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I remember back in the day when I was looking forward to chatting face to face through phones; Which we have already made possible. Now, scientists are taking technology another step further into the future by developing a 3-D Printer that can form objects that are sturdy, durable and fully functioning. This all took place at NASA’s tool lab where they were trying to find a way to help the men and women in space be able to replicate tools that they might need if something were to happen to the ones in space.
This is amazing and almost unbelievable. The amount of though, hard-work and dedication that goes into these technological advances is rather impressive. It’s great to see that people haven’t just stayed content with what we have and have urged themselves to find more ways to improve our way of life, as well as our exploration of the universe we live in (including much more than just that).
- Amazing 3D printer in action: Watch a working wrench being printed from powder (dailymail.co.uk)
- 3D Printing Aboard Ships? How One Technology Is Changing the Future. (gcaptain.com)
- Why Printers Suck (And What You Can Do About It) – Gizmodo (gizmodo.com)
- Top 10 Coolest Objects Made with a 3D Printer (techeblog.com)
- Pffft Forget BUILDING your House; D-Shape 3D Printer can PRINT it (brajeshwar.com)
- Pushing the Boundaries : 3-D Printing (iysn.org)
Hackers got in the spirit for the last movie: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.
This video doesn’t make me angry so much as it makes me laugh. It is ironic how they speak over this individual, and yet stop him in his tracks when he speaks after thinking they have finished. The things that they mention or discuss make no sense, and they give NO ONE an opportunity to speak to them about THEIR opinions. They are so brainwashed that they know if they listened to anything logical, they may call into question their whole sense of self-worth. Pathetic.
Their website (which I only put on here for your curiosity. I rarely visit to try and deter popularity): http://www.godhatesfags.com
THIS is Ecci — the world’s first robot complete with tendons and muscles like his fictitious cousins in The Terminator movies.
As well as boasting human-like movements and grip, Ecci also has an ability that up until now only humans displayed — he can learn from his mistakes.
Scientists at the University of Zurich in Switzerland who built him claim he is the world’s “smartest artificial intelligence creation”.
A computer built into Ecci’s brain allows him to learn from accidents such as stumbling or dropping things by analysing information on how it happened to avoid making the same mistakes in future.
It brings robots almost up to date with the humanoid metallic monsters in The Terminator movies — they were also a mixture of machine and muscle that could behave and think like a human.
One of the scientists on the project, Professor Rolf Pfeifer, said that although Ecci, whose full name is Eccerobot, has only one Cyclops-like eye, he has the vision capability of two human eyes.
Explaining how Ecci was created, Professor Pfeifer said: “We built the skeleton, muscles and tendons with a special type of plastic which needed a lot of patience.
“To move the joints, the tendons are connected to electric motors that allow the plastic bones to be moved.
“It opens up a lot of possibilities but in particular it will help us to understand better how the human moving apparatus works — a complicated task.
“If we can make a robot hand operate like ours then it opens up all sorts of possibilities for artificial limbs.
“It would also mean a robot that moved like a person could take over some of the jobs done by people where human hands are needed.”
The multi-million pound project has had 25 scientists working round-the-clock for three years.
It was partially funded by private enterprise and with two million euros from EU coffers.
While this is all very exciting, I’d much rather a robot that could assist me in daily activities. A robot that has muscles and can learn from its mistakes sounds more like something prehistoric that I gain nothing from. Okay, Okay. This is pretty amazing, but I’d be willing to be that he isn’t quite as talented as The Terminator, like they mentioned. I mean, would you trust your life with Ecci?
Read more: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/3657615/Muscled-robot-is-so-clever-it-can-Terminator-its-mistakes.html#ixzz1RYfepXtc
The Expression Glasses are a wearable device that allows any viewer to see a graphical display of a subset of the wearer’s facial expressions. Currently, the glasses are capable of learning an individual’s patterns and discriminating between confusion and interest expressions. Through two small pieces of piezoelectric film imbedded in the frames, the muscle movement in the corrugator and frontalis (eyebrow) muscles is measured and translated to a full-color visual display.
The display allows a viewer to visualize confusion expressions of the wearer of the glasses by watching changes in a moving bargraph (red for confusion, green for interest).
The Expression Glasses in use. The cloth portion above the plastic conceals both EMG sensors and the user’s facial expression, enabling the user to express emotion freely and anonymously.
There are many reasons why the wearer or his audience may want to have access to expressed emotions. For Human-to-Self purposes, this might include practice session feedback for certain professions (such as counseling), where individuals are trained specifically to refrain from expressing negativity. For Human-to-Human communication, a device like this would be helpful in allowing a video lecturer access to the confusion or interest level of her students in a remote location, providing a “barometer” of collective emotional expression. Since current technology tends to inhibit access to individual facial expressions when lecturing via videoconferencing, use of a device like the glasses gives students an opportunity to communicate information about their experience to the instructor. Additionally, the anonymous nature of the glasses allows individual students to express their emotions without necessarily being forced to identify themselves.
This idea seems great in theory, but could really lead some insecure people to be even more insecure. I mean, say someone is insecure because they ARE boring and uninteresting?? The glasses will just verify that what they thought is true and could influence them to retreat even farther as an introvert. For me, they’d be fabulous! I could call people out for being bored, incite them to get angry and know if I’m succeeding, or just aim to bore people that don’t have the balls to tell me to shut up. With these and flying cars, it’s becoming far too apparent that the future is coming and I don’t know if I’m 100% prepared.