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Cyber Warfare: Iran's Nuclear Computer 'Forced to Play AC/DC' by Computer Malware [VIDEO]

Cyber Warfare: Iran's Nuclear Computer 'Forced to Play AC/DC' by Computer Malware [VIDEO] | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it
Computer malware allegedly forced Iran's computer at nuclear facility to play AC/DC at full volume in the middle of night.
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GuardBot

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As one of the world's only truly amphibious robots, GuardBot is capable of supporting a wide range of security, broadcasting, and military missions.
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wow. I've seen many Sci-Fi movies with such futuristic bots with  organic design, but here it's real :)

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“Blackest” Solar Cell Ever Designed Absorbs 99.7 Percent of All Light

“Blackest” Solar Cell Ever Designed Absorbs 99.7 Percent of All Light | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it
Natcore Technology scientists have created a black silicon solar cell with an average reflectance of 0.3%, making it the “blackest” solar cell ever designed.
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"the cells are more efficient in the morning and afternoon when the sun shines at an angle, and they also outperform cells with current antireflective technology on cloudy days. The difference could be even greater in large-scale solar installations.

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Not only could solar power become more efficient, but there are environment benefits as well – Natcore’s process does not rely on any hazardous chemicals."

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Microsoft Software Recognizes Images Better Than Humans Do

Microsoft Software Recognizes Images Better Than Humans Do | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it
As digital glasses like the Microsoft Hololens and Magic Leap make their way to market, they’ll lean largely on the promise of augmenting our reality—adding interface and information to all of the mundane objects around us. And there are really two ways that the systems can do this without adding RFID broadcast chips to every box of cereal on the grocery store shelf.
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-The first is geolocation

-The second is image recognition


perspectives on the future developments that image recognition could allow.

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Un sparadrap pour recharger vos appareils avec la chaleur du corps

Un sparadrap pour recharger vos appareils avec la chaleur du corps | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it

TECHNO - Aujourd'hui, utiliser un sparadrap est synonyme de petits bobos mais demain? Dans le futur, il est fort possible que les sparadraps nous permettent de recharger nos appareils électroniques.

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capturing body heat to power wearable electronic devices

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Using Lasers to Create Super-hydrophobic Materials with subtitles

Using Lasers to Create Super-hydrophobic Materials with subtitles | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it
Scientists at the University of Rochester have used lasers to transform metals into extremely water repellent, or super-hydrophobic, materials without the need for temporary coatings.
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Prior to this, they worked on super-hydrophilic surfaces. Great research with thousands of concrete potential applications.

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New Device Could Allow Deaf People To "Hear" Through Their Tongues

New Device Could Allow Deaf People To "Hear" Through Their Tongues | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it
As explained in the video below, once you’ve taught your tongue and brain to work together, you’ve effectively taught your tongue to “hear.” It will take weeks, if not months, of training, but eventually the brain will learn to recognize the tingles as useful sound information.
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Mapping, calibration and training to interprete the impulses must be long, but this tool could be a good alternative to cochlear implant which requires surgery.

 

Here it could serve as a convenience tool like glasses - whenever a deaf person wishes to "hear"

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WASP 3D printer creates hyper-local affordable housing out of mud (Video)

WASP 3D printer creates hyper-local affordable housing out of mud (Video) | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it
the next generation of earth buildings may not be formed by hand, rather, they may someday be printed by machine.
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this is AWESOME!

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Animator Dillon Markey Reinvents the Failed Nintendo Power Glove as an Indispensable Stop-Motion Animation Tool

Animator Dillon Markey Reinvents the Failed Nintendo Power Glove as an Indispensable Stop-Motion Animation Tool | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it

Stop-motion animator Dillon Markey works on projects for animation powerhouses like Robot Chicken and PES. While on set three years ago Markey tired of moving back and forth between the set, camera, and computers for each shot and conceived of a numerical keypad he could use to help control some, if not all, of the devices he uses for animating.

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He could have done it with other tech as his need is rather simple BUT the Power Glove is FUCKING AWESOME :)

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Segway Inventor Dean Kamen Thinks His New Stirling Engine Will Get You Off The Grid For Under $10K

Segway Inventor Dean Kamen Thinks His New Stirling Engine Will Get You Off The Grid For Under $10K | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it
”We don’t think we should be just selling a box,” says Kamen. “We think we should be part of a system of the future, powering the evolution of microgrids.”
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10kW is a lot... and 10K$ is not that bad... but the NRG business model is scary because it doesn't empower the people using it...

 

But democratization of the great Sterling engine is a good thing I guess.

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Less Industries

Less Industries | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it

Less measures the storage conditions of your silo bag 24 hours, 365 days a year. It helps monitoring through a smartphone app and notify you against any deviation from moisture, carbon dioxide concentration and / or temperature inside.

 

It is also a monitoring system that detects potential theft at the time they are happening because it monitors the movements of the silo.

