Dreams are weird enough all on their own. So the idea that technology could be used to influence your dreams seems like it could produce even stranger results. Now, researchers from MIT are developing a system that could do just that.
Split Brain Robotics is an interactive art project by San Francisco artist Kal Spelletich, in which a pair of custom-built robots are able to plug into the left and right brain waves of audience participants. It is pretty wild to watch.
Sorting objects is a real boring task if you have lots of items, so it makes sense for robots to do the job for us. Engineers at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at MIT have developed a robot that can do just that, though this one does it in a pretty creepy way.
I just saw an early screening of the sci-fi thriller SELF/LESS, and really enjoyed it. The film stars Ben Kingsley as a Billionaire real estate magnate diagnosed with a terminal illness, who in his dying days is tipped off to a mysterious corporation who claims they can give him new life.
Coasters are those things that your mom had sitting on the coffee table growing up that no one ever used. If you are now all grown up and want your own coasters to yell at people about using, these are for you.
There are lots of gaming peripherals out there, and some of them can get really, really expensive. Hell, I once reviewed a racing wheel, pedals, and shifter set that goes for about $1,200. Even something as simple as a mouse or keyboard can cost you hundreds.
Communication is a messy business. If it weren’t for miscommunication, Hiroshima and Nagasaki may well have never been bombed, the light brigade would have survived the Crimean War, the Korean war could have been averted, the Battle of Karansebes wouldn’t have been so much like an Adam Sandler movie, and the Mars Climate Orbiter would have completed its mission.
Zombies crave brains not beer. However, if they did drink beer, they wouldn’t drink just any beer. They would want a beer with some brains. Real brains. They would want Dock Street Brewing Company’s Walker.
The Neurocam is the latest invention from Neurowear – the minds behind the Necomimi cat ears and that tail that wags tail that wags based on your thoughts. Though this one seems like a slightly more useful, if not still strange device.
This 15 foot-tall steel brain sculpture can be controlled by your brain waves. It is called Mens Amplio (that means “mind expanding” in Latin). The interactive brain and head has been embedded with LEDs in the branching structures that represent neurons.
Customized scarves are nothing new, but artists Varvara Guljajeva and Mar Canet still came up with something truly novel and different in this category.
They worked with Sebastian Mealla from the Music Technology Group in Barcelona to create something called Neuro Knitting.
Researchers at the University of Electro-Communications in Tokyo and the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology have built a small humanoid robot. Nothing unusual there. Everybody is building robots these days, and one day soon we will all regret it.
The Microsoft Kinect has been hacked to do all sorts of things, and while some of the hacks are for the good of humankind, most are pretty superfluous. But the Microsoft Research Cambridge team has recently put together a Kinect demo which could provide neurosurgeons with interactive 3D visuals which could help them save lives in the operating room.
When I think of zombies and brains, I remember that hilarious music video that you can watch after you play all the levels of Plants vs. Zombies. You know, the one that goes “There’s a zombie on your lawn…“
This time around, though, you can turn the tables on those zombies and eat their brains instead.
Yeah, I can’t believe it either, but Halloween is just weeks away. If you’re looking for some fun ideas to decorate your pad for every geeks favorite holiday, why not send Igor out to steal you a brain in a jar?
I was sitting around the house the other day thinking what I really needed to make my life complete was a pair of articulated cat ears that I could wear on my head. I mean, I have a cool car, a gigantic television, and a sweet job (not this one mind you).