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How to make objects invisible without metamaterial cloaking | KurzweilAI
The researchers discovered that at certain frequencies, waves scattered via resonant and non-resonant mechanisms have opposite phases and are mutually destroyed — thus making the object invisible. It was possible to switch from visibility to invisibility regimes at 1.9 GHz by simply changing the temperature of the water in the cylinder from 90 °C to 50 °C.
tech  invisibility 
april 2015 by warrenellis
Electronic implant outfit goes broke; implant users paralyzed again | Beyond The Beyond | Wired.com
“Mumford was in Cleveland for a marketing meeting in 2001 when he got news that still baffles him: NeuroControl was getting out of the Freehand business. It would focus instead on a bigger potential market with a device that helped stroke victims. Before long, NeuroControl went out of business entirely, wiping out at least $26 million in investment. At first, Mumford remained an enthusiastic user of the Freehand, though one thing worried him: the wires running outside his body would sometimes fray or break after catching on clothing. Each time, he found someone who could reach into his supply of replacements and reconnect the system. But by 2010, the last wire was gone, and without the prospect of tech support from NeuroControl, the electrical equipment implanted in Mumford’s body went dormant. He lost the independence that had come from having regained extensive use of one hand. “To all of a sudden have that taken away—it’s incredibly frustrating,” he says. “There’s not a day where I don’t miss it.”
tech 
april 2015 by warrenellis
Bot Benediction, 2015 - Features - Source: An OpenNews project
"The metaphors are numerous—bots are homunculi, bots are witches’ familiars, bots are daemons. And yes, the bots were inside us all along, and ultimately we make ourselves into Twitter bots in order to live. But really. Twitter bots are the imaginary friends that I love and cherish as much as the real-person relationships I’ve formed on Twitter (both with people and with other creatures with alleged human operators, whose true identities are best left unknown). They notice things we might not notice."
hauntology  web  tech 
april 2015 by warrenellis
Disney's $1 Billion Bet on a Magical Wristband | WIRED
Their MagicBands, tech-studded wristbands available to every visitor to the Magic Kingdom, feature a long-range radio that can transmit more than 40 feet in every direction. The hostess, on her modified iPhone, received a signal when the family was just a few paces away. Tanner family inbound! The kitchen also queued up: Two French onion soups, two roast beef sandwiches! When they sat down, a radio receiver in the table picked up the signals from their MagicBands and triangulated their location using another receiver in the ceiling. The server—as in waitperson, not computer array—knew what they ordered before they even approached the restaurant and knew where they were sitting.

And it all worked seamlessly, like magic.
tech 
march 2015 by warrenellis
Shitphone: A Love Story — Matter — Medium
"Shitphones are generally not actually shitty. They are, if you isolate them from the distorting effect of highly competitive preference-driven smartphone retail and marketing, the absence of which helps keep them so cheap, marvels of engineering and execution, assembled with precision and care and able to accomplish tasks that a half-dozen years ago would have been inconceivable for a portable device. iPhones are really just shitphones from the future"
tech 
march 2015 by warrenellis
The Collection and the Cloud – The New Inquiry
"The concept of a “dark age” implies that there is a singular body of canonical knowledge worth preserving, evoking an idea of erasure from history that’s familiar to anyone else besides a distinguished white man accustomed to historical centrality. For everyone else, erasure from history is political struggle. Even today, women, people of color, transgender and disabled people, sex workers, care workers are all struggling to have their stories told and represented fairly. Any discussion of internet archiving has to, at some point, confront this problem: How do we talk about the politics of cultural records? If we cannot preserve everything, who defines what is worth saving?"
pol  tech  web  history  social 
march 2015 by warrenellis
Core77 / Clever Bulletproofing System Based on Marbles and Legos
"Their latest solution, Soft Armour, is both fascinating and sadly needed. It's a system of bulletproofing structures, and potentially vehicles, by means of modular boxes that are filled with what look like ceramic marbles. Check out how it works:"
tech  war  security 
february 2015 by warrenellis
LiveLeak.com - Russia:EXCLUSIVE - Drone captures Tesla Tower - the Soviet era “lightning machine”
Normally hidden from prying eyes, Ruptly was allowed take exclusive drone footage of the stunning 'Tesla Tower' in the Moscow region, Wednesday. The vast research site is home to general enormous voltage impulse generators that potentially have the capacity to equal Russia's entire electricity output
video  tech  history 
february 2015 by warrenellis
Exploiting the Robocaller Gap - Global Guerrillas
"Here's an interesting US systempunkt -- a systempunkt is the point in a big network where even a small attack would cause the entire network to fail. This systempunkt would enable a prepared individual the unique ability to shut down a large part of the US without shedding a drop of blood."