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interesting tech that could easily be modded for other monitoring within a 2.0 farm

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Soundscraper Transforms Vibrations from City Noise Pollution into Green Energy

Soundscraper Transforms Vibrations from City Noise Pollution into Green Energy | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it
For each Soundscraper, 84,000 electro-active lashes would cover the metal frame and pick up noise from cars, trains, pedestrians and passing planes. Each of the lashes is armed with sound sensors called Parametric Frequency Increased Generators. Once the noise is picked up, an energy harvester converts the vibrations to kinetic energy. Transducer cells then convert the energy to electricity, which is stored or distributed to the grid for regular electric use.

The team estimates that just one Soundscraper could produce 150 megawatts of energy in a densely populated city, which roughly converts to 10% of the lighting needs of Los Angeles. The clean energy would also help the city reduce carbon emissions and reliance upon fossil fuels.
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Mind blowing architectural innovation. They do look ugly, but isn't it the case with most skyscrapers anyway. AT least, they're good for something!

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windowless fuselage - The Centre for Process Innovation

windowless fuselage - The Centre for Process Innovation | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it
High quality flexible OLED displays that can be embedded into fuselage lining panelsTech Specs 150 dpi colour resolution100 cd/m2 display luminance20,000 hours lifetime (
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How cool is that!

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Google's Quest to Write the Rulebook for Interactive Design | WIRED

Google's Quest to Write the Rulebook for Interactive Design | WIRED | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it
To hear Google's designers explain it, material design is more than a redesign. It's an effort to establish best practices for the fledgling field of interactive design as a whole.
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That's ambitious... and Google ambitious tech revolution often fail because of the lack of relevant communication about the benefits (remember Google Wave). Here it's no different, I know it's powerful stuff in some extent, but I fail to see concretely why :) 

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Magic Leap REVEALED: Startup shows off its augmented reality glasses

Magic Leap REVEALED: Startup shows off its  augmented reality glasses | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it
Magic Leap's system is one of the most highly-anticipated virtual reality glasses in development, and up until recently, one of the most secretive.

Now, for the first time, the company has revealed details about its augmented reality glasses - although it appears the technology still needs a full trolley of parts to work.

The 3D system operates by shining images on the retina, creating an augmented reality which combines fictional characters with the real world.
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looks big and cumbersome but its AR potential is promising.

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Why Google Glass Broke

Why Google Glass Broke | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it
At the time, unknown to anyone outside X, an impassioned split was forming between X engineers about the most basic functions of Google Glass. One faction argued that it should be worn all day, like a “fashionable device,” while others thought it should be worn only for specific utilitarian functions. Still, nearly everyone at X was in agreement that the current prototype was just that: a prototype, with major kinks to be worked out.

There was one notable dissenter. Mr. Brin knew Google Glass wasn’t a finished product and that it needed work, but he wanted that to take place in public, not in a top-secret lab. Mr. Brin argued that X should release Glass to consumers and use their feedback to iterate and improve the design.
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The story behind Google Glass' rise and fall... Google is aiming higher and higher, but introducing paradigm shifting tools on the market requires way more than good ideas and cool prototypes :) 

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Star Silicon Valley entrepreneur: Here's why bitcoin will be bigger than the internet

Star Silicon Valley entrepreneur: Here's why bitcoin will be bigger than the internet | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it

"I think bitcoin may very well be the best form of money we've ever seen in the history of civilization." Casares is a star of the Silicon Valley bitcoin scene, but his Argentinian roots inform much about him. The son of a cattle rancher, he sees the world in literary and philosophical terms, speaking of the arc of human existence over thousands of years.

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bitcoins is not only a great way for criminals to get on the silk road, it can also get the 5billion people without a credit card with ways to participate in the XXIst century digital revolution - without any third party interfering on the way.

You can then easily understand how powerful it could be - both for good and worse purposes. Let's be optimistic

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It's about value & specific need - Future of Wearables Isn't a Connected Watch

It's about value & specific need - Future of Wearables Isn't a Connected Watch | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it
Tech that attaches to our bodies doesn’t have to do it all. It just has to do one thing well.

Via Tictrac, Gary Hayes
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"Intel thinks wearables will be more ubiquitous than computers or phones. And it’s right. You won’t have just one wearable—you’ll have dozens. The biggest mistake everyone makes is assuming we’re going to wear the same one all the time.

That’s because, traditionally, wearables have done bits and pieces of what our phones already do. Aside from tracking movements, what are these bands and glasses besides proxy screens for our phones?

Well, wearables are about to explode into an array of novel, single-function devices. They will suit discrete situations rather than peeling off multiple functions from your phone—it’s use-case engineering."

 

interesting article on the future of wearables 

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Quote "Well, wearables are about to explode into an array of novel, single-function devices. They will suit discrete situations rather than peeling off multiple functions from your phone—it’s use-case engineering. Think of activity-specific clothing, like Hexoskin, that monitors workouts. Or medical devices like Vital Connect, a patch that tracks your vital signs and lets doctors access the data. Or earbuds that aren’t quite hearing aids but which you can wear when there’s too much background noise."

