Nanofactory Animation

July 15th, 2005 | Filed under: Fabrication Tech, Future, Nanotech, Video | 5 Comments »

The long anticipated Nanofactory animation, titled “Productive Nanosystems: from Molecules to Superproducts” by Lizard Fire Studios with the support of Nanorex, is now version 1.0. [animation] [slide show]

Thanks, John!


July 14th, 2005 | Filed under: Design, Future, Internet, Programming, Technology | No Comments »

Datatiles , by Jun Rekimoto at Sony CSL, merges dynamic graphical information with digitally tagged physical tiles. The highly developed prototype looks promising.[video]

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TactaPad : Tactile Input Device

July 11th, 2005 | Filed under: Future, Products, Technology | 2 Comments »

User input devices, such as the keyboard and the mouse, are arguably the slowest evolving components to the personal computer. When will we have tactile touchscreens (Immersion Corp.) everywhere? The TactaPad (closer, but not yet available) adds the neglected sense of touch with simultaneous double handed manipulation of multiple objects in user interfaces. [demo]

Manufactured Meat : Beyond Geneticallly Engineered Food

July 8th, 2005 | Filed under: Biotech, Future, Health, Scary, Science | 11 Comments »

Jason Matheny and his colleagues at University of Maryland have described, in the journal Tissue Engineering, methods to grow meat in a lab. Scary, feasible, and has benefits? [article](pdf)

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Speech Recognition in 1 Kilobyte

July 6th, 2005 | Filed under: Future, Programming, Science, Technology | 1 Comment »

Russian scientists at the Institute of Radio Engineering and Electronics have identified a new method of speech recognition that picks up only the essential elements needed to decipher each word. Nuances from whispering, shouting, tremors are ignored, allowing for the efficiency of 1 kilobyte to store all numerals and a few basic commands as a prototype for mobile devices.

via Science Blog

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Giant Magellan Telescope Begins

July 5th, 2005 | Filed under: Future, Mechanical Tech, Photography, Technology | No Comments »

Production on the Giant Magellan Telescope has begun with the casting of its 7 mirrors which will act as a single mirror with a diameter of 83 feet (25.4 meters) giving the telescope 10 times the resolution of the Hubble Telescope. Completion of the telescope is expected by 2016.

via New Scientist

Stem Cells from Adult Human Skin

June 28th, 2005 | Filed under: Biology, Future, Health, News | 1 Comment »

Researchers at Wake Forest University School of Medicine have successfully isolated stem cells from human skin, expanded them in the laboratory and coaxed them into becoming fat, muscle and bone cells. [article]

via Biology News

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Wired NextFest 2005

June 27th, 2005 | Filed under: Future, Products, Technology | 1 Comment »

Head over to Quente Cafe and Core77 for some good NextFest coverage.

ScriptCenter : ATMs for Drug Prescriptions

June 23rd, 2005 | Filed under: Future, Products, Social, Technology | 2 Comments »

ScriptCenters, by Asteres are starting to appear in California, Virginia and Hawaii, some offering 24-7 prescription pickups or the capacity to accept new prescriptions.

via MedGadget | CNN | WSJ

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Extracting Video from the Brain

June 23rd, 2005 | Filed under: Biotech, Future, Mapping, Scary, Science, Technology, Video | 50 Comments »

Garret B. Stanley’s article, published in 1999 in the Journal of Neuroscience, outlines how activity of neurons can be decoded into a reconstructed image. Stanley claims the decoding algorithm is simple since each point in space can be reconstructed at high resolutions from 6 to 8 pairs of cells. The more neurons are tracked, the higher the quality of the reconstruction. The following still frames from a video (top) are actual reconstructions (bottom) from the activity of 177 cells in a cat’s brain.

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