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QR codes used by Boy Scouts of America with the help of Munzee - QR Code Press

QR codes used by Boy Scouts of America with the help of Munzee - QR Code Press | VI Tech Review (VITR) | Scoop.it
QR Code PressQR codes used by Boy Scouts of America with the help of MunzeeQR Code PressThe Boy Scouts of America's 2012 National Order of the Arrow Conference made a strong step forward through its planning committee as they determined that mobile...

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Almacena y organiza tus fotos de distintas redes sociales en un solo lugar

Almacena y organiza tus fotos de distintas redes sociales en un solo lugar | VI Tech Review (VITR) | Scoop.it
Es seguro que nuestras fotos andan dispersas en diferentes espacios en la red por más que al principio nos hayamos planteado tener todo en Flickr, por ejemplo. Lo cierto es que las repartimos en distintos sitios y dejamos de preocuparnos por ellas.

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Air Robotics Launches New Rugged Small UAS

Air Robotics Launches New Rugged Small UAS | VI Tech Review (VITR) | Scoop.it
Air Robotics Four Delta sUAS. Air Robotics has introduced the Im IV-D™ (Four Delta™), a hand-tossed, small Unmanned Aircraft System (sUAS) capable of carrying a wide variety of user-swappable payloads and able to ...

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Pentagon builds 'worm warrior'

Pentagon builds 'worm warrior' | VI Tech Review (VITR) | Scoop.it
A robot that mimics the movements and softness of a worm is built by engineers using funds from the Pentagon's research lab.

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Walkera Ladybird nanocopter clone

Walkera Ladybird nanocopter clone | VI Tech Review (VITR) | Scoop.it
I love my Walkera Ladybird nanocopter, which costs $129 and is incredibly fun to fly. But now you can get a clone for just $49, complete with RC unit.

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Transcribe - free online tool to help with transcription of interviews and audio clips

Transcribe - free online tool to help with transcription of interviews and audio clips | VI Tech Review (VITR) | Scoop.it

This is a useful tool to help you transcibe audio files / interviews. It opens a simple audio player with basic keyboard controls so that you can rewind as you type.


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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 | VI Tech Review (VITR) | Scoop.it

 Inspira una cultura de creación de contenido activa, productividad y aprendizaje

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6 claves para la protección de las ideas en social media

6 claves para la protección de las ideas en social media | VI Tech Review (VITR) | Scoop.it
¿Son las ideas apropiables por terceros? ¿existen mecanismos legales para proteger las ideas, sobre todo en el ámbito de las redes sociales, donde es habitual usar material creativo ajeno?
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Algorithm Aims To Predict Crime By Tracking Mobile Phones

Algorithm Aims To Predict Crime By Tracking Mobile Phones | VI Tech Review (VITR) | Scoop.it
It's becoming possible to predict where people are moving by tracking the mobiles of their friends, and an obvious application may be fighting crime.

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Mars Rover Curiosity to Receive 'Brain Transplant' This Weekend

Mars Rover Curiosity to Receive 'Brain Transplant' This Weekend | VI Tech Review (VITR) | Scoop.it
The six-wheeled robot is updating to software optimized for surface operations.

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Elecom to Release World's First NFC Smartphone Keyboard in Japan

Elecom to Release World's First NFC Smartphone Keyboard in Japan | VI Tech Review (VITR) | Scoop.it
Elecom recently announced it would be launching this smartphone keyboard which makes use of NFC technology to connect to your handset.
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10 Biggest Gadget Design Fails

10 Biggest Gadget Design Fails | VI Tech Review (VITR) | Scoop.it
A fair number of companies that read our product reviews tell me that they take our criticism to heart to improve their wares. That's flattering to hear, but I don't think the message is getting to the right people.
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10 Ways to Get the Most From Your Wi-Fi-Only Tablet

10 Ways to Get the Most From Your Wi-Fi-Only Tablet | VI Tech Review (VITR) | Scoop.it
Use these tips to download books, make phone calls, and get other vital information--all without investing in an expensive, built-in data plan.

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La Luna, el mejor proveedor de energía solar

La Luna, el mejor proveedor de energía solar | VI Tech Review (VITR) | Scoop.it
La corporación japonesa Shimizu presentó un plan para ceñir al satélite terrestre con una cinta de paneles fotovoltaicos de 11 mil kilómetros de largo y 400 kilómetros de ancho.
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New Stretchy, Soft Chameleon Robot Can Change ... - Hi-Tech Centre

New Stretchy, Soft Chameleon Robot Can Change ... - Hi-Tech Centre | VI Tech Review (VITR) | Scoop.it
Soft robots are coming a long way, with strong yet stretchy bodies that can survive all kinds of assaults. But it would be even better if they didn't have to survive smashing attempts at all, instead blending into their environments ...
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Fusion: The quest to recreate the Sun’s power on Earth

Fusion: The quest to recreate the Sun’s power on Earth | VI Tech Review (VITR) | Scoop.it

Cadarache: In the dusty highlands of Provence in southern France, workers have excavated a vast rectangular pit 17 metres (56 feet) down into the unforgiving rocks. From my raised vantage point, I can see bright yellow mechanical diggers and trucks buzzing around the edge of the pit, looking toy-like in the huge construction site. Above us, the fireball Sun dries the air at an unrelenting 37C.

These are embryonic stages to what is perhaps humankind's most ambitious scientific and engineering project: to replicate the Sun here on Earth.


