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  A group of leading telecommunications firms have reaffirmed their confidence that their networks will be able to cope with the extra strain caused by the 2012 Olympics. Despite have years to prepare for the Games, it has been speculated that Britain's internet infrastructure will not be able to cope with the spike in demand for data.   However, BT, the main telecommunications firm for the Games, has tried to ease the fears of event organizers, saying plans are in place to cope with ...
Simulated cell (via the journal Cell)   Creating a complete digital model of an organism seemed farfetched just a few years ago. The processing power and data needed were simply too much for a computer to handle. That was then. Researchers at Stanford University led by Markus Covert have successfully created the world's first digital model of a complete organism. The idea of simulating cell behavior is not new and efforts have been made in the past to model processes such as protein synthe ...
The menacing Kuratas pilotable mech (via Suidobashi Heavy Industry)   For those of us who have ever dreamed of piloting a battle-mech that day has finally come true. SUIDOBASHI HEAVY INDUSTRY has introduced their fully configurable Kuratas robot. Designed by artist/ironworker Kogoro Kurata, along with Wataru Yoshizaki (controls/electronics) and Yusuke Kitani (engineer), the Kuratas robot stands 12 ½ feet tall, weighs in at over 4 tons and features roughly 30 hydraulic joints which enab ...
In the 80s I frequently heard claims about frequency space being scarce.  Mobile phone providers were growing and they wanted more spectrum.  They were having to decrease the size of their cells so that they could reuse the spectrum they had.  The more spectrum they had, the less reuse was needed.  Other services, such as public safety and even amateur radio operators, said their bands were packed.    I recall repeating this claim to a friend around 1990.  He ...
SMART Brailler concept (via Perkins)   Over 11.4 million people in the United States are blind. On average, one person goes blind every 11 seconds. As the baby-boomers age and medical science allows more people to survive the unthinkable, this number is expected to grow. This will result into an overwhelming number of people who must be able to communicate in order to achieve independence. Out of all the blind, 70% are unemployed or underemployed, but 80% of the people that know Braille ha ...
AscTec Pelican quadrotor (via NASA)   While being fixated on the aspect of full-sized drones being the dominating force in the world of UAVs, we tend to over-look the fact that micro autonomous vehicles have their place and are currently undergoing a micro-revolution in their own right. While the larger drones, such as the Predator and the MQ-8 Fire Scout (US Navy VTOL-UAV), are able to be outfitted with devastating fire-power, they are also capable of autonomous flight, which makes them su ...
Power Pwn hacking surge protector (Pwnie Express)   Pwnie Express have designed some rather fascinating ‘covert’ devices. One made to look like every-day computer related hardware gives corporations, and other entities, the ability to ‘hack’ their own networks in order to test cyber security. The company has recently unveiled this piece of security-penetrating hardware that looks overly mundane but packs a nasty punch when it comes to bypassing security systems.  ...
>Click the image< >Click the image< If by supporting the Olympics means watching every second, then I am a staunch supporter.   This year will be the first to have complete streamable coverage. Live coverage of every event accessible from any internet connected device. It starts today at 9pm London time (or 4pm Eastern Time).   If you are also a obsessive compulsive Olympic watcher, share your thoughts at element14.   Cabe http://twitter.com/Cabe_e14 Se ...
  Cutting-edge technology has changed the face of modern athletics and has simplified the lives of sprinters, according to former Olympic 100m champion Linford Christie. The Brit, who claimed gold at the 1992 Games in Barcelona, argued that young athletes have never had things so good.   To a large extent, Christie explained, this is tied to the unprecedented level of spending in the athletics world, which has led to the introduction of high-tech training aids. Christie explained tha ...
Singapore's solar forest   Competing with the massive glass skyscrapers making up the Singapore skyline is a tough task, even for nature. Yet the new Bay South Garden’s of the city are doing just this, by bringing together cutting edge technology in energy production and biological systems to create a sustainable conservatory. It stands as a rival in beauty and functionality with the concrete jungle that makes up the garden’s background.     This unique botanical i ...
