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The digital age is paradoxically leading to a reassessment of craftmanship.
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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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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, 2014 4:25 PM

Are your kids makers?

Cammie Dunaway's curator insight, October 17, 2014 8:05 PM

  Heres to less consuming and more making!

AnnC's curator insight, October 17, 2014 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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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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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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