A while back, I was at a funeral. In the sermon… Or homaly… Or whatever it’s called when a religious leader makes a sort of speech to honor the dead, the man made a comment about “third spaces.” He defined these spaces as places other than your home (presumably “first space”) or your place of work…
Across the U.S., 181 million Internet users tracked by ComScore caught a total of 37 billion videos in April. That means 84.5 percent of the U.S. Internet audience viewed an online video, and the average person spent 21.8 hours doing so for the month.
Grabbing 157.7 million viewers, Google was the top site for video watching, thanks mostly to YouTube. Yahoo came in second place with 53.6 million viewers, followed by Vevo with 49.5 million, Facebook with 44.3 million, and Microsoft with 42.8 million.
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You don’t need to be a walking video game encyclopedia to understand why the plot of Indie Game: The Movie makes for such a compelling story. The Sundance award-winning documentary, which premiered in New York City last night, explores plenty of familiar themes about creative individuals struggling to make it in a highly-competitive industry.
They looked pretty sweet so I ordered them and they arrived on Friday.
Here’s my quick review.
-very simple to pair with the iphone. the iphone also does smart things when you are near other paired bluetooth…
Turn your pee into an epic guitar solo
Surgeons restore some hand function to quadriplegic patient
Susan E. Mackinnon, MD, and her surgical team connected a non-working nerve in the upper arm (responsible for controlling the ability to pinch), to a working nerve that drives one of the two muscles that flex the elbow. This restored the patient’s ability to pinch with their thumb and index finger. […]
MIT’s Jammable Robot Manipulator
MIT researchers present a robust, high-force, low-cost, and highly articulated manipulator based on reversible jamming of granular media. Part of the paper “Design and Analysis of a Robust, Low-cost, Highly Articulated Manipulator Enabled by Jamming of Granular Media,” by N. G. Cheng et al, presented at the 2012 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation.
The Leap - new gesture control system
The Leap gesture control interface can detect movements as small as one one hundredth of a millimeter, so instead of jumping up and down while flapping your arms, you can control things with the tiniest finger motions.
Best of all, Leap isn’t part of a closed loop system like the Kinect or WiiMote, so it can control any regular on-screen activity much like you do with a mouse. All you do is connect the Leap sensor to your computer via USB, and it will detects motion within a four cubic foot space. Leap Motion is currently seeking developers who can create apps specifically for the interface, but even without special apps this looks like a very cool new way to control your computer. […]
There’s been significant progress in bringing sight to the blind in recent years, and this looks set to continue that miraculous trend. Scientists at Stanford University have invented a subretinal photodiode implant for people who have lost their vision due to degenerative retinal diseases. Existing tech involves batteries and wires, but the new implant works without such crude appendages. Instead, it’s activated by near-infrared beams projected by a camera that’s mounted on glasses worn by the patient and can record what the patient sees. The beams then stimulate the optic nerve to allow light perception, motion detection and even basic shape awareness. It hasn’t actually been tested with humans just yet, but the first few
rodentsvolunteers have yet to lodge a single complaint.