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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.

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[28 Mar 2012 | No 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 | No 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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[1 Feb 2012 | No Comment | ]
Robot Gets Stuck in Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant, Upgraded Brothers Continue the Work

In October last year, Quincy, a Japanese made disaster relief robot got stranded in Fukushima nuclear power plant’s No. 2 reactor building. While on it’s way back from taking photos and measuring radiation levels, all communication with the robot was suddenly cut off. After attempts to restart the robot, it was discovered that it’s cable had snapped. Quincy has since been abandoned inside the reactor.
The robot’s work will be continued by two updated versions Quincy 2 and Quincy 3. Quincy 2 has a dust sampler with which it can collect …

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[31 Jan 2012 | No Comment | ]
Sleep-Buster Detects Sleep 10 Minutes Before, Potentially Saving Lives.

Falling asleep at the wheel is a major road hazard. It has been estimated that sleep-deprived driving is the cause of between 16% and 60% of road accidents. And according to a poll, 250,000 drivers in the US fall asleep at the wheel everyday. When most feel the grip of the sandman while driving the first thing they do is roll down the windows or turn up the radio, however this only offers a short duration of alertness. Even coffee drinkers experience “microsleeps,” of a four or five second, plenty …

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[26 Jan 2012 | No Comment | ]
Custom Car with an Audio Doll

Fumihiro Takeda spent over ten years and 20 million yen modifying a Nissan Infiniti Q45 into what he calls the “Mayumi Special”. In Takeda own words “To put it simply, this is an awesome car. I want to make cars that interest even people who aren’t usually interested, including children. I want to create cars that make people say wow, cars that are fun to look at, that are not just pretty cool, but awesome.”
The Mayumi Special has an all red body, huge rear spoiler and speakers and LEDs everywhere. …