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American Craftsman Project » Craftsmen

American Craftsman Project » Craftsmen | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it

The American craftsman still thrives, because when it comes to getting certain things done well and with beauty, a human hand guided by a human eye, ear, and imagination can still be the highest technology of all.

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A Video Game About a Woman Talking to the Police - HER STORY

A Video Game About a Woman Talking to the Police - HER STORY | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it

In 1994 a British woman is interviewed seven times about her missing husband. This is her story. PC • MAC • iPad • iPhone OUT NOW.

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A "video" game in which you solve a murder case by accessing video interviews through a database. Each request in the database gives you 5 videos to watch, they are not arranged chronologically so the whole process forces you to figure things out on your own and to be specific with your requests. Deep and immersive, this game desn't insult your intelligence.

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Sun-powered Solar Impulse lands safely in Hawaii after longest solo flight in aviation history

Sun-powered Solar Impulse lands safely in Hawaii after longest solo flight in aviation history | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it
Solar Impulse lands successfully in Hawaii after five consecutive days and nights across the Pacific Ocean from Japan. Around 49 percent of its round-the-world journey remains.
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chosing a place lke Hawaii to land this flight is a powerful symbol

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Student Develops An Ingenious Building Material That Shapeshifts In Response To Rain

Student Develops An Ingenious Building Material That Shapeshifts In Response To Rain | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it
Chao Chen, a product design student at RCA, created a water-reacting laminate that can open when it's sunny and close when it rains.
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clever and impressive by simplicity

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Want to travel at the speed of sound? It’s happening

Want to travel at the speed of sound? It’s happening | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it
Hyperloop, the transportation brainchild of Tesla boss Elon Musk, which plans to take you from San Francisco to Los Angeles in 30 minutes, could be be free to use.
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Happy to see that Elon Musk's new venture is still on track - sort to speak

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The 'living concrete' that can heal itself

The 'living concrete' that can heal itself | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it

The bioconcrete is mixed just like regular concrete, but with an extra ingredient [that] remains intact during mixing, only dissolving and becoming active if the concrete cracks and water gets in.

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living organism "healing" concrete, isn't it ironic Alanis?

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Watch Elon Musk deliver the best tech keynote I've ever seen

Watch Elon Musk deliver the best tech keynote I've ever seen | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it

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.

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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.

 

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Boeing Just Patented an Actual Force Field Right Out of Science Fiction

Boeing Just Patented an Actual Force Field Right Out of Science Fiction | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it
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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Turn Your Handwriting into a Font for Free

Turn Your Handwriting into a Font for Free | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it

Think your handwriting is pretty neat? Well here's your chance to share it with the world by turning it into a font, and it gets better, it's free to do thanks to the good people at MyScriptFont.com...

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That's great, I'll try it with the kiddos :)

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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."

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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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Wi-Fi-powered electronics make Nikola Tesla’s dream a reality

Wi-Fi-powered electronics make Nikola Tesla’s dream a reality | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it
The next billion devices may be powered from thin air, according to a team of researchers from the University of Washington
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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.

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Eco Gadgets: cut your electricity bills with solar, wind power generator

Eco Gadgets: cut your electricity bills with solar, wind  power generator | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it

Eco Factor: A residential power generator that combines solar and wind energy to give you a clean and green energy source.

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impressive design but there is nos specs about it so that might just be that - impressive design :)

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A Computer Just Came Up With a Scientific Theory

A Computer Just Came Up With a Scientific Theory | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it

 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."

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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.

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Living Microalgae Lamp Absorbs CO2 from the Air

Living Microalgae Lamp Absorbs CO2 from the Air | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it
A fascinating lamp design uses living algae to produce an electricity-free glow and could absorb as much carbon as 200 trees a year.
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wow, the research conducted by FermentAlg are mind blowing. Algaes rule!

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Thumbnail track pad

Thumbnail track pad | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it

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.

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Now THAT is a promising wearable!

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Breakthrough technology centered on tunable photochemical process for layerless 3D printing

Breakthrough technology centered on tunable photochemical process for layerless 3D printing | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it
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.
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That's it, the "real" 3Dprinting is here. It works around many of 3D printing limitations (time to produce, materials and their mechanical properties...)

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Google’s AI is now self learning | Impact Lab

Google’s AI is now self learning | Impact Lab | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it

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.  

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the video where you actually see the learning happening in front of you is moving. Yet oh so scary!

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GuardBot

GuardBot | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it
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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