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AirHarp

April 17, 2013

Airsharp

AirHarp is the result of a weekend hacking session with a Leap Motion dev board. Leap Motion is a highly precise and responsive motion tracking device, making it a perfect tool for expressive musical interactions. AirHarp is being developed in C++ using my audio processing toolkit, MusKit.

My own fork of the project will show up in Leap Motion’s AirSpace app store as a polished, cross-platform… read more

Video Source: Leap Motion

Toward Intelligent Humanoids | iCub 2012

April 15, 2013

iCub

This video, released by the IDSIA Robotics Lab as part of the ongoing work in the EU-funded project IM-CLeVeR, shows recent skills learned by the iCub humanoid.

The IM-CleVeR project, launched in 2009, aims at “developing a new methodology for designing robots that can cumulatively learn new skills through autonomous development based on intrinsic motivations, and reuse such skills for accomplishing multiple, complex, and externally-assigned… read more

Video Source: IDSIA Robotics Lab

Elysium

April 12, 2013

Elysium

In the year 2154, two classes of people exist: the very wealthy, who live on a pristine man-made space station called Elysium, and the rest, who live on an overpopulated, ruined Earth. The people of Earth are desperate to escape the planet’s crime and poverty, and they critically need the state-of-the-art medical care available on Elysium – but some in Elysium will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and… read more

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After Earth movie trailers starring Will Smith

April 6, 2013

After Earth poster

Sony Pictures | After Earth movie trailers starring Will Smith
RETV | Comic Con sneak peak of After Earth

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Building new experiences with Glass

April 5, 2013

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Timothy Jordan gave developers at SXSW in Austin, TX a sneak peek at the Google Mirror API, which is what they’ll use to build services for Glass. With the presentation, we set out to help developers and entrepreneurs start imagining what they could do on Glass.

— Google

Video Source: Google

TED | Reclaiming the American Republic from the corruption of election funding

April 3, 2013

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There is a corruption at the heart of American politics, caused by the dependence of Congressional candidates on funding from the tiniest percentage of citizens

That’s the argument at the core of a new just-posted TED talk by legal scholar Lawrence Lessig (video below).

“He shows how the funding process weakens the Republic in the most fundamental way, and issues a

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Data fusion: Movea transforms sensors into indoor navigation

April 3, 2013

Data fusion Movea transforms sensors into indoor navigation

Software company Movea helps app developers corral the data from the sensors that pack today’s mobile devices, such as gyroscopes, magnetometers, accelerometers, GPS receivers, pressure sensors, ambient light detectors, air sensors, temperature sensors, microphones, and cameras,

IEEE Spectrum

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What you’re doing wrong when you think about the future

March 28, 2013

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Humans are notoriously bad at anticipating events that don’t conform to a very narrow idea of what the future will be, which is why we’re often caught off guard by the unexpected. In the recording of an online conversation above with Andrew Zolli, executive director of PopTech and the author of Resilience, we’ll discuss what about our psyches makes future thinking hard, and how we can recognize major… read more

Video Source: Fast Company Co.Exist

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Japanese robot actroid-SIT gets more social

March 25, 2013

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Actroid-SIT, a lifelike robot from Japanese firm Kokoro can function autonomously, talking and gesturing while interacting with people. Researchers are teaching the robot to handle interruptions and address crowds.

Video Source: IEEE Spectrum

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Elon Musk: the mind behind Tesla, SpaceX, SolarCity …

March 22, 2013

Elon Mus the mind behind Tesla

Entrepreneur Elon Musk is a man with many plans. The founder of PayPal, Tesla Motors and SpaceX sits down with TED curator Chris Anderson to share details about his visionary projects, which include a mass-marketed electric car, a solar energy leasing company, and a fully reusable rocket.

— TED

 

Video Source: TED

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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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Create kinect 3D avatars using your body

March 21, 2013

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Last week, IEEE Spectrum showed you how Microsoft’s new Kinect API lets you use your hands to draw on a painting program. But how about using gestures to create 3D models of any shape that you can use as Kinect avatars? That’s exactly what Microsoft Research’s Beijing team showed early this month at the company’s TechFest 2013.

IEEE Spectrum

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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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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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Doing business with a parrot: Goffin cockatoos trade with nuts in an exchange experiment

March 15, 2013

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Biologists in the Department of Cognitive Biology at the University of Vienna has for the first time succeeded in observing self-control of cockatoos in exchange experiments.

A new study at the University of Vienna, on an Indonesian cockatoo species — the Goffin’s cockatoo — which recently made headlines, showed notable results.

“The animalsread more

Video Source: University of Vienna

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