Archive for August 2012

Will you watch a reality show set in Mars?

human settlement on Mars

It’s bound to happen sooner or later — humans inhabiting Mars. The guys at the space project named Mars One believe that permanent human settlement can be started in about a decade.   Mars One has this timetable: 2016: A communication satellite and a supply mission will be sent to Mars. 2018: A planetary rover will be sent to Mars […]

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Intel’s futurist talks about what’s in store in the near future

Wouldn’t it be really cool to work as a futurist? To get paid big bucks to dream up high-tech stuff? And for a company that can actually make your visions come true? In this interview, CNET’s Brian Cooley talks to Brian David Johnson, Intel’s futurist, about technological futurism and what we can expect 10-15 years from now. Not surprisingly, Johnson […]

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Sight: a short futuristic film

This is an interesting short movie about life in the (near) future. From hobbies to simple household chores, to dating and instantaneous information access. The main character’s creepy way of smiling adds to the discomforting end. Sight from Sight Systems on Vimeo.  

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Artificial retina uses brain communication code to restore vision

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Researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College have cracked a mouse’s retinal neural code and integrated this information with a prosthetic device to restore vision of blind mice. They have also deciphered the code for a monkey’s retina and since monkeys and humans have almost identical retinas, they hope to begin human trials in as short as one to two years. […]

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Project CompanionAble and Hector the Robot

Hector the mobile robot

The four-year project Integrated Cognitive Assistive & Domotic Companion Robotic Systems for Ability & Security (aka CompanionAble) ended recently. Its aim was to integrate robotics and ambient intelligence to help elderly people afflicted with early dementia to live more independently. The project received € 7.8M in funding and began in January 1, 2008. Hector (official name: Scitos G3), a mobile […]

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DIY Fast Food: Mini Burger, Fries, and Cola

Oh Japan! I’m really getting curious with these Kracie (Crazy?) food kits. They appeal to both my inner child and my inner glutton. I expect bigger versions of these kits to become popular in the near future, not just novelty items. Fast food of the future? So with a little water, a pair of scissors, and your microwave, you can […]

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Pimp your cyberpunk or steampunk costume with this cool illuminated eyewear

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Going to a cosplay, party or just dressing up for the heck of it? Pimp your cyberpunk or steampunk costume with this eyewear. Transform an ordinary pair of goggles into a cooler version with a little work, some LEDs, scrap wires, and batteries.   Watch the tutorial here: The guy in the video says the modified goggles provide good visibility, […]

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The iconic 1984 Apple Macintosh commercial

Apple Macintosh 128K (the first Macintosh, 1984)

In January 22, 1984, Apple aired this iconic advertisement to promote the Apple Macintosh personal computer during Superbowl XVIII: The imagery came from George Orwell’s novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, which is set in a dystopian future where “Big Brother” keeps the citizens in line through surveillance and censorship. The advertisement was shot in Britain, directed by Ridley Scott with a budget […]

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