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Category: Technology: Engineering & Electronics

DeepFrame – revolutionary Mixed Reality that looks like living holograms

The Danish company Realfiction has developed a screen called DeepFrame which gives us a mixed/augmented reality experience without using glasses. DeepFrame is a square-shaped 64-inch (115x115cm) transparent screen that is most similar to a window pane. Viewers can see what’s happening on the other side of the screen while displaying digital 3D objects in 4K …

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Nat and Friends: How Computer Vision Is Finally Taking Off, After 50 Years

Computer vision is fascinating to me because a) it sounds intriguing and b) it’s a part of so many different things we use today (augmented reality, image search, Google Photos, cameras, those yellow first down lines we see watching football on TV, self-driving cars, selfie lenses, and more.) In this video, I talk with several …

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MIT: System can 3-D print an entire building

The list of materials that can be produced by 3-D printing has grown to include not just plastics but also metal, glass, and even food. Now, MIT researchers are expanding the list further, with the design of a system that can 3-D print the basic structure of an entire building.    

Moore’s Law Is Ending – Here’s 7 Technologies That Could Bring It Back To Life | Answers With Joe

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Moore’s Law states that computer processing power will double every 2 years, but we may be reaching a limit to this exponential growth. Thankfully, some new technologies may be turning that around.  

Nature Video: Quantum computers: Computing the impossible

This Nature video explains and explores the concept of quantum computers, how it could crack problems that are impossible for conventional computers. But first researchers have to build one that’s big enough to be useful. The animation looks at the challenges and rewards of creating a quantum computer.  

Nat and Lo: A Journey To The Bottom Of The Internet

The internet allows us to see videos, photos, and news from anywhere in the world almost instantaneously. But how?! In this video we learn about the hundreds of underwater fiber optic cables that connect continents, cities, and data centers all over the world –– and investigate how these cables are made, how they’re installed, and …

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Real Engineering: Why Build Higher?

Building cities upward rather than outward can help solve a lot of problems that come with living in our terrible urban sprawls. People would spend less time stuck in traffic during their commutes. Water could be saved with smaller distribution and less pike leakage. We’d also reduce our carbon footprint. And also, taller buildings are …

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Wall Street Journal: Chernobyl Gets a New Giant Anti-Leak Cover

A giant anti-radiation shield started to be moved over Chernobyl nuclear power plant’s melted reactor, at the site of the world’s worst nuclear accident more than 30 years ago. The cover is more than 350 feet tall and more than 530 feet long. Photo: Getty Images  

MIT: Plant-to-human communication

Spinach is no longer just a superfood: By embedding leaves with carbon nanotubes, MIT engineers have transformed spinach plants into sensors that can detect explosives and wirelessly relay that information to a handheld device similar to a smartphone. This is one of the first demonstrations of engineering electronic systems into plants, an approach that the …

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Real Engineering: Burj Khalifa – How To Build Higher

The video by Real Engineering explains in more detail how different skyscrapers use different methods to get taller and taller. How the Burj Khalifa relies on super clever aerodynamics to limit its movement. It is designed as a Hymenocallis flower, preventing vortices from forming by stacking the building up in a spiraling pattern.  

Microsoft: NormalTouch and TextureTouch

Haptic technology is nothing new. Game controllers have vibrated in our hands since the 90’s. And special gloves aims to emulate resistance and texture of a lot of digital objects. Now, a research team at Microsoft has taken the concept a step further with two new controller prototypes.  

Tested: Hands-On with a Volumetric 3D Display!

Tested get up close with Volume, a true volumetric display that can be used for creating 3D content, viewing depth-enhanced videos, and playing holographic games. Its inventors stop by our office to explain how the display works and how they hope volumetric imaging can change how we interact with computer graphics and imagery.  

goTenna Mesh: Off-Grid, People-Powered Connectivity Anywhere

Gotenna Mesh is a radio transmitter and receiver that is plugged into a cell phone using Bluetooth. You are then able to send text messages and display your GPS position to other people equipped with Gotenna Mesh – even if there is no mobile coverage.  

World’s Fastest Human-Powered Vehicle Hits 89 MPH (144,18 km/h)

Aerovelo broke its own previous world record by 3mph This is the fastest human-powered vehicle in the world. Engineers at Aerovelo created a bike that hit a speed of 89.59 mph, breaking their own previous record. The rider lays in a tight, reclined position, allowing the bike to have a highly aerodynamic shape. The frame …

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Y-Combinator: Elon Musk: How to Build the Future

An interview with Elon Musk, in which explains how we are to build our future. The interview is about 20 minute long and was done by the venture capital firm Y Combinator, a company often described as the world’s largest startup incubator. Would you rather prefer to read the interview with Musk, you will it …

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MIT: Reading through closed books

Spatial resolution, spectral contrast, and occlusion are three major bottlenecks in current imaging technologies for non-invasive inspection of complex samples such as closed books. We empower the time-of-flight capabilities of conventional THz time domain spectroscopy and combine it with its spectral capabilities to computationally overcome these bottlenecks. Our study reports successful unsupervised content extraction through …

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Aliaksei Zholner: A paper Stirling engine

Aliaksei Zholner from Belarus has built a functioning Stirling engine of paper that he demonstrates in a video. He has also published a construction description at a forum of the paper builders. The text is in Russian but translates nicely through Google Translate. A Stirling engine operates on a closed cycle in which a working …

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Tom Scott: The Battery That’s Lasted 176 Years

In a laboratory at Oxford University sits the Oxford Electric Bell, which has spent 176 years constantly ringing. And no-one’s quite sure what the battery that powers it is made of…  

RT: Don’t crack it! Worlds longest glass bottom bridge opens in Hunan, China

The record breaking bridge is 430 metres (1,400 ft) long and hangs 300 metres (1,000 ft) above the earth, suspended between two mountain cliffs in Zhangjiajie park. The bridge is designed by Israeli architect Haim Dotan with visitors crossing 99 panels of clear glass to reach the opposite cliff. Eight hundred people can fit on …

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PluglessPower: Tesla Model S – Wireless Charging

Charging wirelessly – just park to charge. Beside Nissan and GM EV Products, Evatran’s plugless power wireless charging system will be available for the Tesla Model S and BMW products later this year Plugless is a true 7.2kW charger which means 20 to 25 miles of range per hour of charging. A full workday or …

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