war  tech  comms 
february 2015 by warrenellis
BBC News - Micro-machines journey inside animal for first time
"In a case of science fiction meeting reality, microscopic "machines" have journeyed inside a living animal for the first time. The tiny devices delivered a cargo of nano-particles into the stomach lining of a mouse."
sci  tech 
january 2015 by warrenellis
PLOS ONE: Identifiable Images of Bystanders Extracted from Corneal Reflections
"Here we combined robust face perception and high-resolution photography to mine face photographs for hidden information. By zooming in on high-resolution face photographs, we were able to recover images of unseen bystanders from reflections in the subjects' eyes."
crime  sci  tech 
january 2015 by warrenellis
Deep neural network rivals primate brain in object recognition | KurzweilAI
"A new study from MIT neuroscientists has found that for the first time, one of the latest generation of “deep neural networks” matches the ability of the primate brain to recognize objects during a brief glance."
tech  ai  comp 
december 2014 by warrenellis
PowerCoat® ALIVE | Arjowiggins Creative Papers
"Introducing the world’s first ready-to-use NFC paper for both professional and end-user finishing, ushering in a new era in intelligent print media, packaging and much more."
tech  printing  comms 
december 2014 by warrenellis
Reuters Institute for the study of Journalism
“News spaces are no longer owned by newsmakers. The press is no longer in charge of the free press and has lost control of the main conduits through which stories reach audiences. The public sphere is now operated by a small number of private companies, based in Silicon Valley.”
journalism  news  media  tech 
november 2014 by warrenellis
Hemingwrite | Uncrate
"Typewriters are great for distraction-free writing — but not so great for digital documents. iPads and laptops are great for keeping your work in the cloud, but like a business trip to Vegas, they're full of distractions. The Hemingwrite is a happy medium. Designed in Detroit, this portable, single-purpose gadget combines a daylight-friendly, high-contrast 6-inch E Ink screen with a high-quality mechanical keyboard to offer all the focus of a traditional typewriter and all the benefits of a modern device. It sports a die-cast aluminum case with a retro design and built-in handle, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth LE for constant backups to Evernote and Google Docs, a built-in memory of over 1 million pages, and a battery life of over six weeks, so even if you need to take a Thoreau-style retreat, you won't have to pack along a charger."
tech 
october 2014 by warrenellis
Twitter drops Google Glass, app no longer available - SlashGear
"The bad news isn’t that Twitter addicts will go wanting for heads-up tweets. The really unfortunate bit of info here is that Twitter just plain dropped Google Glass. Cold."
tech  comms  web  net 
october 2014 by warrenellis
Bees inspire a better way to land aircrafts - Futurity
To develop a new aircraft landing system, researchers are studying how bees use “optic flow descent” to guide them down.
tech  flight 
october 2014 by warrenellis
Dissolvable silicon circuits and sensors -- ScienceDaily
"Electronic devices that dissolve completely in water, leaving behind only harmless end products, are part of a rapidly emerging class of technology. This technology suggest a new era of devices that range from green consumer electronics to ‘electroceutical’ "therapies, to biomedical sensor systems that do their work and then disappear.
tech 
october 2014 by warrenellis
Finally, the flying car may have landed | Technology | The Guardian
"An earlier prototype of the Flying Roadster by Slovakian company AeroMobil reportedly took its first test flight in October last year. The latest version will be tested a day before its premiere, on 28 October."
flight  tech 
october 2014 by warrenellis
The US military is spending $2.9 million to develop a soft robot suit for soldiers | The Verge
"As announced today, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has issued a $2.9 million contract to researchers at Harvard's Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering to develop a flexible robotic exoskeleton that can be worn by soldiers — and eventually civilians — to make them stronger and more resilient. The suit could even help people with mobility issues and paralysis to move again."
war  tech  bodymod 
september 2014 by warrenellis
2014/09/10 DARPA Program “Grows” Lasers Directly on Silicon-Based Microchips
"DARPA’s Electronic-Photonic Heterogeneous Integration (E-PHI) program has successfully integrated billions of light-emitting dots on silicon to create an efficient silicon-based laser. The breakthrough, achieved by researchers working on the program at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), will enable the production of inexpensive and robust microsystems that exceed the performance capabilities of current technologies."
sci  tech 
september 2014 by warrenellis
BBC News - Working gun made with 3D printer
"The world's first gun made with 3D printer technology has been successfully fired in the US.

