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Monday, October 03, 2011

Mind Control Flies Toy Helicopter: Autism or Epilepsy Cure? | This Could Be Big - Yahoo! News

Mind Control Flies Toy Helicopter: Autism or Epilepsy Cure? | This Could Be Big - Yahoo! News:

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But now a device with the simplicity of a head massager can read the electrical activity deep inside your melon and relay those commands to any number of devices.
It is the $300 Emotive Epic headset, and it could change how paraplegics move, soldiers shoot and the lazy change channels. But Emotive's founder and inventor thinks it can help understand and cure diseases from autism to epilepsy.
Until there is mind-control romance, we take a look at the bubbliest trend in on-line dating; location-based social apps. After Joel Simkhai created a gay hook-up app called Grindr, he says countless women begged him for a straight version.
With Blendr, anyone can create a profile, check in and see how many fellow dog/sushi/"Mad Men"-loving singles are within walking distance. Now if he can just convince all women that "proximity" is a turn on.
Anyone who has tried online dating can attest that profile photos and reality don't often match.
But while Skype and Facetime make it harder to hide the real you, Jason Siraghi's Face Tracker algorithm changes the game once again. It allows anyone with a web camera to "wear" another face in real time. The edges are still rough, but as more coders jump in and perfect the software, it is only a matter of time before a scandal-plagued celeb uses the "someone stole my face" defense.
And for people who prefer whimsy over warfare, there is a quick look at the vast new online game called Glitch.
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Sunday, August 21, 2011

NRI-led team invents chips that mimic human brain - Hindustan Times

NRI-led team invents chips that mimic human brain - Hindustan Times: The “neurosynaptic core” attempts to replicate the brain’s cognitive processors, with integrated memory for synapses, computation for neurons and communication for axons

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Autonomous Vehicle Law Passes In Nevada: Driverless Cars Could Hit The Road In 2012

Nevada just passed a law that could let self-driving cars on the road as soon as March 1, 2012. The new legislation directs the Department of Motor Vehicles to "adopt regulations authorizing the operation of autonomous vehicles on highways within the State of Nevada."

According to the law, an "autonomous vehicle" is one that uses "artificial intelligence, sensors and global positioning system coordinates to drive itself without the active intervention of a human operator." The law asks the DMV to create a driver's license endorsement for such vehicles.

According to the law, an "autonomous vehicle" is one that uses "artificial intelligence, sensors and global positioning system coordinates to drive itself without the active intervention of a human operator." The law asks the DMV to create a driver's license endorsement for such vehicles.

Self-driving cars have been tested by Google, and recently, by Volkswagen. The autonomous VW uses a "Temporary Autopilot" program that can control the car using a radar system, laser scanner and ultrasonic sensors to determine its position in relation to other cars, to slow down near curves in the road, and more.

While the law may seem like a whiff of the future, it doesn't necessarily mean we'll see cars careening around on their own anytime soon. Rather, the law asks that the DMV design regulations that will help determine how such cars can be approved and used.

Google has been a major proponent of the self-driving car, saying that it believes such vehicles could cut road accidents in half. The company has already tested out their automated cars on the streets of California, logging over 140,000 miles. And, according to The New York Times, Google has been lobbying in Nevada for the passage of this very law.

Steven Levy's book "In The Plex" describes how current Google CEO Larry Page once wanted to enter the stage at the CES tech conference in Las Vegas while sitting on the roof of a self-driving car named Stanley. He didn't get his wish then, but it looks like he might now

Friday, June 17, 2011

High-precision robots available in kit form


High-precision robots available in kit form: "In practice, “plates” equipped with motors that give them from one to three degrees of freedom are mounted on a cube 10 cm wide. According to their type and disposition, they can allow up to six degrees of freedom (three translational and three for rotation) to a point situated at one of the angles of the cube, on which a tool can be fitted"

Intro. to Machine Vision by Microscan

Intro. to Machine Vision by Microscan

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Artificial Intelligences Fight for World Dominion…in Ms. Pac-Man (video) | Singularity Hub

Artificial Intelligences Fight for World Dominion…in Ms. Pac-Man (video) | Singularity Hub: "Ms. Pac-Man vs. Ghosts is a unique reminder that ultimate competition won’t be between man and machine but between ever more incredible forms of artificial intelligence."

Monday, June 06, 2011

Make: Online | Excellent MicroRAX/Linxmotion Robot Legs

Make: Online | Excellent MicroRAX/Linxmotion Robot Legs: "I made this biped with the intention of building a full body. I merged MicroRax parts with the lynxmotion parts, a little bit of hacking and cheating was necessary to get everything to fit together nicely. At this point my goal is to shift weight to one leg and try to lift the other."

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