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Google Glass: Expect widespread usage bans over privacy concerns | ZDNet

Google Glass: Expect widespread usage bans over privacy concerns | ZDNet | African futures fun | Scoop.it
Google is about to unleash a rash of concerns generated by Google Glasses' ability to take clandestine photos and videos.
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New robot RHex can jump, swim, and climb stairs - Geek (blog)

New robot RHex can jump, swim, and climb stairs - Geek (blog) | African futures fun | Scoop.it
New robot RHex can jump, swim, and climb stairs Geek (blog) With Boston Dymanics' Sand Flea already hopping its way across the battlefields of Afghanistan, you might think the burgeoning jumping robot industry would be resting on its laurels,...
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The Future Of Design, Imagined Honestly

The Future Of Design, Imagined Honestly | African futures fun | Scoop.it
Invisible losers, VR police states: "A History of the Future in 100 Objects" gets right what most futurist concepts get wrong.
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Build a Raspberry Pi Remote Servo Cam You Can Control from ...

Build a Raspberry Pi Remote Servo Cam You Can Control from ... | African futures fun | Scoop.it

The Raspberry Pi already makes a pretty great computer for a webcam, but if you want to actually control what that Pi is looking at, you'll need actual movement. Make has a guide to make the Pi control a camera with ...


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You could be using a Raspberry Pi as the heart of a little robot. Here are some tips.

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Alternate Reality Car Commercials

Alternate Reality Car Commercials | African futures fun | Scoop.it
Kia Superbowl Commercial - This 214 Kia Superbowl commercial takes inspiration from the sci-fi classic The Matrix. Actor Laurence Fishburne reprises his role as Morpheus from...
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Love "The Matrix"? Then you will love this ad!

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Herding robots: New system combines control programs so fleets of robots can collaborate

Herding robots: New system combines control programs so fleets of robots can collaborate | African futures fun | Scoop.it
A new system combines simple control programs to enable fleets of robots -- or other "multiagent systems" -- to collaborate in unprecedented ways.
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Augmented-Reality Glasses: Startup's Vision Could Change Gaming - TechNewsDaily

Augmented-Reality Glasses: Startup's Vision Could Change Gaming - TechNewsDaily | African futures fun | Scoop.it
Augmented-Reality Glasses: Startup's Vision Could Change Gaming TechNewsDaily Technical Illusions' Cast AR glasses, shown for the first time at Maker Faire —a festival that highlights invention, creativity and resourcefulness — in the Bay Area this...

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3D Printer Kit From Cooking Hacks

3D Printer Kit From Cooking Hacks | African futures fun | Scoop.it
Hmmm, the name Cooking Hacks might be one that you would want to keep a keen eye peeled open for, where this open hardware division of Libelium has...

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Robotics lectures available on: Genautica - A Technology Integrator

Robotics lectures available on: Genautica - A Technology Integrator | African futures fun | Scoop.it

Interested to learn more about robtics? Free lectures are available here:

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Over 20,000 free science video lectures from first class universities around the globe.

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Raspberry Pi to get camera module soon

Raspberry Pi to get camera module soon | African futures fun | Scoop.it
The Raspberry Pi foundation has signalled that a camera module for the device could be available in a matter of weeks.

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Now the Raspberry Pi becomes an even better tool for a little robot...

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Gust MEES's curator insight, February 7, 2013 4:25 AM

Good new for STEM...

 

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New robot could be hospitals' answer to killing super bacteria - WWL

New robot could be hospitals' answer to killing super bacteria - WWL | African futures fun | Scoop.it
New robot could be hospitals' answer to killing super bacteria WWL NEW ORLEANS — Hospitals waging a ferocious battle against deadly, drug resistant bacteria might have found a solution in a robot, one that pulses ultraviolet light one-and-a-half...
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Australian schoolgirl a science sensation

Australian schoolgirl a science sensation | African futures fun | Scoop.it
An Australian teenager's simple idea that would allow a complete quadriplegic to control a wheelchair by voice has earned her international recognition and a top science award for school students, handed out by Commonwealth science agency CSIRO.

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The Robot Launch Pad's curator insight, January 18, 2013 8:03 AM

16 yr old Yaya Lu documents her 8 years of robotics competitions and her learning journery at her website yayalu.net . She is a complete champion.

