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An app to save energy, one office worker at a time

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Turns out helping office workers create personalized comfort zones is also a good way for building owners to save money.

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How To Motivate Employees -- And How Not To

How To Motivate Employees -- And How Not To | mecatronica | Scoop.it
Workers can be motivated to improve their efforts when they find their rewards in their paychecks.






Workers can be motivated to improve their efforts when they find their rewards in their paychecks.

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Turn the real world into a Holodeck! Glasses to make you a real-life Tony Stark, for real...CNN

Turn the real world into a Holodeck! Glasses to make you a real-life Tony Stark, for real...CNN | mecatronica | Scoop.it
A California startup is creating 3-D glasses that let you interact with virtual objects in the real world.

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Gary Hayes's curator insight, October 31, 2013 7:04 PM

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So how does the technology work?

"The glasses are ... a two-part system. The first is a 3-D output display that's built with a stereoscopic pair of see-through augmented-reality glasses. The 3-D output display allows you to see the holograms in 3-D," Gribetz said. "The 3-D scanner scans your environment and tells the computer where to place the 3-D graphics relative to the user and the world."

Unlike Google's rival Glass eyewear, which has a smaller screen and is primarily controlled by your voice, Meta glasses could have the potential for an infinite screen controlled by your hands.

"Google is going to take one category of wearable computing, the notification machine," Gribetz said. "Meta is a graphical solution that's going to allow people to build 'Iron Man'-like interfaces and interact with digital information in a much more natural way graphically."

Until then, there are some limitations. The first version can only be used indoors. The company also is working on increasing the field of view, improving latency issues and making the glasses smaller and less bulky. Within two years, Gribetz says, the glasses will be as sleek as a pair of Ray-Bans.

But stylish specs with built-in computer technology do raise the inevitable questions about privacy."

David Carvalho's curator insight, November 2, 2013 6:14 AM

We should try this soon.

optionsciencepo's curator insight, November 8, 2013 9:49 AM

science

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UW engineers invent programming language to build synthetic DNA

UW engineers invent programming language to build synthetic DNA | mecatronica | Scoop.it

Similar to using Python or Java to write code for a computer, chemists soon could be able to use a structured set of instructions to “program” how DNA molecules interact in a test tube or cell.
A team led by the University of Washington has developed a programming language for chemistry that it hopes will streamline efforts to design a network that can guide the behavior of chemical-reaction mixtures in the same way that embedded electronic controllers guide cars, robots and other devices. In medicine, such networks could serve as “smart” drug deliverers or disease detectors at the cellular level.


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jakiydom's curator insight, October 7, 2013 8:19 AM

good program !

 

jumping jack flash's curator insight, October 7, 2013 3:25 PM

Singularity is close

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In the Future, We'll Program Cells Like Computers

In the Future, We'll Program Cells Like Computers | mecatronica | Scoop.it

Researchers developing method to program human cells to combat HIV, cancer, Alzheimer’s—even aging


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Christopher Whelan's curator insight, October 28, 2013 4:43 PM

Time and time again, technology has shown to shine brightest when it is for the sake of mankind as a whole. Programming cells is such an advancement. The ability to do so could revolutionize how we view any type of illness, from the most common bacterial infection, to deadly viruses, to learning disabilities. It could eliminate the need for certain drugs without some of the severe side effects, as the body will be fighting its own battles, but doctors will be the generals in command. Is this technology a scary thought? Yes. Many questions would exist concerning what would happen if something went wrong. However, these questions have always existed, merely in different forms. The idea that a man could cut open another individual and manually repair an issue is terrifying, yet surgeries have become routine and are hardly given a second thought. Opening our minds to this kind of technology is the only way to move forward.

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"Our Final Invention" --Will Artificial Intelligence End the Human Epoch?

