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[10 May 2012 | 2 Comments | ]
Beautiful River of LED Lights by Panasonic

Panasonic presented a stunning art installation in which hundreds of LED lights drifted along the river. The small floating orbs represented a dance of fireflies with an accompanying light show by the enormous Tokyo Sky Tree in the background.

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[10 May 2012 | One Comment | ]
App for Tsunami Disaster Preparedness

In response to the concerns of people living in tsunami prone areas of Japan, developers Nabla-Zero have created an iPhone app to help with disaster preparation. The app can determine the effects a tsunami would have in a specific area, depending on the height of the surroundings. This allows the user to be better prepared in the event of an actual Tsunami.
The app is available for free download in the Appstore. I haven’t had a chance to play around with it. I would be good to see a review.
“AR Tsunami …

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[9 May 2012 | No Comment | ]
Today’s Video: Gundam Rises Again

The world famous 1:1 Gundam made it’s return to Odaiba this spring. Youtube user Darwinfish105 has the best short videos of this beast. Even one with last weeks super-moon in the backdrop.

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[9 May 2012 | No Comment | ]
Desktop Mannequin Makes 3D Posing a Lot Easier

Creating natural poses for 3D models by using traditional input devices is difficult and time consuming. Now it can be as easy as playing with dolls… I mean action figures. Qumarion is a miniature mannequin which 3d artists can use to easily manipulate the pose of onscreen characters in real-time.

“Until now, handling 3D models was in some ways non-intuitive and difficult. Also, depending on the software, dragging can make movements unnatural. So we wanted to handle models more intuitively, by moving a mannequin. That’s why we’ve made QUMARION.”
Qumarion is a …

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[8 May 2012 | No Comment | ]
How a Real Transformer Rolls

Watch as this mini-Transformer shape-shifts from vehicle to humanoid mode and even throws out an uppercut. This little Autobot was designed and built by Kenji Ishida while working with JS Robotics. Making a transforming robot is a lot more difficult than it seems. Mr. Ishida’s bot performs the transformation relatively quickly while maintaining balance. All this presented in a 2 min youtube video better than the last two Transformers films.

via: PlasticPals

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[28 Mar 2012 | One Comment | ]
High-tech Wheelchair Can Move in Any Direction [Video]

The Permoveh (Personal Mobile Vehicle) is an omnidirectional electric wheelchair developed by Kyoto University. As demonstrated by professor Komori Masaharu it displays great maneuverability allowing the driver to move backwards, forwards and diagonally in any direction, making it suitable navigating small spaces. The chair achieves this by the use of four omnidirectional tires.

The tires of the wheels consist of rollers, the wheels move the chair back and forth, while the rollers move it from side to side, when both the wheels and the roller spin, the chair moves diagonally. We’ve …

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[22 Mar 2012 | One Comment | ]
AR Technology that Makes Food Look Bigger so Your Waist Doesn’t [Video]

Here’s some high-tech help to keep you on that diet of yours. “Augmented Satiety” is augmented reality technology that limits a user’s consumption of food by changing the apparent size of the meal item. According to the makers of the device, recent psychological studies have shown that the amount of food consumed is not only influenced by actual volume but also external factors. They deduced that if we eat something that looks larger we are convinced that we’re full sooner than if we eat smaller looking food.

The demonstration shows a …

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[5 Mar 2012 | One Comment | ]
Japan Invents a Speech Jamming Gun [Video]

“I wish the mute button on this remote would shut you up!”, I remember frequently saying this to a cousin of mine that wouldn’t shut up while I was watching TV. Thanks to Japan now we have a device to silence those who annoy us. With the Speech Jammer can silence your target by simply pointing it at them.
The Jammer works by recording the person’s voice and projecting it back at them with a 0.2 second delay. Hearing their own voice with the delay makes the speaker confused and almost …

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[3 Feb 2012 | One Comment | ]
Nissan Creates a Self Healing iPhone Case

Now your cellphone case can magically heal itself from scratches. Nissan has announced that they will be applying their Scratch Shield technology to iPhone cases. This self-healing technology has been used on paint jobs of Nissan and Infinity cars for the past four years. Now you can have it in the palm of you hands.

It works by using a polyrotaxane-based paint layer over a ABS plastic shell. The gel like substance can heal small scratches in as little as an hour while larger more serious scratches may take up a …

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[2 Feb 2012 | One Comment | ]
Robot English Teachers Do the Tango

A little over a year ago we told you about EngKey; the robot English teachers whose mission is to replaced all native English speaking human teachers in Korea in the next 2 to 4 years. These telepresence bots allow the Korean government the opportunity save money on expensive salaries by recruiting cheaper but qualified teachers in the Philippines to operate the bots from thousands of kilometer away.
Though they may be taking away human jobs, are they cool enough to put us to shame on the dance room? This youtube video …

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