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Bizarre proof-of-concept tech by Dr. Hirotaka Osawa are glasses with small displays that give attention to others around you.

The idea here is that we have technology to help us work in areas such as physical labour and brainwork, but not “emotional labour”, the social face-to-face aspects of job roles. Video embedded below:

From IEEE:

Have you ever had trouble concentrating in the office as people walk by and glance at you? Do you come off as unfriendly or aloof, when you’re really just focusing on your work?

Dr. Hirotaka Osawa from Tsukuba University, in Japan, has developed a new wearable device to help us with something called “emotional labor.” His idea is that people could adopt cyborg technology to increase the emotional comfort of those around us. In this case, the device is a crazy pair of glasses that display eyeballs on their lenses.

The device’s virtual eyes naturally follow people and movement, making it appear as though you’re friendly and approachable, even if you’re too busy doing something else or too tired to actually look friendly and approachable.

"This emotional support reduces a user’s cognitive load for social manners," Osawa says.

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Version 1 of ‘A Rough Guide to Spotting Bad Science’. Thanks for everyone’s suggestions earlier in the week, attempted to include as many of them as possible!

Download link here:

Approach the world with an open mind, but not so open that your brains fall out.

Here’s a list of tips on how to weigh good science from bad. Combine that with my video on “How to Read Science News" and you’ll be in pretty good shape and shall never be led astray: 

Source: compoundchem
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Bear On Stairs

Stop-motion looping animation by DBLG uses 3D printing to create models for each frame of a bear climbing stairs - video embedded below:

DBLG’s in-house studio projects are a platform for us to experiment with creative ideas and above all have fun. For The Stairs Project we wanted to explore the use of stop frame animation with 3D printing.

More at DBLG here




The Nun Who Got Addicted to Twitter

“My superior is a gamer.” Sister Helena Burns said, laughing. “You know you’re a media nun when your superior is a gamer.” 

You might not expect nuns to be experts on Twitter, Facebook, and multi-player video games, but Burns defies all expectations. With 13,790 Twitter followers and counting, the Daughter of St. Paul calls herself a “media nun”: A woman religious with a calling to communicate the word of Christ, in any way she can.

And yes, there is a gamer-superior in her convent.

“She has this souped-up computer,” Burns continued. “She gets her own little ministry out there. Once people get to know she’s a nun, they have questions, or they ask for prayers. But you do have to clean up your language when Sister Irene’s out there.”

I imagine Sister Irene sitting in front of a sleek desktop with neon LED backlights, wearing her bright yellow Grado headphones and concentrating intensely on a multi-player RPG. It’s a funny image—there’s such a symbolic disconnect between the stereotypical idea of a nun and a basement-dwelling teenager who loves World of Warcraft. That’s what’s so fascinating about these sisters and their order: They defy stereotypes about who participates in Internet culture, and how.

So how does a nun use social media?

Read more. [Image courtesy of Helena Burns]

New personal hero.

Source: The Atlantic

Scientists 3D Print Lightweight Material Stronger than Steel


Innovation in the 3D printing industry is coming from all sides now, with some of the most important developments occurring in material science. The more materials we can print, the more useful the technology becomes. What many users of the technology have discovered, though, is that 3D printing allows for the creation of unique geometries that increase the usefulness of certain materials. By printing objects with specific shapes, we can induce important physical properties in our prints.

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Carlos Zapata’s “Toaster Accident”


Probably The Most Versatile Quadruped Robot: HyQ

The versatile quadruped robot HyQ demonstrates its motion skills that range from planned motion over uneven terrain to highly dynamic motions. Some of the highlights are: chimney climbing, lateral disturbances by 23kg boxing bag, planned motion over stepping stones and pallets, and a flying trot. All experiments are executed on the same machine. There are no physical springs in the legs or body of HyQ, all compliance results from active adjustment of stiffness and damping (by software). The high-performance joint torque control is a key element to achieve such a wide range of stable motions. 

[HyQ] [read more at IEEE]

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The Sand Flea, made by Boston Dynamics (the guys who made the terrifying whirring BigDog - it is insane just how high this thing can jump.

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Smart Lenses on the horizon - Rabbit Wears Contact Lenses With Light-Emitting Diode

via Science Daily:

New Class of Transparent, Stretchable Electrodes — Ulsan National Institute of Science & Technology (UNIST) has demonstrated that a live rabbit could wear contact lenses fitted with inorganic light-emitting diode with no side effects. This new class of hybrid transparent and stretchable electrode paves the way for flexible displays, solar cells, and electronics. […]

[read more @Science Daily, @io9 and @Researchsea] [UNIST] [paper] [Image by UNIST]

Source: futurescope