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Experimental headsets are changing how we see the world, either by creating the virtual worlds of our imaginations, like the Oculus Rift, or adding ghostly layers on top of the real world, like Google Glass. At the LEAP.AXLR8R, GetVu’s vision lies between these two extremes – an augmented reality platform where 3D models appear to exist in real space, amongst real objects. At the same time, GetVu wants to bring a new level of control to augmented reality with Leap Motion technology. ...
  It’s true, Uli Kilian is a genius. Earning a Guinness World Record in 2011 for solving 100 Rubik’s cubes during the London Marathon, the man is hailed worldwide for his wit. His newest project, however, is what he calls rudimentary – a Lego robot that plays free-to-play games for him while he sleeps.  It all began when Kilian was playing Jurassic Park Builder, an F2P iPad game that requires the gamer to tap the dinosaurs on the screen every few minutes to earn in-g ...
I've always been turned off by the cost of entry for most robotic projects. This was the inspiration for the Cardboarduino Robot. I planned to stretch my SketchUp skills and I did. I wanted to build a robot out of cardboard and I did. What I didn't expect was to enjoying so much learning from the mistakes of my first prototype and re-designing it. I didn't expect my "Mark II" to be orders of magnitude better than the "Mark I" parts. There were many discoveries and I'm sure there will be many mor ...
Image from Warp Records   Celebrated UK electronic music artist, Sqaurepusher has collaborated with a team of Japanese robotics engineers to create a 5 track EP entitled 'Music for Robots'. The EP, which is available on Warp records features music composed by Squarepusher and played by the Z-Machines robot band. The line up consists of 'Mach', a guitarist' with 78 fingers who can play at speeds of over 1000BPM, 'Ashura', the 22 armed drummer and 'Cosmo', the keyboard player.   Square ...
Victor crushing human players (via CMU)   Robots have been playing games against their human counterparts for some time now. They have been spotted bowling (EARL from US Bowling Congress), playing Ping-Pong (KUKA from Future Tense) and even air hockey (Chiba University’s robotic air hockey system). Sure, those are all physical games but what about games that rely heavily on using the mind to beat your opponent, such as board games? Can the human mind trump the raw number-crunching pr ...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLFIkoIBhQQ  Who says Lego is just for kids? With the Lego Mindstorm series, people around the globe are able to easily build and program their own customizable robots. Recently, Dr. German Vargas, mathematics chair at the College of Coastal Georgia, decided to combine his Mindstorm EV3 set with another hackable toy - the Leap Motion Controller. When the integration was ready, Dr. Vargas decided to have a little fun with it - concealing a laptop under his jac ...
Example of Japan’s new mobile emergency alert system (via Shibuya246) When a devastating tsunami cripples and empties out part of your country, security is a major concern. That’s why Japan recently announced that it launched an initiative to notify in real-time of an approaching natural disaster or terrorist attack via email alerts sent directly to mobile phones.   The system relies upon the technologies of Japan’s major cellular carriers – NTT Docomo Inc., KDD ...
Illustration of powered exoskeleton race (Image courtesy of Cybathlon)   Disabled persons have been able to compete in the Paralympics for years, but technology is about to take Olympic competitions for disabled persons to a whole new level – welcome to the Cybathlon.   The Cybathlon is the first ever competition to be featured in the Olympics that incorporates performance-enhancing technology for the disabled. The competition will debut at the 2016 Olympics at Hallenstadion Z ...
EMIEW 2 robot (Courtesy: Hitachi) Hitatchi recently announced an upgrade to its EMIEW 2 robot to make it safer around the workplace. By using an improved mapping system and enhanced image detection technology the new robot will now mind its manners and avoid rolling into unsuspecting employees’ kneecaps.. Hitachi developed the EMIEW through the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization’s “Project for the Practical Application of Next-generation Robots. ...

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