"If Back to the Future has taught us anything, it’s that hoverboards are amazing, and it is one of 2014’s inexcusable tragedies that they are not yet real."

This Is Why We Don’t Have Google X Hoverboards Yet

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discoverynews:

Touch, Tilt 3-D Images Like You’re Tony Stark
The time is coming when we can bat around holographic images like Tony Stark did in Ironman 2. Only instead of holograms, they’re images generated with help from a fog machine. Read more

discoverynews:

Touch, Tilt 3-D Images Like You’re Tony Stark

The time is coming when we can bat around holographic images like Tony Stark did in Ironman 2. Only instead of holograms, they’re images generated with help from a fog machine. Read more

laughingsquid:

Rise of the Patent Troll by Kirby Ferguson of ‘Everything Is a Remix’

Too many frivolous patent lawsuits and no regulation has amounted to a legal nightmare for many, with good ideas at fixpatents.org for solutions mentioned at the end.

"You should take a look at this,” he told her. “I can move my toes on command.” “Her jaw about hit the floor at that point."

How A New Technology Is Helping Paralyzed Patients Regain Use Of Their Legs

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wired:

Someone tell Busta Rhymes it’s time for his big comeback video.

This crazy video trick makes you king of your own funky little planet.

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(Source: Wired)

techstuffhsw:

Can computers be creative? When a machine creates art, who’s the artist — the program or the programmer?

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techstuffhsw:

Your Next Surgeon Might Be a Robot

OK, not an autonomous robot. But doctor-controlled robotic devices are used in lots of procedures these days. And as technology advances, it’s easy to imagine a future of inexpensive, low-risk robot surgery. We explain where the tech is and where it may be headed. [Still curious? We dig deeper in our companion podcast episode.]

stufftoblowyourmind:

Outsourcing Memory: From digital photography to Internet spellcheckers, we allocate more and more of our cognitive processes to the cloud. But what do we ultimately gain from all of this – and what do we lose? Find out in this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind.

(Source: stufftoblowyourmind.com)

techstuffhsw:

The Tesla Tale (Part 1)

Tesla Motors hasn’t always traveled on a smooth road — pun intended. (Pun always intended.) But the company also managed to sell a lot of cars before they even had a prototype — and this during the economic crash of the late ’00s. So how did the company weather tough financial times? And what did a suitcase full of cash and a sudden trip to Tijuana have to do with their success?

[If you just want the episode mp3, here you go.]

And here’s Part 2.

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Soft Robot Glaucus by Super Releaser

"Glaucus the open source soft robotic quadruped with no hard moving parts available for download" - The Future/Skynet is near.

The Glaucus, named after the Blue Sea Slug (Glaucus Atlanticus), is an open source soft robotic quadruped from Super-Releaser { http://superreleaser.com }. It is a proof of concept for a method developed at Super-Releaser that can reproduce nearly any geometry modeled on the computer as a seamless silicone skin. The company hopes to apply these same techniques to practical problems in medicine and engineering as the technology develops.

The quadruped has hollow interior chambers that interdigitate with one another. When either of these chambers is pressurized it deforms and bends the structure of the robot. This bending produces the walking motion. It is similar to how a salamander walks, by balancing itself on one pair of legs diagonal from one another while moving the opposite pair forward.

Super-Releaser is an open source company. You can find links to all of its research, including downloads for 3d printing your own Glaucus, on { http://superreleaser.com }. You can find supplemental information on how this technology was developed at { http://bit.ly/softrobots }. If you have any questions about the Glaucus, soft robotics, or the tutorials Super-Releaser has authored, please visit the Soft Robotics Forum at { http://forum.superreleaser.com }.

For more details:
* Make your own walking soft robot - http://learn.adafruit.com/soft-quadru…
* Download the source files - http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:277171/
* More info on Super-Releaser - http://superreleaser.com/about-us/
* More information about the methods behind these robots - http://har.ms/b/CMA
* Photos of the process - https://flic.kr/s/aHsjVkYNy2

Credits:
* Robot Design/Fabrication - Matthew Borgatti http://har.ms
* CG Animation - Edmund Earle http://www.edgeworxstudios.com/
* Narration - Mark Ryes http://markryes.com
* Music - Noqturne: Bluberryz http://www.jamendo.com/en/list/a44632…

[Super Releaser] [Download the Glaucus] [via motherboard] [picture by superreleaser]

policymic:

Night vision contact lenses may soon be a reality

After a recent breakthrough by U.S. researchers, night-vision contact lenses could soon go from video game science-fiction to a real life possibility.
The secret? Graphene lenses which sense “the full infrared spectrum” in addition to visible and ultraviolet light. Assistant professor Zhaohui Zhong of the University of Michigan research team told the Independent: “We can make the entire design super-thin. It can be stacked on a contact lens or integrated with a cell phone.”
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policymic:

Night vision contact lenses may soon be a reality

After a recent breakthrough by U.S. researchers, night-vision contact lenses could soon go from video game science-fiction to a real life possibility.

The secret? Graphene lenses which sense “the full infrared spectrum” in addition to visible and ultraviolet light. Assistant professor Zhaohui Zhong of the University of Michigan research team told the Independent: “We can make the entire design super-thin. It can be stacked on a contact lens or integrated with a cell phone.”

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