Archive for March 20, 2010
The Personal Hovercraft: Honda’s robot transporter. Honda’s answer to the Segway comes in unicycle style hovercraft, that glides across the floor with ease and looks like a fun ride. This robotic vehicle is not street legal, just like the case of the Segway, law markers can’t figure out how to classify this new form of transportation. So, for now these seated hovercrafts will be limited to campuses and office building. Personal transporters are on the rise, and will one day surpass car manufacturing, but there are major infrastructure issues to be sorted out in most of the worlds major cities. We would have to rethink how people move thru cities and reserve clear spaces/paths for this emerging form of transportation.
Magical, A Revolution, A Break Through, THE BEST, and it will change the world! From the way these guys at Apple describe this new device one would think the iPad is going to blow minds and become the tool of the future. These revelations may hold some merit, (iPad has already made the Kindle look like a 1980’s dinosaur), but there are limitations that led to consecutive sigh of disappointment for AR developers. The first version of the iPad will have no GPS or cameras, (front and back electric eyes), two key ingredients for AR apps. Hopefully Apple will address those issues in the Gen. 2 versions of this groundbreaking device.
Leonardo is a robot developed by Professor Cynthia Breazeal of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab in conjunction with Stan Winston Studio and DARPA. Leonardo is an adorable AI robot that learns from facial cues and voice inflections. He’s also interactive, though he’s not mobile yet, he can gesture with his arms and fingers, and he has very expressive facial features. Leonardo is the brainchild of Dr. Cynthia Breazeal, an amazingly smart, talented and beautiful roboticist. Leo is a labor of love for Cynthia, and it shows in the child like quality of this lovable companion robot’s personality and behavior. This furry andriod represents the future of child teddy bears just like “Teddy” did in the movie AI, which was produced by Stan Winston Studio for Steven Spielberg in 2001.
Markerless AR LEGO
Machinima.com is the place for virtual world movies and videos. For those that don’t fully understand what Machinima is here’s a description clip from Wikipedia to give you a clue.
Machinima (pronounced /m???i?n?m?/ or /m????n?m?/) is the use of real-time three-dimensional (3-D) graphics rendering engines to generate computer animation. The term also refers to works that incorporate this animation technique. Machinima-based artists, sometimes called machinimists or machinimators, are fan laborers and often use graphics engines from video games. (but not limited to only video games, VR worlds and metaverses are machinima enabled.)
Here are a couple of Machinima.com’s video work utilizing
When I first joined Second Life, back in January of 2008, I had no idea I would find amazingly talented people in world. I’ve been so impressed by the depth of talent some individuals posses in the metaverse, and
UPDATE: (The History Channel Removed the Dulce Base Episode… I wonder why.)
OK… UFOs aren’t really my thing, and a series of videos, produce by the History Channel’s UFO Hunters, about Grey Alien influence on humanity is more akin to trans-humanism and UFO reality, than augmented reality. But, I could not resist posting this interesting and frighting American and Extraterrestrial cooperative conspiracy.
Conspiracy theorist, and some of the residents of Dulce, New Mexico who live near Archuleta Mesa, claim that a seven levels deep and two miles wide secret base is supposedly built under the mesa. The secret base is widely regarded to be a hoax and an urban legend, and no concrete evidence has emerged from the Archuleta Mesa, other than hand drawn copies of “original” top-secret files and photographs. But, people who live around the mesa, in Dulce, have reported seeing unexplained sightings and even met the Greys themselves.
And then… there are select few have managed to leave the base with some amazingly horrifying details:
Thomas Castello, a man who alleges that he was a security officer on the base and maintained close contact with subterrestrial and extraterrestrial beings of non-human origin, the Dulce Base is thoroughly described. He claims there are seven levels, the lowest endearingly referred to as “Nightmare Hall,” and in here is where reptilian laborers do menial work for the Draco lords. The facility is also quite enormous, rivaling Carlsbad Caverns in size.
