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Zachary Kupu
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When the Internet launched operationally in 1983, no one ever dreamed that there might be billions of devices and users trying to get online. But like a telephone network that is running out of phone numbers, the current Internet is running out of IP addresses. If we don’t roll out Internet Protocol v6 (IPv6), we won’t have the room we need to grow and the Internet will become tangled, unsafe and unsustainable.

The global rollout of IPv6 has begun! Read our blog post http://goo.gl/5yDfF and watch our hangout from earlier today for more info from experts on IPv6 from Google, Cisco and Comcast: http://youtu.be/lMcf6LxMgYI
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Swiss scientists demonstrate mind-controlled robot
Yesterday a partially paralyzed man directed a robot by thought alone. From a distance of 100 kilometers (60 miles), his brain signals were transmitted to a Lausanne lab

In a stunning demonstration, Mark-Andre Duc steered a foot-tall robot by just thinking about lifting his fingers, a task he is incapable of doing in real life after a fall which paralyzed his legs and fingers. A simple head cap was used to pick up the electrical signals and a laptop converted these EEG signals and converted them as instructions which it transmitted to the remote robot.

Some readers might remember that in 2009 Mattel claimed to have a toy called MindFlex which could do the same. Well, not steering a robot, but by sheer will power you could maneuver a little blue ball. At least that was the claim and the tech press was all over it in 2009. You can still buy it but the German Spiegel conducted an experiment showing the effect was nearly random so not exactly comparable to this very precise robot steering.

However there has been earlier scientific research into mind control of devices and it has been shown to work, but so far this either involved able bodied persons or invasive brain implants. In all cases experiments were carried out in a lab environment with reasonable, but not perfect, success rates.

This breakthrough experiment was done over a large distance with Mark-Andre Duc being in a hospital. So far this has proven to be the holy grail of device control by thought. Duc says controlling the robot wasn't hard on a good day "But when I'm in pain it becomes more difficult."

Swiss professor José del R. Millán explains that background noise caused by pain or even a wandering mind has emerged to be a major challenge in the research of so-called brain-computer interfaces since they first began to be tested on humans more than a decade ago.

Concentration is key for this kind of thought control, so experiments are usually done by healthy persons in a perfect laboratory setting to avoid all distractions. Trying to do this from a remote hospital without direct visual feedback on the robot and suffering from incidental pain is the hardest case. The moment you´re distracted, the brain stops sending clear signals and the task is disrupted.

To solve this problem, Millan´s team has worked hard on filtering out all disruptions. In the so-called Brain Computer Interfacing (BCI) even blinking your eyes disturbs the signal so a main challenge is to get rid of all the natural signals the brain emits. So far researchers had large problems filtering brain activity precisely enough to focus solely on the signal used to control a device.

The human mind is extremely good at multitasking so it constantly switches attention. One of the methods the Swiss team used was to instruct the robot to stick to the last instruction given. A few milliseconds of distraction just meant it would follow the last task given. The little round robot only changed course when a new left or right decision was made by Mark-Andre.

Team leader Millan states that just a few days of training is sufficient to steer a robot through several rooms and that the results show “mental control was only marginally worse than manual control on the same task.” The goal is to turn these video-equipped small robots into the hands minds of persons with impaired movement so that they can go to places they can´t reach by wheelchair.

Are we the only ones who immediately want one just to satisfy our lust for gadgets?

Swiss research: http://www.escif.org/files/documents/members_downloads/Congress/escif10_millan.pdf
Mattel´s toy: http://www.spiegel.de/wissenschaft/technik/0,1518,761169,00.html

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IT • GADGETS • DrawBraille Mobile Phone
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Is a cell phone that uses a braille board and finger pads that allow the blind to communicate efficiently. And this isn’t any old phone either – the design includes a book reader, text messaging, email, and even music capabilities. Phone has two main pieces. The first is comprised of 35 braille buttons in five rows. The second piece is similar to the touch screen on many smart phones, but with a unique raised surface for information input. Design by Shikun Sun . . .
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Oh Pac, you've duped us once again. It turns out that disquieting hologram burning its way across Coachella and the entire internet wasn't an actual hologram at all:
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Massive earthquake hits Indonesia, tsunami alert sounded in Indian Ocean

An earthquake measuring 8.7 on Richter scale hit Indonesia's Aceh province. Indonesia issues tsunami warning as powerful quake hits off west coast. The mild tremors were also felt in Indian cities of Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore and several other cities on the eastern coast.

The epicentre of the quake was located 33 km below the earth surface, about 495 km from Indonesia's Banda Aceh and 962 km from Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur.

According to reports, India too has issued Tsunami warnings for Nicobar islands and east India following the earthquake. Six national disaster teams have been rushed from Arakulum to Chennai. Besides Navy and coast guard have also been kept on high alert in Chennai, Vizag, Kochi and Port Blair. National Disaster Management Authority has, however, ruled out tsunami threat in India.

The region is regularly hit by earthquakes. The Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004 killed 170,000 people in Aceh.

The tsunami centre's warning said quakes of such a magnitude "have the potential to generate a widespread destructive tsunami that can affect coastlines across the entire Indian Ocean basin".

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre issued the tsunami watch for 28 countries, including Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, Australia, Myanmar, Thailand, Maldives, Britain, Malaysia, Mauritius, Syechelles, Pakistan, Somalia, Oman, Madagascar, Iran, UAE, Yemen, Bangladsh, Tanzania, Mozambique, Kenya, South Africa and Singapore.
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It's not technically a game, but it does use the Unreal Engine, and it is very cool.
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Altaeros Energies’ Floating Wind Turbines Tap Into Strong High Altitude Winds
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In an effort to harness strong high-altitude winds, the company Altaeros Energies has developed a floating wind turbine that’s a cross between a traditional windmill and a blimp. After some successful tests, the Altaeros team is confident that this new levitating wind turbine will be a viable clean energy option for remote villages and military sites.
The design of the Altaeros’ Airborne Wind Turbine is pretty simple. An inflatable, helium-filled shell lifts it off the ground to high altitudes, where winds are much stronger than at ground level. The airborne turbines are held steady by strong tethers, which send electricity generated by the turbine back down to the ground.

“For decades, wind turbines have required cranes and huge towers to lift a few hundred feet off the ground where winds can be slow and gusty,” said Airborne Wind Turbine inventor Ben Glass in a release. At higher altitudes, not only are winds more than five times stronger, but they’re also more consistent.

Altaeros Energies was founded in 2010 by MIT and Harvard alums. Earlier this year, the team completed testing of a 35-foot scale prototype of the Airborne Wind Turbine in Limestone, Maine. There, the floating turbine climbed to 350 feet off the ground, generated power, and landed in an automated cycle. According to a press release, the prototype produced more than twice as much power at high altitude than generated at conventional tower height.

There are of course other benefits to having a wind turbine that floats high above the ground. For one, it produces very little noise, and it requires little maintenance (and what maintenance it does require can be done at ground level). Additionally, the inflatable shroud covering the wind turbine blocks the spinning blades from being visible to nearby communities.



Read more: Altaeros Energies' Floating Wind Turbines Tap Into Stronger High Altitude Winds | Inhabitat - Green Design Will Save the World
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