. Kawasaki plans to launch this robot in January 2014.

— DigInfo

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Fox | Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey trailer, sequel to Carl Sagan’s iconic 1980 PBS series

July 23, 2013

COSMOS

Full episodes are now available for viewing at this link: Fox | Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

Entertainment Weekly | Fox has debuted the trailer for Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, a follow-up to Carl Sagan’s iconic 1980 PBS series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. Among sweeping shots of valleys and mountains are pictures of the solar system and the infinite blackness of areas of the universe. Part animation and part awe-inspiring real… read more

Brittany Wenger at TEDxWomen

July 21, 2013

TedX Talks - breast cancer

Brittany Wenger talks about Cloud4Cancer, a computer program she designed to diagnose breast cancer more accurately and less invasively. She won the grand prize in the 2012 Google Science Fair for her project, “Global Neural Network Cloud Service for Breast Cancer.”.

— TEDx Talks

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Surround-See: enabling peripheral vision on smartphones during active use

July 18, 2013

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Mobile devices are endowed with significant sensing capabilities. However, their ability to “see” their surroundings, during active use, is limited. We present Surround-See, a self-contained smartphone equipped with an omni-directional camera that enables peripheral vision around the device to augment daily mobile tasks. Surround-See provides mobile devices with a field-of-view collinear to the device screen.

This capability facilitates novel mobile tasks such as pointing at objects in the environment… read more

Video Source: Xing-Dong Yang

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Creating a Google map of the brain with David Van Essen

July 18, 2013

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David Van Essen, Edison professor of neurobiology and department head of anatomy and neurobiology, Washington University in St. Louis, develops and uses computerized brain mapping techniques to study the structure, function, and development of cerebral cortex in humans and nonhuman primates. Van Essen also worked on the Human Connectome Project, a 5-year project to map human brain circuitry in healthy adults. Now… read more

Video Source: AAAS

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Google Glass in the NFL

July 17, 2013

Google glass - ESPN

ESPN’s Katie Linendoll visits the St. Louis Rams to see how Google Glass could change the NFL in the future.

— ESPN

Video Source: ESPN

Fly through a canyon on Mars

July 15, 2013

canyon flythrough

(Full-screen view recommended)

Glide through part of the largest canyon on Mars, Valles Marineris, in this stunning visualization from ESA’s Mars Express.

Valles Marineris is the largest canyon on Mars, and at 4000 km long, 200 km wide and 10 km deep is the largest in the entire Solar System.

The movie focuses on an enclosed 8 km-deep trough in the northern most part of Valles Marineris,… read more

Video Source: ESA

Atlas human-powered helicopter — AHS Sikorsky Prize flight

July 12, 2013

Human-Powered Helicopter

On June 13th, 2013, the AeroVelo‘s Atlas Human-Powered Helicopter captured the long standing AHS Sikorsky Prize with a flight lasting 64.1 seconds and reaching an altitude of 3.3 metres. The competition was initially opened in 1980, and over the course of the 33 years that followed, dozens of teams from around the world pushed the limits of existing technology in pursuit of this once-thought-to-be impossible goal.

This… read more

Video Source: AeroVelo

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DIY (Drone It Yourself) v1.0

July 11, 2013

Drone It Yourself

The DIY (Drone It Yourself) v1.0 kit offers you the opportunity to turn any object into a drone, simply by attaching four motors and a control unit — no technical know-how needed. The kit consists of multiple parts that are easy to assemble and can be attached to a wide range of different objects.

For more advanced uses, you can take the original designs and alter the kit… read more

Video Source: Jasper van Loenen

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Driverless car research shifts into higher gear

July 11, 2013

Lexus autonomous research car

The automotive and tech industries are increasing their research in autonomous driving, but a truly driverless car remains years away.

Video Source: Network World

Life’s work: James Watson

July 1, 2013

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James Watson won a Nobel prize for his work on the discovery of the structure of DNA.

— CNN

Video Source: CNN

Rodney Brooks: why we will rely on robots

June 29, 2013

Baxter & programmer

Scaremongers play on the idea that robots will simply replace people on the job. In fact, they can become our essential collaborators, freeing us up to spend time on less mundane and mechanical challenges. Rodney Brooks points out how valuable this could be as the number of working-age adults drops and the number of retirees swells. He introduces us to Baxter, the robot with eyes that

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Video Source: TED

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David Hanson, Dmitry Itskov, Phillip K. Dick on Charlie Rose show

June 28, 2013

Hanson, Itskov

Robotics designer David Hanson & Dmitry Itskov, founder and chair, 2045 initiative on robotics and avatars of the future.

— Charlie Rose show

Video Source: Charlie Rose

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