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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

Grasshopper

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

Space Oddity

May 13, 2013

space oddity

A revised version of David Bowie’s Space Oddity, recorded by Commander Chris Hadfield on board the International Space Station.

With thanks to Emm Gryner, Joe Corcoran, Andrew Tidby and Evan Hadfield for all their hard work.

Find out more:

Twitter: twitter.com/Cmdr_Hadfield
Facebook: www.facebook.com/AstronautChrisHadfield
Google+: plus.google.com/113978637743265603454/po­­sts/p/pub

— Chris Hadfield

Video Source: Evan Hadfield

Space Experience Economy seminar trailer

June 8, 2012

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Second trailer introduction to the Space Tourism Society’s new seminars — the Space Experience Economy seminar series.

Video by Virgin Galactic, ESA-Hubble.org, and NASA video
Music by Elegyscores
http://www.youtube.com/user/Elegyscores
http://soundcloud.com/elegy-music

Video Source: Space Tourism Society

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Space Experience Economy (SEE) Overview Seminar

Space bursts provide insight to Theory of Everything

December 11, 2012

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Light from some of the universe’s most energetic explosions is allowing scientists to probe the nature of space-time, according to new observations of gamma-ray bursts from the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Ikaros spacecraft. Photons released by these bursts help place limits on a unified model of all of the forces of nature — what scientists call a “theory of everything.”

 

Video Source: Space.com

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Space Bursts Provide Insight to Theory of Everything

Sony | Projection-mapping entire room in real time using Playstation Move and EyeToy

November 30, 2011

Projection-mapping entire room in real time using Playstation Move and EyeToy

Sony | To promote the immersiveness of movies available on the Playstation Store, Sony commissioned a team to do “projection-mapping” of an entire room in real-time (no post-production), Gizmag reports.

Projection mapping has become more common in advertising recently, but has always been limited by the effect only being visible from a single, static point. The production team found a way around this using Sony’s… read more

Sony Rolly demo 2007

January 1, 2008

WIKIPEDIA | Rolly was an egg-shaped digital robotic music player made by Sony, combining music functions with robotic dancing. It had several motors that allowed it to rotate and spin, as well as two bands of LED lights running around its edge and cup-like “wings” (or “arms” according to the Sony sonystyle USA website) which can open and close on either end, all of which could be synchronized to the… read more

Video Source: Diginfo News

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Sony's Rolly webpage

Sony Pictures | Chappie new Hugh Jackman science fiction film

January 14, 2015

Chappie

Every child comes into the world full of promise, and none more so than Chappie: he is gifted, special, a prodigy. Like any child, Chappie will come under the influence of his surroundings – some good, some bad – and he will rely on his heart and soul to find his way in the world and become his own man. But there’s one thing that makes Chappie different from anyone… read more

Video Source: Sony Pictures

Some GM 2013 cars to support Siri for voice control

November 28, 2012

chevrolet_siri

General Motors says a number of its 2013 models will be compatible with Apple’s Siri. You’ll be able to use Siri’s Eyes Free mode without ever glancing away from the road. Triggered by a steering wheel button, Siri will find directions, look up information online, send text or e-mails,

 

Video Source: Chevrolet

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Soft autonomous earthworm robot at MIT

August 10, 2012

earthwormbot

Earthworms creep along the ground by alternately squeezing and stretching muscles along the length of their bodies, inching forward with each wave of contractions. Snails and sea cucumbers also use this mechanism, called peristalsis, to get around, and our own gastrointestinal tracts operate by a similar action, squeezing muscles along the esophagus to push food to the stomach.

Now researchers at MIT, Harvard University and Seoul National University have… read more

Video Source: MIT

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Soft autonomous robot inches along like an earthworm

Smart fabrics

December 31, 2010

Video Source: Cetemmsa

Smart clothing, embedded electronics

December 31, 2010

Video Source: EuroNews, Futuris

SkySweeper robot inspects power lines inexpensively

August 21, 2013

SkySweeper

Mechanical engineers at the University of California, San Diego invented a robot designed to scoot along utility lines, searching for damage and other problems that require repairs. Made of off-the-shelf electronics and plastic parts printed on an inexpensive 3D printer, the SkySweeper prototype could be scaled up for less than $1,000, making it significantly more economical than the two models of robots currently used to inspect power lines.

—… read more

Video Source: University of California, San Diego

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SkySweeper Robot Makes Inspecting Power Lines Simple and Inexpensive
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SkyCube: the first satellite launched by you!

September 12, 2012

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A nano-satellite that lets you take Earth images and “tweet” from space, then inflates a visible balloon, and de-orbits cleanly. Fully funded after a successful Kickstarter campaign.

Who Are We? And What is SkyCube?

We’re the makers of the SkySafari astronomy apps for iOS, Android, and Mac OS X, and the SkyFi wireless telescope controller.  With our mobile apps, we’ve revolutionized the way people… read more

Video Source: SkyCube

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SkyCube: The First Satellite Launched by You!

Skinput: Turning the Human Body into an Input Surface

March 19, 2010

SKINPUT R&D TEAM | We present Skinput, a technology that appropriates the human body for acoustic transmission, allowing the skin to be used as a finger input surface. In particular, we resolve the location of finger taps on the arm and hand by analyzing mechanical vibrations that propagate through the body. We collect these signals using a novel array of sensors worn as an armband. This approach provides an always-available,… read more

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

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

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