An email announcement today states the ROM, kernel and bootloader have now been release for the upcoming APC: We are pleased to announce that the APC ROM, kernel and bootloader are now available for download at http://apc.io/library. Our efforts are focused on creating the most stable and user friendly Android experience for APC and with this release we are aiming to provide developers with the tools you need to begin creating new and exciting apps for our Android environment. At the same time ...
Figure 1: MBDA high-altitude drone-dispensing UAV concept. (via MBDA)   The future, if weapons system maker MBDA has their way, will see the emergence of pairing drone platforms with weapon system, which can stealthy ‘loiter’ over areas for long periods of time. The company had recently unveiled some concepts that centered on drone/weapons systems merger at this year’s Farnborough Airshow held in the UK. One of their more intriguing concepts is called the CVS301 VIGILUS (O ...
Letting it all sink in:   I must admit when I was first informed I had been named to the USA Paralympic Team it was all a bit surreal. Surreal in many ways because of just how long and complex the journey to get to this point in my cycling career had become. For the better part of 6 years, my life and its corresponding daily choices have all been weighed against the potential effects such choice would have on my making the London Paralympic Team. Alas when the day came to be named, it seem ...
Promotional (via MobyPost)   Fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV’s) will likely be adopted first by organizations that depend on automotive transportation. La Poste, the French post office, is leading the way by joining the efforts of nine companies and institutes that are partaking in the European MobyPost Project. This endeavor will result in a prototype vehicle powered by hydrogen fuel cell as well as a hydrogen generation plant. La Poste aims at cutting their CO2 emissions by 20% b ...
Electromagnet Dot Display (via Breakfast)   Cable channel TNT looked to the inventors over at BREAKFAST to help them promote their new series called Perception in a rather unusual way, grabbing the public’s attention. What they came up with is a merge of both old and new technology to create one giant digital display. No they haven’t re-designed the OLED super-screens we’ve become accustomed to, but rather evolved the ‘dot-matrix’ (mechanical indicators) displa ...
Pockets of the 3D silicon-based solar cell (via Solar3D)   A relatively new California-based company has been looking to get their foot in the door of the silicon-based solar-cell world, and they may have just blown the door wide open with their prototype 3-dimensional solar cell. Solar3D developed the cell using a wide-angle design over conventional solar-cells. The company states that the wide-angle application is able to collect more light during the mornings and evenings, through the wi ...
(Left) Attjector concept (Right) Current working system housed in a backpack (via Sven Kratz, M. Rohs, F. Reitberger, J. Moldenhauer, University of Munich)   Small mobile projection systems have shown up lately to help users easily hold a presentation and point out their key points more readily and naturally. Most of the new methods for systems fail to provide the convenience of ease and point out the user's shaky hands rather than their principal notes. A team at the University of Munich ...
Rehab glove prototype (via Georgia Tech)   For people recovering from a spinal cord injury (SCI), the rehabilitation process is both long and daunting. Some lose a limited amount of feeling or movement in their hands due to injuries such as tetraplegia (AKA quadriplegia or the partial or total loss of use in their limbs and torso) which makes accomplishing the simplest of tasks almost impossible. This loss of hand function accounts for 47% of SCI patients out of 11,000 per year and while su ...
In order to maximise their performance at London 2012, athletes from various teams are exchanging their personal data to use cutting-edge technology to measure critical performance-related factors. Using the latest technology, athletes are managing to monitor their exercise patterns, as well as other crucial factors, such as sleep and diet.   Such measures are deemed necessary as they can make the difference between gold and silver medals, and therefore underline the increasing influence t ...
Flooded Edgbaston. Showing what may happen during the Olympics 2012. (via Sam Bagnall/AMA/Matthew Ashton/Corbis at the England - West Indies match 2012)   Amid severe weather forecasts and security blunders, BBC and NBC are set to deliver the first digital Olympics we can enjoy from the comfort of our homes.     For starters, these Olympics may be extremely wet. Increased solar activity has riddled the sun with “coronal holes” that send solar high-energy particles h ...
Composite shot of testing. (via MIT)   The days of you being in control of your vehicle while encountering road hazards could be coming to an end thanks to some clever researchers over at MIT. In a recent paper, co-authored by PHD student Sterling Anderson and research scientist Karl Iagnemma, the team describes how using their ‘semi-autonomous co-pilot system’ can take control of your vehicle for obstacle avoidance.   The autonomous avoidance system the team designed uses ...
