Hacking the Lego NXT - Part 1 Before we start with this slightly tangential series of posts, let me give a word of advice to those who saw the word “hacking” in the title and immediately thought, “HE IS GOING TO HACK INTO SECRET FILES!”. Firstly, any democracy should not have secret files, but that’s for another post, and secondly, “hacking” is what I define as a skillset: the ability to alter the main function of something, be it hardware or software, to suit what you want to do with it. Henry Dyer (@Direthoughts) did a nice piece of hacking, for example, on those Apple Store iPads. It has been the media convincing people that hacking is bad, when in fact, only a small proportion hack with malicious intent. Taking open-source code and altering it is software hacking; building a buggy out of sheet aluminium and plastic is a form of hardware hacking, and what I am going to describe here is a mere alternate manifestation of that.
SeeSpace InAiR: The World's 1st Augmented Television by Nam Do, Dale Herigstad, A-M Roussel We have now surpassed the $150K goal to add streaming to the list of features. And if we reach the $200K level, we will also add an Extra HDMI input and Preset Apps to InAiR. Thanks for the continued support for this project. InAiR brings you the world's first Augmented TV experience With InAir plugged in, your TV becomes an Augmented Television. You can turn any ordinary television into a new and wonderful medium, filled with rich and dynamic information from the Web.
Fast Cochlea Transform Fast Cochlea Transform™ The cochlea is the most complex part of the ear and central to the human auditory system. It is responsible for transforming sound pressure waves into electrical information that the brain can interpret as a sound. Audience’s proprietary “Fast Cochlea Transform™” (FCT) performs a similar transformation function within the voice processor, converting a time domain representation of sound into a frequency domain representation. Sound captured by the microphones is sent to the voice processor and digitized before entering the FCT. Operating like the human cochlea, the FCT separates the sound into its frequency components to map the digital audio stream in a three-dimensional, high-quality spectral representation of the sound mixture.
5 Innovative Design Ideas To Help The Elderly Cope With Dementia [Videos One in three people will experience some form of dementia before they reach the age of 65. The medical condition affects the mental function and can result in memory loss, poor motor skills, and an inability to communicate. The UK’s Design Council launched a 12-month Design Challenge that asked the design community to come up with products and services that address this issue. Recently, five ideas have been selected and each one explained via a short film produced by Why Not Associates.
Connect the Dots: Open-Source Platforms Bring Ideas to Life Quickly Solution providers can bring ideas to life in days and weeks instead of months and years with easy-to-use modular IoT platforms such as Intel® Edison that remove design and innovation complexity. Getting excited about the addition of new and novel sensors to the Internet of Things (IoT) solutions is so easy that we tend to forget that the platforms that allow providers to connect to and process the information from these sensors are just as exciting – in their simplicity. In last week’s edition of Connect the Dots, we discussed some highlights from Sensors Expo, where flexible and stretchable sensors were heralded as the future, and new advances in chemical sensors were shown to solve today’s need for quick and accurate air-quality monitoring. Oddly, given the recent events in Flint, MI, simple and quick water-quality sensor solutions weren’t presented. There’s an idea, but competition is already underway in that area. Putting Prototypes on the Fast Track
SENNA SENNA is a software distributed under a non-commercial license, which outputs a host of Natural Language Processing (NLP) predictions: part-of-speech (POS) tags, chunking (CHK), name entity recognition (NER), semantic role labeling (SRL) and syntactic parsing (PSG). SENNA is fast because it uses a simple architecture, self-contained because it does not rely on the output of existing NLP system, and accurate because it offers state-of-the-art or near state-of-the-art performance. SENNA is written in ANSI C, with about 3500 lines of code. It requires about 200MB of RAM and should run on any IEEE floating point computer. Proceed to the download page. Read the compilation section in you want to compile SENNA yourself.
Understanding home: a critical review of the literature - Mallett - 2004 - The Sociological Review Abstract In recent years there has been a proliferation of writing on the meaning of home within the disciplines of sociology, anthropology, psychology, human geography, history, architecture and philosophy. Although many researchers now understand home as a multidimensional concept and acknowledge the presence of and need for multidisciplinary research in the field, there has been little sustained reflection and critique of the multidisciplinary field of home research and the diverse, even contradictory meanings of this term. This paper brings together and examines the dominant and recurring ideas about home represented in the relevant theoretical and empirical literature.
Inflatable Robots by Otherlab: A Walking Robot (named Ant-Roach) and a Complete Arm (Plus Hand) A Pneubot Named "Ant-Roach" : The Inflatable Anteater-Cockroach Robot To quote Otherlab's recent blog post: Here is the Otherlab’s 15 foot inflatable walking robot, the Ant-Roach. We thought this conceptual elephant looked more like a cross between an anteater and a cockroach. Special Issue on Cloud Robotics and Automation - IEEE Robotics and Automation Society A special issue of the IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering. Introduction Cloud Robotics and Automation is attracting increased interest from academia, governments, and industry worldwide.