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Technology news is full of incremental developments, but few of them are true milestones. Here we’re citing 10 that are. These advances from the past year all solve thorny problems or create powerful new ways of using technology. They are breakthroughs that will matter for years to come.
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The Chance To Dance Again
by Michael Keller
We highlighted the TED talk of Hugh Herr a couple of weeks ago. But his work is too important and beautiful to leave to just one post.
The MIT associate professor of media arts and sciences is making prosthetic limbs and exoskeletons that restore function in those who have lost legs from injury or disease. This set of gifs focuses on his team’s BiOM powered ankle and foot prosthesis.
"Bionics is not only about making people stronger and faster," he said during the talk. "Our expression, our humanity can be embedded into electromechanics."
To prove his point, Herr and fellow researchers studied dance movement to replace the lower leg that professional dancer Adrianne Haslet-Davis lost after last year’s Boston marathon bombing. He concluded his talk by bringing Haslet-Davis on the stage to perform a bionic rumba.
"The pressure variations due to the sound waves affect the flow rate of flammable gas from the holes in the Pyro Board and therefore affect the height and colour of flames. This is interesting for visualizing standing wave patterns and simply awesome to watch when put to music."
Skip to 3:38 in the youtube clip to hear it with the music. The lo-fi track used to demonstrate is sick, and makes it that much more amazing to watch.
Felt like posting pics of artificial hip replacements in my class.
Notice that most of the metal is hardly smooth, this is to encourage integration of the prosthesis into the organic bone.
Indiegogo campaign to fund production of a simple stripped-down handheld console which is designed to easily create your own games (and can connect to upto 128 other devices) - video embedded below:
Gamebuino is a retro portable game console project based on Arduino. It allows you to make your own games, and even more.
It is designed so you can easily get started with your game, yet it is capable enough to make fully-featured 8-bit games and other badass projects. The library allows you to start programming your game in minutes, and the console is shipped ready to run, yet customizable thanks to the extension ports which allow you to add modules (like an accelerometer or wireless communication), or to connect several Gamebuino consoles to play in multiplayer with your mates.
Science-inspired necklaces from the Delftia Etsy store
A beautifully done animation on how you became you.
See the full video here as I left out some really cool parts.
From 300 or so million down to ONE.
YOU. MADE. IT.
This is an amazing visualization. Wow.
Bibo, wonderful animated short film about a lonely robot, a year in the making – a sort of modern-day, sadder version of Pixar’s groundbreaking 1986 classic Luxo Jr.
Sound installation by Alex Allmont uses old LEGO to create a machine to generate electronic music - video embedded below:
Play house is an automata that mechanically computes and performs hooky and hypnotic acid house. Like a generative musical loom, a single drive turns a sequence of LEGO gears, levers and latches that mutate riffs and rhythm patterns. These are played out on analogue drums and synthesisers from the halcyon days of 1980’s dance music while the machine gradually shifts the timbre and space of the sound. In the piece the process of creation is laid bare so one can indulge in picking apart the interactions driving the score, seeing sound as it changes in sculpture, exploring our expectations in music, or simply rocking out to some fruity acid.
If Earth’s water were drained into a single drop, it would measure about 950 miles in diameter. Roughly three percent is fresh water, and just one-third of that is easily accessible. Meeting the growing need for water is a critical challenge. Many countries rely on desalination to produce fresh water, but current techniques are typically energy-intensive, using enough energy globally to power nearly seven million homes. That’s why today GE is launching an open innovation challenge to improve the energy efficiency of water desalination. Find out more about the challenge here. GIF by Julian Glander and based on data from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
Everything you need to know about checking the four upcoming lunar eclipses here.
Just in case some of you guys were curious what the different types of Lunar eclipses were, here’s a neat little gif-tastic diagram of the three types. Also handy is a calendar for the next ones, although the majority of America won’t be able to see a full total eclipse again until 2017.
The first of four eclipses in a series, the Lunar Saros 122. A saros is a fancy way of determining patters in relation to time relating to Earth-Moon solar geometry, so I present to you a Wikipedia article on the topic. For this eclipse cycle, though, their are no intervening partial eclipses of the Moon.
This is beautiful and it’s amazing to me that it had such a positive outcome and not lifelong hateful grudges, which is probably what these attackers deserved.
This is perfect and beautiful and amazing
Yep, those are tears coming down. This is one of the most beautiful pieces I ever read.
Damn, the level of compassion, strength and understanding you’d need to have in order to do this..
2 magnets disk on a axle
4.5 Volts 2Amp
2 aluminum bands on plastic
The Laplace rail is a good demonstration of the ‘right hand curl rule’
Using a hand as a guide If we have a current moving in the direction of the thumb, the magnetic field will be oriented in the direction of the curled fingers
When the current is applied the only way for the circuit to be completed is through the axle. Given the red terminal is positive the current is moving from left to right through the axle generating a circular magnetic field that is oriented towards the viewer.
The magnets on each end of the axle are now repelled by the field generated by the current and force the axle to move. If you were to switch the terminals the axle would move towards the viewer - this is demonstrated in the later half of the video which can be found here.
Bear On Stairs
Stop-motion looping animation by DBLG uses 3D printing to create models for each frame of a bear climbing stairs - video embedded below:
DBLG’s in-house studio projects are a platform for us to experiment with creative ideas and above all have fun. For The Stairs Project we wanted to explore the use of stop frame animation with 3D printing.
More at DBLG here