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Stealing keys from 195 feet distance: Teleduplication via Optical Decoding and 3D Printing

Stealing keys from 195 feet distance: Teleduplication via Optical Decoding and 3D Printing | VI Tech Review (VITR) | Scoop.it

Sneakey - A system that can create duplicates of keys from photos. The SNEAKEY system correctly decoded the keys from a high resolution image that was taken from the rooftop of a four floor building. The inlay shows the image that was used for decoding while the background provides a context for the extreme distances that our system can operate from. In this case the image was taken from 195 feet. This demonstration shows that a motivated attacker can covertly steal a victim's keys without fear of detection. The SNEAKEY system provides a compelling example of how digital computing techniques can breach the security of even physical analog systems in the real-world.


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A miniature, massively parallel computer, powered by a million ARM processors to model a Billion Neurons

A miniature, massively parallel computer, powered by a million ARM processors to model a Billion Neurons | VI Tech Review (VITR) | Scoop.it

It’s a little sobering, actually. The average human brain packs a hundred billion or so neurons—connected by a quadrillion (10^15) constantly changing synapses—into a space the size of a cantaloupe. It consumes a paltry 20 watts, much less than a typical incandescent lightbulb. But simulating this mess of wetware with traditional digital circuits would require a supercomputer that’s a good 1000 times as powerful as the best ones we have available today. And we’d need the output of an entire nuclear power plant to run it.

 

Fortunately, we don’t have to rely on traditional, power-hungry computers to get us there. Scattered around the world are at least half a dozen projects dedicated to building brain models using specialized analog circuits. Unlike the digital circuits in traditional computers, which could take weeks or even months to model a single second of brain operation, these analog circuits can model brain activity as fast as or even faster than it really occurs, and they consume a fraction of the power. But analog chips do have one serious drawback—they aren’t very programmable. The equations used to model the brain in an analog circuit are physically hardwired in a way that affects every detail of the design, right down to the placement of every analog adder and multiplier. This makes it hard to overhaul the model, something we’d have to do again and again because we still don’t know what level of biological detail we’ll need in order to mimic the way brains behave. To help things along, my colleagues and I are building something a bit different: the first low-power, large-scale digital model of the brain. Dubbed SpiNNaker, for Spiking Neural Network Architecture, our machine looks a lot like a conventional parallel computer, but it boasts some significant changes to the way chips communicate. We expect it will let us model brain activity with speeds matching those of biological systems but with all the flexibility of a supercomputer.

 

Additionally, a research team, led by Dharmendra Modha at IBM Almaden Research Center, in San Jose, Calif., works on supercomputer models of the cortex, the outer, information-processing layer of the brain, using simpler neuron models. In 2009, team members at IBM and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory showed they could simulate the activity of 900 million neurons connected by 9 trillion synapses, more than are in a cat’s cortex. But as has been the case for all such models, its simulations were quite slow. The computer needed many minutes to model a second’s worth of brain activity.One way to speed things up is by using custom-made analog circuits that directly mimic the operation of the brain. Traditional analog circuits—like the chips being developed by the BrainScaleS project at the Kirchhoff Institute for Physics, in Heidelberg, Germany—can run 10 000 times as fast as the corresponding parts of the brain. They’re also fabulously energy efficient. A digital logic circuit may need thousands of transistors to perform a multiplication, but analog circuits need only a few. When you break it down to the level of modeling the transmission of a single neural signal, these circuits consume about 0.001 percent as much energy as a supercomputer would need to perform the same task. Considering you’d need to perform that operation 10 quadrillion times a second, that translates into some significant energy savings. While a whole brain model built using today’s digital technology could easily consume more than US $10 billion a year in electricity, the power bill for a similar-scale analog system would likely come to less than $1 million.


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Going Hypersonic: Air Force's X-51A Waverider in Pictures

Going Hypersonic: Air Force's X-51A Waverider in Pictures | VI Tech Review (VITR) | Scoop.it
See photos of the U.S. Air Force's X-51A hypersonic test vehicles and flights.
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Mars Rover Curiosity Has 'Dreams' on Red Planet

Mars Rover Curiosity Has 'Dreams' on Red Planet | VI Tech Review (VITR) | Scoop.it
The 1-ton robot has an energy-saving 'dream mode,' researchers revealed Tuesday.
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Date un paseo por Marte con esta imagen panorámica de 360º

Date un paseo por Marte con esta imagen panorámica de 360º | VI Tech Review (VITR) | Scoop.it

 a partir de las fotos del Curiosity

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Evernote for Photography: Tips and Downloadable Presentation

Evernote for Photography: Tips and Downloadable Presentation | VI Tech Review (VITR) | Scoop.it

Ejemplo de uso de Evernote: Daniel Hendrick, fotógrafo, lo usa para manejar su negocio.


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Creative Qr Code Campaigns For 2012 | Digital-Feedback

Here are a few cool Qr Code campaigns I was able to find on YouTube that seem very cool. We here at Digital Feedback encourage our clients to push the envelope and get creative in the way they display their Qr Code that we custom create for them.

It seems like the more creative you get the more interest people show in wanting to scan the code. This is EXACTLY why we do NOT use the boring black and white Qr Code anymore!

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Featured: Top 10 Best Voice Assistant / Siri Like Apps for Android | Android Headlines

Featured: Top 10 Best Voice Assistant / Siri Like Apps for Android | Android Headlines | VI Tech Review (VITR) | Scoop.it

  As much as I’m sure us Android fans 

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Visions of the Future – Conference Review

Visions of the Future – Conference Review | VI Tech Review (VITR) | Scoop.it
This post and the next feature reviews of recent sci-fi conferences attended by Snail on the Slope contributing member Eric R. Laursen (University of Utah) – namely, April’s Global Science Fiction Cinema conference in Iowa and July’s Science Fiction Research Association conference in Detroit. For pictures, useful links, and more, read on!
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