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‘Green Brain’ project to create autonomous flying robot with honeybee brain | KurzweilAI

‘Green Brain’ project to create autonomous flying robot with honeybee brain | KurzweilAI | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it

Scientists at the Universities of Sheffield and Sussex are embarking on an ambitious project to produce the first accurate computer models of a honeybee brain in a bid to advance our understanding of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and how animals think

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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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AeroMobil: Flying car

AeroMobil: Flying car | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it
Welcome to our landing page and get ready for take-off! Aeromobil is a unique combination of car and airplane, a truly flying car.
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Yet another take at the concept of flying car. Pretty impressive even though the wing span prevents the use in traffic jam - unless copter projects...

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Hands-on with the Kano: The Linux kit that wants to help kids love coding

Hands-on with the Kano: The Linux kit that wants to help kids love coding | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it
The Kano kit wants to make computing as easy as playing with Lego. Does it succeed?
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Not only this project introduce kids to coding, but it also allows them to understand how a computer / OS work. They can make their PC their own and it's something most adult don't ever come across. Great tool.

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Portabee GO, une imprimante 3D minimaliste à 475€

Portabee GO, une imprimante 3D minimaliste à 475€ | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it

L'imprimante 3D GO est la petite dernière des ateliers de Portabee, un fabricant né en 2011 à Singapour. Dimensions de 20.8 x 22.5 x 7.9 cm. Pour autant, le volume d’impression n’est pas en reste et permettra de fabriquer des objets jusqu’à 12 x 16 x 12 cm.

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very compact and simplistic design

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"So Badass You Can't Believe It" Magic Leap Raises $542 Million To Launch The Future Of Computing

An ambitious, stealthy startup recruits Google, Qualcomm, and VC and Hollywood A-listers to build next-gen augmented and virtual reality.
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Now go do good with all that money!

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Dronecode: Open, community-maintained firmware for UAVs

Dronecode: Open, community-maintained firmware for UAVs | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it
Dronecode started as 3D Robotics' free/open codebase for UAVs, and it has grown to the point where it has flown off on its own, with a formal, community-run board and an ambitious roadmap for the future.
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Glad to hear it! Droners and programmers, UNITE!

 

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FlexSense: A Transparent Self-Sensing Deformable Surface - Microsoft Research

A thin-film, transparent sensing surface based on printed piezoelectric sensors, which can reconstruct complex deformations without the need for any external sensing, such as cameras. Done in collaboration with Media Interaction Lab, Hagenberg, Austria and the Institute of Surface Technologies and Photonics, Joanneum Research, FlexSense provides a fully self-contained setup which improves mobility and is not affected from occlusions

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a lot of potential use for that tech in graphic design, video production or even geocaching treasure hunt kind of games :)

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This Blazing Fast Electric Car is Powered by Saltwater!

This Blazing Fast Electric Car is Powered by Saltwater! | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it
Nanoflowcell has developed the world's first salt water-powered electric car - the Quant e-Sportlimousine and now it's been approved for testing.
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Cheap, Biodegradable Sugar Batteries Could Power Gadgets Within Three Years

Cheap, Biodegradable Sugar Batteries Could Power Gadgets Within Three Years | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it
A research team from Virginia Tech say they have developed a battery that runs on natural sugar and could replace conventional batteries within three years with ones that are cheaper, refillable, and biodegradable.
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Stephen Colbert Interviews Elon Musk! (Video)

Stephen Colbert Interviews Elon Musk! (Video) | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it
Stephen Colbert has interviewed Elon Musk for The Colbert Report. As expected, Colbert wheedled out some exclusives from the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla Motors.
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For people who scroll through my posts, you now understand that Elon Musk is one of the person I highly admire. Here is YET another illustration of his 'brilliant-ness'

 

I love the cue at the end where Colbert basically announce the topic of their next interview in a couple of years: when Musk comes back after conquering most of America's power grid with free solar energy :)

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ATAP Project Tango

ATAP Project Tango | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it
The goal of Project Tango is to give mobile devices a human-scale understanding of space and motion.
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The people working on this are for real! What a bunch of great minds working together... It is ambitious, and in the age of wearable tech, Project Tango is a cornerstone to a better integration of these techs in the physical world.

