November 30, 2011
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
December 30, 2011
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
September 10, 2012
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
December 7, 2011
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
March 15, 2012
Best Buy | The inventor of text-to-speech says you won’t need text or speech to surf the Web.
Video Source: Best Buy
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
March 5, 2013
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.
Video Source: Boston Dynamics
October 24, 2012
Video Source: Microsoft
September 9, 2010
In Aukland, New Zealand, wheelchair users have new hope of improved mobility after a company unveiled a new type of robotic leg. According to the developers, these bionic legs mean paraplegic people can do much more than they can with existing technology. The designer, Richard Little, is enthusiastic about this new technology: “There’s no other device that we know of that’s autonomous and allows people to stand, walk go up… read more
Video Source: euronews
March 12, 2013
The Biomanufacturing Laboratory at the University of Iowa College of Engineering’s Center for Computer Aided Design is developing a process for bioprinting a glucose-sensitive pancreatic organ that can be grown in a lab and transplanted anywhere inside the body to regulate the glucose level of blood.
Their bioprinter has multiple arms that can print several materials concurrently. This capability offers a time-saving advantage when attempting… read more
Video Source: University of Iowa
October 23, 2012
The video shows Dr. Guero’s robot as it slides its way along the wire, making minute adjustments to its balance by waving its arms, based on signals from its… read more
Video Source: Dr. Guero
August 22, 2012
Most drugs and small molecules cannot cross the blood-brain barrier to treat diseases originating in the brain. Researchers in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University are working on a model using actual cells found in this barrier to simulate how the blood-brain barrier works. The model will help scientists better understand how the barrier works. Such a model also could be used to test… read more
Video Source: John Hopkins University
Tackling the brain’s barrier