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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.

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Video Source: University of Vienna

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Kinect + brain scans = augmented reality for neurosurgeons

March 14, 2013

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The Microsoft Research Cambridge team has built an app for brain surgeons. Kinect Fusion supplies 3D modeling of anything, which could fuel some seriously neat medical innovations. (Watch the demo of Kinect Fusion here.)

At the 13th annual Microsoft TechFest, Ben Glocker demoed a prototype app that would allow neurosurgeons to look inside a patient’s brain before they cut it open. Doctors could see the skeleton, brain,… read more

Video Source: IEEE Spectrum

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Masked Frame Pictures | Project Kronos trailer

March 12, 2013

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Masked Frame Pictures | Project Kronos is an upcoming documentary film following a mission to achieve interstellar space travel. As the mission unfolds, the scientists find themselves questioning whether the space agency’s solution to achieving interstellar space travel is ethical at all. Written and directed by Hasraf ‘HaZ’ Dulull. Technology sponsored by Adobe. Produced by Masked Frame Pictures. Representation: Scott Glassgold / I AM Entertainment.

Video Source: Masked Frame Pictures

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

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