"Our Final Invention" --Will Artificial Intelligence End the Human Epoch? | mecatronica | Scoop.it

It has been claimed that Mankind's last great invention will be the first self-replicating intelligent machine. The Hollywood cliché that artificial intelligence will take over the world could soon become scientific reality as AI matches then surpasses human intelligence. Each year AI’s cognitive speed and power doubles — ours does not. Corporations and government agencies are pouring billions into achieving AI’s Holy Grail — human-level intelligence. Scientists argue that AI that advanced will have survival drives much like our own. Can we share the planet with it and survive?

Our Final Invention, a brilliant new summary of the last 15 years of academic research on risks from advanced AI by James Barrat, explores how the pursuit of Artificial Intelligence challenges our existence with machines that won’t love us or hate us, but whose indifference could spell our doom. Until now, intelligence has been constrained by the physical limits of its human hosts. What will happen when the brakes come off the most powerful force in the universe?


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Teoría de máquinas y de mecanismos - Alianza Superior

Teoría de máquinas y de mecanismos - Alianza Superior | mecatronica | Scoop.it
Este curso se enfoca en el conocimiento disponible sobre la teoría y los principios de las máquinas y mecanismos, así como los conocimientos y capacidades para calcular, diseñar y probar...

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AIDR: Artificial Intelligence for Disaster Response

AIDR: Artificial Intelligence for Disaster Response | mecatronica | Scoop.it
Social media platforms are increasingly used to communicate crisis information when major disasters strike. Hence the rise of Big (Crisis) Data.

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Howard Rheingold's curator insight, October 4, 2013 12:36 PM

The first hours of disasters, natural and human-caused, are crucial for responders. Floods of tweets, SMS messages, and other reports from individuals on the ground can be critically helpful, if only responders have a way to separate the signal from the noise. Applying artificial intelligence techniques developed for mining meaning from big data could help in these humanitarian efforts.

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Fusion milestone passed at US lab

Fusion milestone passed at US lab | mecatronica | Scoop.it

Harnessing fusion - the process that powers the Sun - could provide an unlimited and cheap source of energy.

But to be viable, fusion power plants would have to produce more energy than they consume, which has proven elusive.

Now, a breakthrough by scientists at the National Ignition Facility (NIF) could boost hopes of scaling up fusion.


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Intelligent Machines to Space Colonies: 5 Sci-Fi Visions of the Future

Intelligent Machines to Space Colonies: 5 Sci-Fi Visions of the Future | mecatronica | Scoop.it

Humanity has reached a bottleneck this century: Technical developments could cause catastrophic damage to the planet, or they could save humanity from its man-made quandary.
The future of civilization could be a dystopia of ruined ecosystems and malevolent machines, or a paradise of eternal life and intergalactic culture. At a symposium on the longevity of human civilization, several leading scholars and futurists predicted what the coming centuries may bring.


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First Self-Assembling Diamond Quantum Devices Unveiled

First Self-Assembling Diamond Quantum Devices Unveiled | mecatronica | Scoop.it

One of the great goals of applied physics is to make quantum information processing a robust and common technique. To achieve this, physicists will need a simple way of storing and manipulating quantum information, preferably at room temperature.   

There is no shortage of possible quantum storage devices but one sits head and shoulders above most others: a nitrogen atom that has replaced a carbon atom in a diamond lattice, an arrangement known as a nitrogen-vacancy centre.


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Meet the new generation of robots. They're almost human…

Meet the new generation of robots. They're almost human… | mecatronica | Scoop.it

In Bristol, Molly the robot helps the elderly; in Lyon, iCub plays children's games. And, globally, some extraordinary developments are under way in artificial intelligence that could have a profound effect on the way we live


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CIO Network: The Eight Most Important Technologies

At the CIO Network, X Prize Chairman and CEO Peter Diamandis talks about eight emerging technologies and sciences which will shape the future.


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Linda Allen's comment, September 19, 2013 10:09 AM
Very informative; technology is always changing.
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true, it's a great summary in 10 minutes
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How to Optimize and Manage Business Workflow in the Era of Technology

How to Optimize and Manage Business Workflow in the Era of Technology | mecatronica | Scoop.it
Managing a Business Workflow appears 
to be complicated at first glance!

