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Archive for May, 2012

Future Big Data: Devices That Can See Through Walls

Researchers at the University of Texas Dallas successfully designed an imager chip that can see through walls. They will be embedded into mobile phones. This discovery boasts two scientific developments: tapping an unused range of electromagnetic spectrum which brought us wavelength energies such as AM and FM signals, and a new microchip technology.

Via: Silicon Angle


Floating Island on the Move

The Solar Floating Resort is an example of what the distant future might hold when it comes to architecture, our reliance on renewable resources, and dealing with overpopulation on land. Covered completely in a photovoltaic skin, the resort is 100% self-sufficient and non-polluting. On top of that, the floating palace is actually a modular system that divides into much smaller components that can be moved and assembled almost anywhere.

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One Step Beyond – The First Human Cyborg

First Human Cyborg, Kevin Warwick University of Reading, England:


Google Finally Explains the Tech Behind Their Autonomous Cars | Popular Science

Google’s self-driving fleet of robo-Priuses have been cruising around the San Francisco area for months now, logging over 190,000 miles. But until recently, the technology behind the autonomous cars had been kept secret. Last month, Sebastian Thrun, a Stanford professor and head of the project, and Google engineer Chris Urmson, delivered a keynote speech at the IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems in San Francisco, explaining how the car works. Their presentation included a video of the car’s tech, which also showed what the car “sees” as it drives, a trippy neon image of the surrounding area, with roughly rendered cars and people moving around it.

via Video: Google Finally Explains the Tech Behind Their Autonomous Cars | Popular Science.

Future tech: infrared bionic eyes – PC & Tech Authority

The scientists of Stanford University may soon be able to help the blind see, using infrared light.

Bionic eyes? Like Blade Runner?

Sort of. But you don’t need to be a replicant to sport these peepers – under development at Stanford University. The idea is to restore sight to those that have lost it.

via Future tech: infrared bionic eyes – PC & Tech Authority.


What if you could get a tweet when your laundry was done? Or, a text when your dog needed to go outside? This is all possible with Twine, a new gadget that helps automate the home and requires no difficult set-up. Amazing.

Automate Your Entire Home With This 2.5” Gadget (Yes, We Live In The Future) – Tech »

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Intel research hopes to give computers human smarts, appreciate our idiosyncrasies

Within five years, will all five senses be computerized, and in a decade, will transistors per chip outnumber neurons in the human brain? Intel will invest more than $40 million over the next 5 years in a worldwide network of university research communities called the Intel Collaborative Research Institutes ICRI to find out.Intel research hopes to give computers human smarts, appreciate our idiosyncrasies »Intels chief technology officer, Justin Rattner, doesnt own a smartphone. Well, not by his definition anyway. Talking in Tel Aviv, Rattner was evangelizing about the opportunities in machine learnin…

via Intel Research.