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.
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.
This is old news, but I was reminded to submit a blog entry after watching FoldIt’s co-creator, Seth Cooper, present at TEDMED. Unfortunately there is a significant delay before TEDMED videos are posted. They introduced the Foldit “winner” who provided the final component to solve the AIDS research challenge. Her team are all non-scientists, she [...]
Our colleague Gene shares this informative article on the Uncanny Valley. Polar Express is the best example, but it sounds like TinTin has similar issues with animated humans appearing “too” real. http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=why-uncanny-valley-human-look-alikes-put-us-on-edge
I was one of the first people in line to buy an iPhone 4s–primarily to get my hands on SIRI. I just finished reading a story on Wired.com about the birthplace of SIRI–SRI International (formerly known as the Stanford Research Institute). I learned that SIRI shares it’s birthplace with other incredible technology such as Nuance’s [...]
A recently released World Bank report suggests “…third-party gaming services industry, of which actual gold farming is only a small part. The total revenues of the industry are estimated at 3.0 billion USD.” They estimate 100,000 full time equivalents just gold farming Games like World of Worldcraft allow players to level up by completing mundane [...]
A recently released meta study discovers a 20% improvement in task performance for game playing stroke patients vs traditional treatment. A respectable 195 patients participated in the 12 studies reviewed. It appears the researches will use this paper as a launching board for a single 140 person study. Via CNET NEWS
If you’ve followed my blog, you know of my fascination with DARPA–the futuristic research arm of the US Military. Many of the technologies developed for the military eventually find their way in to civilian life (e.g. the internet and global positioning devices). Many projects seem much more like science fiction than reality. For instance, in [...]
Video games often get a bad rap for causing violence in children, but at least one video game appears to help children manager their anger. The game is a modified version of Space Invaders with a bio-sensor that monitors the child’s heart rate. If the player’s heart rate increases (consistent with increasing agitation), the player [...]
“ Although computers excel in certain areas, they fall short in reading and conveying non-verbal communication. Subtleties of voice tone, body positioning and facial expression all are crucial in human interactions. In fact HOW we say things is much more important than WHAT we say. This video highlights the work in Professor Peter Robinson’s lab (Computer [...]
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