Welcome to Cyber Dump number 58, your look at what's happening in this insane age of technology that we live in. As always, all source links mentioned are below.
Researchers have designed a way to cheaply create sensing walls, by painting a diamond pattern with paint containing nickel. Once hooked up to a computer, and painted over with regular paint, the grid acts as an antenna, and can sense movement and other electronics in the room. This is pretty cool as an interface idea, but it looks like it'd be perfect for surveillance too.
NVIDIA recently released a video which highlights how far deep learning techniques have come for processing images. Their AI can remove selected parts of a photo in real time, by guessing what is behind certain objects.
Researchers at the University of Minnesota have created a 3D printer which can print electronics directly onto skin. This machine also tracks the hand in real time to compensate for movements. Obviously this is pretty crude at the moment, but it's an interesting concept.
Robotics company, ATOUN inc, recently showed their Model Y exoskeleton in real world settings. I think we'll be seeing more of this kind of thing for more physical jobs in the future. This model can provide 10kg of assistive lifting force with a 4 hour battery life.
Engineered Arts have shown off their new robot face technology, which goes further than traditional animatronics, by adding sensors and internet connectivity, so robots can see the world around them, and respond. Imagine sticking one of these on one of Boston Dynamics bots.
A few months ago I showed you some soft robots, well here's a video of the soft robotic hand in action. The Ocean Exploration Trust have been using the squishy fingers on their Nautilus undersea exploration vessel, to delicately pick up fragile organisms. Pretty cool.
LeapMotion announced their Project North Star augmented reality platform a few weeks ago. It includes a new headset system, which they hope to eventually produce for under $100. This design has two 1600x1440 displays at 120 fps, coupled with 100 degree fov, and full 180 degree hand tracking.
This week I have a documentary by VPRO, which follows a bunch of different proponents of life extension technologies. There are some familiar faces like Aubrey de Grey, and the Alcor company, as well as others who seek immortality through science and technology.
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