Ubiquitous Graphics : Magic Lenses for Large Displays

May 21st, 2005 | Filed under: Computing, Design, Future, Mapping, Products, Programming, Technology | No Comments »

Ubiquitous Graphics at the Future Application Lab in Goteborg is a project by Johan Sanneblad which integrates large displays with position-aware handheld “magic lenses” that display detailed information from the larger display. A similar project by Patrick Baudisch called ‘focus-plus-context screens‘ was presented at SIGGRAPH 2002.

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NaviGaze Hands Free Computer Control [Free Download]

May 18th, 2005 | Filed under: Computing, Design, Future, Mapping, Technology | 6 Comments »

Tendinitis? Carpal Tunnel? Get it out of your wrist and move it to your neck. NaviGaze 2.0 tracks your head and eyes with a USB webcam and translates them to mouse gestures. Try it. It’s free. Next up : brainwaves.

High Speed DNA Sequencing

April 21st, 2005 | Filed under: Biology, Biotech, Computing, Mapping, Products, Technology | No Comments »

DNA sequencing of one human genome currently runs about $20 million to $30 million and takes six months. The soon to be tested Helicos machine uses a method that skips several processes bringing the cost down to $5,000 and 3 days , allowing scientists to gather wider samplings for analysis and discover the secrets to our genes.

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BioModels : Open Source Computational Systems Biology

April 14th, 2005 | Filed under: AI, Biology, Biotech, Computing, Mathematics | No Comments »

The recently launched BioModels Database (April 11,2005), by the European Molecular Biology Laboratory and the SBML Team, promises to be a great resource for quantitative modeling of complex systems. Using a the widely accepted, Systems Biology Markup Language (SBML), an open-source computer language, this database, for the first time, will allow for an open exchange of biological models while providing cross-referencing. As complex computational systems strive to emulate the efficiency of biological systems, this database will surely prove to be indispensable for computer modelers. (image: Delwich Lab)

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FAB : Gershenfeld's Book on Future Fablabs

April 6th, 2005 | Filed under: Books, Computing, Design, Fabrication Tech, Future, Materials, Programming, Technology, Video | No Comments »

Neil Gershenfeld, the director of the Center for Bits and Atoms at MIT and professor of the widely reported ‘How to make almost anything‘ class, has a book coming out on April 12, 2005 called FAB : The Coming Revolution on Your Desktop–From Personal Computers to Personal Fabrication. In the book Gershenfeld argues that the next revolution is going to happen through the mass deployment of ‘personal fabrication’ laboratories (fablabs).

Watch Gershenfeld speak on C-Span : The Digital Future (1:33:06) and read an interview on Edge.

via FutureWire | Nature

M-TRAN II : Autonomous Transforming Robot

March 27th, 2005 | Filed under: AI, Computing, Future, Mechanical Tech | No Comments »

Distributed Systems Design Research Group have developed M-TRAN II, an incredible modular robot, capable of self-assembly and transformations as it uses GA (genetic algorithms) to generate new methods of locomotion. Watch the video [mpg 24.9mb] [rm 6.6mb]. more vids.

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Jeff Hawkins : Brain Theory Before AI

March 25th, 2005 | Filed under: AI, Biology, Computing, Future | 1 Comment »

Much of the research today on the brain and AI are based on assumptions that intelligence is a process of inputs and outputs / actions and reactions. Jeff Hawkins argues that intelligence is a continuous process of making predictions based on memory. Most well known for inventing the Palmpilot, he is one of the very few who are devoted to researching brain theory. His quest to unravel the brain and the inner workings of intelligence will be crucial to progress in AI and our understanding of humanity. His recent venture into creating a new kind of computer memory system, Numenta, could be a giant leap towards intelligent computers.

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Name Your Own Planet!

March 2nd, 2005 | Filed under: Computing, Future, Internet, Mapping, Technology | No Comments »

The PlanetQuest Collaboratory, a privately funded project by Gutelius (Stanford University) and Doyle (SETI Institute in California), will turn your personal computer into a planet searching machine through a [email protected]-like network. Unlike [email protected], the interface is more interactive and connects to potentially 10 dedicated telescopes, compared to SETI’s single shared telescope. Your chances to find & name your own planet? 1:3000 – 1:5000.

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The Future of Data Storage

February 21st, 2005 | Filed under: Computing, Future, Nanotech, Products | No Comments »

The BBC has a report on several potential storage solutions of the future ranging from 2 or 3-dimensional arrays and nanoscaled solutions. The one that really catches my attention is Dr Török‘s multiplexed optical data storage which takes the current laser technology and adds the ability to sense the angle of the deflected laser. In other words, the information is no longer read simply as the discreet states of ones and zeros. Each point has the potential to hold an infinite set of states depending on the sensitivity of the angular detection. Beyond the capability to densely store enormous amounts of information, this technology could lend itself to transforming our method of computation from discreet to analog where there are an infinite states between one and zero. Understanding and performing analog computations would open doors to understanding intelligence and push computation in a new direction.

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Universal machines : Computational Architecture

February 16th, 2005 | Filed under: Architecture, Computing, Fabrication Tech, Mathematics | No Comments »

Pratt Institute is holding an all day symposium on Thursday, 02/17/2005, exploring the future of computing and architecture. If you are in the New York area and have the slightest interest in the future of architecture technologies (built and unbuilt), you should get your ass on the G-train and attend! The speakers include some of the most cutting edge thinkers in the fields of architecture and mathematics covering topics ranging from algorithmic fabrication, biomimicry to genomic, genetic and quantam issues in architecture. (Image from Dazzle Topologies / RE.ptile, Evan Douglis)

Description : Exploring the relationship between architecture and computing with a focus on universality.

Universality implies the ability of computers to emulate divergent and multivalent processes that are not possible given the fixed parameters of classical machines. The symposium will attempt to open up futures in computing and architecture that have been stalled by the singular proliferation of narrow formalist tropes. Computing offers architecture an unprecedented opportunity to invent new forms and practices.

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