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Learning Retinal Implant System

January 18th, 2006 | Filed under: Augmented, Future, Health, Video | 1 Comment »

Intelligent Medical Implants AG (IMI), has successfully implanted two patients with its camera to retina transmiter with a unique ‘learning’ capability.

via Medgadget


Nokia with Near Field Communication

December 23rd, 2005 | Filed under: Future, Products, Programming, Technology | 3 Comments »

Nokia has rolled out prototype devices that both read and write RFID tags dubbed NFC (Near Field Communication). The interface links phones to phones as well as tags for embedded location-based triggers.

via elastic space


Personal / Desktop Fabrication

December 6th, 2005 | Filed under: Fabrication Tech, Future, Products, Technology | 2 Comments »

Imagine that your coffee maker breaks just before you’re about to host a brunch. You go online and click on the model you want to buy. But you don’t have to wait for it to be shipped; instead, a machine on your desk kicks into operation. Inside a glass chamber, a nozzle spits out the electronics, chassis, motor and other components, layer by layer. An hour later, you snap together a few parts and the brewing begins. David Pescovitz has written a great article for Salon on the future of desktop fabrication and the various approaches researchers are pursuing.


Cybertouching : Transmitting Tactility

December 6th, 2005 | Filed under: Augmented, Future, Mechanical Tech, Social, Virtual Reality | 2 Comments »

Researchers at Singapore-based Nanyang Technological University (NTU) demostrated a jacket that conducts touch heat, pressure, and vibrations on a live chicken. The system synchronizes tactile movements using a live video feed to transmit ‘cybertouches’. [article (pdf)]

via vnunet


Hacking Earth via [email protected]

November 28th, 2005 | Filed under: Future, Internet, Scary, Science | No Comments »

According to Richard Carrigan, a particle physicist at the US Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Illinois, aliens could use the widespread [email protected] network the unleash viruses. But then again, if they wanted to, they’ve probably already done so, or maybe they’re living amongst us, or maybe they’re gentle beings and will send us the answer to life, the Universe, and everything.

via Guardian Unlimited | Space


Blended Wing passes wind-tunnel tests.

November 14th, 2005 | Filed under: Design, Future, Technology | 1 Comment »

A futuristic “blended wing” plane developed by NASA has passed crucial wind-tunnel tests. These reveal that engineers may have overcome some of the controllability challenges associated with the revolutionary aircraft design.

via NS


Bio-Paper for Printing Organs

November 10th, 2005 | Filed under: Biotech, Future, Health, Materials | 3 Comments »

An emerging branch of medicine called “organ printing” takes a patient’s own healthy cells and uses a printer, cell-based “bio-ink” and “bio-paper” to create tissue to repair a damaged organ.

A new hydrogel or “bio-paper”,developed by the University of Utah College of Pharmacy, enables printing of organs by layering thin sheets embedded with cells. The cells and liquid hydrogel are put in the printer cartridge and then dropped into three-dimensional, 1-microliter dots that form layers as the hydrogel hardens. The cells form tissue that can be implanted into a damaged organ. Glenn D. Prestwich believes testing will begin on humans in the next year as research pushes to repair damaged organs in real-time.

via Medgadget


Q Machine : One million atom simulation

November 7th, 2005 | Filed under: Biology, Biotech, Computing, Future | 3 Comments »

Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory have set a new world’s record by performing the first million-atom computer simulation in biology. Using the “Q Machine� supercomputer, Los Alamos computer scientists have created a molecular simulation of the cell’s protein-making structure, the ribosome. The project, simulating 2.64 million atoms in motion, is more than six times larger than any biological simulations performed to date. [press release]

via Biology News Net


Translator Tech

November 3rd, 2005 | Filed under: Augmented, Future, Social, Technology | 1 Comment »

Alex Waibel‘s “translations goggles” displays virtual subtitles.
Stan Jou‘s translator captures electrical signals from facial muscles translating silent mouthing of one language to speech or writing in another.

PittsburghLIVE | NS


Implantable Miniature Telescope

November 3rd, 2005 | Filed under: Augmented, Future, Health, Technology | 1 Comment »

The prosthetic telescope, by VisionCare, is permanently implanted into one eye in patients with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) to reduce the ‘blind spot’, drastically improving vision (in over 200 patients in the phase 1 study).

via Medgadget | Israel21c