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Apr 22, 2014 / 1 note
brucesterling:

*At last
Apr 16, 2014 / 1,620 notes

brucesterling:

*At last

joshbyard:

Google X Lab Files Patent for Contact Lens With Built-In Camera

Google has invented a new smart contact lens with an integrated camera. The camera would be very small and sit near the edge of the contact lens so that it doesn’t obscure your vision. By virtue of being part of the contact lens, the camera would naturally follow your gaze, allowing for a huge range of awesome applications, from the basis of a bionic eye system for blind and visually impaired people, through to early warning systems (the camera spots a hazard before your brain does), facial recognition, and superhuman powers (telescopic and infrared/night vision). 

(via Google invents smart contact lens with built-in camera: Superhuman Terminator-like vision here we come | ExtremeTech)
Apr 16, 2014 / 526 notes

joshbyard:

Google X Lab Files Patent for Contact Lens With Built-In Camera

Google has invented a new smart contact lens with an integrated camera. The camera would be very small and sit near the edge of the contact lens so that it doesn’t obscure your vision. By virtue of being part of the contact lens, the camera would naturally follow your gaze, allowing for a huge range of awesome applications, from the basis of a bionic eye system for blind and visually impaired people, through to early warning systems (the camera spots a hazard before your brain does), facial recognition, and superhuman powers (telescopic and infrared/night vision). 

(via Google invents smart contact lens with built-in camera: Superhuman Terminator-like vision here we come | ExtremeTech)

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UK Ministry of Defence: PORTON MAN
From io9:

Introducing Porton Man, the UK Ministry of Defence’s answer to the Pentagon’s Petman. And like the U.S. version, this robot will be subjected to a series of unpleasant scenarios, including chemical and biological contamination. So you don’t have to.
Indeed, the point of the £1.1 million (USD $1.8 million) robotic mannequin is to test light-weight protective suits and equipment for the UK armed forces. Porton Man can walk, march, run, sit, kneel and lift his arms to sight a weapon like an infantry soldier.

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Apr 10, 2014 / 52 notes

futurescope:

UK Ministry of Defence: PORTON MAN

From io9:

Introducing Porton Man, the UK Ministry of Defence’s answer to the Pentagon’s Petman. And like the U.S. version, this robot will be subjected to a series of unpleasant scenarios, including chemical and biological contamination. So you don’t have to.

Indeed, the point of the £1.1 million (USD $1.8 million) robotic mannequin is to test light-weight protective suits and equipment for the UK armed forces. Porton Man can walk, march, run, sit, kneel and lift his arms to sight a weapon like an infantry soldier.

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[read more] [Gov UK]

Apr 10, 2014 / 221 notes

futurescope:

We will live again

Fascinating, retrofuturistic, tragic and eerie. Worth a look.

WE WILL LIVE AGAIN looks inside the unusual and extraordinary operations of the Cryonics Institute. The film follows Ben Best and Andy Zawacki, the caretakers of 99 deceased human bodies stored at below freezing temperatures in cryopreservation. The Institute and Cryonics Movement were founded by Robert Ettinger who, in his nineties and long retired from running the facility, still self-publishes books on cryonics, awaiting the end of his life and eagerly anticipating the next.

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Directed by Myles Kane & Josh Koury

Produced by Trisha Barkman

Apr 10, 2014 / 476 notes

prostheticknowledge:

Embedding 2D Desktops into VR

Proof-of-concept demo by Oliver Kreylos of a 3D VR desktop environment using real software applications inside a data capture of an office.

The GIFs above don’t do this justice - video embedded below:

There have been several discussions … about how to integrate 2D desktops or 2D applications with 3D VR environments; for example, how to check your Facebook status while playing a game in the Oculus Rift without having to take off the headset.

This is just one aspect of the larger issue of integrating 2D and 3D applications, and it reminded me that it was about time to revive the old VR VNC client that Ed Puckett, an external contractor, had developed for the CAVE a long time ago. There have been several important changes in Vrui since the VNC client was written, especially in how Vrui handles text input, which means that a completely rewritten client could use the new Vrui APIs instead of having to implement everything ad-hoc.

Here is a video showing the new VNC client in action, embedded into LiDAR Viewer and displayed in a desktop VR environment using an Oculus Rift HMD, mouse and keyboard, and a Razer Hydra 6-DOF input device.

You can find out more here

[Related: A piece I did for fastcodesign on the idea of VR in the workplace here]

Apr 9, 2014 / 13,114 notes

policymic:

Engineering company Festo is creating robots based on nature

German engineering firm Festo is creating a robot army. Sounds scary, right? But there’s no need to fear a “Skynet”-type apocalypse quite yet, because these robots want to do good by making laborious tasks easier in the factories of the future. And they’re using nature as their inspiration.

Festo summarizes the motivation behind their research on their website: “Gripping, moving, controlling and measuring – nature performs all of these tasks instinctively, easily and efficiently. What could be more logical than to examine these natural phenomena and learn from them?”

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fastcodesign:

Let 360 degrees of hashtags, notifications, and updates swallow you whole. - What It’d Be Like To Step Inside Your Twitter Feed
Apr 9, 2014 / 542 notes

fastcodesign:

Let 360 degrees of hashtags, notifications, and updates swallow you whole.What It’d Be Like To Step Inside Your Twitter Feed

Mar 30, 2014 / 189 notes

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Sneakerbot II in Filaflex by Recreus

The new sneakers by Recreus printed in Filaflex 1.75mm.
During months we have investigated and work hard to develop the 1.75 mm filaflex format. Sneakerbots are the actual proof that shows filaflex works becoming in the most elastic filament on the market.

The sneakerbots by Ignacio Garcia are inspIred by 80s films such us back to the future, starwars, short circuit etc.

Should be noted that the new design is more comfortables than first one. You can vary the softness changing the percentage of infill. The tongue makes that laces don´t hurt foot.

Hope you print them, wear them and be the coolest maker in your city!!

[download & print them] [via kraftfuttermischwerk]

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Future
[source] [via Jonathan Waller]
Mar 30, 2014 / 301 notes