July 11, 2013
The automotive and tech industries are increasing their research in autonomous driving, but a truly driverless car remains years away.
Video Source: Network World
If you place 32 metronomes on a static object and set them rocking out of phase with one another, they will remain that way indefinitely. Place them on a moveable surface, however, and something very interesting (and very mesmerizing) happens, notes io9.
The metronomes in this video fall into the latter camp. Energy from the motion of one ticking metronome can affect the motion of every metronome… read more
Video Source: IkeguchiLab
A new robot developed by David Dorhout and colleagues from Dorhout R&D is designed to plant seeds in a field while coordinating with a gang of other robotic farmhands, according to New Scientist.
The robot can walk in any direction while avoiding obstacles, using a sensor underneath its body to detect where seeds have already been planted. Once it finds an untouched patch, it drills a hole… read more
Video Source: Dorhout R&D
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Video Source: International Supercomputing Conference 2011
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:
Video Source: Microchip Technology
“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
Video Source: Hanson Robotics
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.
Video Source: Ubi Interactive
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
Flying Machine Arena
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
Mars Science Laboratory
The FUTURE OF MONEY Television Series is an informative and entertaining six-part one-hour Docu-Series that we plan to complete by fall 2014. The series explores the evolution of money in six major aspects: Payment Transactions, Banking, Bartering, Credit Lending, Money Making and International Monetary System.
The show travels the world interviewing experts on financial innovations about the future of money. Together, we time travel with our audience — through… read more
Video Source: Heather Schlegel
Future of Money TV Series
NBC | Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issues highest level travel warning as Ebola spreads.
CNN | CNN’s Christiane Amanpour speaks with Peter Piot, MD, PhD… read more
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