"The controversial group which created the firearm, Defense Distributed, plans to make the blueprints available online."
guns  tech  fabbing 
august 2014 by warrenellis
The World's First Handheld DNA Sequencer Is a Genetics Lab In a Box
"The device, called Freedom4, brings the quantitative PCR method of DNA sequencing to the field. The brick-sized machine has a six-hour battery life and can process DNA samples in one step, identifying the presence and extent of, say, a norovirus infection in under an hour."
tech  med 
august 2014 by warrenellis
Super-black nano-coating to be tested for the first time in space
"An emerging super-black nanotechnology that promises to make spacecraft instruments more sensitive without enlarging their size will be tested for the first time on the International Space Station within a year."

SUPER-BLACK
nano  space  tech 
august 2014 by warrenellis
Australian Army embraces social media in Future of Land Warfare report | Crikey
“By 2025 we may face adversaries with scientifically enhanced cognitive capacity. The land force will need to develop a better understanding of enhancing human capabilities with, for example, improved human-machine interfaces or better fusing of technology with biology … Physical and cognitive enhancements such as ‘exosuits’ or long-lasting stimulants need to be considered in the context of amplifying performance.”
war  bodymod  tech 
august 2014 by warrenellis
Behind the App: The Story of Plex
"At its most basic, Plex is an app that lets you stream media from your desktop to any other device, whether you're using a phone or a tablet or another computer. But it's slowly become an entire ecosystem of media management across virtually every platform you could think of"
tech  apps 
july 2014 by warrenellis
Typewriter-Inspired Mechanical Keyboard – QWERKYWRITER
"The Qwerkywriter is a USB, Bluetooth enabled, typewriter-inspired mechanical keyboard."
tech 
july 2014 by warrenellis
Cycorp AI - Business Insider
"If computers were human," Lenat told us, "they'd present themselves as autistic, schizophrenic, or otherwise brittle. It would be unwise or dangerous for that person to take care of children and cook meals, but it's on the horizon for home robots. That's like saying, 'We have an important job to do, but we're going to hire dogs and cats to do it.'"
tech  ai  comp 
july 2014 by warrenellis
How Al-Qaeda Uses Crypto Post-Snowden (Part 1)
"Following the June 2013 Edward Snowden leaks we observe an increased pace of innovation, specifically new competing jihadist platforms and three (3) major new encryption tools from three (3) different organizations – GIMF, Al-Fajr Technical Committee, and ISIS – within a three to five-month time frame of the leaks."
tech  comms  spook  war 
may 2014 by warrenellis
SCiO Shows Off Its Molecular Food Scanner In TechCrunch Disrupt’s Hardware Alley | TechCrunch
"That’s hard to tell from the demos given at Hardware Alley, since they used some pretty basic foods during like apples, tomatoes, and blocks of cheese (which it could read even through plastic wrap, we should point out). The app would ID the food and return the basic caloric and sugars info fairly quickly. Whether the SCiO would be able to truly and accurately determine a food’s quality or ripeness, for example, as their Kickstarter project page claims, would require further testing."
tech  eco 
may 2014 by warrenellis
App-Controlled Hearing Aid Improves Even Normal Hearing - NYTimes.com
"Mr. Loizeaux had gone to the club to test out the GN ReSound Linx, one of two new models of advanced hearing aids that can be adjusted precisely through software built into Apple’s iPhone. When he entered the club, Mr. Loizeaux tapped on his phone to switch his hearing aids into “restaurant mode.” The setting amplified the sound coming from the hearing aids’ forward-facing microphones, reducing background noise. To play down the music, he turned down the hearing aids’ bass level and bumped up the treble. Then, as he began chatting with a person standing to his left, Mr. Loizeaux tapped his phone to favor the microphone in his left hearing aid, and to turn down the one in his right ear."
tech  wearables 
april 2014 by warrenellis
The Kindle wink — The Message — Medium
"A palimpsest of influence, visible to all Amazon customers who log in to manage their super-book stolen from the pages of science fiction." Robin Sloan on fine form.