Seafox (via US Navy)   With tensions mounting between Iran and the US over keeping the Strait of Hormuz (located between the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf) open as one of the primary oil shipping lanes in the region, the US is set to employ yet another piece of technology in their maritime arsenal; the SeaFox submersible UUV (Underwater Unmanned Vehicle) robot. The SeaFox and its variants can be outfitted with mission specific gear capable of mine-detection, inspection and disposal for ...
Charles Gervasi

Telemarketer Bot

Posted by Charles Gervasi Jul 23, 2012
Last Friday while I was comparing two boards visually under the microscope to try to work out why they behaved differently, my phone rang.  It was a telemarketer.  I always try to be polite to telemarketers.  They have a hard job.  For a year in college I worked in an economic survey lab calling people with the survey used to determine the Consumer Confidence Index and other economic indicators.    This telemarketer was promoting a security system.  I actuall ...
  In the lead up to the Olympic Games, one of the most common topics of conversation has been the legacy of the event. Government ministers and others have spoken about the long-term health benefits the Games may have, suggesting that it will inspire more young people to get out and exercise. Similarly, the government has pointed to the fact that the Games will create lots of new job opportunities and has also instigated the regeneration of a depressed part of east London, which is kno ...
Nexus Q (via Google)   Although many products are designed in the United States, very few of those actually get manufactured here. In the early 90's many companies began shifting their manufacturing to China, due to plentiful low cost Chinese labor. In addition, many component supplier companies are readily available in China. However, we may see some manufacturing coming back home to the USA. In the last year, companies such as General Electric and Caterpillar have brought their manufactu ...
Eye tracking hardware in use (via College of London & Institute of Physics)   People suffering from multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, muscular dystrophy, spinal cord injuries, amputees, etc could benefit immensely from modern advancements of computing power and robots. Their disabilities stand in the way of proper interaction or manipulation of most interfaces. Options have been explored that would allow people with disabilities to control computers using their eyes, but these can ...
Phase-change multi-chip packaged memory concept (via Micron)   Micron has announced the availability of their newly minted phase-change memory (PCM) for mobile devices. This makes their 45nm PCM the first ever available for mobile device manufacturers to implement into the next gen of tablets and mobile phones. The benefits of PCM over flash memory are almost night and day. While typical NAND-based flash memory makes use of traditional silicon and uses floating-gate transistors with a read/ ...
Advertisement for a mind reading show around the year 1900. A true possibility in the near future. (Artist- Russell Morgan via wiki)   Documents can be found, digital information can be hacked, and friends can gossip. The only truly secure place we have for ourselves is in our head. However, mind reading technology is inevitable, and the military may soon have one of the newest devices to assist them in reading minds. Eric Elbot and his company, Veritas Scientific, are developing a helmet ...
Stephen Hawking at Cambridge (via Hawking & Wikipedia)   A new device may give theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking the ability to speak using only his mind. Called the iBrain, the device was designed and developed by neuro-diagnostics company NeuroVigil to transform thought into speech. Actually the device is a portable EEG (Electroencephalography) machine that is attached to the head of the wearer and monitors brainwaves using two electrodes.   The headgear is capable of record ...
  As processing power increases, CPU transistor count goes up while the die size shrinks. Each new transistor require more energy and can limit the size of any one processor in a given system. Draining or charging the interconnecting wires between transistors adds transmission delay to the chip. Add this to the time it takes to flip and chain transistors states, a substantial time limit is places on the chip. These problems have plagued processors since the beginning.   An engineering ...
  Throughout the human mastery of science, we have gained the knowledge that now allows us to invent and recreate natural interactions in wholly artificial environments. Philip Beesley, an artist, architect and scientist has developed an exhibition called Sibyl, blurring the line between art, nature and science. An environment of interactive sculptures that use digital systems, computational computing as well as innovative material science to compose an interactive artificial world.   ...
Shop-bot (via Carnegie Mellon University)   Enter any store, shoppers usually hear some indifferent store employee ask, ‘can I help you find anything?’ Not so when it comes to being helped at Carnegie Mellon University’s book store where a robot tirelessly helps shoppers find products. Designed by researchers from CMU’s Intel Science and Technology Center in Embedded Computing, the robot (known as Andyvision) is used as an inventory management tool that is able to ke ...
