Stickers Turn Any Dumb Object Into a Smart One
Estimote stickers are small beacons that can be attached to ordinary objects and help them interact with your smartphone.
The stickers all objects to be tracked instead of people. For example, place them on individual items in a store and you’ll find out how often they’re picked up or where they are in the store — you don’t need to track the customers themselves.
Each Estimote sticker contains an accelerometer, temperature sensors, a small processor and Bluetooth connector. If an item is picked up, you might be prompted with additional product information via a nearby computer screen or your smartphone. Kinda feels like Minority Report tracking your eyes.
Stick one on a bag and you’ll know if you left behind (or if it got stolen!). Place one in the bedroom and you can see if users are still in bed….ok, a little creepy, I’ll admit.
Estimote is calling its stickers ‘nearables’, providing similar benefits to wearables without having to actually be attached to the user.
Are you ready for the Internet of Everything?
Grassroots beta app by Davy Loots to record 3D video on your PC with a Kinect - video embedded below:
With virtual reality comes the need for a new video format. We are exploring the possibilities for true 3D video, allowing you to move around, tilt your head any way you want and still feel like you’re looking at something real.
The app is in it’s very early stages - set up is just plug-in and press record, but currently only one kinect can be used at a time, and there is a limited amount of 3D spaces for playback (it only records people, not the surrounding environment) although it does look very Minority Report-esque. The recordings can also be placed within productions coded with Unity.
Planned for the immediate future is the ability to connect two Kinects for capturing more form, and the ability to livestream. Whilst it is obvious to set up on a laptop, I wonder if this would work on, say, a Microsoft Surface tablet? This could end up being a much cheaper 3D capture platform …
Whichever way you look at it, this could be an interesting direction for 3D media for all (it is currently free and functional), and many of you might find something useful from it.
The project website can be found here
The world’s first 3-D printed car took to the streets this weekend after being built in an amazingly short 44 hours. The vehicle, called Strati, was designed by Italian designer Michele Anoé, who won an international competition held by crowdsourcing carmaker Local Motors. It was printed and rapidly assembled by a Local Motors team during a manufacturing technology show held last week in Chicago, then went on a drive on Saturday.
Strati’s chassis and body were made in one piece out of a carbon fiber-impregnated plastic on a large-area 3-D printer. The machine put down layer after layer of the material at a rate of 40 pounds per hour.
Two years ago, MIT researchers showcased the first run of its cheetah-inspired robot, which could run 5.1 miles per hour, but only on a treadmill.
Now, the team there has significantly improved the robot’s capabilities. It can run twice as fast (10 mph), jump over 13-inch obstacles, and is no longer tethered to the treadmill.
Proof-of-concept interface design project from MIT Tangible Media Group demonstrates a system combining the use of a smartphone with a desktop computer - video embedded below:
THAW is a novel interaction system that allows a collocated large display and small handheld devices to seamlessly work together. The smartphone acts both as a physical interface and as an additional graphics layer for near-surface interaction on a computer screen. Our system enables accurate position tracking of a smartphone placed on or over any screen by displaying a 2D color pattern that is captured using the smartphone’s back-facing camera. The proposed technique can be implemented on existing devices without the need for additional hardware.
Oh HELL YES. Notice in the 2nd gif the “cheetah” runs untethered.
"MIT researchers have developed an algorithm for bounding that they’ve successfully implemented in a robotic cheetah."
"The key to the bounding algorithm is in programming each of the robot’s legs to exert a certain amount of force in the split second during which it hits the ground, in order to maintain a given speed: In general, the faster the desired speed, the more force must be applied to propel the robot forward. In experiments the robot sprinted up to 10 mph and MIT researchers estimate the robot may eventually reach speeds of up to 30 mph.”
Here’s what happens when companies get desperate for attention.
Is this the future?
HELL YEAH it is.
VR is coming to EVERYTHING.
We’ll just hold out for the ocular implants right? Because who wants to wear a ridiculous bike helmet when we can just wait 5 years to have it connected neurally to our brains?
Either way the DAQRI is perhaps a precursor to our inevitable future of connectivity to our environment.
World’s First 3D Printed Car Live Printed This Week, Driven Saturday
We have seen houses, castles and even canoes created by 3D printers and so seeing a fully functional car in this list makes total sense. History will be made this week as Local Motors live prints the first 3D printer car followed by its first drive this Saturday. The print is expected to be 44 hours in length and will take place in Chicago at The International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS).
A family-medicine doctor recent saw a 13-year-old with a weird, unidentifiable rash. It wasn’t itchy or painful, and the teenage boy hadn’t traveled anywhere recently. So the the doctor did what any modern physician would do: he took a photo and…
Conscious Brain-to-Brain Communication in Humans Using Non-Invasive Technologies
In short, understandable words: Scientists have successfully transported words from one brain to another over the internet.
Human sensory and motor systems provide the natural means for the exchange of information between individuals, and, hence, the basis for human civilization. The recent development of brain-computer interfaces (BCI) has provided an important element for the creation of brain-to-brain communication systems, and precise brain stimulation techniques are now available for the realization of non-invasive computer-brain interfaces (CBI). These technologies, BCI and CBI, can be combined to realize the vision of non-invasive, computer-mediated brain-to-brain (B2B) communication between subjects (hyperinteraction). Here we demonstrate the conscious transmission of information between human brains through the intact scalp and without intervention of motor or peripheral sensory systems. Pseudo-random binary streams encoding words were transmitted between the minds of emitter and receiver subjects separated by great distances, representing the realization of the first human brain-to-brain interface. In a series of experiments, we established internet-mediated B2B communication by combining a BCI based on voluntary motor imagery-controlled electroencephalographic (EEG) changes with a CBI inducing the conscious perception of phosphenes (light flashes) through neuronavigated, robotized transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), with special care taken to block sensory (tactile, visual or auditory) cues. Our results provide a critical proof-of-principle demonstration for the development of conscious B2B communication technologies. More fully developed, related implementations will open new research venues in cognitive, social and clinical neuroscience and the scientific study of consciousness. We envision that hyperinteraction technologies will eventually have a profound impact on the social structure of our civilization and raise important ethical issues.
This robot restuarant in Kunshan, China offers a glimpse into the future.
Robot restaurant where machines cook and serve food to customers
A restaurant in Kunshan, China, employed a team of 15 androids to cook and deliver food. The cute side of the Robocalypse.
The restaurant has a total of 15 robots in heights of 1.2 meters. Each robot costs 40,000 yuan (6500 US dollars).
As doormen, cooks and waiters, the robots can work continuously for eleven hours after a night charge, and are able to use 40 basic language expressions, such as welcoming sentences to customers.
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Human workers report feeling most productive when led by artificial intelligence
Researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab found that teams of human workers were at their happiest and most productive when their tasks were directed by robotic artificial intelligence.
Recognizing the value proposition provided by automated workers, the team, led by CSAIL student Matthew Gombolay, approached their research with the goal of harnessing a machine’s efficiency while still making use of human labor.
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