http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/face-of-the-future-rears-its-head. It dips into the uncanny valley, but this talking head looks pretty good. They dynamically produce speech and motion with selectable emotions as well.
You have to check out this video from the MIT Technology Review. Leap Motion is a $70 gesture control system that plugs into any computer and gives a gesture interface ala Minority Report. Pretty incredible stuff. Check out the video and then head over to The Verge web site for more information.
My fascination with Microsoft Kinect continues. There was an interesting story in this morning’s Gizmodo about a project that layers HD video over Kinect’s depth maps. The project, called RGBDToolkit, is available now. The set-up isn’t simple (it requires 2 Kinects and a DSLR), but the results are uber cool. Check it out. (via This Is [...]
Duke School of Medicine “neurobiologists have successfully demonstrated two-way interaction between a primate brain and a machine interface.” The monkey’s can sense “texture” of objects via a brain interface. Source Discovery News Duke primates also demonstrated brain control of a robotic arm in earlier research.
Legendary Silicon Valley investor, Vinod Khosla, wrote a 3-part series on technology for TechCrunch. In part 1 he writes about Artificial Intelligence. In part 2 he talks about how computers, mobile apps, and AI could augment (or even replace) healthcare workers. In part 3 he talks about how technology will change education (although his focus [...]
New laser technology can excite air particles to create 3D images in “free space”. It really might be the beginnings of Star Wars style holographic display. From http://www.tvkim.com/watch/1520/kims-picks-3-d-images-in-thin-air
Flash is dead!! Well almost, as soon as the 100,000s of actionscript programmers convert their stuff to HTML5. There are a lot of serious games written in Flash. It’ll be interesting to see them port to HTML5 and what ecosystems are created to support those efforts. A great HTML5 serious game engine would be appreciated. [...]
Euclideon claims to have built a point based graphics technology that can render a large number of objects in real time. Their video is impressive, but I’ll believe it when I see a demo on normal hardware. If true, it could dramatically change the level of realism possible for medical simulation. We are typically restricted [...]
OK, that’s a stretch. Really Emotiv is demonstrating the ability to use mind control to turn the car left and right. The car uses a lot of other sensors to avoid running into any objects. While this is a very basic capability, it’s an exciting first step! Via Engadget
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