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Big Data: Sweat the Little Stuff - Automation World

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Fast Company Big Data: Sweat the Little Stuff Automation World Although Big Data continues to be a hot topic, with lots of manufacturers excited about the opportunities all that data presents for even just predictive maintenance alone…we continue...
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In 2004/2005 our old Creator product was used  to build a concept 3D fault guided maintenance application for jet engines. The concept was  sensors in the jet engine would detect state and inform the ground grew  over a wireless connection maintenance need - and a 3d guided mainteance app would use the sensor data to drive the interactive electronic manual.  As sensor costs plummet, big data becomes established and mobile and wifi has driven advanced networked computing platforms into everyone's pocket - that concept now becomes very prescient. For manufacturers (and interface developers) sensor driven maintenance and performance measurement platforms are going to be a key new business growth area in the coming years.  Sensors and networks connect data. Software augments hardware. Insight drives opportunity. Interesting times.

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NAS Modeling and Visualization Through the Years

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NAS Modeling and Visualization Timeline
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Awesome overview of modeling and visualization undertaken by NASA over the last 30 years.

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Jed Fisher's curator insight, July 18, 2013 5:44 PM

Neat - history of NASA visualizations (fluids, air, etc). 

What's really amazing is that we've gone from one GPU core to NVIDIA Tesla Kepler K20X with 2688 CUDA Cores at 3.95 Tflops! Perfect for Seismic processing, CFD, CAE, Financial computing, Computational chemistry and Physics, Data analytics, Satellite imaging, Weather modeling. 

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SIGGRAPH 2013 : Technical Papers Preview Trailer

The SIGGRAPH Technical Papers program is the premier international forum for disseminating new scholarly work in computer graphics and interactive techniques...

Via João Greno Brogueira
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As Jed Fisher - rightly said this is insane. The highlight of any siggraph is never the sales floor shows - but the the technical papers and conversations with attendees - its there where you get to glimpse the future of graphics and simulation and this years technical papers preview is outstanding.  Should be an awesome event.

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Jed Fisher's curator insight, July 6, 2013 5:42 AM

This is insane. Every year, year after year, computer graphics forges ahead. The great quote from Bladerunner - "More real than real", we are getting there. I highly recommend watching this.

Also looking forward to meeting YOU at Siggraph this year. Along with Tyler and other members of the team I'll be at Siggraph this year (Anahiam (near LA), July 22nd-25th. http://s2013.siggraph.org/ ;)

Ping me to meet up - jed[at]4Dpipeline.com

 

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Media for Thinking the Unthinkable

Presented at the MIT Media Lab on April 4, 2013. A peronal preface: http://worrydream.com/MediaForThinkingTheUnthinkable/note.html For more information about…
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Bret Victor talk on media tools for thinking and how representions map to thinking and building associations which help us understand systems. Worth watching.

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Review: Facebook Home | MIT Technology Review

Review: Facebook Home | MIT Technology Review | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it

When the iPhone was new, Steve Jobs showed one to Alan Kay and asked him if it was “good enough to criticize.” Kay, a computing pioneer, had been a hero to Apple’s founder: in 1972, when much of the world was still using magnetic tape, he had proposed to his colleagues at Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center a small, portable, and, above all, personal computer called the Dynabook...

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I was thirteen years old when I first read Alan Kay's dynabook paper. It had been published 11 years earlier and it described computers unlike any I had yet to see. The paper is probably one of the more inspiring computer research concept papers I have read over the years and its certainly one i have gone back and re-read .when looking for inspiration. Paul Ford has an interesting contrast in the visions of computing as described by Alan Kay and the Dynabook and facebooks's  more recent vision with Facebook Home. While a little contrived in placed the article is an interesting comparison and one which helps inform discussions around human computer interaction design on todays devices. Worth a read.

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WiSee

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WiSee is a novel interaction interface that leverages ongoing wireless transmissions in the environment (e.g., WiFi) to enable whole-home sensing and recognition of human gestures. Since wireless signals do not require line-of-sight and can traverse through walls, WiSee can enable whole-home gesture recognition using few wireless sources (e.g., a Wi-Fi router and a few mobile devices in the living room).

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WiSee has been developed by researchers at University of Washington and promises to bring a sense of awareness using wifi to buildings and environments. Very interesting indeed. Click on logo or title to learn more.

