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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

Chris Harrison's website & Abracadabra project details
Carnegie Mellon: Human-Computer Interaction Institute

Moon is shrinking according to NASA scientists

September 9, 2010

A recently published NASA study has revealed the Moon has shrunk significantly in the last 800 million years – a very short period of time in astronomical terms.

Video Source: euronews

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

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TED | Amber Case: cyborg anthropologist

IBM Social Media | System of systems

February 17, 2011

IBM system of systems

IBM Social Media | Video featuring, from IBM: Mike Wing, Irving Wladawsky-Berger and Julia Grace. If you look at our planet from space, what you see is something like a neural network with the cities as its nodes, and that is as good an image of the planet as a complex system of systems as one could hope for.

With the emergence of the Internet in the mid-90′s, the

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New project ‘’ for sentence-level annotation of the Web

August 1, 2011

Hypothesis app screenshot | is an open-source, community-moderated, distributed platform for sentence-level annotation of the Web. We think relatively simple tools can help us all improve the quality of information on the Internet, and by extension in the greater world around us. will be a distributed, open-source platform for the collaborative evaluation of information. It will enable sentence-level critique of written words combined with a sophisticated yet easy-to-use… read more

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University of Texas | Mirage invisibility effect using transparent carbon nanotube sheets

October 25, 2011

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University of Texas | Researchers at UT Dallas recently demonstrated that transparent carbon nanotube sheets, which can have the density of air and the specific strength of steel, can be used to make objects invisible.

Vanishing act creates a stir in the nanotech world,” Oct. 25, 2011 | Sheets made of microscopic carbon fibers seem to disappear when heated. Dr. Ali Aliev, a research scientist at UT… read more

Europa mission a Go in new sci-fi film

December 10, 2012


In “Europa Report,” a manned mission to the Jupiter moon in search of alien life is the setting of a new movie starring Sharlto Copley (District 9). Factual Europa science factored into the movie’s development.

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Europa mission a Go in new scifi film | teaser-trailer

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

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Bicycles of tomorrow

April 1, 2008

YOUTUBE | Shimano, best known for bike parts, developed a new concept to attract non bikers. It added coaster brakes and a computer that shifts gears automatically. Matt Robertson, with Shimano, explains how the new Coaster gear shift works. Shimano’s Coaster concept, with a computer for automatic gear shifting, was integrated into Trek’s new Lime bicycle. The Lime includes extra storage under the seat, hidden gears and coaster brakes.

Video Source: The Orange County Register

The OC Register | "Shimano peddles new bike"

University of Arizona | 3-D moving images possible with new hologram technology

February 8, 2011

University of Arizona News | Traditional holograms are printed much in the same way a poster or a painting are, in that once the image is printed on a surface, it is permanent. But a technological breakthrough at the University of Arizona College of Optical Sciences has brought the possibility of full color, rewritable, holographic displays and televisions one step closer to reality.

Video Source: The University of Arizona

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Under Armour | Smart garments include embedded sensors and on-board computer for biofeedback

February 26, 2011

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Yahoo Sports | At the 2011 scouting combine, about 30 players will be wearing clothing technology that allows coaches and scouts watching the various drills to receive specific technical data about the players. The E-39 compression shirt is fitted with electronic touchpoints that send biofeedback via Bluetooth or to a computer or handheld device, and expands the specific awareness of what the body is doing during the drills.

The… read more

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Under Armour YouTube channel
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Stefan Eckert | The world’s first 3-D holographic fashion show

December 6, 2011

The world's first 3-D holographic fashion show

Potts Mueller & Stefan Eckert Design | Yessian has ventured onto the catwalk with fashion designer Stefan Eckert, presenting music and sound design for a first-of-its-kind fashion show performance using 3-D holographic imagery.

The show required construction of one of the largest fashion stages ever created to showcase this innovative event.

It is a complete holographic show presented without using actual live models, but rather by utilizing large… read more

CERN: Are we there yet on the search for the Higgs boson?

July 4, 2012


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Amazon | Demo of Zocalo cloud service

January 1, 2001

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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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PointScreen™ user interface from the Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis & Information Systems

January 25, 2010

“PointScreen™ is an Interface developed at Fraunhofer Institut für Medienkommunikation in Bremen, Germany. PointScreen™ makes it possible to control the computer intuitively with gestures. The user navigates by merely pointing toward the screen; contrary to touch screen technology, the interaction proceeds completely without touch. The PointScreen™ technology is based on the principle of Electric Field Sensing (EFS): the dynamics of the body—such as gestures and movement—are measured and digitally registered.… read more

Video Source: Fraunhofer IAIS

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