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Mind Control is Now a Reality: UW Researcher Controls Friend Via an Internet Connection

Friday 08.30.2013 , Posted by

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Okay… as soon as I wrote the title above I thought: “this sounds just like something from the cover of a doomsday supermarket tabloid.” But the thing is, it’s absolutely true. Here’s a rundown of the amazing thing that has happened: Rajesh Rao, a University of Washington professor of computer science and engineering, looked at a computer screen and played a simple video game with his mind. The game required him to fire a cannon at a target, but to do so he had to imagine moving his right hand to hit the fire button. To do all this he wore a fairly amusing cap covered with blue rings that read his brainwaves. Now here’s the amazing part. [Read more...]

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3D Print UK has Created the World’s First 3D Printed Twin Tip Skateboard

Sunday 08.25.2013 , Posted by

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Last month 3D Print UK teamed up with CGTrader to host a competition for the best portfolio. The winner was highly creative and skilled artist Sam Abbott. The prize? Abbott was chosen to have his design for a twin tip skateboard printed on a 3D printer. Looking at the final product, you would imagine it was as simple as one big piece, but since the board was longer than the build tray, they had to cut it into 3 sections, and combine it with connector pins to add strength. The skateboard is fully ride-able, but may not be the best for stunts. It’s still an awesome looking board and a huge step for functional 3D printing. [Read more...]

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Simon Stålenhag Paints a Fantastic Yet Familiar Future of Machines in Nature

Tuesday 08.20.2013 , Posted by

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The odd thing about the future is, once it arrives it never seems so futuristic. I mean, how many times have you heard, “Wow, I can’t believe it’s already 2013…”? But look around and it all seems pretty normal. That’s the feeling I get when looking at these seriously impressive paintings by Swedish artist Simon Stålenhag. His paintings show a universe much like our own, but beside the everyday humans carrying out everyday activities are massive buildings and machines running on technologies currently unknown. [Read more...]

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Hyperloop: Elon Musk Proposes Tube-Based Transport from San Francisco to Los Angeles (in 35 minutes!)

Monday 08.19.2013 , Posted by

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According to revolutionary idea guru Elon Musk, his new concept for better high-speed transportation in California is a “cross between a Concorde, a railgun, and an air hockey table. That’s what he hinted at the D11 Conference in May, before the thrilling new transport concept called Hyperloop was officially announced to the public. The idea was conceived after the controversial plan for California’s high speed rail program connecting San Francisco and LA was announced. Not only was the proposed system one of the most expensive in the world (estimated at $68.4 billion), but also one of the slowest. Musk thinks California can do better – much better. [Read more...]

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Algorithm: Help Launch a New “Hacker Film” About Fighting Government Monitoring

Thursday 08.01.2013 , Posted by

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What if there was no such thing as privacy in the world. What if there was a group of people who had access to all your information. What might that group possibly do and how would the people react? This futuristic (and quite possibly realistic) situation is the heart of a new technological thriller yet to be filmed titled “Algorithm.” Developed by writer and filmmaker Jonathan Schiefer, the film revolves around a hacker-for-hire who discovers that the government is monitoring everything people are doing. He and his friends decide to fight back in full force. Does this story sound somewhat familiar? Edward Snowden has done something similar by becoming a whistle blower on the NSA, yet this story was written before the Snowden episode. Currently Schiefer and crew are looking for support in all ways, hoping to make their dream a reality and begin filming in San Francisco. [Read more...]

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Van Gogh in high resolution ‘Gigapixel’ format

Wednesday 07.31.2013 , Posted by

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The Google Art Project is an ongoing collaboration between art museums around the world. Partnering with large, world famous museums and small community based ones, the Project is utilized in over 40 countries. At current count, over 40,000 high resolution images of fine art have been contributed to the site. [Read more...]

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Modular Robots that Self-Assemble, Coordinate and Fly

Friday 07.26.2013 , Posted by

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Quadrotors are all the rage right now, from a series of robots that precisely create buildings out of blocks, to an artist who turned his deceased cat into a flying machine (yes really); but what about robotic flying machines that need to self-assemble and cooperate in order to take flight? That was the dream of Professor Raffaello D’Andrea at the Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control at ETH Zurich. In 2008 he conceptualized the Distributed Flight Array, a self-assembling modular robot, and today it has become a reality. He and his team of researchers/students have spent the past 5 years conceptualizing, prototyping and testing a series of one-rotor flying machines that can’t fly on their own… but together form an unlimited array of flying potential. It’s seriously cool how well these machines operate; just check out the video below! [Read more...]

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South African Cell Phone Towers Disguised As Trees

Thursday 07.25.2013 , Posted by

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It’s pretty rare in this day and age to find someone without a cell phone. In order to service all of these phones, cell towers are popping up everywhere, but in South Africa you may not be able to spot them. Many of the cell towers there are disguised as trees (although they don’t look all that natural towering over the natural flora in the area). Photographer Dillon Marsh captures some of these costumed towers in a series he calls Invasive Species. [Read more...]

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HUGE Pedal-Powered Helicopter Claims 33 Year Old Prize

Friday 07.19.2013 , Posted by

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In 1980 the American Helicopter Society (AHS) laid down a challenge: create a human-powered helicopter that can stay at least 10 feet in the air for at least 60 seconds within a 30 x 30 foot space. 33 years later the $250,000 prize has finally been claimed by a team named AeroVelo and their absolutely massive four-rotor helicopter called Atlas. The unbelievable video below is a must watch. [Read more...]

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Forget Flying Cars, Here’s a Flying Bicycle!

Thursday 07.18.2013 , Posted by

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Imagine this: you walk out to your garage after your morning coffee, hop on your bicycle, ride down to the nearby field, and then fly to the beach. Wait… fly?!

That’s the idea behind this wild Kickstarter project called Paravelo. They’ve connected a modified folding bicycle to a powered parachute assembly, creating a hybrid bicycle-trailer-flying machine. It’s an affordable way to get in the air, and to the airfield. [Read more...]

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