TechForum is a Microsoft-sponsored shindig where the company can get together, party, and then show off its latest and greatest research projects.TechForum is a Microsoft-sponsored shindig where the company can get together, party, and then show off its latest and greatest research projects. First up we've got a transparent interactive 3D display which builds on technology from Cambridge University's HoloDesk project. Next is Holoflector, a "magic mirror" that overlays LCD projections onto your reflection. Both of these two projects rely heavily upon Kinect as more projects find the potential in the little sensor. Finally there's Illumishare, a pair of overhead projectors / cameras that share a desktop space with a colleague when you need to look at the same thing.
Read 'In the future, electromagnetic roads may charge your cars while you drive' on Digital Trends. Stanford University researchers have created a wireless system that will magnetically charge your EVs while you are driving...
Reassessing Arcosanti, an “urban laboratory” in the Arizona desert founded in the 1970s by students, architects and seekers.
ED: I remembered reading about this back in a book back in the 70's and imagining what it might be like to live in that futuristic environment, and if it would ever become a reality in the next 30 years or so...and wondered if it still exists. Now we know!
Robots could one day navigate through constantly changing surroundings with virtually no input from humans, thanks to a system that allows them to build and continuously update a three-dimensional map of their environment using a low-cost camera such as Microsoft’s Kinect.
Researchers at Harvard University’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have developed a nanorobotic device made from DNA that could potentially seek out specific cell targets within a complex mixture of cell types and deliver important molecular instructions, such as telling cancer cells to self-destruct.
Back in 2011, ground-breaking research by scientists at the University of York provided a new perspective on the physics of black holes. Black holes are objects in space that are so massive and compact they were described by Einstein as "bending" space. Conventional thinking asserts that black holes swallow everything that gets too close and that nothing can escape its "event horizon," but the study suggested that information could escape from black holes after all. The implications could be revolutionary, suggesting that gravity may not be a fundamental force of Nature.
It took awhile, and the price tag is quite a bit steeper than previously thought (shocking, right?), but the FAA is finally getting the funding it needs to bring the nation's air traffic control system up to date. Congress just passed the bill to make it happen, allotting $11 billion to the FAA to upgrade the nation's 35 busiest airports air traffic controls from radar to GPS.
Swiss scientists plan to launch a shoebox-sized satellite with jellyfish-like tentacles to sweep up space junk as early as 2016.
The $11 million satellite, called CleanSpace One, would chase down space junk and drag it out of orbit, burning up during atmospheric re-entry in the process. Swiss space scientists hope this will be the first of a fleet of "janitor" satellites.
"We want to offer and sell a whole family of ready-made systems, designed as sustainably as possible, that are able to de-orbit several different kinds of satellites," said Volker Gass, director of the Swiss Space Center at the Federal Polytechnic School of Lausanne.
From the University of Washington campus to the Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, Desney Tan appears to be all over the Seattle area.
His day jobs include being a principal researcher at Microsoft Research, managing two groups, one in Redmond and the other in Beijing, China, both centering on the fusion of computers and human body movements. He is also an affiliate faculty at the UW.
Specifically, Tan and his team are experimenting with contact lenses. With microchips and computer circuits, researchers are using tears to gain an easier reading of blood-sugar levels, particularly important for diabetics.
The Orbit uses a battery-filled ring to levitate a supercooled superconductive metal laundry basket. The basket is coated in two layers of shatterproof glass and chilled using liquid nitrogen. The batteries inside the ring produce a magnetic field, and the basket levitates inside this field as its electrical resistivity drops.
The ability to store and process huge amounts of data is useless unless there are people who can interpret the information it generates. That requires a new kind of scientist, a data scientist. (Why real time analytics?
At a not-too-distant point in our future, this will be a serious question. Today Ford and Bug Labs announced that they are jointly supporting the first open source car software. Think of it as your car's API.
A team of researchers from across Europe and Asia has demonstrated a way of using laser heat rather than magnetic fields to store data, potentially increasing the speed of your hard drive by 100 times or more.
"Futurists get to a certain age and, as one does, they suddenly recognize their own mortality,” Gibson says in the Wired premier of The Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy podcast. “And they often decide that what’s going on is that everything is just totally screwed and shabby now, whereas when they were younger everything was better. It’s an ancient, somewhat universal human attitude, and often they give it full voice.”
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