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Microsoft demos Skype ‘universal translator’

October 31st, 2014 at 11:17 am » Comments Off

Skype Translator Soon, Skype users will be able to conduct voice and video calls supported by a near-real time translation technology. Microsoft’s new idea for its video chat platform surely feels like something straight out of science fiction.    

WASP’s giant 3D printer can build houses from mud in some of the most remote places on Earth

October 30th, 2014 at 11:23 am » Comments Off

This 3D printer has been developed to build cheap, sustainable houses using a clay-like paste. WASP, an Italian 3D printer company, demonstrated a giant, three-armed printer they created at Maker Faire Rome. WASP’s 3D printer is unique as it can be assembled on site within two hours, and then filled with mud and fiber to […]

Remote controlled bird actually flies by flapping its wings

October 26th, 2014 at 8:15 am » Comments Off

Remote controlled flapping bird robot. Kazuhiko Kakuta is a medical Doctor of Allergy, and in his free time he likes to build flying mechanical birds with his son. He has created a remote controlled, flapping bird robot. (Videos)    

Blind man regains partial sight thanks to bionic eye

October 19th, 2014 at 8:23 am » Comments Off

Larry Hester is the 7th person in the U.S. to have a bionic eye implanted. Thanks to bionic eye technology, people diagnosed with a degenerative eye disease are seeing a new future. And Larry Hester is the seventh person in the U.S. to have a so-called bionic eye – an Argus II Retinal Prosthesis Device […]

Advances made with new synthetic materials open possibilities for manned space exploration

October 15th, 2014 at 11:06 am » Comments Off

A man-made leaf absorbs carbon dioxide and water and releases oxygen.  There are many challenges with space exploration. One inconvenient fact – the lack of oxygen in much of the universe – poses a real challenge to making off world exploration and living a reality. (Videos)    

RoomAlive can turn any space into a holodeck

October 14th, 2014 at 2:04 pm » Comments Off

RoomAlive Microsoft Research revealed Illumiroom last year. Illumiroom used projectors to stretch the image on your TV to take over a whole wall. Now comes the sequel, RoomAlive. The new system can turn every surface in a room–from the floor to the couch cushions to your own skin–into a glowing screen that reacts to your movement. It’s as […]

Google’s Captioning on Glass app is a boon for the hearing impaired

October 13th, 2014 at 11:21 am » Comments Off

A new app for Google Glass provides text captions from the spoken word. Life can be a little bit easier for those who have lost some or all of their hearing thanks to a new application for Google Glass. The free Captioning on Glass app was created by a team at the Georgia Institute of Technology and […]

Gravity map exposes mysteries of the deep oceans

October 10th, 2014 at 12:18 pm » Comments Off

The gravity model of the North Atlantic ocean basin reveals tectonic history in sharp detail. It’s like someone pulled a plug in the oceans and drained them away as a sea-floor map has exposed thousands of never-before-seen underwater mountains and ridges. The map was generated by the highest-resolution gravity model ever made for the oceans […]

3D printed hands turn kids into superheroes

October 10th, 2014 at 12:06 pm » Comments Off

Prosthetic Wolverine claws Prosthetic hands are great. But when you’re designing and building them for children, as Arron Brown does, prosthetic Wolverine claws are even better. Brown, a 3D printing enthusiast in Grand Rapids, Michigan, volunteers for a global organization called Enabling the Future, which designs and prints prosthetic fingers and hands for people in need. […]

Scientists develop 3D, continuously multidirectional cloaking device

October 9th, 2014 at 3:51 pm » Comments Off

The multidirectional “perfect paraxial” cloak bends light around the hand to show the grid on the wall. Two University of Rochester scientists have taken invisibility cloaking back to basics. Their novel arrangement of four standard, off-the-shelf lenses keeps an object hidden (and the background undisturbed) as the viewer moves up to several degrees away from […]

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