According to some UFO conspiracy theories, a joint alien/U.S. military underground base exists, perhaps devoted to genetics. The theories regarding Dulce sometimes state that alien technology was traded for permission to engage in human and animal mutilations. A battle was said to have taken place there between aliens and humans, though the time of this alleged encounter varies from the late 1970s to the 1980s. Some sources allege that horrific genetic experiments are conducted in lower levels of the facility (usually level 6 or 7, depending on the source); these levels are sometimes referred to as “Nightmare Hall.”
Now, the common thread that I’m trying to weave with Dulce Base and this website, other than they share a name, is if humans/aliens are working together to develop technology and do genetics test on both species with the goal of controlling the planets technological consumption, both physical and biological, then Dulce Base may in fact be ground zero for emerging technology. If such a place were to exist and no moral bias or ethical standards toward humans, aliens and animal were in place, essentially “a free for all” environment, then the potential for these beings to create what ever they dream up is extremely disturbing and explains a lot about human progress over the last 60 years.
And then again… it could all be a hoax to cover up something even more sinister.
You be the judge. =]
Seymourpowell’s Aircruise concept proposes a world where society moves higher into the stratosphere and it turns the global atmosphere into living room vistas. Aircruise is a Natural Gas Clipper Airship that will float across the global at 12,000 feet above sea level. This luxury hotel in the sky will hold 100 passengers and will have huge internal spaces offering room for living, dining and relaxing, as well as scope for dramatic and inspirational public spaces. Seymourpowell’s concept impressed and inspired Samsung Construction and Trading to develop new materials for the vehicle and partnered will Seymourpowell to pioneer this redefined form of air travel.
Seymourpowell’s Aircruise concept presents an alternative take on the future, suggesting ‘slow is the new fast’. Nick Talbot, design director at Seymourpowell explains, “The Aircruise concept questions whether the future of luxury travel should be based around space-constrained, resource hungry, and all too often stressful airline travel. A more serene transport experience will appeal to people looking for a more reflective journey, where the experience of travel itself is more important than getting from A to B quickly.”
The RCVLab at Queen’s University demonstrates Deep Green, a pool playing robot, and ARPool, an augmented reality system for teaching the science of pool. Deep Green Robotic Shooter and AR tracking are exciting examples of applied robotics and AR teaching tools. The shooters game play precision and complete table access makes Deep Green a must have in hip pool halls, and the AR guidance video projection is great way for players to perfect their skills.
Obscura CueLight pool table is $200,000 worth of sexy augmented game play.
The Steampunk exhibition at the Museum of the History of Science, University of Oxford was inspired by Art Donovan and curated by Dr. Jim Bennett, Director of the museum. Dr. Bennett hadn’t heard of steampunk till Donovan proposed the exhibit idea, but he instantly saw the importance of this technologic and social movement. This exhibit is the perfect example of real world steampunk trends, and it’s influence on the arts and sciences. The work on display ranged from functional time pieces and cell phones, to fantastical sci fi shoulder attachments and stylised sculpted characters. All the pieces were submitted by artist from around the world, and all are fundamentally steampunk. Donovan’s own pieces embody steampunks core essence of wood, brass, coils and cogs, delivered with an aesthetic of 19th century modern. This exhibit is very inspiring and encouraging, it’s amazing how global artist are capturing the heart of steampunk as if it’s ways been and not a 20 year old movement. But, in a way, it has been with us for 150 years, we are just now rediscovering it and we gave it a name. Check out Catherinette Rings Steampunk’s photostream.
AR.Drone the first wi-fi quadricopter that can be controlled by iPhone and iPod touch. This quadricopter is made from carbon fiber and high resistance PA66 plastic, and it’s two cameras allow the users to man the drone into remote areas up to 5 meters as well as give them augmented game play options. The AR Drone uses a 1000mAh, and 11.1V LiPo batteries to fly and up to 15 minutes of flight time. Check out all the AR.Drone’s features.
Doritos presents the real (and biggest) augmented reality of the world! Flying around in a helicopter with a laptop and web cam pointed at an over sized marker on a roof of a building is novel idea, but it’s sure not practical for the average Doritos eater. Good thing they placed a smaller marker on their Sweet Chill Doritos bags and pointed Dorito’s lovers to a site where they can experience it’s big, bold and augmented flavor.