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3Gear Systems Blog

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New vision control api from 3GearSystems turns two Microsoft Kinnect devices into finger precise visual control system. Interesting approach and results look impressive. SDK is now in public beta - will be a charge for commercial use for companies with 100K+ turnover.

Their demo video is well worth watching. Click on the image or title for more info.

 

 

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Unified Military Intelligence Picture Helping to Dispel the Fog of War - Armed with Science

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Armed with Science Unified Military Intelligence Picture Helping to Dispel the Fog of War Armed with Science Insight would enable analysts to collaborate on the fly via an intuitive user interface that speeds comprehension of complex information...
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The output of DARPA’s capstone ISR processing program will help  analysts in multiple industries (not just defence and military)  to make sense of the huge volumes of intelligence-rich information available to them from existing sensors and data sources. It will be worth tracking the BAE team and DARPA reports that are made public over the period of the program  at conferences to gain insights into display modalities used and types of data fusion techniques employed to see implications and opportunities for civilian applications.

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Doug Engelbart, American inventor and computing legend, has passed away

Doug Engelbart, American inventor and computing legend, has passed away | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it
Douglas Engelbart, a legendary American inventor and computing icon who invented the first computer mouse and helped develop much of the modern PC user interface, passed away last night, according to his family.
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I first learned about Doug Engelbart thanks to Howard Rheingold's Tools for Thought - a book that massively shaped the way I think about computers. As a student and then simulation and HCI researcher, Engelbart's work, thoughts and insights were a continual source of inspiration. Sorry to hear of his passing today.

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The Spectacular Thefts of Apollo Robbins, Gentleman Pickpocket

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Apollo Robbins takes things from people’s jackets, pants, purses, wrists, fingers, and necks, then returns them in amusing and mind-boggling ways.
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Understanding how our perception system and sense of time and space work are increasingly key to how we design great user interfaces and user expereinces. Apollo Robbins is one of my favourite entertainers - a magician pickpocket, who in the National Geographic series BrainGames - explains how our perception and attention can be manipulated and managed to distract and misfocus.   Great article by Adam Green in the New Yorker on his background, work and approach to what he does. If you like magic and interested in human perception its well worth a read.

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iOS7 design review

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Thoughts on the new user interface style and aesthetics of iOS 7.

Via Jed Fisher
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Good find by Jed -  and a very valuable UI review. I would strongly suggest reading Matt's earlier piece on Ive's design approach: http://mattgemmell.com/2013/05/12/tail-wagging/ seriously worth readin if you are building products and user experiences. 

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Jed Fisher's curator insight, June 13, 2013 4:53 AM

Design topic.

Ok since the world has gone iOS7 mad :-) Here is a link to the most interesting design review that i have found. Matt writes about colors vs borders, light, and content first. It's a really nice design overview. 

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Flying Robot Controlled with Only the Mind

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Researchers in the University of Minnesota's College of Science and Engineering have developed a new noninvasive system that allows people to control a flying robot using only their mind.
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The study goes far beyond fun and games (though how much fun could you have with this? :-) )  and has the long term potential to help people who are paralyzed or have neurodegenerative diseases.The study was published today in IOP Publishing's Journal of Neural Engineering. A University of Minnesota video of the robot in action can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpHy-fUyXYk. Click on the link or the image to learn more.

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Plastic Logic, Queen's University and Intel demo a type of tablet display - that behaves a lot like flexible paper.

Plastic Logic, Queen's University and Intel demo a type of tablet display - that behaves a lot like flexible paper. | Complex Insight  - Understanding our world | Scoop.it
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Big fan of the potential of Plastic Logic's display technology. While I am not sure of the use cases in the video - though fun to see - i am certain that  flexible displays like this will be a key innovation for future human computer interaction. Fun stuff.

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Amazon.com: Natural Language Generation in Artificial Intelligence and Computational Linguistics (The Springer International Series in Engineering and Computer Science) (9780792390985): Cecile L. P...

Adding this one to the future reading list. After experimenting with NLP in Python in recent weeks to improve possibility space search interfaces the cutting endge of natural language generation is of interest.  This looks like it is worth reading: Amazon.com: Natural Language Generation in Artificial Intelligence and Computational Linguistics (The Springer International Series in Engineering and Computer Science) (9780792390985): Cecile L. Paris, William R.

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