Google + Keyhole = Google Earth

May 31st, 2005 | Filed under: Future, Internet, Mapping, Products, Virtual Reality | 5 Comments »

Google Earth (currently beta), the future replacement for Keyhole, shows remarkable improvements in global data visualization. Major additions include 3D buildings, public transit routes and what is “likely the largest scale, highest resolution, natural color database of the earth’s visual appearance and terrain surface ever assembled.”(Keyhole Primary Database)

via newrecruit

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View-Dependent Stereoscopic Projection in Real Environments

May 30th, 2005 | Filed under: Architecture, Augmented, Design, Future, Mapping, Products, Technology, Virtual Reality | 1 Comment »

This new technique
in steroscopic projection callibrates each pixel that is projected onto non-planar textured and colored surfaces for view-depedant stereoscopic visualization. The ad-hoc projection opens up the potential for augmented reality environements in virtually any space, removing the need for a dedicated white projection screen or CAVEs. Imagine projecting a virtual corridor on a brick wall that maintains its illusion by removing any distortions caused by texture or color and by visualizing the depth of the cooridor stereoscopically as the viewer changes position. [demo video] [Siggraph 2005]

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Endorphin : 3D Character Animation + AI

May 27th, 2005 | Filed under: AI, Future, Mapping, Products, Programming, Technology, Virtual Reality | 7 Comments »

‘s Dynamic Motion Synthesis is a new approach to 3D character animation which utilize biomechanically modeled characters with intelligence to create adaptive behavior. Endorphin 2.0 is their interactive character modeling program in which characters are assigned behaviors to act out unlike traditional 3D animation techniques which require keyframing very specific motions. Throw a ragdoll and it will simply flop around until it hits the ground. Inject a ragdoll with Dynamic Motion Synthesis and the character will turn its head towards the ground, desperately kick in midair to turn over and lay its arms out as it braces for impact. [demo reel (divx)]

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Capsule Endoscope by Olympus

May 26th, 2005 | Filed under: Future, Health, Photography, Products, Technology, Video | 2 Comments »

Olympus Medical Systems has a new capsule endoscope with some advanced features including a self-propelled electro magnetic guidance system, a wireless power supply system, a drug delivery system, body fluid sampling technology, and ultrasound capabilities. [press release]

via MedGadget

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Body Media : You will get sick. . . now.

May 25th, 2005 | Filed under: AI, Design, Future, Health, Mapping, Products | No Comments »

Eric Teller‘s company, Body Media has tracked 132 years of human activity, including 44,533 minutes of jogging and 6,250 minutes of Ping-Pong through it’s armband monitor. The company has sold 7,500 armband monitors which wirelessly record physiological data to be analyzed by 1,300 algorithms that figure out what that body is doing. Within a year, Teller will have ten times the current data, enough to write intelligent programs that may predict when someone will suffer a cold, epileptic fit or heart attack. [video]

via Forbes | K.AI

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Sensacell : Modular Sensor Surface

May 25th, 2005 | Filed under: Architecture, Design, Lighting, Materials, Products, Technology | 3 Comments »

The SENSACELL system is a new human interface technology for various interior and exterior applications and is scalable from a single module to 1000’s of square feet. The modular sensor detects objects within 6″ through materials such as glass, plastics, wood, tile, etc. The system’s network can also interface with a computer for control over any module within the system. Prices will range from $150- $350 per square foot, depending on the model, type and color of LEDs etc. [video]

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Ultra-Thin Liquid Crystal Zoom Lens

May 24th, 2005 | Filed under: Fabrication Tech, Future, Photography, Products, Technology | 1 Comment »

Scientists at Canada’s Universit√ɬ© Laval have invented a new lens that is five times thinner than a piece of paper that zooms by realigning liquid crystal cells with an electric current.

See also University of Central Florida’s Liquid Crystal Lens with Tunable Focus.

via Digital Photography Review

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Get Your Own Dexterous Robotic Hand

May 23rd, 2005 | Filed under: Design, Mechanical Tech, Products, Technology, Video | 13 Comments »

The Shadow Robot Company is now publicly offering the world’s most advanced Dexterous Hand. The Hand is equipped with 186 force sensors and joints controlled by pairs of Air Muscles that are matched in opposing directions like the human hand.

Watch the hand twist a off a cap.

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Microscope Imaging Station

May 23rd, 2005 | Filed under: Biology, Photography, Technology, Video | 1 Comment »

The Microscope Imaging Station at the Exploratorium has a gallery of some amazing images and movies taken from research-grade microscopes using time-lapse photography and staining techniques.

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Evolutionary Keyboard Layout

May 21st, 2005 | Filed under: Computing, Programming | No Comments »

QWERTY is simply inefficient and backwards. Dvorak is a better, but not quite there yet. Using an evolutionary program written in 1000 lines of C, we now have the most efficient keyboard layout; in theory. It turns out Dvorak is winning the race so far, but it may just be a matter of human bias. Or maybe a champion QWERTY typist will throw the whole race off?

via IlliGAL

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