tech  sf 
april 2014 by warrenellis
An iPad Mini Case with Shape Shifting Buttons Will Make Typing on a Touch Screen Much Faster | MIT Technology Review
"That technology was developed by startup Tactus Technology, which uses tiny fluid-filled channels and elastic blisters to make buttons rise up from a device’s screen and then disappear without trace when they’re no longer needed"
tech 
april 2014 by warrenellis
Reflections on Google Glass — D-RAD
"Glass is Google’s unintentional public service announcement on the future of privacy"
tech 
april 2014 by warrenellis
Berg Wants To Be The Platform To Make Any Dumb Appliance Smart | Co.Design | business + design
"ONE OF THE GREATEST DESIGN CONSULTANCIES IN THE WORLD HAS GIVEN IT ALL UP TO BUILD JUST ONE PRODUCT. BUT TO DEMONSTRATE THAT ONE PRODUCT, WELL, BERG HAD TO HACK A WASHING MACHINE FIRST."
tech  iot  berg 
march 2014 by warrenellis
"An uncoordinated mishmash of relatively unsophisticated data-gathering methods haphazardly connected to infrastructure" | Beyond The Beyond | Wired.com
"I’ll go out on a limb here, and say that unmanned-vehicle road-drone delivery systems are the design endgame for “self-driving cars.” They’ll probably be small, light, and inhumanly fast, like smart mobile grocery carts lined in rubber bumpers. Big, ponderous, driverless cars as we know them today are quite similar to manned spacecraft. "
tech  drones  future 
february 2014 by warrenellis
Forget AR Dinosaurs, MIT Startup Wants to Bring YOU Back from the Dead | Augmented Stories
"MIT startup Eterni.me wants to bring you back from the dead to create a virtual avatar that acts “just like you”: “It generates a virtual YOU, an avatar that emulates your personality and can interact with, and offer information and advice to your family and friends after you pass away. It’s like a Skype chat from the past.”"
tech  med  longnow 
february 2014 by warrenellis
Law Enforcement Can Identify Suspects From Reflections In Your Eye – ReadWrite
"The scientists positioned a group of eight people in front of "bystanders" and, using a 30 megapixel digital camera, photographed the latter's faces in high resolution. By zooming in on the eyes, they managed to extract facial images that—though fuzzy or highly pixelated—were still identifiable."
crime  tech 
february 2014 by warrenellis
The FDA Just Approved a PillCam The Jetsons Predicted 50 Years Ago
"After nine long years, the FDA just recently approved the swallowable PillCam. Developed in Israel, the PillCam is used as a way to examine a patient's colon without a colonoscopy. The patient swallows the small device and it slowly makes its way through the digestive tract in about 8 hours. The information is beamed to a receiver device carried on the patient's waist, and a doctor can then review the results later."
med  tech 
february 2014 by warrenellis
Want an underwater jet pack? If this crowdfunding project succeeds, one could be yours for $5,700 - The Next Web
"The current prototype system uses thrusters attached to your arm to amplify natural movements in a bid to allow scuba divers to “fly around underwater”, the company said." UNDERWATER JETPACK
tech 
december 2013 by warrenellis
Future Perfect » A Sense of Ownership
"Facial recognition will be a growing source of friction because the companies that are building businesses around connecting the physical you to some form of online identity will, over time connect people to the online you that makes them the most revenue, rather than the online you that makes the most sense to you. A lot of this will happen in the background, but there it will have sufficient visibility to be annoying e.g. a picture of your face as a search parameter triggering an advertisement for a particular kind of product."
tech  social  money  comms 
may 2013 by warrenellis
Researcher's Serial Port Scans Find More Than 100,000 Hackable Devices, Including Traffic Lights And Fuel Pumps - Forbes
"You probably remember serial ports as the ancient nine-pin plugs you once used to hook up your mouse or joystick to your computer in the pre-USB dark ages. But tracking down devices that still use serial port connections isn’t so hard, it seems. In fact, according to H.D. Moore, any hacker can find–and tamper with–more than 100,000 of them over the Internet, including critical systems ranging from traffic lights to fuel pumps to building heating and cooling systems to retail point-of-sale devices."
tech  security 
april 2013 by warrenellis
Muzzle Flash — Hidden in Plain Sight — Medium
Jan Chipchase: "On Friday I was invited into Google Labs New York and given the opportunity to try out Glass. I declined to put on a pair. Here's why."
