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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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Minority Report arrives with Oblong (Part I) — mind-blowing computer/human interface

November 4, 2012

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“John Underkoffler, chief scientist, Oblong Industries, was the tech advice behind the film ‘Minority Report’ and then he built his own company to make that science fiction real. Here he shows me his latest work which is, indeed, mind blowing. This is part I, in Part II, you’ll see a new conference room that Oblong has built using these technologies.” — Robert Scoble

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Focus Features | Trailer for surveillance thriller Closed Circuit

August 26, 2013

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Focus Features | The international suspense thriller Closed Circuit turns a timely tale of government surveillance in a high-profile terrorism case into a very human drama. It is in theaters August 28, 2013.

Following a mysterious explosion in a busy London market, the police swoop, a suspect is detained, and the country prepares for one of the most high-profile trials in British history. Two exceptional lawyers… read more

Digits hand tracker: freehand 3D computer interaction without gloves

October 10, 2012

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Digits, a wrist-worn gloveless sensor developed by Microsoft Research in Cambridge, U.K., enables 3-D computer interaction in any environment and is practical beyond computer gaming.

Video Source: Microsoft Research

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SpaceX Grasshopper 12 story test flight

December 25, 2012

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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

Frankenoctopus unveils novel shape-shifting arms

November 5, 2012

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It looks like a creation from Frankenstein’s lab: a robot with tentacles modelled on an octopus — the world’s first entirely soft robot.

The first prototype has six silicone legs designed for locomotion, while two specialized arms use artificial muscles, motors and sensors to detect and grasp objects. A spring-like structure inside these tentacles, made from a shape-memory alloy, can expand, contract or bend in any direction with… read more

Video Source: Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies of Pisa

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Researchers confirm new element 115

August 29, 2013

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Scientists have now confirmed the existence of a new element, No. 115 on the periodic table, by slamming atoms into each other.

— CNN

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Luna Ring lunar solar power generation concept

May 27, 2011

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Shimizu Corporation | Shimizu claims: ”The energy paradigm shift opens the door to a sustainable society — a shift from economical use of limited resources to the unlimited use of clean energy is the ultimate dream of all mankind. The Luna Ring, our lunar solar power generation concept, translates this dream into reality through ingenious ideas coupled with advanced space technologies. Virtually inexhaustible, nonpolluting solar energy is the ultimate source of green… read more

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TEDxLausanne | When creative machines overtake man

March 19, 2012

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TEDxLausanne — Jürgen Schmidhuber  

Machine intelligence is improving rapidly, to the point that the scientist of the future may not even be human! In fact, in more and more fields, learning machines are already outperforming humans.

Artificial intelligence expert Jürgen Schmidhuber isn’t able to predict the future accurately, but he explains how machines are getting creative, why 40’000 years of Homo sapiens-dominated history are about to end… read more

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Life’s work: James Watson

July 1, 2013

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James Watson won a Nobel prize for his work on the discovery of the structure of DNA.

— CNN

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Digital carjackers show off new attacks

July 26, 2013

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A couple of hackers show off a series of nasty new attacks on cars—with Forbes’ Andy Greenberg behind the wheel.

“Stomping on the brakes of a 3,500-pound Ford Escape that refuses to stop — or even slow down — produces a unique feeling of anxiety. In this case it also produces a deep groaning sound, like an angry water buffalo bellowing somewhere under the SUV’s chassis. The more I… read more

Video Source: Forbes

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Fora.TV | Domestic spy drones raise legal concerns

February 22, 2012

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Fora.tv | Author P.W. Singer discusses the increasingly common “leeching” of advanced and often invasive military technology into civilian life and domestic law enforcement. Do drones engaged on American soil violate our right to privacy? Does the Second Amendment protect our right to “bear robotic arms”?

The rate of technological change over the last century has been exponential. According to Moore’s Law, computing power has doubled for the price… read more

Optical motion control of maglev graphite

December 31, 2012

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Graphite has been known as a typical diamagnetic material and can be levitated in the strong magnetic field. Here we show that the magnetically levitating pyrolytic graphite can be moved in the arbitrary place by simple photoirradiation. It is notable that the optical motion control system described in this paper requires only NdFeB permanent magnets and light source.

The optical movement is driven by photothermally induced changes in the… read more

Video Source: Masayuki Kobayashi and Jiro Abe, Aoyama Gakuin University

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Terraform

October 29, 2012

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An overrun world is about to be changed. Over generations, the legend lives on…

A film by Arthur Bayard, Félicien Daros, Guillaume Dadaglio, Vincent Glaize, Thomas Nivet

Video Source: ARTFX

Buzz Aldrin says humanity’s future is on Mars

May 9, 2013

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The moon is not enough for Buzz Aldrin, the second man ever to walk on the lunar surface. If humanity is to truly realize its space travel potential, there is only one place it will find it: Mars.

Aldrin’s new book, Mission to Mars: My Vision for Space Exploration, now available, charts out a course that could put astronauts on the surface of Mars by 2035.… read more

Video Source: Space.com

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