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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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HuddleLamp - Spatially-Aware Mobile Displays for Ad-hoc Around-the-Table Collaboration

HuddleLamp - Spatially-Aware Mobile Displays for Ad-hoc Around-the-Table Collaboration | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it

HuddleLamp uses our free and open source computer vision software to continuously track the presence and positions of devices on a table with sub-centimeter precision. At any time, users can add or remove devices and reconfigure them without the need of installing any apps or attaching markers. Additionally, the users’ hands are tracked to detect interactions above and between devices.

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a great potential for mobile gaming and collaborative work

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Samsung unveils Project Beyond, a 3D-capturing camera for Gear VR

Samsung unveils Project Beyond, a 3D-capturing camera for Gear VR | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it
Samsung has just unveiled a sneak preview of a new camera called Project Beyond, which is a 3D-capturing 360-degree camera designed to capture videos and stream them on the Gear VR
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confirms the opinion I had on the VR headset craze... gaming is not the graal. Telepresence is.

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Open Roberta: Google Helps School Kids Program With Robots

Open Roberta: Google Helps School Kids Program With Robots | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it
Google has launched a new cloud platform in Germany called Open Roberta, as the internet giant looks to simplify “programming for small robots.” With Open Roberta, Google is looking to... Keep reading →
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school projects of the 21st century. Exciting time to be a kid and make the best of it

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Drawing Robot

Drawing Robot | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it

Drawing Robot uses edge detection to reproduce an image. It's got a little bit of Arduino and a dash of MATLAB coding. But most importantly, you'll be making a robot that draws, which is incredibly cool.

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how cool is that!

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5 Reasons I Want My Kids to Be Makers

5 Reasons I Want My Kids to Be Makers | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it

1. Making creates authentic experiences for learning.


2. Making deepens social and emotional skills. 


3. Making is not just limited to science, tech, engineering or math (STEM).


4. Making teaches kids how to fail. 


5. Making is accessible to anyone.


Learn more:

 

 

http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/08/24/coding-a-new-trend-in-education-and-a-big-responsibility/

 

http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/08/20/maker-space-a-new-trend-in-education-and-a-big-responsibility/

 



Via Gust MEES
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And it's valid not only for kids! It is true for everyone.

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, October 17, 4:25 PM

Are your kids makers?

Cammie Dunaway's curator insight, October 17, 8:05 PM

  Heres to less consuming and more making!

AnnC's curator insight, October 17, 9:51 PM

So many of my student like to keep their hands and/or bodies moving.  They become engaged .

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The future of Adobe creative applications on Microsoft devices

What could your creative future look like? http://www.adobe.com/creativecloud.html
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Very inspiring video. What an exciting time to create!!!

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Google Reveals ‘The Physical Web,’ A Project To Make Internet Of Things Interaction App-Less | TechCrunch

Google Reveals ‘The Physical Web,’ A Project To Make Internet Of Things Interaction App-Less | TechCrunch | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it
“Everything should be just a tap away.”
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Pretty ambitious, but coherent with the noticeable craze over wearable technologies. Then will come the real hacking, not a mere ddos attack, the kind that leads to machine "taking over" :)

 

Are we not living through exciting times!?

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Project Wing: Google Testing Drone Delivery Service

Project Wing: Google Testing Drone Delivery Service | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it
Google sees Amazon’s Prime Air drone delivery service and raises it with the enhanced aesthetics of its own Project Wing, a series of autonomous aerial ...
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After the Twitch affair, you two get a room and get it over with! Merge for data sake! Take technological breakthrough to new heights! Keep blurring the lines between smart & evil...
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Getting a grip on robotic grasp

Getting a grip on robotic grasp | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it
New wrist-mounted device augments the human hand with two robotic fingers.
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Researchers at MIT have developed a robot that enhances the grasping motion of the human hand. The device, worn around one’s wrist, works essentially like two extra fingers adjacent to the pinky and thumb. A novel control algorithm enables it to move in sync with the wearer’s fingers to grasp objects of various shapes and sizes. Wearing the robot, a user could use one hand to, for instance, hold the base of a bottle while twisting off its cap.

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The Chillon Project - Pix4D

The Chillon Project - Pix4D | 21st Century Craft & Pride | Scoop.it
[The] Chillon project demonstrates the accuracy, feasibility and efficiency of image based 3D modelling for very complex architectural objects - using drones and regular DSLR camera footage
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Pushing the boudnaries of modelization
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