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Digital health: the empowered consumer. Top 10: robots & the workplace. Hyper-Reality: A New Vision of the Future by Keiichi Matsuda. You can still pledge if you haven't already; see below. Thank you so much to all the backers, and everyone who helped spread the word! I promise to work hard, and make good use of your pledges! Any money raised from now will go to composing an original score, adding more detail to the scenes, and making physical prints of the film to submit to film festivals. Nothing will go to waste! 日本語 | PORTFOLIO Three years ago, I made a pair of design-fiction short films about the future. Now I’m making a new film series set in Medellin, Colombia, to build on and extend those ideas.

World-changing marvels to us, are only wallpaper to our children. - Bruce Sterling The stories are about the realities we invent for ourselves. Marly, a local celebrity and fashion icon living through social media, who is about to face a very public betrayal. The films will be around five minutes each, and will be assembled at the end in a combined edit. - Marshall McLuhan. Hyper-Reality: A New Vision of the Future by Keiichi Matsuda. Birmingham City University - Sign In. Birmingham City University - Sign In. Birmingham City University - Sign In. How Tech That Learns Is Delivering a Curated Content Stream Just for You. Netflix doesn’t really know what movie you want to watch tonight. At least, not yet. They have a pretty good idea based on what you’ve watched before, but Netflix doesn’t know that tonight is date night, or that you had a bad day and need a little pick-me-up.

That’s about to change. There are plenty of services that offer suggestions based on choices that you, and supposedly similar users, have made in the past, but soon their recommendations will be getting a whole lot more personal. Sensors in everything, from our wearables to the walls around us, are leveraging more and more data in order to understand not just what we want, but why. To learn more about this trend, PSFK reached out to Lama Nachman, principal engineer at User Experience Research at Intel Labs. PSFK: What does it mean for technology to be contextually aware? By learning more about us, these systems will be able to offer us dynamic assistance in real-time, but it’s important for us to learn about them as well. The tech we were wearing before wearable tech. At first glance, the building blocks of our wardrobes have barely changed in the last hundred years – or have they?

The still-pervasive use of synthetic fabrics, cotton and animal skin may suggest we’re cut from the same cloth, but technology is being ingrained in the DNA of our clothing like never before. Technical fabrics – pervasive on the runway – provide the starting point for clothes that will eventually compute. Much like “selfie” and “GIF” before it, the term “wearables” is on the fast-track to becoming the zeitgeisty, OED-approved word of the year. 2014 has seen it take on new life at an alarming rate: Google Glass, the smart eyewear derided for looking like something a long-sighted android dreamt up, is proudly on sale at Net-a-Porter. Meanwhile, the highly-anticipated Apple Watch had a launch during Paris Fashion Week, with model Liu Wen’s attendance sparking rumours that she could be the product’s new stylish face. What to wear when it’s raining drones? “Pure Magic”. BBC World News - Click, 27/09/2014 GMT, Could virtual reality help build better cities?

Doctors with iPads could transform hospital care - tech - 12 June 2014. Modern medicine creates mountains of data – a suite of iPad apps called Medopad aims to integrate it all and place it in the palm of a doctor's hand HOSPITALS are packed full of valuable information about patients but doctors often struggle to use it effectively. A London-based start-up wants to change all that with a new suite of iPad apps called Medopad. The idea is to link up every data-making system and machine in a hospital to a central service which can deliver a patient's collated records – from historical medical files to X-ray and MRI scans – at the touch of a doctor's iPad. A number of bespoke Medopad apps help doctors manipulate and utilise this data.

For example, one app broadcasts the readings from a patient's heart monitor to their doctor's iPad screen, so a check-up can be carried out from anywhere in the hospital building. Another app uses voice-recognition to let doctors create written notes on patients just by speaking. The system has a number of security features. Real Holodeck turns your living room into a game - tech - 06 October 2014. Video: How to turn an entire room into a gaming surface Good news, Star Trek fans: Microsoft has created a prototype Holodeck that transforms an entire room into a virtual gaming environment.

The system, dubbed RoomAlive, was unveiled today . Powered by six Kinect depth cameras paired with projectors – called procams – it places users inside games that spread across the floors, walls and furniture for a fully immersive experience. Although far from a commercial product, it shows what might one day be possible in your own living room. RoomAlive builds on previous Microsoft work that combined a projector with an ordinary TV, extending the action to take up an entire wall. Now they have ditched the screen entirely.

The ceiling-mounted procams automatically scan the room to create a 3D model of it. Robot fight Unlike the fictional Holodeck, which spawned objects in mid-air, RoomAlive's projections are constrained to surfaces. More From New Scientist Promoted Stories Gmail is....OUT! 7 Ways Augmented Reality Will Improve Your Life. You might think augmented reality is the way of the future, but really, it has its roots in the 20th century. Morton Heilig, the "Father of Virtual Reality," patented the Sensorama Stimulator, which he called an "experience theater," on Aug. 28, 1962. Over time, the idea of using technology to create a layer over the real world has been honed and refined and put in our palms, thanks to the proliferation of smartphones. Confused about what augmented reality is?