Ultrapure neodymium under argon (via MIT)   Rare earth metals are used in a wide variety of items that include lasers (Praseodymium), computer memory (Gadolinium) and camera lenses (Lanthanum) and most leading countries are in competition to acquire as much of these metal elements as possible. This affects ‘green’ technology, as well. Wind turbines for example, can use as much as 1,300 Lbs. of rare earth metals. Translate that into large wind farms and that amount can become sta ...
  BBC, the host broadcaster for the London 2012 Olympics, has launched its official app for the event that will enable UK viewers to follow 24 live streams of action during the sporting showcase. The app means that sports fans should not miss a single moment of action, even if they're keen to follow the most obscure events.   Allied to unrivalled video coverage, the app also provides a full schedule and the results page. Daily news stories, meanwhile, are to be made online and offlin ...
(Hasbro's big announcement)   Guess who's back?   Furby was an innovative toy when it first appeared in the late 90’s. Like most technology from that time, it was quickly overshadowed by new gadgets. But Furby has returned, finally incorporating more of today's technology to deliver more capabilities than ever before.     This friendly bot is a bit bigger than its predecessor, but nothing stands out as much as its new glowing LCD screen eyes. These eyes can communic ...
(via Kickstarter)   Mom always told us to sit up straight for a reason. If anything, her warnings are partially the inspiration behind this latest kickstarter innovation. Bad posture can cause pain in the neck and back and even slow you down by causing fatigue. All throughout the day gravity is exerting its force on us. Depending upon the position we are in, extra strain can be placed on muscles and joints due to our posture. Sitting up straight in our chairs and even while standing can he ...
The tiny light in the center is the Spintronic LED.   OLEDs (Organic Light Emitting Diodes) can be found in almost all of today’s electronic products, such as TVs, smartphones and super-bright flashlights. There are essentially two kinds of OLEDs with one using small molecules, such as using ions which creates an LEC (Light-emitting Electro-mechanical Cell) typically used in displays, and the other using thin-film transistor backplanes such as AMOLED/PMOLED for HD displays. While bot ...
Pius concept breakdown (Via Modi Corp)   Electric kit cars have been around for the better part of 50 years with most being popular in the early 70’s (in the US) because of the gas shortage. Companies came out with some interesting designs back then, such as Sebring-Vanguard’s Citicar SV-36, which had a hefty 2.5 HP motor running off of a 36v battery pack (ok so it wasn’t really a kit car), while other individuals simply converted their vehicles to run off of electricity ( ...
MINIKIT concept (via Parrot)   Many devices are manufactured to aid drivers manage their phones while in vehicles. Car manufacturers have even integrated these types of systems into cars, like Fords Sync service, so that everyone is safer out on the road.     For those of us who cannot afford a new car with these fancy perks, the company Parrot has developed an affordable solution that allows anyone to manage multiple devices all while keeping your hands on the wheel. The Parrot ...
Last Wednesday ABC News reported that the uniforms to be worn by Americans in the opening ceremonies of the Summer Olympics were designed in the US and assembled in China.  Politicians from both parties fell over themselves to condemn this.  Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said they should “put [the uniforms] in a big pile and burn them.” Some of this can be dismissed as election-year politics.  But I wonder to how many people this outrage seems even remotely re ...
  The upcoming Olympic Games are set to be the most accessible and interactive in history, with new technologies like Twitter and Facebook set to revolutionise the way spectators enjoy the event. Indeed, the Games offer Britain a unique opportunity to underline its commitment to innovation.   Twitter, for example, has become a central part of media coverage, with consumers following their mobile phones and other handheld devices.  During the recent Uefa Champions League Final, t ...
iStep sensor grid (via iStep)   Remaining healthy, active, and enjoying life can have a lot to do with how your feet feel. Aetrex put together a development team consisting of top footwear designers, certified pedorthists, web developers, computer hardware engineers, and software engineers to create what would be the most revolutionary digital foot scanning device to date. The system is designed for footwear retailers and professionals to determine a consumers foot size, arch type, and pre ...
