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+ - Leg Exoskeleton to sit anywhere without requiring Chair

Submitted by rtoz
rtoz (2530056) writes "A switzerland based start-up company has created a low cost leg Exoskeleton that allows you to Sit anywhere. It is named as "Chairless Chair".

This device offers a wearable alternative for work areas where chairs or stools would take up too much floor space.

According to the makers of this device, the Chairless Chair offers better posture than a conventional chair by keeping the back straight.

Freedom of movement of the user is not reduced by this device. The users can walk, run, and climb stairs while wearing this device.

Although the focus is on production lines, the device has many other potential applications in our daily life."

+ - Self-assembly of thousand little robots "Kilobots" to form complex shapes.

Submitted by rtoz
rtoz (2530056) writes "Researchers at Harvard university had demonstrated a self-organizing swarm which was formed by one thousand little robots known as "Kilobots".

The robots begin to blink at one another and then gradually arrange themselves into a five-pointed star, once after a computer scientist gave a command for forming a sea Star shape to 1,024 little bots simultaneously via an infrared light.

Just as single cells can assemble into complex multicellular organisms, the individual Kilobots can follow simple rules to autonomously assemble into predetermined shapes."

+ - Hyperlapse Technology to fix Shaky Time-lapse Videos

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rtoz (2530056) writes "Microsoft Research has demonstrated a new technology for converting first-person videos, for example, captured with a helmet camera during activities such as rock climbing or bicycling into hyper-lapse videos, i.e., time-lapse videos with a smoothly moving camera.

The Researchers are working on making their Hyperlapse algorithm available as a Windows app."

+ - Extracting audio from visual information 1

Submitted by rtoz
rtoz (2530056) writes "Researchers at MIT, Microsoft, and Adobe have developed an algorithm that can reconstruct an audio signal by analyzing minute vibrations of objects depicted in video. In one set of experiments, they were able to recover intelligible speech from the vibrations of a potato-chip bag photographed from 15 feet away through soundproof glass."

+ - New Display Technology that corrects for vision defects 1

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rtoz (2530056) writes "Researchers at the MIT Media Lab have developed a new display technology that automatically corrects for vision defects without requiring glasses or contact lenses.

This technique could lead to dashboard-mounted GPS displays that farsighted drivers can consult without putting their glasses on, or electronic readers that eliminate the need for reading glasses.

This display is a variation on a glasses-free 3-D technology.

The 3-D display projects slightly different images to the viewer’s left and right eyes.

Similarly, this vision-correcting display projects slightly different images to different parts of the viewer’s pupil."

+ - Google, Linaro develop custom Android edition for Project Ara

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rtoz (2530056) writes "Google is working with open-source development organization Linaro to develop a special edition of Android for the Project Ara customizable smartphone.

A special edition of Android had to be created for the unique customizable design of Project Ara, said George Grey, CEO of Linaro.

  Android can already plug and play SD cards. But Grey said additional OS functionality is needed for storage, cameras and other modules that are typically inside smartphones, but can now be externally added to Project Ara.

A lot of work is also being done on UniPro transport drivers, which connect modules and components in Project Ara. UniPro protocol drivers in Android will function much like the USB protocol, where modules will be recognized based on different driver “classes,” such as those for networking, sensor, imaging, input and others.

Some attachable parts may not be recognized by Android. For those parts, separate drivers need to be developed by module makers through emulators. “That will be need to be done in a secure system so the device can’t do damage to the system,” Grey said.

Project Ara is a very disruptive concept, and it turns around conventional thinking on how to build phones, Grey said."

+ - UK to allow driverless cars by 2015

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rtoz (2530056) writes "The UK government has announced that driverless cars will be allowed on public roads from January next year.

It also invited cities to compete to host one of three trials of the tech, which would start at the same time.

In addition, ministers ordered a review of the UK's road regulations to provide appropriate guidelines.

The debate now is whether to allow cars, like the prototype unveiled by Google in May, to abandon controls including a steering wheel and pedals and rely on the vehicle's computer.

Or whether, instead, to allow the machine to drive, but insist a passenger be ready to wrest back control at a moment's notice."

+ - Google's Baseline Study for defining Healthy Human.

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rtoz (2530056) writes "Google’s research division "Google X" has started another moonshot project named as "Baselne Study".

The baseline study project will collect anonymous genetic and molecular information from 175 people and later thousands more to create the complete picture of what a healthy human being should be.

