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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

Video Source: Dorhout R&D

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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

Video Source: MIT

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Avi Zev Weider | Film Welcome to the Machine to premiere, Ray Kurzweil and Jaron Lanier featured

March 8, 2012

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The Hollywood Reporter | In Welcome to the Machine, Avi Zev Weider uses the occasion of the birth of his triplets to take a look at how technology intermingles with and affects our humanness. The SXSW competition documentary will have its world premiere Saturday, March 10, 2012.

Ray Kurzweil and Jaron Lanier, who are both featured in the film, will participate… read more

Video Source: Avi Zev Weider

Avian-inspired grasping for quadrotor micro aerial vehicles

March 19, 2013

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Video Source: Justin Thomas, Joe Polin, Koushil Sreenath, and Vijay Kumar, GRASP Lab, University of Pennsylvania

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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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Backyard Brains | Affordable neuroscience kits for students of all ages

November 30, 2011

Affordable neuroscience kits for students of all ages

Backyard Brains | Backyard Brains offers a series of exciting and affordable entry‐level Brain Recording Kits that provide the ability for students of all ages to learn about neurons. For the first time ever, school children and amateur scientists will have access to similar tools used by neuroscientists worldwide to study Electrophysiology: the electrical activity ofneurons. By following a few simple steps, everyone can experience how the brain is able to communicate our… read more

BAE Systems | Tanks test infrared invisibility cloak

December 30, 2011

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ITN | The company behind a new so-called “invisibility cloak” says it will help protect tanks from heat-seeking missiles.

BAE Systems | Unlike traditional camouflage systems which rely on paint or nets to hide vehicles, ADAPTIV can instantly blend a vehicle into its background. The system can also be used on ships and fixed installations, allowing them to stay undetected by enemy surveillance units. With the ADAPTIV system installed,… read more

Basil Gelpke and Alexander Kluge | Human 2.0 — documentary trailer

September 10, 2012

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The human being will be the first species able to understand its own blueprint. The rapidly increasing knowledge of genetics, nanotechnology, robotics, and AI will dwarf everything philosophers, scientists, science fiction writers and other visionaries have ever conceived. Human life without disease and possibly even without death doesn’t seem impossible anymore. Film by Basil Gelpke and Alexander Kluge, now available on DVD.

Video Source: Basil Gelpke and Alexander Kluge | Human 2.0

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BBC | Microsoft-Samsung house of the future in South Korea from documentary Upgrade Me

December 7, 2011

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BBC | An excerpt from the BBC documentary Upgrade Me. Poet and gadget lover Simon Armitage explores people’s obsession with upgrading to the latest technological gadgetry. Upgrade culture drives millions to purchase the latest phones, flatscreen TVs, laptops and MP3 players. But is it design, functionality, fashion or friends that makes people covet the upgrade, and how far does the choice of gadgets define identity? Simon journeys across Britain and to South… read more

BeeBee’s special enhancement

November 1, 2012

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BeeBee, a tiny Chihuahua, was born with no shoulder blades; she can’t put any weight on her front legs or straighten them. So engineering students at Bollman Tech, in Thornton, Colorado built a special wheelchair just for her.

Video Source: USA TODAY

Behrokh Khoshnevis — contour crafting: automated construction

August 4, 2012

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The next humans to lose their jobs may well be construction workers, says The Atlantic.

Behrokh Khoshnevis, a professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Southern California, has spent the last 15 years working on a machine that will “print” buildings. He calls the practice Contour Crafting.

The technology, he says, will be faster than all conventional building methods (including prefab construction), cheaper,… read more

Video Source: TED

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Best Buy | SXSW interview — ‘A genius predicts the future’

March 15, 2012

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Best Buy | The inventor of text-to-speech says you won’t need text or speech to surf the Web.

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Best Buy | Ray Kurzweil featured in Best Buy’s Super Bowl ad featuring tech pioneers


Video Source: Best Buy

Bicycles of tomorrow

April 1, 2008

YOUTUBE | Shimano, best known for bike parts, developed a new concept to attract non bikers. It added coaster brakes and a computer that shifts gears automatically. Matt Robertson, with Shimano, explains how the new Coaster gear shift works. Shimano’s Coaster concept, with a computer for automatic gear shifting, was integrated into Trek’s new Lime bicycle. The Lime includes extra storage under the seat, hidden gears and coaster brakes.

Video Source: The Orange County Register

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Big Dog throws a cinder block 17 ft.

March 5, 2013

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BigDog handles heavy objects. The goal is to use the strength of the legs and torso to help power motions of the arm. This sort of dynamic, whole-body approach to manipulation is used routinely by human athletes and will enhance the performance of advanced robots.

Boston Dynamics is developing the control and actuation techniques needed for dynamic manipulation. The cinderblock weighs about 35 lbs and… read more

Video Source: Boston Dynamics

Bill Gates on Windows 8, Windows Phone 8, and Microsoft Surface

October 24, 2012

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Video Source: Microsoft

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