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The Berkeley Lab has discovered a method to turn sunlight into a liquid fuel with nano-sized cobalt oxide crystals.

Duration: 0m30s

For more information visit the Berkeley News Center

Why learn foreign languages if you can translate text realtime with your phone through augmented reality?


The app is free and is called “Word Lens” and was released bij QuestVisual. The language packs cost $4.99 each. App is available here.

Through optical camouflage Professor Susumu Tachi is able to make objects or persons become invisible.


See a newsarticle about this on the BBC website. Check out the website of the Tachi lab and the project’s website. There is also a Tachi Lab Channel on YouTube.

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Imagine what you could do with a camera, color markers on your fingertips, projector and a mirror. Well … getting any close to the famous user-interface of Minority Report?

I recieved a great link of a video on TED about the realisation of a “Sixth Sense”.


Want more info? See the more in depth videos Part 1 and Part 2

Don’t forget to visit the Fluid Media Group at MIT

The Chinese have found an new innovative way of green public transport by something that is both a bus and a … tunnel. What a great out-of-the-box alternative to traditional solutions for traffic congestion by paving more roads. This is not only a concept but there will be an actual pilot in 2011. Hope to hear more on this tunnel bus by then.

For more information see China Hush and The Tech Herald

After an earlier post about BigDog now a post on LittleDog. The machine is starting to look like a small recently born animal that is trying to stand on its feet.

LittleDog is able to learn from its mistakes and walk in a landscape it has never seen before. Furthermore it is able te cope with a dynamic landscape and succesfully react to its changes. LittleDog is also able to recover from mistakes and complete the task at hand.

LittleDog was developed by the Computational Learning & Motor Control Lab


In search of mindfood i encountered an interesting presentation of J. Craig Venter at TED about Creating Synthetic Life.

Craig Venter is able to synthetically recreate the genome of a simple bacteria. This synthetic genome is placed in an existing bacteria where the original genome is automatically destroyed by enzymes. The result is a living synthetic organism (the presentation is actually not clear about the viability though).
Craig envisions the possibility of creating lifeforms with a computer where the organism can be designed by selecting individual known DNA components and thereby creating the complete DNA of a new lifeform.
Synthetic lifeforms with a genome based on existing bacteria that are able to convert CO2 to methane will enable us to solve the global warming problem and replace fossile fuels.

Duration: 15m51s

De universiteit van Tokyo heeft weer iets moois bedacht. Een mogelijkheid tot invoer van gegevens zonder ook maar iets aan te raken. Door middel van een camera en een slim algoritme voor het schatten van bewegingen kan een mouse-pointer aangestuurd worden. Ik denk: haal die telefoon weg en detecteer de beweging en houding van je beide handen en projecteer de GUI door middel van een hologram en je kunt zo de film voor Minority Report opnemen.

Het algoritme dat wordt gebruikt is het Lucas–Kanade algoritme.

StarlLogo Screenshot of the Ants Project

Starlogo is a programming language/modeling tool/microworld construction tool developed at the MIT Media Lab by Mitchel Resnick , and is described in his book, “Turtles, Termites, and Traffic Jams: An Exploration in Massively Parallel Microworlds” . Through the language a student can populate a world with large numbers of autonomous “creatures”, each given a set of simply rules to follow. The creatures are then set loose to interact with each other, leading to complex and fascinating emergent behavior. 

Source: Larry Latour

I can highly recommend downloading StarLogo and try a simulation of your own. Try some of the Sample Projects that are available after installing. In Windows: Start > All Programs > StarLogo > Sample Projects > Biology > Ants. Click “GO” to start this beautiful simulation of the effect of a scent-trail in search of food by an animal.

Note that the Ants are programmed with a few simple rules:

  1. Randomly move around.
  2. If i encounter food, pick it up and bring it to the nest leaving a scent trail.
  3. If i encounter a scent follow the scent in the direction that is the strongest

These simple rules result in complex behaviour of the group of Ants that was not originally part of the Ants original progam. This effect is known as Emergent Behaviour.

Click here for the homepage of StarLogo.

I hope you will enjoy StarLogo!