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Gigapixel Aware-2 camera is the PureView of tomorrow

Gigapixel Aware-2 camera is the PureView of tomorrow

There’s been some interesting developments in the camera arena over the past year, with Nokia showing off the 41-megapixel packing 808 PureView at MWC and customers getting a taste of the Lytro not long after. How about a camera with a billion pixels? That’s what researchers at Duke University are currently working on, with resulting images containing extreme amounts of detail even when zoomed in.

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Google driverless cars safety bill passes in California

Google driverless cars safety bill passes in California

Google sure does love its self driving cars, and a new bill has passed the State Senate in California that will set standards for safety and performance for the vehicles. Now that the bill has passed through the State Senate, it’s heading to the Assembly. There’s no firm timeline for when it will pass, but it should be within the next month.

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NEC demos gesture-based interactive controls

NEC demos gesture-based interactive controls

NEC has today announced the research and development of a technology that would see users interacting with information via gestures and movement. The system comprises of a movable camera, projector, and displays, allowing the user to physically manipulate information and photos ala Minority Report. No traditional input devices like mice or keyboards are needed, with a demonstration showing photos being moved with just a single hand.

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Sign Language Translator glove interprets gestures

Sign Language Translator glove interprets gestures

American Sign Language happens to be the sixth most-used language in the US and yet there are few options when it comes to bridging the communication gap between those who understand the language and those who don't. However, that may soon change with an interesting project by three engineering students from Cornell University who have developed a glove that can translate gestures into spoken letters.

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12.5ft tall mecha partially controlled by Kinect

12.5ft tall mecha partially controlled by Kinect

Everyone is trying to find all sorts of creative uses for Kinect: 3D mapping, motion controls... but what about as a glorified remote control? Suidobashi Heavy Industry is building a 12.5 foot tall robot weighing 4.9 tons that partially relies on Microsoft’s Kinect system. The robot itself utlizes the V-SIDO system for controls, but the Kinect is used in the cockpit, detecting the pilot’s head movements and turning the body accordingly.

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Ericsson envisions connected “Thinking Cities”

Ericsson envisions connected “Thinking Cities”

Just yesterday we talked about Evrythng pushing for "The Internet of Things" involving the digital interconnectedness of all physical objects around us, well Ericsson has long had an even grander vision applied to growing urban areas in what the company calls its Networked Society Project. Recently, they've delved deeper into this initiative with a new video called "Thinking Cities" to show the potential beauty of information and communication technology when deeply woven into cities backed by positive motives.

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Mattel Hover Board prepped for 2012 holiday release

Mattel Hover Board prepped for 2012 holiday release

Before you have a heart attack over the undeniable excellence that would be a real live hovering Hover Board from Back to the Future: Part II, note that this one doesn't QUITE float yet. Instead we get an assurance that this Hover Board does not work on water and that the price for this 1:1 replica will indeed be produced by Mattel and will be released in a "minimum orders required" fashion. This means that because the creation of this item is so costly to Mattel, they're requiring that a minimum number of pre-orders be placed before they go into production.

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Chemists create first envelopes for artificial life

Chemists create first envelopes for artificial life

Through a rather simple chemical reaction, chemists at the University of California, San Diego, and Harvard University have created self-assembling cell membranes, these pre-cursors to artificially creating life. Though it might not sit well with the god-fearing citizens of Earth, these chemists, Neal Devaraj and Itay Budin, have published a report in the Journal of the American Chemical Society which details their important step in creating an artificial cell. Should they succeed, they'll be the first (or the second if you count the big bang and its good friends here on the planet, to create a living organism from non-living molecules.

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Microsoft Productivity Future Vision (2011) released [Video]

Microsoft Productivity Future Vision (2011) released [Video]

In what's becoming a lovely trend from manufacturers all over the map, videos showing conceptual futures where technology has completely transformed the way we go about our daily lives have been emerging - this newest one comes from Microsoft who sees one magical gadget after another, after another. Earlier this month there was a video by the name of "Microsoft Office Labs Vision 2019," now there's one called "Productivity Future Vision (2011)," both of them fantastically edited and made to make devices impossible to make with today's technology seem rather possible by sight.

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