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Cyborg Lives
Understanding our Cyborg lives, redescribing our reality
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Plants 'talk' to owners via app

Plants 'talk' to owners via app | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
A wi-fi sensor on a plant allows owners to find out via an app exactly how much water and light it requires.
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Telerobotics offers third way for space exploration - space - 21 May 2012 - New Scientist

Telerobotics offers third way for space exploration - space - 21 May 2012 - New Scientist | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
Letting astronauts control robots on a planet's surface from orbit will give them far more control and make missions more productive...
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‘Barcode everyone at birth’

‘Barcode everyone at birth’ | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
Sci-fi novelist Elizabeth Moon says that everyone should be given a unique ID at birth that would provide an easy, inexpensive way to identify individuals.
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Kinect imaging lets surgeons keep their focus - tech - 17 May 2012 - New Scientist

Kinect imaging lets surgeons keep their focus - tech - 17 May 2012 - New Scientist | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
New device lets surgeons check medical images during an operation without having to scrub out...
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The Listening Machine converts 500 people’s tweets into music | Ars Technica

The Listening Machine converts 500 people’s tweets into music | Ars Technica | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
The Listening Machine converts 500 people’s tweets into music
Composer Peter Gregson turns the words of hundreds into music.
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Telepresence: Not Your Grandfather's Videoconferencing - Forbes

Telepresence: Not Your Grandfather's Videoconferencing - Forbes | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it

But more than that, telepresence is about the uniquely powerful experience of “in-person” collaboration. It’s designed to make remote participants feel, literally, as if they are in the same room. It starts with high-quality audio and video, but goes much further to incorporate exact camera angles that allow people to read expressions and pick up other visual cues. By making the technology effectively invisible to the users, communication becomes natural and effortless letting the power of the thinking and relationship carry the meeting.

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Transfer Data Through The Human Body To Your Devices

Transfer Data Through The Human Body To Your Devices | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
Ericsson aims to turn our anatomy into a USB key -- a bridge between gadgets with its 'Connected Me' technology.

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ROBOT FILM FESTIVAL || JULY 14, 2012 || NEW YORK CITY

ROBOT FILM FESTIVAL || JULY 14, 2012 || NEW YORK CITY | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
We want YOU to create stories with robots! For our July 14, 2012 festival in NYC, we encourage creators to highlight innovation, explore frontiers before technically feasible and investigate humanity, machinery and the larger symbolisms within.

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Real smart: Protective clothing with built-in A/C

Real smart: Protective clothing with built-in A/C | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
In order to test a new 'smart' protective vest, an experimenter wearing one jogged several kilometers on a treadmill in a climate-controlled chamber.

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A Computer Interface that Takes a Load Off Your Mind - Technology Review

A Computer Interface that Takes a Load Off Your Mind - Technology Review | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
A wearable brain scanner could give computers insight into how hard you're thinking.
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7 excellent augmented reality campaigns

7 excellent augmented reality campaigns | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
Augmented reality ads are slowly making their way into the mainstream, with more and more brands using the technology to engage consumers with hidden digital content.

This is definitely an impressive use of AR, however it used a bespoke AR app called VWJuicedUp that was only available on iOS. The use of custom made AR apps is potentially the only thing preventing the technology from really catching on with consumers.

QR code scanners are universal so consumers need only download one version, however AR campaigns often require the user to download a new app every time which doesn't offer a great user experience.


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Robot research laboratory opens

Robot research laboratory opens | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
Cutting-edge science is revealed as a new laboratory for robot research opens at the University of the West of England.
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Laboratory Equipment - Protocol Turns Smartphones Into Biometric Devices

Laboratory Equipment - Protocol Turns Smartphones Into Biometric Devices | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
A protocol, called WS-Biometric Devices, allows laptops, tablets and smartphones to access sensors that capture biometric data such as fingerprints, face and iris images using web services.
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We are the Borg… And That is a Good Thing

We are the Borg… And That is a Good Thing | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
Let’s be real. The majority of transhumanists, scientists, astronomers, computer specialists, etc. became interested in their fields of study through their interest in science-fiction.
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Need Help? At New York Airports, You'll Soon Ask an Avatar

Need Help? At New York Airports, You'll Soon Ask an Avatar | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
One of the new customer service representatives at New York City's three major airports this summer will stand out from the rest.
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Leap Motion's 3-D System Is Like A Kinect for Controlling Your Computer

Leap Motion's 3-D System Is Like A Kinect for Controlling Your Computer | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
Forget about jet packs. A San Francisco startup is about to bring "Minority Report"-style control to your computer.
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danah boyd on Embracing a Culture of Connectivity

Many young adults have incorporated social media into their daily practices, both academically and personally. They use these tools to connect, collaborate, communicate and create. In this talk, danah boyd — Social Media Researcher at Microsoft Research New England and affiliate of the Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet and Society — examines the different social media practices common among young adults, clarifying both the cultural logic behind these everyday practices, and the role of social media in academia.

She is introduced by Judy Singer, Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity at Harvard University, and John Palfrey, Faculty co-director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society.


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Is the Objectification Of Others Driven By An Honorable Motive?

Is the Objectification Of Others Driven By An Honorable Motive? | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it

A group of researchers from the University of Kansas has now put forth a new explanation, termed “Subjective Uncertainty Theory” (SUT). The basic idea in its super-simplified form is that we’re occasionally so afraid of realizing we can’t understand a person’s complexities, we just pretend those complexities don’t exist and instead focus on their concrete traits (e.g. appearance, professional duties, IQ, etc.)


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Intel wants to plug a smartphone into your brain

Intel wants to plug a smartphone into your brain | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
The future of smartphones looks a lot like something out of a science-fiction movie, with mobile devices interfacing with the human brain, Intel says.
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Italian quadruped robot goes for a walk | KurzweilAI

Italian quadruped robot goes for a walk | KurzweilAI | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
Researchers from the Italian Institute of Technology took their quadruped robot HyQ for a test run outside the lab for the first time to test new tricks...
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Can a Better Vibrator Inspire an Age of Great American Sex?

Can a Better Vibrator Inspire an Age of Great American Sex? | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
Sex toys have transformed into sophisticated and well-designed gadgets that take their inspiration from Apple not Hustler. But one company has a bigger hope: that a better machine could mean better sex for a repressed nation.
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'Solar panel' eye implant promises sight without wires - tech - 13 May 2012 - New Scientist

'Solar panel' eye implant promises sight without wires - tech - 13 May 2012 - New Scientist | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
Tiny panels implanted in the eye could restore vision to the blind without the need for external power sources...
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Real-world beaming: The risk of avatar and robot crime

Real-world beaming: The risk of avatar and robot crime | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
Avatars and robots can now be used to help people "visit" remote locations via the internet - but this raises a host of moral and legal questions.
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6 Ways to Anticipate the Future of Digital Behavior

IDEO's Duane Bray offers six suggestions for forecasting the future of digital data, conversation and identity.
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Microsoft shows off MirageTable

Microsoft shows off MirageTable | Cyborg Lives | Scoop.it
An augmented reality device shows how two users could share objects on a tabletop while based at different locations.
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