Sunday, April 20, 2014
fuckyeahfutureshock:

Simulated open-source kickstarted worm that runs in your browser. Lobsters next?
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/openworm/openworm-a-digital-organism-in-your-browser

fuckyeahfutureshock:

Simulated open-source kickstarted worm that runs in your browser. Lobsters next?

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/openworm/openworm-a-digital-organism-in-your-browser

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Dronies!

jkottke:

A dronie is a video selfie taken with a drone. I featured Amit Gupta’s beautiful dronie yesterday:

Other people have since taken dronies of their own and the idea seems like it’s on the cusp of becoming a thing. Here’s one taken by Joshua Works of him and his family on the shore of a lake in Nevada:

The Works clan sold most of their worldly possessions in 2011 and has been travelling the US in an Airstream ever since, logging more than 75,000 miles so far.

Adam Lisagor took this dronie of him and fellow drone enthusiast Alex Cornell standing on the roof of a building in LA:

Adam was inspired to begin playing with drone photography because of Alex’s recent video on Our Drone Future.

Have you taken a dronie? Let me know and I’ll add it to the list.

Once upon a time in the future

First picture via boingboing, second via bruces tumbler.

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)

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)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Drones on demand using Gofor

Gofor provides drones on demand. Using our mobile app, you can task a drone to complete a variety of helpful tasks. “Uber for drones”. http://gofordrones.com

San Francisco, Cali — April 6th 2014 - Gofor, a Bay Area startup, announces the launch its new mobile app of the same name, created to provide drones on demand. “Like Uber for Drones”, Gofor enables users to task drones to help them with a variety of tasks.

The consumer drone market has exploded over the last couple years. Unfortunately, the most exciting technologies are typically reserved for the military; consumer drones meanwhile mostly resemble child’s toys and RC helicopters, capable of nothing more than novelty aerial imaging.

No longer.

Gofor is poised to take the consumer drone market to the next level. With a new fleet of drones on demand, Gofor will make this technology useful to the consumer — capable of providing users with a multitude of services.

Using the Gofor app, drones can be requested to perform one of five preset task assignments. From location scouting to home security, Gofor’s tasks are basic, but undeniably helpful. Users of apps like Uber or Lyft will be familiar with the map-based dispatch interface. Drones in the vicinity appear over the map, and an approximate ETA is shown depending on the requested task. Depending on the task, drones either operate autonomously or are flown by skilled operators.

Gofor adds an entirely new layer of service to the consumer drone market. The app will be available for all iOS devices, with Android to come early 2015. The initial release is limited to five cities in the US (SF being the only public test market).

[GoFor] [read more]

prostheticknowledge:

Quixter

First-to-market biometric payment system scans your hand of it’s vein layout to identify the customer and their account.

To those unfamiliar with vein biometrics, the way your veins are structured around your body are more unique than a fingerprint, therefore considered a far more accurate form of personal identification - video from the University of Lund, Sweden below:

Paying for a coffee or lunch by simply scanning your palm still sounds like science fiction to most of us. However, an engineering student at Lund University in Sweden has made it happen - making his the first known company in the world to install the vein scanning technique in stores and coffee shops.

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Link to Quixter’s website can be found here

yahoonewsphotos:

Human body parts grown in a lab

In a north London hospital, scientists are growing noses, ears and blood vessels in the laboratory in a bold attempt to make body parts using stem cells.

It is among several labs around the world, including in the U.S., that are working on the futuristic idea of growing custom-made organs in the lab.

While only a handful of patients have received the British lab-made organs so far— including tear ducts, blood vessels and windpipes — researchers hope they will soon be able to transplant more types of body parts into patients, including what would be the world’s first nose made partly from stem cells. (AP)

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new-aesthetic:

"The AVATAR kiosk is an automated interviewing platform with an embedded artificial agent that is designed to flag suspicious behavior at a port-of-entry that should be investigated more closely by a trained officer. This primary screening technology is designed for use at ports-of-entry, including border crossings and airports. The kiosk also has many other security application such as visa processing and personnel screening."