tech 
april 2013 by warrenellis
Tracking gunfire with a smartphone
"You are walking down the street with a friend. A shot is fired. The two of you duck behind the nearest cover and you pull out your smartphone. A map of the neighborhood pops up on its screen with a large red arrow pointing in the direction the shot came from."
tech  crime  war  phones 
april 2013 by warrenellis
Path’s Dave Morin on Circa, Mailbox, and the Secret App He Invented to Talk to His Assistant | Vanity Fair
“I have two iPhones, one for day and one for the night. When the day phone runs out, the night phone takes over. I never have to worry.” Bigend-Packerism. Some even more awful quotes therein. He should have been prevented from giving the interview.
tech 
april 2013 by warrenellis
Connbox: prototyping a physical product for video presence with Google Creative Lab, 2011 – Blog – BERG
video calling as "always-on, ambient, background presence." I love it when BERG do these breakdowns.
berg  design  tech 
march 2013 by warrenellis
Time reversal findings may open doors to the future
"Imagine a cell phone charger that recharges your phone remotely without even knowing where it is; a device that targets and destroys tumors, wherever they are in the body; or a security field that can disable electronics, even a listening device hiding in a prosthetic toe, without knowing where it is."
time  timetravel  sci  tech 
february 2013 by warrenellis
The nuclear reactor in your basement
"How would you like to replace your water heater with a nuclear reactor? That's what Joseph Zawodny, a senior scientist at NASA's Langley Research Center, hopes to help bring about. It would tap the enormous power of the atom to provide hot water for your bath, warm air for your furnace system, and more than enough electricity to run your house and, of course, your electric car."
sci  tech  energy 
february 2013 by warrenellis
BBC News - Lab rats 'acquire sixth sense'
"An experimental device allowed the rats to "touch" infrared light - which is normally invisible to them."
sci  tech  bodymod 
february 2013 by warrenellis
The beginning of BotWorld « Magical Nihilism
"The world of domesticated, tiny AIs that Matt was talking about two years ago is what BERG is starting to explore, manufacture – and sell in every larger numbers."
berg  tech  little+printer  future 
february 2013 by warrenellis
Cloak of invisibility: Engineers use plasmonics to create an invisible photodetector
"A team of engineers at Stanford and the University of Pennsylvania has for the first time used "plasmonic cloaking" to create a device that can see without being seen - an invisible machine that detects light."
tech  cloaking 
may 2012 by warrenellis
Google's Augmented-Reality Headset Won't Offer Full-Vision Data Overlays | Gadget Lab | Wired.com
"Unfortunately, the lack of full data overlays also makes the headset less exciting. The type of display Google is now describing has been on the market for years"
tech 
may 2012 by warrenellis
Bee research breakthrough might lead to artificial vision
"An international research breakthrough with bees means machines might soon be able to see almost as well as humans. The Australian and French research shows that honeybees use multiple rules to solve complex visual problems."
sci  gz  drones  tech 
may 2012 by warrenellis
Chinese group breaks distance record for teleporting qubits
"In this context, teleportation is used to denote the exchange of information describing the states of two separate entities without having to move any actual information through the space between them."
sci  tech  comms 
may 2012 by warrenellis
It Exists! MIT Creates Tech For Moving Files Across Devices With A Swipe | Co.Design: business + innovation + design
"SWŸP--PRONOUNCED “SWIPE”--LETS USERS DRAG FILES FROM ONE DEVICE TO ANOTHER, JUST BY SWIPING THEIR FINGER. AND IT ISN’T JUST A COOL IDEA. IT’S REALITY."
tech  comms  comp 
may 2012 by warrenellis
The Jet That Ate the Pentagon - By Winslow Wheeler | Foreign Policy
"Claimed to be near invisible to radar and able to dominate any future battlefield, the F-35 will replace most of the air-combat aircraft in the inventories of the U.S. Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and at least nine foreign allies, and it will be in those inventories for the next 55 years. It's no secret, however, that the program -- the most expensive in American history -- is a calamity."
war  tech  money  pol 
may 2012 by warrenellis
BLDGBLOG: Star Garden
"An artificially excavated limestone pit in the south of France will soon host star-making technology, New Scientist reports. "If all goes well," the magazine explains, in a few year's time the pit will "rage with humanity's first self-sustaining fusion reaction, an artificial sun ten times hotter than the one that gives our planet life.""
tech  sci  energy 
april 2012 by warrenellis
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