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Where science-fiction is becoming science-reality.
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Motes: The Wireless Helpers That Will Change Your Life [VIDEO]

Motes: The Wireless Helpers That Will Change Your Life [VIDEO] | Here Comes The Future | Scoop.it
Motes are wireless sensors that collect data on temperature, humidity, light and other data, then relay that info to your smartphone.
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I knew the day was not too far away when we would see such things. I wonder what the world will be like when these devices have mutiple sensors and are about the size of a grain of rice. Drop enough of them around and you'd be able to monitor an entire planet. Perhaps these little fellows are just the starting point.

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Robo-pets may contribute to quality of life for those with dementia

Robo-pets may contribute to quality of life for those with dementia | Here Comes The Future | Scoop.it
Robotic animals can help to improve the quality of life for people with dementia, according to new research.
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I'm never quite sure what to make of this. At one level I think it's good that robots can improve the quality of life of those with the condition. However, I've also read 'Alone Together' and can't help but wonder if this is the thin edge of the wedge. Then again, perhaps I'm being just a little paranoid.

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Sherpa's Personal Assistant App Is Coming To Glass, Other Android Wearables

Sherpa's Personal Assistant App Is Coming To Glass, Other Android Wearables | Here Comes The Future | Scoop.it
Sherpa, the popular natural language digital assistant Android app, is coming to Google Glass and other Android-based wearables the company announced today.
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This is the begining of wearable computing. What will we have in say, five years?

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The Other 21st Century Skills

The Other 21st Century Skills | Here Comes The Future | Scoop.it
Many have attempted to identify the skills important for a learner today in this era of the 21st century (I know it is an overused phrase).  I have an affinity towards the skills identified by Tony...
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As the world changes so do required skills. I mean, when was the last time you had a chat to a Cooper?

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Stanford scientists develop new type of solar structure that cools buildings in full sunlight

Stanford scientists develop new type of solar structure that cools buildings in full sunlight | Here Comes The Future | Scoop.it
A Stanford team has designed an entirely new form of cooling panel that works even when the sun is shining.
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Can they get this product to market? Let's hope so. Imagine how much electricity could be saved by using this material. A definite plus.

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Doctors Use a Dissolvable 3D-Printed Tracheal Splint to Save a Baby’s Life

Doctors Use a Dissolvable 3D-Printed Tracheal Splint to Save a Baby’s Life | Here Comes The Future | Scoop.it
An infant's collapsing airway now has a device holding it open; as his tissue strengthens, the splint will be absorbed into his body
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Who would have thought that printers would be used for anything but printing out text and images? How many different single ideas have come together to make this work?

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NASA funds 3D food printer, to combat hunger in space and on ...

NASA funds 3D food printer, to combat hunger in space and on ... | Here Comes The Future | Scoop.it
The space agency recently awarded a $125000 grant to a project aimed at 3D printing food for astronauts, and while ...
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We have the tri-corder, the interactive voice computer and now the replicator. If the cold fusion device works we might have to think about building starships.

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Microsoft's Xbox One and Other News You Need to Know

Microsoft's Xbox One and Other News You Need to Know | Here Comes The Future | Scoop.it
Welcome to this morning's edition of "First To Know," a series in which we keep you in the know on what's happening in the digital world.
Microsoft announced the Xbox One Tuesday.
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Okay, I'm not a gamer but, for those of you out there that are...

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Google Chrome Can Now Talk Back to You

Google Chrome Can Now Talk Back to You | Here Comes The Future | Scoop.it
You can now talk to your computer, kind of like you would a person — that is, if you're running Google's Chrome browser. The conversational search abilities that Google showed off last week at its I/O developer conference are now live.
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Sci-fi front and centre, if it works.

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Groundbreaking Virtual Robotics Allow Us Our Very Own Robot Avatar

Groundbreaking Virtual Robotics Allow Us Our Very Own Robot Avatar | Here Comes The Future | Scoop.it

A research group lead by Professor Tachi at Keio University in Japan is currently working on one of the first incarnations of an avatar that incorporates some pretty cool virtual robotics technology. By slipping on a pair of virtual reality gloves and a helmet, you would be able to control and see the world through your avatar’s eyes. The concept behind this virtual robotics technology is really called Telexistence, and it allows us to control a real avatar robot.


