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TED Talks: How Technology’s Accelerating Power Will Transform Us

March 15, 2009

Inventor, entrepreneur and visionary Ray Kurzweil explains in abundant, grounded
detail why, by the 2020s, we will have reverse-engineered the human brain and nanobots will be operating your consciousness.

Video Source: TED.com

Teaching Kinect for Windows to read your hands

March 7, 2013

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One promising direction in the evolution of Kinect for Windows is enabling hand-gesture recognition. A machine-learning project uses a large, varied set of images of people’s hands to train Kinect to determine if a hand is open or closed. This enables the development of a handgrip detector, which could launch another step forward in natural user interfaces.

— Microsoft Research

Video Source: Microsoft Research

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Teacher with no arms, instructs and inspires with her feet

October 3, 2012

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Mary Gannon instructs and inspires with her feet. She uses her toes as naturally as if they were fingers, writing on the board, typing on the computer and passing out papers, Huffington Post reports.

Gannon, born with no arms, teaches math and science at Harding Middle School in Lakewood, Ohio. But it’s her handling of a disability that provides life lessons.

“If it’s going to inspire… read more

Video Source: Fox 8

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Taste: 5 Future Technology Innovations from IBM

December 17, 2012

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Video Source: IBM

Swarm robots cooperate with augmented-reality drone

October 24, 2012

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We’re starting to see swarms of heterogeneous robots, with different robots combining their powers to make each other more efficient and more capable. One of the first projects to really make this work was Swarmanoid, with teams of footbots and handbots and eyebots, and researchers presented a similar idea at IROS earlier this month, using an augmented-reality drone to help a swarm of self-assembling ground robots… read more

Video Source: Nithin Mathews, Anders Lyhne Christensen, Rehan O’Grady, and Marco Dorigo, from Universite Libre de Bruxelles and Instituto Universitario de Lisboa

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Surround-See: enabling peripheral vision on smartphones during active use

July 18, 2013

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Mobile devices are endowed with significant sensing capabilities. However, their ability to “see” their surroundings, during active use, is limited. We present Surround-See, a self-contained smartphone equipped with an omni-directional camera that enables peripheral vision around the device to augment daily mobile tasks. Surround-See provides mobile devices with a field-of-view collinear to the device screen.

This capability facilitates novel mobile tasks such as pointing at objects in the environment… read more

Video Source: Xing-Dong Yang

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Surround-See: Enabling Peripheral Vision on Smartphones during Active Use

Surgery enters the third dimension

September 9, 2010

3D images have made work a little easier for surgeons at the University Hospitals of Geneva. The imaging helps plan operations and improve doctors’ precision, allowing them to see inside the body they’re about to go to work on.

Video Source: euronews

Super Bowl Ads for Geeks | Get sneak peeks at hilarious upcoming Super Bowl commercials, nerd-approved

February 1, 2012

Super Bowl Ads for Geeks

Super Bowl Ads for Geeks | For many people the Super Bowl is the only time they don’t fast forward the commercials with their TiVo.

Many Super Bowl 2012 commercials are released only days ahead of the February 5th Super Bowl game.

The first Super Bowl 2012 ads are here! See our constantly updated 2012 advertiser list to find out who’s advertising during… read more

Video Source: Super Bowl Ads for Geeks

Stunning and prescient architectural futurism of the 1920s

March 2, 2010

CHRIS FAGAN | A Visual Exploration of the Fritz Lang’s Film Metropolis and its relationship to other Futurist works of the 1920s, including Le Corbusier’s The City of To-Morrow & Hugh Ferriss’s The Metropolis of Tomorrow.

Video Source: Chris Fagan

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Chris Fagan Design

Stewart Brand: The dawn of de-extinction. Are you ready?

March 22, 2013

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Throughout humankind’s history, we’ve driven species after species extinct: the passenger pigeon, the Eastern cougar, the dodo … But now, says Stewart Brand, we have the technology (and the biology) to bring back species that humanity wiped out. So — should we? Which ones? He asks a big question whose answer is closer than you may think.

— TED

Video Source: TED

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Steve Jobs’ Apple iPad demo

January 28, 2010

Video Source: Apple Inc.

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

Staples 3D printing service

December 2, 2012

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Staples plans to launch a new online 3D printing service called “Staples Easy 3D.

You upload electronic files to the Staples Office Center and pick up the models in a nearby Staples stores, or have them shipped to your address. Staples will produce the models with the Mcor IRIS, a 3D printer with the highest color capability in the industry and lowest operating cost of any commercial-class… read more

Video Source: Staples Office Center

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Stacks on the Surface

March 19, 2010

SURFACE STACKS R&D TEAM | Stacks on the Surface: Resolving Physical Order Using Fiducial Markers With Structured Transparency

Considerable work has explored tangible interactions on surface-based computing. Often, this entails the direct placement of physical objects – either abstract or iconic – onto interactive surfaces. Although static themselves, their physicality offers an accurate and intuitive means for instantiating, manipulating, or otherwise acting on dynamic elements within the interface.… read more

Video Source: Carnegie Mellon: Human-Computer Interaction Institute & Microsoft

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

SpaceX Grasshopper 12 story test flight

December 25, 2012

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SpaceX’s Grasshopper — a 10-story vertical takeoff and landing (VTVL) vehicle — took a 12-story leap towards full and rapid rocket reusability in a test flight conducted December 17, 2012 at SpaceX’s rocket development facility in McGregor, Texas.

Grasshopper rose 131 feet (40 meters), hovered, and landed safely on the pad, using closed-loop thrust vector and throttle control. The total test duration was 29 seconds.

Grasshopper consists of… read more

Video Source: SpaceX

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