Graphene repairing images (via University of Manchester)   Graphene is poised as the next generation super-material. Its unusual properties such as its high-electron mobility which makes it the perfect choice for building transistors for super-fast CPUs. Another highly unusual property of the one-atom thick material was recently discovered by a team of physicists from the University of Manchester.  After studying graphene under an electron microscope, the team discovered that the mater ...
  In a bid to improve computer skills among young people, schoolchildren are being offered a cash prize for showcasing their programming prowess using Raspberry Pi.  The competition, which is being run by the firm that created the credit card-sized chipboard, is offering a prize of $1,000 (£645) which will be given to the child and teenager who have written the best software.   It has been confirmed that while the competition will initially run for a month, it will soon bec ...
OUYA console concept and controller tease (via OUYA kickstarter)   An Android-based console gaming system may give the X-Box, Play Station and Wii a run for their money both figuratively and literally. What makes this console, called OUYA, different from the others is that it has (1) less processing power over the others when comes to the hardware packed inside which consists of a NVidia Tegra-3 processor, 1Gb of ram, 8Gb of internal flash storage, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth connectivity along with U ...
Learning connect four. What we see, what the software sees. (via Paris Diderot University)   If you thought designing your own game with relatively no effort was great, then how great would it be having computer learn those games and then beat you at them with relative ease? That’s exactly what computer scientist Lukasz Kaiser, from Paris Diderot University, had in mind with his newly developed software that is able to learn board games just by watching people play. Ok, the software w ...
Concept & prototype (via University of Arizona)   Engineers have been trying to design robotic legs that can mimic the way humans walk, but no creation has been truly successful until now. (Ealiest simulating of the human gait was from Georges Moore designed his bi-pedal ‘Steam Man’ back in 1893) A team of researchers from the University of Arizona have designed a pair of robotic legs that, as of this point in time, are the closet to match human locomotion and stride. Design ...
Concept image (via Christine Daniloff & MIT)   Collecting energy from light, heat, and vibrations is a common practice in science and engineering communities. Collecting energy from all three of those sources at the same time is unheard-of. Current energy collection chips that pull from multiple sources rely upon switching to the source which has the most energy to offer. While this method works, it can miss out on collecting energy from the others sources. MIT has created a new chip u ...
QR Code literature links in action (via pingeb.org)   Some say Europe is the first world, full of old architecture and ideals. Rest assured, it is only a veneer. The city of Klagenfurt in Austria is embarking on a new frontier with an ambitious innovative project called Project Ingeborg that aims to tie old buildings, old literature and new technology in a highly creative way. This non-profit organization has created a small library that can be entirely accessed by anyone with the technolo ...
Promotional team photo (via Toyohashi University of Technology)   Toyohashi University of Technology research students, led by Professor Takashi Ohira, successfully demonstrated their wireless transmission of electricity through 10cm (4 in) of road-grade concrete at this year’s (2012) Wireless Technology Park in Yokohama Japan. The premise of the design is to be able to power electric cars using high-speed electrical inverters planted under the surface of the road that take power from ...
  The International Football Association Board (IFAB) has recently announced the implementation of two new pieces of technology designed to aid referees in determining tough-judgment plays, which could lead to less stadium rioting (that’s a judgment call). After 9 months of rigorous testing, IFAB gave the ‘OK’ for Sony-owned Hawk-Eye’s ball tracking system which uses a series of high-speed cameras (six in all) situated, and strategically placed, around the field to t ...
Toyota powered long jumper (via BBC Sports)   The 2012 London Olympics will be the first to be experienced in entirely new ways thanks to two new online applications developed by the BBC. The BBC has sole rights to all of the coverage of the Olympic games, and they would like to ensure these innovative viewing platforms are accessible to sports fans all over the web.     To take full advantage of this huge range of sports programming, the BBC has launched the full version of an ...
  Organisers of the London Olympics are to launch a technical operation designed to counter cyber threats are expected in the lead up to and during the 2012 Games. Atos, the lead technical firm for the Games, has carried out extensive tests, including simulated attacks, to tackle the threat of cyber attacks.   Such measures are deemed necessary to ensure that vital parts of infrastructure, like venue scoreboards and press accreditation, are not disturbed.   Atos will run its Ol ...
