This is not a trick or a CG effect it is in fact a car that has achieved optical invisibility with the use of cameras and LED lights. The concept is simple; project objects that reside on one side of the car to an LED array covering the other side of the car in real time and presto you have predator style optical cloaking. Now all we need is a hood mounted phase plasma cannon with triangular laser targeting and we can get down to business.
Sometimes science fiction can inspire the creators of high technology other times it serves as a cautionary tale about the risks of unbridled technological development. Archetype is an awe inspiring independent science fiction short film by Aaron Sims about a cybernetic battle robot that rebels against its creators as it begins to regain memories of life as a human being. The visuals in Archetype are impressive, hopefully with more funding we will be treated to a longer exploration of this story line.
Back in 2008 a number of interesting videos started to appear on YouTube posted by a someone calling themselves “Programmer FF”. The videos claimed to demonstrate a prototype Artificial Intelligence Program known as Eidolon TLP. Whether or not Eidolon TLP represents an AI conceptual demonstration, a high-tech performing arts project or an elaborate joke by a creative programmer is unknown. What interests EBG is the public reaction to the videos and how the “interactions” with YouTube users sparked discussions about AI and the Technological Singularity. Whatever one chooses to believe Eidolon TLP is or was it stands as an example of what a self aware Artificial Intelligence could look like one day. Our editors have selected some of the more interesting videos here but there are many more. Most of which are answers to write in questions posed by YouTube users to Eidolon TLP. As you watch these videos keep in mind that the Eidolon TLP website tag line reads “this is just an elaborate joke”. If it is or is not is up to the viewer to decide. Take a look…
The next time you get some ink you may want to ask about upgrade options. It seems that scientists have created ultrathin microelectronic devices that can adhere to human skin much like a tattoo. According to Michael McAlpine of Princeton University. “This goes beyond Dick Tracy calling someone with a cell phone on the wrist. It’s having the wrist itself house the device so it’s always with you.” Source: Science News As our technology shrinks in size it will become easier to embed devices like these into the human body. The potential applications are almost limitless; from sensors and communications to augmentation of the human sensory system. Embeddable electronics like these could lead to a revolution in consumer electronics. According to Laura Sanders at Science News.org; “Such devices could serve as conduits between the body and other electronics. In their tests the researchers used electronic skin to control a video game. When stuck on the throat, the device read the electrical activity of muscles as a person spoke the words “up,” “down,” “left,” and “right” to control a computer cursor as it navigated through a maze. The researchers plan to improve the technology by enabling wireless communication and adding ways to store power. The device already has the capability to get power from wireless coils and solar cells. And in the future, such electronics could be designed to power themselves with stray electromagnetic signals or even energy from body heat.” Source: Science News
Every now and then an artist comes along so ridiculously far ahead of the curve that it is truly astounding to behold. His name is Onyx Ashanti and his creation is called the Tron Beatjazz Controller. He takes off the shelf technology, blends it with open source software and creates an entirely new art form that is absolute genius. For more on the man and his music go to http://beatjazz.blogspot.com/ you can also support his ongoing work at http://www.indiegogo.com/tronbeatjazz
Over the years we have marveled at the modern developments in robotics research however as it turns out there is a long tradition of mechanical automata of all sorts. They were designed to shoot arrows, draw calligraphy, serve tea and in China some even pointed the way home. These early works demonstrate a long tradition of impressive mechanical engineering knowledge far ahead of its time. The designs are elegant and beautiful works of mechanical art which must have appeared to function by pure magic. Even now these creations are impressive to watch especially when one considers how long ago they were created. As we embark on a new age of robotics perhaps it helps to take design lessons from the past to see how we can use these principles in the future.
by associate contributor tmhwriter ~
Imagine being on top of your game then an illness strikes or an accident happens and your world is changed. Tempt One, (Tony Quan) an Graphic Artist, paralyzed from ALS, got a second chance to do what he loves. Mick Ebeling introduces the EyeWriter, a device that enables or someone like Temp One the ability to draw or simply communicate.
An entire movie in a single image. Can you guess this one?
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For sometime it’s been predicted that CG would reach a point where it was indistinguishable from live action film. Looks like that time has come. The Third and The Seventh is a full CG animated piece.