But then don’t forget that, we live in the era of technology
that has improved our lives in many ways. Optimizing workf

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Cointerra Announces GoldStrike1 ASIC | Bitcoin Magazine

Cointerra Announces GoldStrike1 ASIC | Bitcoin Magazine | mecatronica | Scoop.it

Cointerra, the Austin, Texas based ASIC Bitcoin mining hardware firm has announced its completion of the design of the new “Goldstrike1” mining processor.


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The future of Car Technology

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The Future of Car Technology
A great video about the future of Car Technology
inc: Engage the satellite navigation, fire-up the
fuel cell, and activate the radar-guided cruise control
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Nanotechnology researchers make major leap towards graphene for solar cells

Nanotechnology researchers make major leap towards graphene for solar cells | mecatronica | Scoop.it

Graphene has extreme conductivity and is completely transparent while being inexpensive and nontoxic. This makes it a perfect candidate material for transparent contact layers for use in solar cells to conduct electricity without reducing the amount of incoming light - at least in theory. Whether or not this holds true in a real world setting is questionable as there is no such thing as "ideal" graphene - a free floating, flat honeycomb structure consisting of a single layer of carbon atoms: interactions with adjacent layers can change graphene's properties dramatically.
Now, Dr. Marc Gluba and Prof. Dr. Norbert Nickel of the HZB Institute for Silicon Photovoltaics have shown that graphene retains its impressive set of properties when it is coated with a thin silicon film. These findings have paved the way for entirely new possibilities to use in thin-film photovoltaics.


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With 3D printers, you can change the world (or at least mend a train set)

With 3D printers, you can change the world (or at least mend a train set) | mecatronica | Scoop.it

Experts say 3D printers will soon be in every home, but are they fads or will they change the world


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How the helicopters of the future are shaping up

How the helicopters of the future are shaping up | mecatronica | Scoop.it

The Pentagon is looking ahead several decades toward future fleets of rotorcraft -- and working now to lay the plans for getting there


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Maquinas y Sistemas de Mecanismos

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Maquinas y Sistemas de Mecanismos. Apuntes sobre las máquinas y los sistemas de mecanismos gratis en formato e-book y presentación. Muy bueno para tecnologia.

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Video: El cuerpo de un insecto esconde el principio del engranaje

Video: El cuerpo de un insecto esconde el principio del engranaje | mecatronica | Scoop.it

Un grupo de científicos británicos encontró en las patas traseras de un insecto un sistema de engranaje similar al diseñado por los humanos para las bicicletas o cajas de cambios de los automóviles, considerado "un regalo de la evolución".


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The Next Great Leaps Into Space Are Happening This Week

The Next Great Leaps Into Space Are Happening This Week | mecatronica | Scoop.it

It’s going to be a busy seven days for the private space industry, with a pair of launches from the companies operating the new delivery trucks to the International Space Station. Both SpaceX and Orbital Sciences will be flying rockets in the coming week, and the launches are happening on opposite coasts.


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Researchers Unveil Flexible Smartphone Bend Gesture Interface

Researchers Unveil Flexible Smartphone Bend Gesture Interface | mecatronica | Scoop.it
Researchers at Queen's University in Canada have been working on tomorrow's flexible smartphone user interfaces. They presented the bend gesture interface.

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Inventan la primera impresora ’4-D’ del mundo

Inventan la primera impresora ’4-D’ del mundo | mecatronica | Scoop.it
Todavía no nos hemos acostumbrado a ver de forma habitual las novedosas impresoras 3D cuando ya hay quien parece querer rizar el rizo, dar un paso más allá e

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Máquinas simples. actividades, vídeos e infografías - Tecnología ...

Máquinas simples. actividades, vídeos e infografías - Tecnología ... | mecatronica | Scoop.it

Esta semana veremos que una máquina, en su definición clásica, es el conjunto de elementos fijos y/o móviles, utilizados por el hombre, y que permiten reducir el esfuerzo para realizar un trabajo, hacer el trabajo más ...


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