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Category: Future Tech

Prototype Software Autocompletes Hand-drawn Animation: AutoCAA

Prototype Software Autocompletes Hand-drawn Animation: AutoCAA
A group of scientists have come up with a system that makes hand-drawn animation much less tedious for novices. Their software analyzes your drawing in real time and then shows an overlay of what you might want to draw next, giving you the option to accept or reject its suggestions.

Diego-San Robot Baby Smiles, Learns, Eats Souls

Diego-San Robot Baby Smiles, Learns, Eats Souls
If Hector from Saturn 3 mounted the Atlas robot and had a baby, I think Diego-San is exactly what their love child would look like. It’s intensely creepy with its chubby-cheeked smiling face and mechanical body.

Real-Time Facial Expression Transfer: Virtual Face/Off

Real-Time Facial Expression Transfer: Virtual Face/Off
In the near future, you may be able to make yourself speak in any language, or have video proof of your friend saying he loves to eat poop. It’s all thanks to a new tracking and animation system that can transfer the facial movements of one person into a photorealistic CGI rendering of another person’s face, all in real time.

Researchers Teach Robots to Fall without Breaking

Researchers Teach Robots to Fall without Breaking
Robots are really cool, but before they can start selling robots that will clean our houses and tend to our kids, they have to perfect them and make them safe and robust. Part of keeping an expensive robot safe is teaching it how to fall without cracking its shiny metal butt open.

Light L16 Camera Wants to Put DSLR Quality in Your Pocket

Light L16 Camera Wants to Put DSLR Quality in Your Pocket
DSLRs and interchangeable lens mirrorless cameras take great pictures, but they’re still not very easy to tote around every day. So most of us who like to take photos on a regular basis end up resorting to our smartphones.

Walking Robot Has Drone Scout: Banjo-Kazooiebot

Walking Robot Has Drone Scout: Banjo-Kazooiebot
A couple of weeks ago we checked out ETH Zurich Autonomous Systems Lab’s walking robot that had a drone launching pad. That combos nicely with one of the Lab’s latest projects: a similar pair working together to navigate unknown terrain.

Skarp Laser Razor Never Needs Blades and Won’t Nick Your Kiwis

Skarp Laser Razor Never Needs Blades and Won’t Nick Your Kiwis
I know no one who actually likes to shave. I’ve tried everything from old school safety razors to electric razors to disposable razors with blades that cost $15 for three. They all suck and leave my skin burning after the fact.

CableRobot Motion Simulator: Where We’re Going, We Don’t Need Treadmills

CableRobot Motion Simulator: Where We’re Going, We Don’t Need Treadmills
In the future, your home theater might need to be outside of your actual home. A collaboration between research group Fraunhofer and the Max Planck Institute’s Biological Cybernetics group has led to the creation of a cable robot perfectly suited to vehicle simulations.

Autonomous Quadcopters Build Rope Bridge: Temple of Drones

Autonomous Quadcopters Build Rope Bridge: Temple of Drones
Someday explorers and rescuers could carry quadcopters not just to survey but to build bridges literally on the fly. Researchers at ETH Zurich were able to successfully demonstrate a system of autonomous quadcopters that can create a usable rope bridge with minimal human intervention.

Big Delta 3D Printer Builds Homes from Mud on the Cheap

Big Delta 3D Printer Builds Homes from Mud on the Cheap
An Italian 3D printer maker called WASP has unveiled the largest 3D printer ever made, or at least it claims that it is the largest. The printer has a massive 40-foot tall frame that is 20-feet in diameter.

DARPA Wants Robots to Build Satellites in Orbit

DARPA Wants Robots to Build Satellites in Orbit
Today when we build satellites, construction has to be done on Earth, the satellite is placed in a rocket, shot into orbit, and then goes through automated deployment all while we hope things work just fine.

DARPA’s Mind Controlled Prosthetic Arm Can Now Feel

DARPA’s Mind Controlled Prosthetic Arm Can Now Feel
DARPA has an awesome program underway to develop the next generation in prosthetics. These technologies will help soldiers and others who have lost a limb to get back to their lives with as much normality as possible.

New Tech Automatically Removes Unwanted Objects from Photos: Auto Content Aware

New Tech Automatically Removes Unwanted Objects from Photos: Auto Content Aware
There are lots of photo apps and online services that can perform one-click enhancements. But these user-friendly shortcuts usually tweak a photo’s general quality, such as color or sharpness. Two Princeton University Computer Science students worked with Adobe Research to create a program that automatically detects and removes distracting elements from photos.

Wove Band Flexible E-ink Smartwatch: Flexitime

Wove Band Flexible E-ink Smartwatch: Flexitime
We’ve seen many ideas for devices with flexible displays, but a company called Polyera claims that it will commercially launch such a device next year. It’s called the Wove Band, a smartwatch with an E-ink touchscreen running nearly the length of its entire strap.

Multi-user Wireless Virtual Reality System: Real Virtuality

Multi-user Wireless Virtual Reality System: Real Virtuality
A couple of years ago we checked out a VRcade, a virtual reality arcade that freed players to move and translated their movements in the game with the help of motion capture systems. Artanim’s Real Virtuality is a lot like that, except it’s geared for multiple users and not just for games but for other content as well.

MIT 3D Printer Prints with Glass: Fount of Glass

MIT 3D Printer Prints with Glass: Fount of Glass
Aside from the usual plastics and composites, we’ve seen 3D printers use food, sand, metal and even paper to make objects. MIT adds glass to that ever-growing list of materials with its Glass 3D Printing (G3DP) platform.