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International Supercomputing Conference | Henry Markram on simulating the brain — the next decisive years

July 10, 2011

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Henry Markram, Ph.D., Director of the Blue Brain Project at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, speaks at the International Supercomputing Conference 2011.

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Electrical near-field 3D gesture interface

November 14, 2012

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Microchip Technology has introduced GestIC, a configurable 3-D gesture controller that allows users to interact with their devices using hand/finger position tracking and intuitive free-space gestures in real time. The device is only available as a development kit. Applications include: 

  • Notebooks/Keyboards/PC Peripherals
  • Mobile phones
  • Tablet computers
  • Electronic readers
  • Remote controls
  • Game controllers

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Back to the Moon for power?

December 11, 2012

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Lunar and Planetary Institute geologist Paul Spudis believes that human exploration of the Moon should begin again, in part to tap into polar water which can be used for rocket fuel and life support.

Video Source: Lunar and Planetary Institute

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John Carmack talks virtual reality at E3 2012

June 7, 2012

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John Carmack, co-founder of id Software demonstrates his latest VR work at E3 2012.

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Meet Diego-san, a robot baby than learns

January 9, 2013

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“DIEGO-SAN” by Hanson for the Machine Perception Lab at the UCSD Institute for Neural Computation.

With a face by David Hanson and Hanson Robotics, which mounts on a body by Kokoro, this robotic baby boy was built with funding from the National Science Foundation and serves cognitive AI and human-robot interaction research.

With high definition cameras in the eyes, Diego San sees… read more

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Ubi Interactive: turn any surface into a touch screen

August 15, 2013

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Microsoft announced Tuesday that its Ubi Interactive system, which instantly turns any surface into a touchscreen, is now available. It requires a computer running the Ubi software, a projector, and the Kinect for Windows sensor.

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Watch flying robots cooperate, throw and catch balls

October 3, 2012

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The Flying Machine Arena at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) offers a safe, controlled sandbox environment for testing mobile robots’ fast-paced motions, thanks to a high-precision localization system, high-performance radio links, easy-to-use software structure, and safety nets enclosing the space.

Video Source: ETH

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Challenges of getting to Mars: Curiosity’s seven minutes of terror

July 12, 2012

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Team members at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory share the challenges of the Curiosity Mars rover’s final minutes to landing on the surface of Mars.

Video Source: NASA

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Russia Today | AI researcher says people will fall in love with human-like robotic romantic partners

February 4, 2012

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Russia Today | Experts say human-like robots could be the way of the future. A perfect partner who’s always happy and never complains, is apparently now a reality. But there’s a catch — he or she is likely be made of plastic. From simple dolls to sophisticated robots, they seem to be winning the hearts and minds of people who’ve given up on finding true love. Gayane… read more

NBC | Unprecendented Ebola virus outbreak

July 15, 2014

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NBC | Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issues highest level travel warning as Ebola spreads.

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CNN | CNN’s Christiane Amanpour speaks with Peter Piot, MD, PhD… read more

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

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The Secret Powers of Time

August 26, 2012

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Professor Philip Zimbardo conveys how our individual perspectives of time affect our work, health and well-being. Time influences who we are as a person, how we view relationships and how we act in the world. For example, past-oriented vs future-oriented.

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Omek Interactive ‘Grasp’ Full Hands On Demo

February 8, 2013

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Omek Interactive‘s new gesture recognition feature allows users to control a variety of apps and games. Dubbed “Grasp,” the technology captures 22 points of reference along your hands, allowing complex gesture control using simple, intuitive finger and wrist movement.

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What you’re doing wrong when you think about the future

March 28, 2013

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Humans are notoriously bad at anticipating events that don’t conform to a very narrow idea of what the future will be, which is why we’re often caught off guard by the unexpected. In the recording of an online conversation above with Andrew Zolli, executive director of PopTech and the author of Resilience, we’ll discuss what about our psyches makes future thinking hard, and how we can recognize major… read more

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University of Pennsylvania | Water drops slide off of any surface with Nelum Science’s coating

December 12, 2013

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University of Pennsylvania | Hanging hundreds of feet off the ground to wash a skyscraper’s windows or pumping water out to a desert solar array to keep its panels and mirrors clean is more than just a hassle — it’s an expensive problem with serious ecological implications.

A spin-off company from Penn has found a way to solve the problem of keeping surfaces clean, while also keeping them transparent.… read more

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