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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

Living Tomorrow | House of the future

November 3, 2011

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Wannahaves | Living Tomorrow was founded in 1991 by architects Frank Belien and Peter Bongers. Their mission was to create a platform on which several companies could show their innovative ideas. Have you ever wondered what a future home will look like? We have been there, so watch here and find out.

Wikipedia | Living Tomorrow is a research oriented company with projects in the cities of Brussels and Amsterdam. It focuses… read more

Alastair Parvin: architecture for the people by the people

August 4, 2013

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Alastair Parvin believes in making architecture accessible to 100 percent of the population.

“As a society we’ve never needed design thinking more,” says Alastair Parvin, but most people — particularly those in cities of growing density and poverty — can’t afford it. Parvin, who was trained in architecture but chooses to make a career looking for ideas beyond its conventional framework, wants to change that.

He is one… read more

Video Source: TED

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Wired | Ray Kurzweil & Steve Aoki talk technology, the future & humanity: Neon Future sessions

October 12, 2014

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Wired | Steve Aoki talks with famed futurist Ray Kurzweil about how technology will shape our future, in terms of creativity, consciousness, and the coming singularity.

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Steve Aoki | Extended edit. Steve Aoki talks with famed futurist Ray Kurzweil about how technology will shape our future, in terms of creativity, consciousness, and the coming singularity. Check… read more

SIGGRAPH 2012 : computer animation festival trailer

July 27, 2012

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The SIGGRAPH Computer Animation Festival is the annual festival for the world’s most innovative, accomplished, and amazing digital film and video creators. An internationally recognized jury receives hundreds of submissions and presents the best work of the year in daily Festival Screenings and the Electronic Theater. Selections include outstanding achievements in time-based art, scientific visualization, visual effects, real-time graphics, and narrative shorts. SIGGRAPH 2012 takes place 5-9 August in Los… read more

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Shapeways 3D printing and the culture of creativity

September 12, 2013

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What is the future of creativity, manufacturing, and design? How is the Shapeways community and 3D printing enabling everyone to make their ideas real?

This film portrays how the Shapeways 3D printing community and marketplace is enabling everyone to be a creator. All you need is an idea and an Internet connection.

— Shapeways

Video Source: Shapeways

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** short films collection ** Patrick Kalyn | Mech: Human Trials

June 13, 2014

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Patrick Kalyn | Mech: Human Trials short film. After a serious accident, a man is introduced to a designer street drug promising to restore his ravaged body. Desperate to mend himself, he becomes consumed by the drug, only to discover it is threatening his humanity. The film is a take on the emergence of nantotechnology and its perils.

Patrick Kalyn has been a world class visual effects artist… read more

Oblivion Trailer 2013 Tom Cruise Movie – Official [HD]

April 28, 2013

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Tom Cruise stars in Oblivion, an original and groundbreaking cinematic event from the director of TRON: Legacy and the producer of Rise of the Planet of the Apes. On a spectacular future Earth that has evolved beyond recognition, one man’s confrontation with the past will lead him on a journey of redemption and discovery as he battles to save mankind.

Opened April 19 in theaters.

— Universal Pictures

Video Source: Universal Pictures

Fly through a canyon on Mars

July 15, 2013

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(Full-screen view recommended)

Glide through part of the largest canyon on Mars, Valles Marineris, in this stunning visualization from ESA’s Mars Express.

Valles Marineris is the largest canyon on Mars, and at 4000 km long, 200 km wide and 10 km deep is the largest in the entire Solar System.

The movie focuses on an enclosed 8 km-deep trough in the northern most part of Valles Marineris,… read more

Video Source: ESA

Interactive volume segmentation and visualization in augmented reality

March 18, 2013

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Dr. Takehiro Tawara, research scientist at RIKEN, Japan has developed an augmented reality system that provides an intuitive 3D working environment for segmenting volumetric medical imaging data, such as CT or MRI scans, to select structures and areas in the images for further study.

 

Video Source: Takehiro Tawara/RIKEN

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TED | The new bionics that let us run, climb and dance

April 24, 2014

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Hugh Herr is building the next generation of bionic limbs, robotic prosthetics inspired by nature’s own designs. Herr lost both legs in a climbing accident 30 years ago; now, as the head of the MIT Media Lab’s Biomechatronics group, he shows his incredible technology in a talk that’s both technical and deeply personal — with the help of ballroom dancer Adrianne Haslet-Davis, who lost her left leg in the 2013… read more

Video Source: TED

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Autonomous robotic plane flies indoors at MIT

August 10, 2012

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For decades, academic and industry researchers have been working on control algorithms for autonomous helicopters — robotic helicopters that pilot themselves, rather than requiring remote human guidance. Dozens of research teams have competed in a series of autonomous-helicopter challenges posed by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI); progress has been so rapid that the last two challenges have involved indoor navigation without the use of GPS.

But… read more

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Maxed-out or abundance? Paul Gilding, Peter Diamandis debate

May 13, 2012

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Is the Earth maxed out, or should we be optimistic about being able to solve our future? At TED 2012, Paul Gilding made the case for the former, and Peter Diamandis argued for the latter, and then they debated.

Video Source: TED

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Virgin Galactic first powered flight VNR

May 1, 2013

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Video Source: Virgin Galactic

Google Chromebook Pixel

February 22, 2013

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Today we’re excited to announce our newest laptop — the Chromebook Pixel — which brings together the best in hardware, software and design to inspire the next generation of Chromebooks.

This Chromebook has the highest pixel density (239 pixels per inch) of any laptop screen on the market today. Packed with 4.3 million pixels, the display offers sharp text, vivid colors and extra-wide viewing angles. With a… read more

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