SamKavanagh

Realizing Dreams

Posted by SamKavanagh Jul 9, 2012
Seven years ago my leg was amputated and while I lay in a hospital bed in Bozeman ,MT a dear friend of mine planted a seed in my brain that has become one of my prime focuses ever since. I remember clearly Jim coming to my bed side, placing a photo in my hands showing a below knee amputee kitted in a USA Jersey and shorts with a medal around his neck. Soon after, that rider Ron Williams contacted me, eager to introduce me to the world of Paralympic cycling. I’m not sure if either Jim or Ro ...
After reading about the DeeChee language acquisition experiment robot, I talked to Dr. Caroline Lyon by e-mail about how the details of how the robot and experiment worked.    There are many difficulties associated with a acquiring language, especially for a machine.  For example, of the 50 most common words in English, 20 are homophones.  Homophones are common in many languages.  There may be an evolutionary reason for human languages to develop homophones, but machin ...
The patent approved letter. We should all own a few. (via USPTO & wikipedia)   Companies who want to get a ‘leg-up’ on future technology trends and designs usually mine data and statistics from a myriad of sources including existing patents. To get an idea of how far these companies will go just look at the recent patent cat-fight between Apple and Samsung over patent infringement rights concerning the Galaxy Nexus smartphone (which as of 7/9/2012 is still banned in the US). ...
Navigation network for the blind concept (via Fujitsu)   As technology becomes more readily accessible and integrated into the home, harnessing the connectivity can aid people with disabilities live an easier life. Blindness can be a crippling handicap, especially to those who were not born blind. Navigation through one's home should not be an accident waiting to happen. Japan’s National Institute of Information and Communications Technology along with the company Fujitsu  are d ...
SurroSense RX concept (via Orpyx)   According to the American Diabetes Association, more than 60% of non-traumatic lower-limb amputations occur in people with diabetes. The amputations are caused by patients losing the sense of feeling in their feet due to nerve degeneration, also known as progressive neuropathy. Dr. Everett and Orpyx are hoping to solve this problem using their sensor laden shoe inserts, The SurroSense RX. The inserts use specific pressure sensors which  transmit dat ...
  Recent technological advancements could be the difference between winning a gold or silver medal at the London 2012 Olympics. That is according to a new report from the Institute of Mechanical Developments, which said that innovation has become a key part of sporting success over the last few years, meaning that more affluent countries will be at a distinct competitive advantage.   US and British athletes, for instance, will benefit enormously from having their clothing and equipme ...
Side-by-side proof of concept (via Carnegie Mellon University)   Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University are hoping their new head-light design will make driving through rain and snow storms safer for commuters. Driving through these conditions is daunting to say the least, but driving through them at night gives another issue, as headlights illuminate the particles making it hard for people to view the road. The researchers are combating this problem with their prototype headlight that ...
Prototype separator system (via Nanyang Technological University)   Finding clean, renewable energy is the top goal for most countries across the globe and a team of research scientists from Nanyang Technological University have taken that notion to all new levels. The team, led by associate professor Wang Jing-Yuan, designed the new toilet to convert bodily waste into both electricity and fertilizer all while using 90% less water per flush (based on the average toilets in Singapore). Calle ...
Fibre-optic recieves a twist   Researchers from the University of California in collaboration with their Israel, China and Pakistani counterparts have succeeded in using ‘twisted-beam phase-holography’ to create the world’s fastest wireless data transmission feed. How fast might you be asking? 2.56 terabits per-second, which translates to downloading roughly 66DVD’s every second. Conventional fiber-optics for internet (or any other data stream) usage relies on using ...
Protoype fuel cell on left of battery. Each black dot in the center of the white circles are the "fuel-cell" (via Harvard University)   Unlike Energizer batteries, which may last and last (according to the commercials anyway), a team of scientists from Harvard University have designed a fuel-cell on the same premise. However unlike the bunny-represented company, their fuel-cell can keep running even after its power source has drained. The scientists designed the solid-oxide fuel cell (SFOC) ...