Software, Demos, and Prototypes | National Center for Border Security and Immigration

"Border police in Romania are testing a technology developed at the University of Arizona that uses a virtual border agent to question international travelers and flag those that give off suspicious vibes."

What’s Up UA? - UA-Developed Avatar is Helping to Screen New Arrivals at Bucharest Airport - The Explorer: University Of Arizona

Video: Superpoliţistul „Avatar” a intrat în serviciu pe aeroportul Otopeni

To date, the AVATAR has been tested at the US-Mexico border and in several  simulation  exercises,  some  of  which  were  carried  out  in  cooperation  with Frontex.  This is the first field test that has been carried out in a European operational environment.”

BORDERS’ AVATAR ON DUTY IN BUCHAREST AIRPORT | National Center for Border Security and Immigration

Monday, April 14, 2014
emergentfutures:

U.S. Air Force is testing Google Glass & building apps for battlefield use

The positive attributes “are its low power, its low footprint, it sits totally above the eyes, and doesn’t block images or hinder vision,” said 2nd Lt. Anthony Eastin, a behavioral scientist on the BATMAN team testing the glasses.
The BATMAN evaluation group is part of the U.S. Air Force’s 711th Human Performance Wing and is one of the military’s most distinguished research and development groups. It comprises both military and civilian behavioral and technology scientists. The BATMAN acronym stands for Battlefield Air Targeting Man-Aided (K)nowledge.
Full Story: Venture Beat

emergentfutures:

U.S. Air Force is testing Google Glass & building apps for battlefield use

The positive attributes “are its low power, its low footprint, it sits totally above the eyes, and doesn’t block images or hinder vision,” said 2nd Lt. Anthony Eastin, a behavioral scientist on the BATMAN team testing the glasses.

The BATMAN evaluation group is part of the U.S. Air Force’s 711th Human Performance Wing and is one of the military’s most distinguished research and development groups. It comprises both military and civilian behavioral and technology scientists. The BATMAN acronym stands for Battlefield Air Targeting Man-Aided (K)nowledge.

Full Story: Venture Beat

This new thermostat … has lawyers, PR people, a privacy policy, it’s off writing blog posts somewhere, possibly eating my leftover pizza. Maciej Ceglowski, ‘Our Comrade the Electron' (2014)

txchnologist:

3-D Interactive Display Uses Fog As Screens

Engineers have built an interactive display using a tabletop system and mounted personal screens made of fog. Projectors light the fog for each user and a camera system monitors movements, allowing each person at the table to manipulate and share three-dimensional data.

A team at the University of Bristol in the UK say their device, called MisTable, is see-through and reach-through. Both fog screens and the table display can be manipulated by users.

"The personal screen provides direct line of sight and access to the different interaction spaces," said Sriram Subramanian, a professor of human-computer interaction. "Users can be aware of each other’s actions and can easily switch between interacting with the personal screen to the tabletop surface or the interaction section. This allows users to break in or out of shared tasks and switch between individual and group work."

Compare this to the Displair, by Russian inventor Maxim Kamanin. See the MisTable video below.

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prostheticknowledge:

Project Blue

Architecture concept where tall flower-like umbrellas absorb particles found in air pollution and convert them into green energy.

China’s explosive economy has left the world in awe but the country is paying a big price as the “factory of the world” is getting polluted at an alarming speed. Chinese cities are now characterized by an unhealthy hazy weather as the result of large amounts of suspended particles in the air.

The purpose of Project Blue is to transform suspended particles into green energy by creating an enormous upside down cooling tower with a multi-tubular cyclic desulfurization system that produces nitrogen and sulfur. When both elements are combined with the atmospheres surplus of carbon monoxide the result is water coal that would later be transformed methane and used as green energy through a low-pressure reaction called low pressure efficient mathanation – a physical-chemical process to generate methane from a mixture of various gases out of biomass fermentation or thermo-chemical gasification.

More at evolo here

Thursday, April 10, 2014
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.

Video:

[read more] [Gov UK]

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.

Video:

[read more] [Gov UK]