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Big Dog throws a cinder block 17 ft.

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.

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


Video Source: Microsoft

Bill Gates Talks Windows Future, Touch Interfaces

Bionic legs give new hope

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

Bioprinting a pancreas

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

UI researchers developing 3D printer, 'bio-ink' to create human organs

Bipedal hobby robot walks a tightrope

October 23, 2012


A Japanese roboticist that goes by the handle Dr. Guero, famous for programming his hobby robot to ride a miniature bicycle and walk on stilts, has managed to get his robot to balance on a tightrope.

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

Bipedal hobby robot walks a tightrope

Blood-brain barrier model to test drugs for brain diseases

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

Bluetooth gloves provide hands-free smartphone control

November 16, 2012


BEARTek gloves allow users to control phone calls and music apps — including built in music apps, Pandora, and Spotify — without removing their gloves. If funded, the gloves will cost $175 to $200.

Video Source: Mashable

Bluetooth Gloves Provide Hands-Free Smartphone Control

BMW | Demo of ‘CDC hands-free mode’ portends driverless cars

January 26, 2012

BMW driverless demo connecteddrive

BMW | This clip is a part of the BMW ConnectedDrive Future Lab. More details here.

Daily Mail | BMW developers have designed a car that can drive itself down Germany’s autobahn. Looking no different from a regular BMW, the car is fitted with a “four-sense” system which includes radar, cameras, laser scanners and ultrasonics.

Some other recent research by BMW into automated driving:read more

Body language-based gameplay

August 14, 2012


Researchers at Goldsmiths College led by Dr. Marco Gillies have enlisted theater performers to help design computer software capable of recognizing and responding to human body language.

Using the latest generation of motion detectors, including Microsoft’s Kinect camera, actors’ interactions with members of the public and their responses to specific body language are recorded by the software.

“Two people can take on the roles of the video game… read more

Video Source: Goldsmiths Digital Studio

Actors help university create body recognition tech

Bonnie Bassler: How bacteria ‘talk’

July 30, 2012


Bonnie Bassler discovered that bacteria “talk” to each other, using a chemical language that lets them coordinate defense and mount attacks. The find has stunning implications for medicine, industry — and our understanding of ourselves.

Bonnie Bassler studies how bacteria can communicate with one another, through chemical signals, to act as a unit. Her work could pave the way for new, more potent medicine.

Video Source: TED

Bonnie Bassler: How bacteria "talk"

book tour calendar | New graphic novel by Amy Kurzweil called Flying Couch

October 21, 2016


Dear Readers,

My daughter Amy Kurzweil is a graphic novelist working as a teacher and writer, exploring human perspective and the idea of human identity. Here is the calendar for her current book tour for her new graphic novel called Flying Couch: A Graphic Memoir. The comics are hand drawn. You can see her and get an autograph copy of her book at many cities across the U.S.… read more

Boston Dynamics “Big Dog” Ft. Benning report Feb 2009

March 15, 2009

This is the Army news channel Benning Report spot on the Boston Dynamics robot Big Dog. This video was uploaded from a .wmv file available on the Boston Dynamics website.

Video Source: Ft. Benning Public Affairs Office

Boston Dynamics | Introducing SpotMini

June 24, 2016


SpotMini is a new smaller version of the Spot robot, weighing 55 lbs dripping wet (65 lbs if you include its arm). SpotMini is all-electric (no hydraulics) and runs for about 90 minutes on a charge, depending on what it is doing. SpotMini is one of the quietest robots we have ever built. It has a variety of sensors, including depth cameras, a solid state gyro (IMU) and proprioception sensors… read more

Video Source: Boston Dynamics

Brain-machine interface technology enabling control of a robot by human thought alone

March 3, 2010

HONDA | Honda Research Institute Japan Co., Ltd. (HRI-JP), a subsidiary of Honda R&D Co., Ltd., Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (ATR) and Shimadzu Corporation have collaboratively developed the world’s first Brain Machine Interface (BMI) technology that uses electroencephalography (EEG) and near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) along with newly developed information extraction technology to enable control of a robot by human thought alone. It does not require any physical movement such as… read more

Video Source: Honda

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Bringing light: an innovation in detecting brain tumors

December 21, 2012


In the painstaking process of removing brain tumors, neurosurgeons are constantly challenged by the inability to distinguish healthy tissue from tumor in the operating room. “Bringing Light” focuses on a new innovation that will change everything.

BRINGING LIGHT is a Finalist in the $200,000 FOCUS FORWARD Filmmaker Competition and is in the running to become the $100,000 Grand Prize Winner. It could also be named an Audience Favorite if… read more

Video Source: Bert Klasey, Chris Baron, James Allen Smith/Focus Forward Films

Scorpion Protein Illuminates Brain Tumors for Surgeons

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