Stretchable substrate concept and prototype (via McCormick University)   The words ‘stretching’ and ‘electronics’ are not terms we usually associate with one another. However, researchers from McCormick University have literally bridged that grammatical rift with their development of ‘rubber-band electronics.’ Elastic or stretchable electronics have been around for some time, usually embedded into silicon or polyurethane substrates, but their elasticity o ...
It seems every publication has run an article this week on the Higgs boson announcement.  The articles are light on technical details.  I realized why they are vague when I came upon Scientific American’s attempt to explain the discovery to laymen in two minutes. The concepts are hard to understand, even for someone knowledgeable about the basics of physics.    The thing that stood out most was physicist Rob Roser’s comment that no one would have guessed the di ...
An international team of researchers have developed innovative new technology that could help consumers to watch films on soap bubbles. In a recent blog post, lead researcher Yoichi Ochiai from the University of Tokyo, explained that the team had discovered a way to project images on a screen made of soap film.   To achieve this, the researchers used ultrasonic sound in order to alter the properties of films and create an image. Soap is the main ingredient of this fascinating new approach, ...
(Left) Groundshadow trainers/gym shoe prototype (Right) Concept dance application (via Loughborough Design School)   For anyone wanting to learn how to dance new dancing shoes are here to show you just what to do. The Groundwave Shadow Trainers designed by Tom Sykes are shoes made to work with a smart phone app to teach people how to dance. Sykes of Loughborough Design School came up with the idea for a more fun and interactive way to learn to dance.     The dancing shoes sport ...
Infinity by Nine system showing off how the peripheral images extend the main image. (via MIT)   A group at MIT’s Media Lab has come up with a method of creating a 3D experience around standard video in a computationally efficient way. This set up, called Infinity by Nine, includes 3 ceiling mounted projectors that project on a screens located on the ceiling and sides to provide a heightened level of immersion with any piece of footage.     The system uses software that g ...
Sprayable battery concept showing each layer vs traditional cell (via Rice University)   Rice University researchers bring us a novel way of creating a lithium-ion rechargeable battery that can be ‘sprayed’ onto almost any surface. Actually the ‘paint’ is sprayed in layers with each effectively representing the traditional make-up of their solidified counterpart. The research team, led by graduate student Neelam Singh, designed the spray-on battery using five key lay ...
  The upcoming London Olympics are set to leave a lasting legacy for young people in the UK, encouraging them to exercise more and pay closer attention to their health. That, at least, is the line being peddled by politicians and other parties with a vested interest in the Games.   However, the lasting impact the Games will have on the country's technology sector has been much less well-publicized, even though it has prompted an upgrade in technology infrastructure. For instance, the ...
Single-wall carbon nanotube coated silicon surface. Imaged with a atomic-force microscope. (via MIT & Rishabh Jain)   Carbon not only provides the foundation for all living things on earth, but it can create some of the most useful materials like carbon fiber and graphene. It can even smell rotting fruit. Now, carbon nanotubes are expanding the range of light rays that can be harvested from the sun. Conventional PV cells harvest photons in the visible spectrum, but researchers at MIT h ...
SNES-001 handhelp screen based controller (via Downing)   Modifications to gaming systems have been immensely popular, garnering instant fame for some. From the Xbox 360 to the Sega Genesis many people have used the systems to create their own custom product. Some of the most popular applications for systems is making them handheld. "Downing" decided to create his own handheld Super Nintendo system, dubbed the SNES-001 Advance, with two controllers featuring their own LCD screens. The mod ...
(via USC)   Researchers from the Viterbi School of Engineering at USC have released a paper detailing their development of a robotic hand that is capable of surpassing the human’s ability in identifying objects based on textures. The specialized robotic hand is capable of reading textures due to the unique sensors built into each finger combined with an algorithm that is designed to mimic hand-movements made by humans when identifying objects.   The secret to object identificatio ...
Peter Cappelli released a book this month that began as an article in the Wall Street Journal: Why Companies Aren't Getting the Employees They Need.  The article argues employers have become too picky, wanting employees who are inexpensive and can hit the ground running on day one.  In the data he cites from Manpower on hardest jobs to fill, engineers rank #2 and #3 respectively for 2006 and 2011.   Cappelli’s solution is for employers to provide more training and to work ...

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