Richard Platt's curator insight, February 3, 7:08 PM

The title of the post says it all, real need and delivering value to the user.  "Wearables are about to explode into an array of novel, single-function devices. They will suit discrete situations rather than peeling off multiple functions from your phone—it’s use-case engineering. Think of activity-specific clothing, like Hexoskin, that monitors workouts. Or medical devices like Vital Connect, a patch that tracks your vital signs and lets doctors access the data. Or earbuds that aren’t quite hearing aids but which you can wear when there’s too much background noise."

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Microsoft HoloLens

Microsoft HoloLens | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it
Transform your world with holograms. Microsoft HoloLens brings high-definition holograms to life in your world.

At its Windows 10 event in Redmond, Microsoft announced a new component of Windows 10: Windows Holographic, a version of its OS built for an augmented reality headset called the HoloLens that projects 3-D images you can interact with right in front of your eyes. Microsoft says the HoloLens will be available alongside Windows 10 this year, but pricing is unknown.

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HoloLens looks like the one realistic stepping stone to integration of Augmented Reality in a natural way. The deaset looks clumbsy, but I'm pretty sure once there is a market, they will streamline the design.

 

IMO, it is one of the first promo video produced by Microsoft that actually delivers on the promise. I'm excited! Not about a new Windows OS (10) but the device in itself and all the potential it has for video gaming and other tech hungry human activities such as design.

 

Wired got a hands-on experience with it and here is the article

http://www.wired.com/2015/01/microsoft-hands-on

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Personal Robot

Personal Robot | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it
A robot that turns your home into a smart home, assists you around the clock, orders your favorite food & teleports you to your family.
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OK we're officially entering the future :)

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nas-dra detoxifies hong kong with responsive urban farming machines

nas-dra detoxifies hong kong with responsive urban farming machines | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it
polyethylenimine (PEI) is an organic polymer, inherent in the process of detergent, cosmetics production, or employed as a wet-strength agent in paper-making process. however, the ingredient is most known for its capability of removing carbon dioxide, which has led to its use in the porous components of space aircraft interiors. while looking for the best and most permeable structure to impregnate polymer with, the scientists discovered that fumed silica is the most efficient material in terms of its absorption rate. once it is full of the chemical compound, the process can be reversed: heating the material to 85° C produces high-concentrated air (2 to 5% CO2), which could be used next to make methane or during the farming.
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very interesting tool for technological urban permaculture

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Solar Roadways

Solar Roadways | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it
Solar panels that you can drive, park, and walk on. They melt snow and... cut greenhouse gases by 75-percent?!!!
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The 7min version of the video commented by the hyper active dude is hilarious yet super inspiring.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlTA3rnpgzU#t=381

They got 2,2millions when fishing for just one so I guess they're on the right track to produce the damn thing. I love it, what a clever system!

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The walking stick that can SHOCK the blind into going the right way

The team from the Monterrey Institute of Technology (ITESM) in Mexico designed an experimental new walking stick. Packed with high tech, it will be synchronised with a virtual map inside the stick and a GPS system so that it knows when the person is off course.

 

Researchers have put a charge into sticks that buzzes for up to three seconds if the user fails to turn when they should. Blind people are being shocked with electricity (2 milliamps) to make them go in the right direction.

 

The charge is connected to the user’s vestibular system, which is located in the inner ear and deals with balance and movement.

Alfredo Victor Mantilla Caeiros, a professor of mechatronics at ITESM, said that it was 99% accurate in tests so far.


Unlike apps which have been developed for the blind it does not interfere with other senses like touch.

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extra tech

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Oculus VR CEO Explains Why The Company Would Have Turned Down A Deal From Google

Oculus VR CEO Explains Why The Company Would Have Turned Down A Deal From Google | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it

When Facebook acquired virtual reality startup Oculus VR for $US2 billion in March, it came as a surprise to most of the tech community.

After all, Facebook isn’t primarily a hardware or a gaming company. However, Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe said the social media giant was a perfect fit for Oculus VR’s vision.

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Glad to hear from Oculus Rift's CEO that I was right about their vision :) It has absolutely nothing to do with gaming - even though most people see it that way.

 

It's about reinventing telepresence:

 

One of the biggest reasons Iribe said Facebook seemed like an attractive partner is because Oculus VR’s technology has the potential to become a really social platform.

“Your brain just believes you’re there,” Iribe said in reference to Oculus’ virtual reality technology. “The next step is to feel like you’re there with other people.”

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Sunportal Uses Pipes to Deliver Daylighting Anywhere Within a Building

Sunportal Uses Pipes to Deliver Daylighting Anywhere Within a Building | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it
Sunportal offers a daylighting system that collects natural light with a parabolic dish concentrator and delivers it through pipes to any room in a building.
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great way to have veggies growing in basements :)

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Reading robots’ minds

Reading robots’ minds | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it
a new visualization system developed by MIT researchers, combines ceiling-mounted projectors with motion-capture technology and animation software to project a robot’s intentions in real time. (Learn more about the system: http://bit.ly/1thQBSQ) The researchers say the system may help speed up the development of self-driving cars, package-delivering drones, and other autonomous, route-planning vehicles.
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looks like the MIT is going to get itself some Google funding on that one - but it might already be the case :)

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