The baseline study will help researchers detect killers such as heart disease and cancer far earlier, pushing medicine more toward prevention rather than the treatment of illness.

According to Google, the information from Baseline will be anonymous and its use will be limited to medical and health purposes. Data won't be shared with insurance companies."

+ - Making Simple xylem filter from Pine tree for providing safe drinking water.

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rtoz (2530056) writes "Researchers at MIT have designed a simple water filter by peeling the bark off a small section of white pine, then inserting and securing it within plastic tubing.

So, If you’ve run out of drinking water during a lakeside camping trip, there’s a simple solution: Break off a branch from the nearest pine tree, peel away the bark, and slowly pour lake water through the stick to get the safe drinking water.

This simple xylem filter can filter most types of bacteria, the smallest of which measure about 200 nanometers. However, the filter probably cannot trap most viruses, which are much smaller in size.

Approximately 3 cm3 of sapwood can filter water at the rate of several liters per day, sufficient to meet the clean drinking water needs of one person."

+ - Apple gets Patent for "iTime" related to its smart watch "iWatch".

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rtoz (2530056) writes "The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has granted Apple a patent for a smartwatch named as iTime.

Apple filed for this patent in July 2011.

The details of the this patent with the title "Wrist-worn electronic device and methods therefor" are matching with the speculation regarding a so-called iWatch smartwatch.

This iTime device can interact with Computers and Mobile phones.

According to the patent documents, the iTime's electronic wristband acts as a docking station for a device similar to the iPod Nano.

In one embodiment, the watch is able to receive a notification initiated by a nearby phone, then alert the user to the event through audio, visual or vibrations. Once alerted, the user has the option to take out their Phone or dive into the notification directly on the watch, whether it be onscreen or through audio output like system speakers or headphones.

Smart watches provided by Samsung and LG are already available in the market. But many people are eagerly waiting for a smart watch from Apple."

+ - New spongelike material for effective Solar steam generation

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rtoz (2530056) writes "Researchers at MIT have developed a new spongelike material structure which can use 85% of incoming solar energy for converting water into steam.

This spongelike structure has a layer of graphite flakes and an underlying carbon foam. This structure has many small pores.

It can float on the water, and it will act as an insulator for preventing heat from escaping to the underlying liquid.

As sunlight hits the structure, it creates a hotspot in the graphite layer, generating a pressure gradient that draws water up through the carbon foam. As water seeps into the graphite layer, the heat concentrated in the graphite turns the water into steam. This structure works much like a sponge.

This new material is able to use 85 percent of incoming solar energy for converting water into steam. It is a significant improvement over recent approaches to solar-powered steam generation. And, this setup loses very little heat in the process, and can produce steam at relatively low solar intensity. i-e if scaled up, this setup will not require complex, costly systems to highly concentrate sunlight."

+ - Ask Slashdot: Will Social robots affect our privacy?

Submitted by rtoz
rtoz (2530056) writes "The social robots like this one "JIBO" are getting ready to be part of our family within few years. It seems lot of people are showing interest for buying this kind of family robots. The official video about JIBO got more than 2 million views within few days. And, it collected more than 900% the goal from crowd-funding. And, most of the News websites published articles about this this new robot.

All these things clearly indicate that the Social Robots will be part of our family within few years.

  Whether our privacy will be getting affected in anyway if we allow these social robots in our family?

And, whether Governments can use these robots for spying purpose? Or, whether these robots itself can do any harm to human?"

+ - Mimicking vesicle fusion to make Gold nanoparticles easily penetrate cells

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rtoz (2530056) writes "A special class of tiny gold particles can easily slip through cell membranes, making them good candidates to deliver drugs directly to target cells.

A new study from MIT materials scientists reveals that these nanoparticles enter cells by taking advantage of a route normally used in vesicle-vesicle fusion, a crucial process that allows signal transmission between neurons.

MIT engineers created simulations of how a gold nanoparticle coated with special molecules can penetrate a membrane."

+ - Google releases LiquidFun 1.1 with browser-based Test bed and Two games

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rtoz (2530056) writes "Google has released LiquidFun 1.1 with many new features such as browser-based Test bed, and two news games named as VoltAir and LiquidFun Paint.

LiquidFun is a 2D rigid-body and fluid simulation C++ library for games based upon Box2D. It provides support for procedural animation of physical bodies to make objects move and interact in realistic ways."

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