In short, it's a way to use technology to redefine space, and it places a virtual layer over the world with geographic specificity ensuring a good fit. Check out the video below — in real life, the woman is holding what appears to be a simple box of LEGOs. While mainstream examples of AR have been, to date, on the fluffy side (like this and this), the technology has promise as an urban utility. "It's not a futuristic, fringy thing "It's not a futuristic, fringy thing," says Goldrun founder Vivian Rosenthal. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. US and India sign space agreement. 1 October 2014Last updated at 03:09 ET India's Mars Orbiter Mission got straight down to work on arriving at the Red Planet The space agencies of India and the US have signed an agreement on future co-operation at Mars and at Earth. The nations have just put satellites in orbit around the Red Planet, and plan a joint radar spacecraft to study our home world in 2020.

But the charter signed by Nasa and the Indian Space Research Organisation will also examine additional opportunities. The agreement was signed by agencies' two leaders at the 65th International Astronautical Congress in Toronto. India's Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), also known as Mangalyaan, arrived in orbit at Mars on 24 September to image the planet and study its atmosphere. It was preceded by the American Maven satellite by two days. the US orbiter will also investigate the Mars' atmosphere. The Toronto charter sets up a working group, which, among its activities, will explore ways for the two Red Planet missions to work together. Protest halts Nasa spaceflight plans. 30 September 2014Last updated at 15:42 ET By Clive Simpson Space writer, Toronto Sierra Nevada has lodged protest in relation to its Dream Chaser spaceplane Nasa's plans to work on two new commercial spacecraft face a delay following a formal protest about the contract award process.

The complaint has been filed by an eliminated contender. Nasa administrator Charles Bolden said the protest had been lodged by Sierra Nevada Corporation in relation to its Dreamchaser spaceplane proposal. He was speaking in Toronto at the opening of the week-long International Astronautical Congress (IAC). The issue will keep the agency from moving forward with the next phase of its commercial crew programme until the issue has been resolved. Nasa has 30 days to respond and the US government accountability office is expected to issue its ruling in early January 2015. Elon Musk's SpaceX company - along with Boeing - was awarded contract to pursue its capsule designs. 3D-printed fabrics woven into Pringle of Scotland's AW14 garments.

Fashion brand Pringle of Scotland has incorporated laser-sintered nylon fabric into garments for its Autumn Winter 2014 collection, shown yesterday at London Fashion Week. Pringle of Scotland collaborated with material scientist Richard Beckett to create a series of 3D-printed fabrics for the collection using selective laser sintering (SLS). To produce textiles that could move like traditional cloths, Beckett chose specific machinery that could create the tiny nylon parts needed to keep the material flexible.

"I used an EOS Formiga P100 SLS system due to its ability to build at high definition, one of the few systems that would allow you to build such complex movable parts at this size," Beckett told Dezeen. The printed sections were then handwoven into the knitwear through small hooks on the underside or stitched on top of the wool. Bands of the material formed cuffs for jackets while larger elements created diamond-shaped Argyle patterns across pullovers and sleeveless tops. Lexus Starts Using Oculus Rift For Test Drives. Lexus has unveiled its first ever virtual reality test drive simulator using Oculus Rift.

The setup allows you to drive its high-tech hypercar the Lexus RC F around a simulated track. The kit uses the latest version of Oculus Rift and features the actual steering column of the car over CGI so while the track is entirely virtual the car itself should feel real enough. Lexus is being coy about how the virtual car handles but considering the fact that it'll be on show at the major auto shows this year it seems a safe bet that they've tried to make it as realistic as possible. With the final version of Oculus Rift now available to developers expect this to be the first in a new wave of virtual reality experiments ahead of the eventual consumer release. Amelia: IPsoft's New Artificial Intelligence Can Think Like A Human, And Wants Your Job. Amelia is a pleasant, bright, professional. She is personable, learns quickly, and can speak 20 languages.

She dresses like a accountant, is patient and clear, and is cheap to hire. And she can learn anything - anything - to virtually an expert level in less than a minute. Amelia is an artificial intelligence. She exists, in commercial form, today. And she wants to take over about a quarter of all jobs within two decades. Needless to say, when I met Amelia earlier this week I wish I'd worn a tie. 'Amelia' is a software programme created by IPsoft with one, very clear mission: to totally change the fundamental structure of macroeconomics, employment and knowledge. How is Amelia going to do this? Amelia is a new type of artificial intelligence, one that IPsoft claims can absorb, deconstruct and use information like a human being.

You might think Google, Siri or Cortana are already pretty smart. IPsoft claims that Amelia does. Yes, it was a controlled demo. Amelia is different. Ex-News Of The World News Editor Ian Edmondson Guilty Of Phone Hacking. A former news editor was warned he could face jail after he became the eighth person to be convicted of the phone hacking plot at the News of the World. Ian Edmondson, 45, pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey to conspiring with private eye Glenn Mulcaire and NotW colleagues to hack a host of celebrities, sports personalities, politicians and even royalty between 3 October 3 2000 and 9 August 2006.

The journalist had been dropped as a defendant in the original hacking trial of ex-editors Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks in December last year, after the trial judge deemed him "unfit" to continue. Edmonson today His guilty plea came as he faced a re-trial at the Old Bailey since Justice Saunders had deemed him "fit" again in July, it can now be reported. During the original eight-month trial, jurors were told how Edmondson had worked as an executive on the newsdesk - the "engine room of the newsroom" - since 2005. Article continues below video But his involvement went further, the court heard.