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Welcome to the Robot Restaurant in China

Monday 02.11.2013 , Posted by

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In another new chapter of artificial intelligences comes the restaurant that is served by robots. In the town of Harbin, China, there are robots that welcome, cook, serve and sing for the guests while they dine on the cuisine. Meals such as noodles, french fries, dumplings and rice dishes are served at the establishment. [Read more...]

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New, Easy to Use, 4-Dimensional Storytelling Tool

Monday 02.04.2013 , Posted by

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If you were ever one of those kids who buckled under pressure whenever you had to present something to the class no matter how prepared you were, then you will wish you had Meograph when you were in school. Meograph is a new app intended for journalists, students, teachers, and travelers to make four dimensional presentations. As the story is told, with voice recording capabilities, visuals like embedded youtube videos and pictures are presented simultaneously over GoogleEarth maps and a timeline at the bottom of the screen. Teachers all over the country are adding Meograph to their lesson plans and students are creating interesting, interactive presentations in half the time. [Read more...]

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Forget Hiking! Google Maps Hits the Grand Canyon

Friday 02.01.2013 , Posted by

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Spoiler Alert… for anyone who wants to be surprised by natural wonders like the Grand Canyon, don’t look at this! Google announced today that it has gotten into the hiking game… and they’re making it a lot easier for those who would rather go there by armchair. Today they released an extensive trail based tour the majestic Grand Canyon. Just like Google Street View, you can now cruise down over 75 miles of trails including the famous Bright Angel and Kaibab Trail. It’s a far sight easier than pulling on those old hiking boots. [Read more...]

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Paperman: Disney’s Oscar-Nominated Short, Now Online

Wednesday 01.30.2013 , Posted by

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It’s always refreshing when big name companies do it the good old fashioned way… even if that’s just the way it looks. Such is the case with Disney’s recent Oscar-Nominated Short, Paperman. Just released on the internet for all to enjoy, the 6 minute romantic comedy has a simply charming plot which could get many people swept away with the joy of young love… and maybe even challenge some to leave their mind-numbing jobs for it. The mid-century New York based film would stand on its own with this fact alone, but the film also uses a “groundbreaking” new technique to seamlessly merge the accuracy of computer-generated animation with the old school charm of hand-drawn animation. [Read more...]

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Crazy About Wine on Vine

Monday 01.28.2013 , Posted by

With Twitter’s newest app Vine, rather than seeing an Instagram snapshot of everything your friends eat or drink, you can watch a looping six second video of it! To keep up with the world’s declining attention spans, users must select just 6 seconds of footage to capture a moment. Surprisingly the videos can be very entertaining, especially since you can watch them as they are posted, in real-time, on vinepeek.com. It’s as if people around the world have their own 6 second reality show and you can choose which ones to tune into on Twitter. [Read more...]

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Burkina Faso: Earthen Homes with Geometric Patterns

Monday 01.28.2013 , Posted by

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The Kassena people of Burkina Faso build some of the most beautiful homes you’ll see, out of the most unusual of materials. The small, landlocked country is sandwiched between Ghana to the south and Mali to the north, yet the country still holds many diverse cultures. The Kassena village featured here – Tiébélé – is a small circular place covering just 3 acres and is the home of their most stunning architecture – decorated top to bottom with gorgeous black geometric patterns and images of local culture. [Read more...]

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LED Gym Floor Changes Activities in Seconds

Wednesday 01.23.2013 , Posted by

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Sports spaces are increasingly being used for multiple activities… one floor could be used for basketball, and an hour later used for a volleyball game. In an ever increasing effort to squeeze the most amount of use, function and cost efficiency out of our gym spaces one thing truly holds us back: painted lines. [Read more...]

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Space Blogger: Chris Hadfield’s Photos from the ISS

Monday 01.21.2013 , Posted by

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It’s hard to imagine a blog published more remotely than Colonel Chris Hadfield’s… and yet he’s only about 200 miles away from many of us. That’s because he’s blogging from perhaps the most exclusive place around: the International Space Station (ISS). This Canadian astronaut is on his second trip to the massive station circling the earth, where he’s soon scheduled to take his and a Canadian’s first command of the ISS. Life is good. [Read more...]

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Firewall: Interactive Music with a Spandex Membrane

Tuesday 01.15.2013 , Posted by

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Firewall is a new and exciting interactive audio/visual experience which uses a piece of stretched spandex as a performance membrane. Working like a big stretchy touch screen, when people push on the fabric they send fire-like visual ripples across the screen and beautifully change both the tempo and tone of the music being played… it has the power to transform everyone into an expressive musician simply with the stroke of a hand. [Read more...]

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Would You Volunteer for a One-Way Trip to Mars?

Saturday 01.12.2013 , Posted by

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Would you volunteer for a one-way trip to Mars, never again to return to the Earth? That is the proposition the non-profit organization Mars One is putting forth for a group of 4 brave people with a distinct lack of nostalgia for old Mother Earth. Once on the red planet, they will establish a habitable, sustainable outpost designed to receive additional astronauts every two years. If the plan works, we will see Mars being colonized by as early as 2023… that’s 10 short years people! [Read more...]

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