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Beyond Smart TV: ‘Surfaces’ Prototype Reveals the Television of Tomorrow

Beyond Smart TV: ‘Surfaces’ Prototype Reveals the Television of Tomorrow | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it

We’ve seen the future of television, and we want it now.

 

NDS, a company that develops DRM security and DVR technology for pay-TV providers like Cox and DirecTV, has developed a proof-of-concept called Surfaces that shows how television could become the center of a much more compelling, immersive living room experience.

The prototype jettisons the single, static screen that’s been a hardware mainstay since the golden age of television. In its place is a slick, highly customized room-sized desktop that hosts not only a traditional widescreen TV image, but also windows for a plethora of digital accoutrements.

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SpaceX Gets One Step Closer to Carrying People to Orbit

SpaceX Gets One Step Closer to Carrying People to Orbit | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it

With the cargo version of the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft waiting patiently at Cape Canaveral for its scheduled launch on May 19, its astronaut-carrying sibling has received a thumbs up from NASA.

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Mars Opportunity rover reaches Endeavour crater, finds signs of ancient Martian water

Mars Opportunity rover reaches Endeavour crater, finds signs of ancient Martian water | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it
The robotic rover Opportunity found signs of both hydrothermal vents and water evaporation near the Endeavour Crater on Mars.
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New electrode material could lead to powerful rechargeable sodium batteries

New electrode material could lead to powerful rechargeable sodium batteries | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it
A new material uses abundant elements, including iron and manganese, and has an energy density similar to electrodes used in lithium-ion batteries.
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The TeleHuman is a life-size, 3D video chat pod straight out of your sci-fi dreams

The TeleHuman is a life-size, 3D video chat pod straight out of your sci-fi dreams | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it
Read 'The TeleHuman is a life-size, 3D video chat pod straight out of your sci-fi dreams' on Digital Trends. The TeleHuman is a life-size video...
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Using Magnetic Bacteria to Construct the Biocomputer of the Future

Using Magnetic Bacteria to Construct the Biocomputer of the Future | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it

As computer components grow smaller and smaller it becomes more and more difficult to manufacture them by conventional means, meaning the nano-hard-drives of the future are going to come at a cost. So researchers from the University of Leeds in the UK and Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology are enlisting the help of magnetic bacteria, which they say can be harnessed to build tiny computing components similar to those found in conventional PCs, or even to construct the biological computers of the future.

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The Jets of the Future

The Jets of the Future | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it

NASA asked the world’s top aircraft engineers to solve the hardest problem in commercial aviation: how to fly cleaner, quieter and using less fuel. The prototypes they imagined may set a new standard for the next two decades of flight.

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Q&A: Explorer and Robotics Engineer on Historic SpaceX Flight

Q&A: Explorer and Robotics Engineer on Historic SpaceX Flight | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it
We may be at the dawn of a new, private era in space.

In the near future, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket will liftoff the launchpad, bringing the Dragon spacecraft to dock with the International Space Station. Until now, only the U.S., Russia, and the European Union have accomplished such a goal. If SpaceX succeeds, it will become the first private company to do so.

 

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Check out this stunning holographic iPhone concept

Check out this stunning holographic iPhone concept | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it
Us folks at iDownloadBlog love conceptual gadget artwork as much as you do, especially gorgeous, believable renditions like a Liquidmetal-based iPhone 5.
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The Particle At the End of the Universe | Cosmic Variance | Discover Magazine

The Particle At the End of the Universe | Cosmic Variance | Discover Magazine | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it

by Sean Carroll

Speaking of writing popular books, I’m at it again. I’m currently hard at work writing The Particle At the End of the Universe, a popular-level book on the Large Hadron Collider and the search for the Higgs boson. If all goes well, it should appear in bookstores at the end of this year or beginning of next. (Ideally, it will go on sale the same day they announce the discovery of the Higgs. I’m trying to bribe the right people to make that happen.) The title is somewhat tentative, so it might change at some point.

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Video: Flying Thing Propels Itself By Flipping Inside Out

Video: Flying Thing Propels Itself By Flipping Inside Out | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it

Flying objects can achieve forward thrust in a few ways, but here’s a unique new one: Flipping inside out to move forward. Designed by the people who brought us the amazing robot seagull, the SmartInversion flying object can move through the air indefinitely.

The object is based on a design envisioned by inventor Paul Schatz. It’s a six-sided articulated ring of prisms that attaches to a cube, and when it’s unleashed, it can start folding into new geometric shapes. As it turns itself inside out, it moves forward. This property of kinematics is called inversion

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Why Mining an Asteroid for Water and Precious Metals Isn't as Crazy as it Sounds

Why Mining an Asteroid for Water and Precious Metals Isn't as Crazy as it Sounds | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it

Billionaire-backed space startup Planetary Resources has officially unveiled its business plan to much fanfare and with few surprises. The company’s principals--which include X-Prize Foundation founder Peter Diamandis, Space Adventures co-founder Eric Anderson, and former NASA Flight Director Chris Lewicki--today pledged that Planetary Resources would make the abundant resources of space available here on Earth, and introduced a couple of the company’s own spacecraft that will make such space prospecting possible. The rush for space resources is officially on.