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Hayden Theuerkauf's curator insight, March 21, 2013 9:56 PM

This particular website gives information on the creation of avatar/robots that humans will be able to control. This will change the future, technology will allow humans to create there own avatar in the form of a robot, allowing humans to stay home whilst there avatar/robot goes out to do there daily needs or to even do there jobs at a single touch of a button, this technology will vastly change how the world works and runs.

cassian bulger's curator insight, March 22, 2013 5:38 AM

Technology such as this which provides an avatar that can be operated remotely has infinite potential to make the lives of countless people easyer such robots provide an "out of body" experience and when perfected can enable working remotly and remotly carrying out daily chores. With strides like this technology is taking remarkable strides into how we are shaping our future. 

Mercor's curator insight, March 22, 2013 7:03 AM

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'First bionic eye' retinal chip for blind

'First bionic eye' retinal chip for blind | Here Comes The Future | Scoop.it
A new bionic eye works by converting video images captured by a miniature camera, housed in the patient's glasses, into a series of small electrical pulses that are transmitted wirelessly to an array of electrodes on the surface of the retina.
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We Will Soon Be Swallowing Computers Instead Of Pills To Help Doctors Cure Us

We Will Soon Be Swallowing Computers Instead Of Pills To Help Doctors Cure Us | Here Comes The Future | Scoop.it
Startups and scientists are working on “smart” pills, or ingestible computers and sensors that could help doctors diagnose us. While these...
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This is something I remeber reading about several years ago. It's another example of science-fiction becomming science-fact.

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Warrior Web from DARPA aims to boost muscles, reduce fatigue and injury (video)

Warrior Web from DARPA aims to boost muscles, reduce fatigue and injury (video) | Here Comes The Future | Scoop.it
The U.S. Military's dabbled with full-on robotic suits in the past, but it's now looking at a less convoluted, more energy-efficient approach. A project
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The begining of the cybermen...

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Will 'Digital Ethnic Cleansing' Be Part of the Internet's Future?

Will 'Digital Ethnic Cleansing' Be Part of the Internet's Future? | Here Comes The Future | Scoop.it
Eric Schmidt, Jared Cohen, and Steve Clemons discuss the political limitations of the Internet.
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Explainer: what is ocean energy?

Renewable ocean energy harnesses the power of the oceans to produce electricity.
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Isn't obvious that we need this kind of technology. Australia is an island with plenty of sunshine. Why are we still so dependent on fossil fuels. China is moving towards solar as is Germany. Why are we so behind?

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Mind games: why NeuroGaming is the future | VG247

Mind games: why NeuroGaming is the future | VG247 | Here Comes The Future | Scoop.it
VG247′s Dave Cook speaks with neuro-technology expert Zack Lynch to discuss why sensory tools like Oculus and Google Glass are the future of gaming. Back in 1991 John Carmack and John Romero formed id Software ...
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I did mention once that I'm not a gamer. However, I do find the link between our minds and the technology used to put information into our minds facinating. Just being able to read affects the brain's architecture. Furthermore, depending on what type of script you read has an effect on different areas of the brain. It's known that the brain takes in information differently if the information comes from a screen rather than a printed page. So, what does the future hold for the physical development of our minds?

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Cold Fusion Machine Gets Third-Party Verification ... - Popular Science

Cold Fusion Machine Gets Third-Party Verification ... - Popular Science | Here Comes The Future | Scoop.it
A well-known promoter of cold fusion technology—who's been demonstrating his latest invention here and there over the past two years—
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We've all heard about cold-fusion before. This time the inventor has recieved third-party verification. Does it actually work? And if it did work would the big energy companies let him keep it? This could be an intersting story to keep tabs on.

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Ultrathin 'nanobandages' bring promise to medical field through blood vessel repair

Ultrathin 'nanobandages' bring promise to medical field through blood vessel repair | Here Comes The Future | Scoop.it
A joint team of researchers from Waseda University and the National Defense Medical College has deve...
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Any thing that saves lives and dosen't require specialist knowlege to use it has to be a good thing. Right.

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Star Trek's Tricorder Becomes Reality With Scanadu's Scout

Star Trek's Tricorder Becomes Reality With Scanadu's Scout | Here Comes The Future | Scoop.it
Scanadu's Scout helps you monitor all aspects your health -- with just a 10-second commitment.
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Once again it seems that science-fiction predicts science-fact.

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