TheKidsAreAllRight's comment, January 18, 2013 12:34 PM
Wow, and she's only 16 - amazing!
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Sony: emotion-reading games possible in ten years

Sony: emotion-reading games possible in ten years | African futures fun | Scoop.it

Sony’s executives believe that in ten years’ time, video games will have the ability to read more than just movement on the part of the player: “Having a camera being able to study a player’s biometrics and movements [is possible] so perhaps you can play a detective game that decides whether you’re lying due to what it reads from your face,” said Mike Hocking, a senior director at Sony Worldwide Studios. “In ten years’ time I’d like to think we’ll be able to form a map of the player, combining other sorts of sensory data together, from facial expressions to heart rate. “You can see how, over a period of time, you can form a map of the player and their emotional state, whether they’re sad or happy. Maybe people in their social network can comment on it. The more accurate that map can become, the more we can tailor it to the experience.


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Google Glass: Expect widespread usage bans over privacy concerns | ZDNet

Google Glass: Expect widespread usage bans over privacy concerns | ZDNet | African futures fun | Scoop.it
Google is about to unleash a rash of concerns generated by Google Glasses' ability to take clandestine photos and videos.
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Future Culture: Zabosu Project: "Remote-Controlled Humans" Gone Pfffft, For Now

Future Culture: Zabosu Project: "Remote-Controlled Humans" Gone Pfffft, For Now | African futures fun | Scoop.it
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Where are all the remote-controlled humans?

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Soft-Robotics: The robots of the future won't look anything like the Terminator

Soft-Robotics: The robots of the future won't look anything like the Terminator | African futures fun | Scoop.it

The field of soft robotics has attracted a rush of attention in the last year. Down the road at Harvard, multiple groups are working on soft robotic hands, jumping legs, exosuits, and quadrupeds that can do the limbo. At Worcester Polytechnic Institute's Soft Robotics Lab, researchers are building a snake. In San Francisco, a startup called Otherlab is buildinginflatable robots that can shake hands, walk, and carry riders. In Italy, a group of researchers built a robotic tentacle modeled after an octopus.

 

Before the 1970s, car companies made cars safer by making them larger and heavier. Then along came the airbag: a lightweight safety device that folded up invisibly into the vehicle until it sensed a crash. Similar revolutions took place with body armor, bridges, and contact lenses, and these researchers believe something similar is happening with robots.

 

"It’s not a part of conventional robotics technologies," says Fumiya Iida, a professor of bio-inspired robotics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology-Zurich and a member of the IEEE committee on soft robotics. "They have to think completely differently, use different materials, different energy sources. Definitely this is the way we should go in the long run." One of the most impressive rigid robots in the world right now is Boston Dynamics’ 300-pound humanoid Atlas. If Atlas wants to pick up a ball, it needs to sense and compute the precise distance between its digits and the ball and figure out exactly where to place its hand and how much pressure to apply.

 

Robots like Atlas "are doing a lot of thinking," says Barry Trimmer, PhD, a professor at Tufts and the editor of a new journal, Soft Robotics, which launched last month. "There’s a lot of hesitancy. ‘Where do I put my foot next?’ Animals just don't do that. We need to get away from the idea that you have to control every variable."

 

By contrast, Harvard’s starfish-shaped soft gripper only needs to be told to inflate. As it’s pumped full of air, it conforms to the shape of an object until its "fingers" have enough pressure to lift it. Another example would be a human picking up a glass of water. We don’t have to compute the exact size and shape of the glass with our brains; our hand adapts to the object. Similarly, Bubbles doesn’t calculate the full length of its movement.

 

There are technological challenges as well. In addition to air and fluid pressure actuators, soft roboticists are experimenting with dielectric elastomers, elastic materials that expand and contract in response to electric voltage; shape-memory alloys, metal alloys that can be programmed to change shape at certain temperatures; and springs that respond to light. These approaches are still rudimentary, as are the control systems that operate the robots. In the case of many of Harvard’s soft robots, it’s simply a syringe of air attached to a tube.

 

The field is so new, however, that no possibilities have yet been ruled out. Soft robotics technologies could theoretically be used in a wearable pair of human wings.More practically, soft robots could easily pack eggs or pick fruit — traditional hard robots, equipped with superhuman grips, are more likely to break yolks and inadvertently make applesauce. A mass of wormlike "meshworm" robots could be filled with water and dropped over a disaster area, where they would crawl to survivors. A soft robotic sleeve could be worn to eliminate tremors or supplement strength lost with age. Soft robots could be used in space exploration, where weight is hugely important; in prosthetics, where they would provide comfort and lifelikeness; in the home, where they can help out around the house without trampling the dog; and in surgical robots, where operators have inspired a few lawsuits after puncturing patients’ insides.

 

 


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Dangerous Comedian Robot Escapes Norwegian Research Lab

Dangerous Comedian Robot Escapes Norwegian Research Lab | African futures fun | Scoop.it
Oslo, Norway -- A military grade "comedian robot", the Prankbot 3000, has escaped its black box confinement in a University of Oslo Computational Humor Laboratory. The robot is considered dangerous...
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BEWARE: A dangerous "comedian robot" is on the run. Fortunately this joke of a bipedal machine is still far from the southern tip of Africa...