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How to Spot the Future

How to Spot the Future | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it

Thirty years ago, when John Naisbitt was writing Megatrends, his prescient vision of America’s future, he used a simple yet powerful tool to spot new ideas that were bubbling in the zeitgeist: the newspaper. He didn’t just read it, though. He took out a ruler and measured it.
The more column inches a particular topic earned over time, the more likely it
represented an emerging trend. “The collective news hole,” Naisbitt wrote, “becomes a mechanical representation of society sorting out its priorities”—and he used that mechanism to predict the information society, globalism, decentralization, and the rise of networks.

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Space Tugboat Could Help Move Inexpensive Payloads in Orbit

Space Tugboat Could Help Move Inexpensive Payloads in Orbit | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it

A Seattle company has announced plans to build a new spacecraft that, like its Earth-bound counterparts, is all about moving other vehicles around. Spaceflight Inc. is designing what it’s calling the Sherpa to fulfill the need for an orbital tugboat that can move payloads, such as satellites, to different orbits around Earth.

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Physicists Succeed in Making ‘Impossible’ Gamma-Ray Lens

Physicists Succeed in Making ‘Impossible’ Gamma-Ray Lens | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it

Lenses are a part of everyday life—they help us focus words on a page, the light from stars, and the tiniest details of microorganisms. But making a lens for highly energetic light known as gamma rays had been thought impossible. Now, physicists have created such a lens, and they believe it will open up a new field of gamma-ray optics for medical imaging, detecting illicit nuclear material, and getting rid of nuclear waste...

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Forget channel surfing: How Boxfish plans to revolutionize real-time TV search

Forget channel surfing: How Boxfish plans to revolutionize real-time TV search | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it
Boxfish, a new Palo Alto startup, promises to make TV searchable in real-time through the use of closed captioning.
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Microsoft Research shows dual views on existing LCD displays - Next at Microsoft - Site Home - TechNet Blogs

Microsoft Research shows dual views on existing LCD displays - Next at Microsoft - Site Home - TechNet Blogs | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it

In my post earlier today regarding Microsoft Research (MSR) projects I didn’t include this project so thought I’d add an additional post on it. As you can see from the video above, it’s a novel use of existing LCD displays to project two different images. The projected was shown at the Microsoft TechVista event in India earlier this year and will be shown again this week at CHI 2012.

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AT&T Aims to Break Into the Home-Security Business

AT&T Aims to Break Into the Home-Security Business | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it
The company plans to start testing a service this summer that allows customers to hook up all manner of sensors to a base unit that connects wirelessly over AT&T's cellular network.
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China Takes Off

China Takes Off | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it
The largest nation on Earth is flying more people more places than ever before.
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Software Helps EV Station Owners Become Entrepreneurs

Software Helps EV Station Owners Become Entrepreneurs | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it

Owning and operating a public EV charging station just got a little easier thanks to new management software that can turn a charger into a business
opportunity.

WattStation Connect is a cloud-based EV charging station management system that’s compatible with internet-connected GE WattStation chargers. While drivers already have a myriad of services they can use to search for public plugs and see what prices they’ve put on electricity, WattStation Connect makes it easy for owners of charging stations to set hours and rates using a computer or smartphone.

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Odd Ways the Mind Warps Time

Odd Ways the Mind Warps Time | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it

Your age, emotional state and even type of activity can affect how you perceive time.

"The future is the mind's default," Hammond said. "When at rest and not having to do other things, it goes into the future."In most people's minds, she said, the future is a spacious place where there are oodles of time and time-management skills prevail. Ask a busy person for 10 minutes today, and they won't have it. But ask for an hour sometime next year, and they will gladly schedule you in, even if they are unlikely to slow down in the interim.

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Breaking: Private company does indeed plan to mine asteroids… and I think they can do it | Bad Astronomy | Discover Magazine

Breaking: Private company does indeed plan to mine asteroids… and I think they can do it | Bad Astronomy | Discover Magazine | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it
Astronomy | asteroid impacts | Planetary Resources, Inc. is not your average startup: its mission is to investigate and eventually mine asteroids in space!
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Short Sharp Science: Water central to detailed asteroid mining mission plan

Short Sharp Science: Water central to detailed asteroid mining mission plan | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it

Planetary Resources, the nascent billionaire-backed company that's planning to mine near-Earth asteroids, has revealed details of its first exploratory missions - and that it plans to mine ice deposits as well as precious metals and minerals. The water could support life, or be split into oxygen and liquid hydrogen to make breathable air and rocket propellant, the firm says.

Though it will be many years before it reaches an asteroid, Planetary Resources has even begun advertising for 'asteroid miners'.

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Today: Commercial Space Venture Sets Sights on Mining Asteroids for Minerals

Today: Commercial Space Venture Sets Sights on Mining Asteroids for Minerals | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it

Since the announcement last week that a team of high-profile backers--Eric Schmidt and Larry Page from Google, filmmaker James Cameron, Ross Perot Jr. (son of the former presidential candidate), space tourism pioneer Eric Anderson, and X-Prize founder Peter Diamandis, among others--is launching a company that will "overlay two critical sectors—space exploration and natural resources—to add trillions of dollars to the global GDP," media speculation has generally centered on one thing: asteroid mining. And this morning, hours before the official press conference launching Planetary Resources Inc., that speculation appears to be confirmed.

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8 Visionaries on How They Spot the Future

8 Visionaries on How They Spot the Future | FutureChronicles | Scoop.it

A longtime technology forecaster, Saffo is a managing director at the Silicon Valley investment research firm Discern. Formerly the director of the Institute for the Future, he is also a consulting professor in Stanford University’s engineering department.

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