Shawyer [UK aerospace engineer who first came with the idea) has often been dismissed by the research establishment for not having peer-reviewed scientific publications, but White and Tajmar have impeccable credentials that put them beyond cheap dismissal and scorn. Physics is an experimental science, and the fact that the EM Drive works is confirmed in the lab. "This is the first time that someone with a well-equipped lab and a strong background in tracking experimental error has been involved, rather than engineers who may be unconsciously influenced by a desire to see it work," notes Wired referring to Tajmar's work.
tada! take that "science"! This is groundbreaking tech in order to explore space, but it could also revolutionize terrestrial transportation
Today, Microsoft has published a new video highlighting HoloLens and their partnership with Case Western Reserve University. The deal between the two institutions was announced back at Build along with a demonstration on stage. Based in Cleveland, Ohio, Case Western Reserve University is a private research university who plans to use HoloLens to teach anatomy and solving human problems...
Microsoft announced a partnership with a university in order to promote the use of HoloLens for medical studies. Holographic imagery put to good use :)
AND, they get to be more realistic about the field of view that HoloLens actually provide - which is quite narrower than what they communicated on in the past.
I've watched a lot of handsomely paid CEOs get on stages for keynote presentations over the past decade, and none were as good as the one I saw Elon Musk give Thursday night in California as he introduced Tesla's new battery system. I'm sure many people will disagree — I mean, how can you compete with Steve Jobs introducing the iPhone in 2007 — but ultimately Jobs was selling a better smartphone. Musk is selling a better future.
clocking at 17 :57 (with applause, laughter and cheers included)
Elon Musk just presented what will be the most disruptive tech of the 21st century. I've known for a long time that cars were just the beginning, but to see him explain how his company is actually going to roll out its plan for a better world is heart warming.
Aerospace and defense company Boeing recently earned a patent for its first ever force field. The design, submitted to the United States Patent and Trademark Office as a "method and system for shockwave attenuation via electromagnetic arc," could be the next step toward Star Wars-style military tactics, creating a brief plasma field to soak up potentially damaging shockwaves.
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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.
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 :)
"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.
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
"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."
The next billion devices may be powered from thin air, according to a team of researchers from the University of Washington
very interesting project by University of Washington researchers Shyam Gollakota and his team: PoWiFi ‘tricks’ routers into sending out constant RF signals received by an antenna. This is then converted into DC power with a ‘rectifier.’ A DC-DC converter increases the voltage to fit the sensor and microcontroller’s requirements.
As they report in the science journal PLOS, Michael Levin and Daniel Lobo, two computer scientists/biologists at Tufts University, have programed a computer that independently created its own scientific theory. It's one that may solve a 120-year-old mystery in biology that has eluded even our best explanations: exactly how the genes of a sliced-up flatworm conduct its symphony of cells when they regenerate into new organisms.
Levin and Lobo are quite adamant that what they programed their computer to do "is not just statistics or number-crunching," says Levin. Through trail and error, the computer invented an accurate model of the inner-workings of the flatworm. "The invention of models to explain what nature is doing is the most creative thing scientists do. . . this is the heart and soul of the scientific enterprise," he says. "None of us could have come up with this model; we (as a field) have failed to do so after over a century of effort."
exciting time ahead. Computers won't complain about research funding cuts ;) Joke apart, they are non human so less prompt to error and bias - being honest errors of judgement or plain corruption by research funders.
MIT researchers have developed a wireless touchpad small enough to fit on your fingernail. Dubbed NailO, the prototype is modeled after cosmetic nail stickers. It squeezes a capacitive sensor, microcontroller, Bluetooth radio, and battery into a footprint no larger than a quarter. The idea is to provide an alternative input mechanism for wearables and situations that don't map well to conventional control schemes.
Carbon3D lives at the intersection of hardware, software and molecular science. Our CLIP technology allows commercial customers to go beyond basic prototyping with conventional 3D printing to truly achieve 3D manufacturing.
That's it, the "real" 3Dprinting is here. It works around many of 3D printing limitations (time to produce, materials and their mechanical properties...)
In what is a giant leap towards true general artificial intelligence, Google scientists and engineers have created the first ever computer program that is capable of learning a wide variety of tasks completely independently.
the video where you actually see the learning happening in front of you is moving. Yet oh so scary!
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.
"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.
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."
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.
-The first is geolocation
-The second is image recognition
perspectives on the future developments that image recognition could allow.
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