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Engadget | Leaked video on YouTube alleges Google Now for iOS

March 12, 2013

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Engadget | “The clip is allegedly a low resolution version of a promotional video for Google Now on iPhone and iPad. The video has since been pulled from YouTube and appears to feature the same voice actress as the original Now announcement (which you’ll also find after the break for comparison). Supposedly, Now will be accessible in an upcoming iOS app update simply by swiping up from the main screen. Of course,… read more

Video Source: Engadget, Google Inc. (alleged)

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Bioprinting a pancreas

March 12, 2013

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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

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Kinect fusion lets you build 3D models of anything

March 8, 2013

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At Microsoft’s annual TechFest on Tuesday, international research teams had a chance to show off their latest tools, toys, and APIs to each other, and to us. We got a look at everything, including a robot-powered Haptic touch screen, a gesture recognition API from Jamie Shotton, a custom Kinect avatar builder, and lots of real-time 3-D capture software that will be on it’s way to you soon.

Here’s Kinect… read more

Video Source: IEEE Spectrum

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Teaching Kinect for Windows to read your hands

March 7, 2013

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One promising direction in the evolution of Kinect for Windows is enabling hand-gesture recognition. A machine-learning project uses a large, varied set of images of people’s hands to train Kinect to determine if a hand is open or closed. This enables the development of a handgrip detector, which could launch another step forward in natural user interfaces.

— Microsoft Research

Video Source: Microsoft Research

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Microsoft’s future vision: live, work, play

March 7, 2013

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Take a glimpse inside the new Microsoft Envisioning Center, where visitors can experience conceptual prototypes that explore how services and devices will help us stay connected and transform the way we live, work and play. Focused on both productivity and consumer scenarios set 5 — 10 years out, the Envisioning Center is a place where we can engage partners and engineering teams in dialog to evolve our vision.

—… read more

Video Source: Microsoft

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Martian rover Curiosity looking for organics

March 7, 2013

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Why is Curiosity looking for organics? What are organic molecules, and what can they tell us about the history of Mars? Learn more in this 60-second video.

— NASA

Video Source: NASA

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Deus Ex: the Eyeborg documentary

March 6, 2013

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To celebrate the launch of critically acclaimed video game DEUS EX: HUMAN REVOLUTION, Square Enix commissioned filmmaker Rob Spence aka Eyeborg (a self proclaimed cyborg who lost an eye and replaced it with a wireless video camera) to investigate prosthetics, cybernetics and human augmentation. How far are we from the future presented to us in DEUS EX: HUMAN REVOLUTION?

— Square Enix

Video Source: Square Enix

A revolution in online education?

March 5, 2013

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In this interview with Physics WorldedX president Anant Agarwal explains why he is so confident that the initiative can transform online learning. The program offers free online learning in the form of “MOOCs” (massive open online courses).

Video Source: Physics World

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Wearable gesture control: unleash your inner Jedi

March 5, 2013

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With a wave of your hand, MYO will transform how you interact with your digital world.

The MYO armband lets you use the electrical activity in your muscles to wirelessly control your computer, phone, and other favorite digital gadgets.

— Thalmic Labs

Video Source: Thalmic Labs

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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

A pro 3D printer with 7 different materials [cute animation]

March 1, 2013

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The Objet30 Pro desktop 3D printer combines incredible fine detail accuracy with a versatile range of 7 unique and different materials. This 3D printer is the only desktop system to feature clear transparent material and high temperature resistant material. The Objet30 Pro is ideal for the rapid prototyping needs of professional designers and engineers working in industries such as consumer goods, consumer electronics, medical devices, design consultancies and… read more

Video Source: Stratasys

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HENRi trailer

March 1, 2013

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HENRi is an emotionally powerful short film, which explores human existence at the most fundamental, personal level — what it means to be a conscious individual.

Hundreds of years in the future, a derelict spacecraft, controlled and powered by a human brain, floats aimlessly in the outer reaches of space. HENRI, the name of the ship’s power system, is an acronym which stands for Hybrid Electronic / Neuron Responsive… read more

Video Source: Eli Sasich

How it feels [through Glass]

February 28, 2013

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Want to see how Glass actually feels? It’s surprisingly simple. Say “take a picture” to take a picture. Record what you see, hands free. Even share what you see, live.

Directions are right in front of you. Speak to send a message, or translate your voice. Get the notifications that matter most. Ask whatever’s on your mind and get answers without having to ask.

All video footage captured… read more

Video Source: Google

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First MRI movies capture fetal brain connecting up

February 25, 2013

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The brains of unborn babies have now been imaged in action, showing how connections form.

This fMRI movie, produced by Moriah Thomason from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, shows a fly-through of several fetuses in their third trimester. By comparing the scans at slightly different stages of development, Thomason was able to pinpoint when different parts of the brain wire up.

By identifying how brain… read more

Video Source: New Scientist

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Deflecting an asteroid, with paintballs

February 25, 2013

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In the event that a giant asteroid is headed toward Earth, you’d better hope that it’s blindingly white. A brightly colored asteroid would reflect sunlight — and over time, this bouncing of photons off its surface could create enough of a force to push the asteroid off its course.

How might one encourage such a deflection? The answer, according to an MIT graduate student: with a volley or two… read more

Video Source: MIT

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