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Microsoft | Origami Project prototype

October 28, 2010

Microsoft Origami

SlashGear | Microsoft’s Origami campaign came in for both praise and criticism, and while they can’t claim to entirely control the UMPC (or subsequent MID) markets they were at least initially responsible for promoting ultramobile PCs. Now Microsoft has decided to shut down their official Origami project site, three years after it was founded.

According to the official Origami Team Blog, the sites closure has been precipitated by their realization that “we cannot… read more

Digital Taste project

October 27, 2012

digital_taste

Adrian Cheok, a professor at Keio University’s Graduate School of Media Design in Japan, is working on a “digital lollypop” that can electrically and thermally stimulates the tongue to produce basic flavors — bitter, sour, salty, sweet. He wants to design a system for the “multisensory Internet” in which a friend can send you a flavor over the Internet.

Video Source: Adrian Cheok

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NASA | Neutron stars rip each other apart to form black hole

May 14, 2014

neutron stars - black hole

This supercomputer simulation shows one of the most violent events in the universe: a pair of neutron stars colliding, merging and forming a black hole. A neutron star is the compressed core left behind when a star born with between eight and 30 times the sun’s mass explodes as a supernova. Neutron stars pack about 1.5 times the mass of the sun — equivalent to about half a million Earths… read more

Video Source: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center

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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HUMOR | The Mactini

December 23, 2009

Source: "The Peter Serafinowicz Show," BBC2 — December 23, 2009

From “The Peter Serafinowicz Show: Christmas Special” on BBC2.

The original MacBook Air commercial for comparison.

University of Arizona solar energy demo

February 20, 2009

University of Arizona News | U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords initiated a series of public forums on the economy at the UA and in Phoenix. During one visit to the UA, Giffords attended a Steward Observatory Mirror Laboratory solar energy demonstration where UA scientists burned a hole through a piece of steel within a 15-second period.

Video Source: University of Arizona News

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Sony | Projection-mapping entire room in real time using Playstation Move and EyeToy

November 30, 2011

Projection-mapping entire room in real time using Playstation Move and EyeToy

Sony | To promote the immersiveness of movies available on the Playstation Store, Sony commissioned a team to do “projection-mapping” of an entire room in real-time (no post-production), Gizmag reports.

Projection mapping has become more common in advertising recently, but has always been limited by the effect only being visible from a single, static point. The production team found a way around this using Sony’s… read more

Oxford Martin Program on the Impacts of Future Technology | Eric Drexler explores physical law and future of nanotech

February 9, 2012

Bionanotechnology

Oxford Future of Humanity Institute | Dr. Eric Drexler speaks at the Inaugural Lecture of the Oxford Martin Program on the Impacts of Future Technology. Introduced by Professor Nick Bostrom: “Exploring a Timeless Landscape: Physical Law and the Future of Nanotechnology”

In the inaugural lecture of the Oxford Martin Programme on the Impacts of Future Technology, Eric Drexler explores the implications of physical law for the future potential of nanotechnology, then… read more

Video Source: Oxford Martin Program on the Impacts of Future Technology

In robot football, the quarterback has a battery pack

May 22, 2012

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On April 20, 2012, a mechatronic quarterback’s metallic arm threw a football into the waiting net of a nearby wheeled receiver, and history was made. It was the first-ever completed pass in a football game played entirely by robots, and it happened during the world’s first intercollegiate robotic football game.

Video Source: Wired

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Evolving soft robots

April 22, 2013

Evolving soft robots

University of Wyoming scientists have developed a simulated robot made up of two different kinds of muscles along with bones and soft tissue for structure. This robot was devolved over a thousand virtual generations to move as fast, as far, and as functionally as possible.

 

 

 

Video Source: The Golem Project

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Amazon | Demo of new Zocalo cloud service

July 31, 2014

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Amazon | Zocalo is a fully managed, secure enterprise storage and sharing service with strong administrative controls and feedback capabilities that improve user productivity.

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Essex University’s robot fish

January 25, 2010

“A robotic fish developed by scientists from Essex University is put through its paces in a special tank at the London Aquarium. It works via sensors and has autonomous navigational control.”

Video Source: ITN

Honeywell unveils “cockpit of future”

September 9, 2010

What is being described as the cockpit of the future has been unveiled at the Farnborough Air Show. American aviation company Honeywell presented a technology called Synthetic Vision.

Video Source: euronews

DigInfo | World’s first 8K Ultra HD display

May 21, 2011

super hd display

DigInfo | The world’s first ultra high definition-capable LCD display has been announced by Sharp and NHK. This 85″ LCD experimental display has a resolution of 33 megapixels (7,680 x 4,320 pixels) — 16 times the resolution of HDTV — allowing for detailed, high-quality images.

In the past, the only way to show a ultra high definition video (UHDV) broadcast at full resolution was by using a… read more

Video Source: DigInfo | Sharp & NHK

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New Scientist | Tech in a Minute: Can machines ever be intelligent?

January 5, 2012

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New Scientist | Machines may be capable of impressive feats, but can they ever be truly intelligent? In this animation produced by The Open University, we follow a famous thought experiment proposed by philosopher John Searle that challenges the notion of strong AI — that a machine can ever successfully perform an intellectual task as well as a human.

Today, people use computers to improve their ownread more

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