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Driverless car research shifts into higher gear

July 11, 2013

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

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Watch 32 discordant metronomes achieve synchrony in a matter of minutes

October 1, 2012

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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

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Autonomous robot swarm takes over farm work

October 31, 2012

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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

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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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Video Source: International Supercomputing Conference 2011

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Future of money TV series (Kickstarter)

October 18, 2013

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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

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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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