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When Do I Get My RoboCop? Power before Superpowers | World Future Society

When Do I Get My RoboCop? Power before Superpowers | World Future Society | African futures fun | Scoop.it
A new remake of the sci-fi classic RoboCop imagines a future where humanity and machinery merge, to awesome result. Is it a realistic vision? Somewhat, neuroscientist Charles Higgins tells us.
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How far are we to having humans intricately combined with machines known to become human-robots?

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This 3D Printer Works in Zero Gravity

This 3D Printer Works in Zero Gravity | African futures fun | Scoop.it
3D printing is probably the most exciting new technology being developed in the world today, and its scope of influence is not limited to Earth.

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Wrong! Free computers don’t affect educational outcomes

Wrong! Free computers don’t affect educational outcomes | African futures fun | Scoop.it

Makes you wonder how on earth earth such misguided studies can even be commissioned. Also makes you curious about who is really behind the funding of research that misleads readers into believing that poor kids don’t need the same tools their wealthier peers use for success.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, May 24, 2013 11:55 PM

Some kind of obvious points, that obviously still need to be made.

Tom Donahoe's comment, May 26, 2013 10:04 AM
Very well crafted piece...clearly the study cited equated correlation with causality. Lisa makes some very good points.
ComputersforaCause's curator insight, June 25, 2013 2:41 PM

Great article! 

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New app listens to your melodies, then writes them out in notation

New app listens to your melodies, then writes them out in notation | African futures fun | Scoop.it
ScoreCleaner Notes is an iPhone app that takes a simple melody and instantly turns it into written notation.

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Vloasis's curator insight, May 21, 2013 4:42 AM

Finally: instant sheet music!  Very cool.  I just hope I can hum or play an idea and it will do the rest...hehehe.

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MIT's Reconfigurable Robots Are Tiny Transformers That Will Turn Into Anything

MIT's Reconfigurable Robots Are Tiny Transformers That Will Turn Into Anything | African futures fun | Scoop.it
The idea of transformers is cool even when they just turn from one thing to another, so how much cooler would they be if they could form into anything?

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Braden Costin's curator insight, March 21, 2013 7:07 PM

The website contains a small amount of information on a recently developed technology that is still in the early stages of developemnt. The Reconfigurable robots once completed should be able to transform into any tool on command, this would make them invaluable.

Hayden Theuerkauf's curator insight, March 21, 2013 7:21 PM

This website contains information about technology that is just starting to emerge. This will allow tiny robots to transform into anything that is needed and could be invaluable in the near future and could change our world completely.

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Announcing Digital Jobs Africa :: News :: The Rockefeller Foundation

Announcing Digital Jobs Africa :: News :: The Rockefeller Foundation | African futures fun | Scoop.it
The Rockefeller Foundation has been working on the issue of youth employment in the rapidly growing information and we
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Design your own 3D printed robot with Mobot-A

Design your own 3D printed robot with Mobot-A | African futures fun | Scoop.it
Barobo, Inc., inventor of Barobo mobot, announced today the launch of the Mobot-A robot kit, a 3D printed robot.

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The Robot Launch Pad's curator insight, April 11, 2013 4:33 PM

Barobo, a UC Davis spinoff, has launched a platform aimed at schools and hobbyists with access to a 3D printer. Design your own accessories, wheels, attachments or download them from the Barobo website. After a successful school trial, Barobo have just donated Mobots to some local hackerspaces so this could be the start of an interesting online robot building community. 

Fab GOUX-BAUDIMENT's curator insight, April 23, 2013 11:36 PM

Robots time

Jeannine Huffman's curator insight, September 21, 2013 3:56 PM

...we saw this demonstrawith and it is an awesome teaching tool, directly ties into math.

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Iranian Scientist Says He Has A Future-Predicting Machine

Iranian Scientist Says He Has A Future-Predicting Machine | African futures fun | Scoop.it
Ali Razeghi, a 27-year-old businessman and scientist in Tehran, has registered "The Aryayek Time Traveling Machine" with Iran's Center for Strategic

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Do you want to build a future-predicting machine? Sorry, too late, this machine has apparently already been built... (probably this needs to be taken with a pinch of salt from the Dead Sea)

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Japan to open robot farm in tsunami disaster zone - Telegraph

Japan to open robot farm in tsunami disaster zone - Telegraph | African futures fun | Scoop.it
A futuristic farm with robot operators is to open in Japan on land swamped by the March 11 tsunami as part of an experimental government project.

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