The UFO of Collins Beach - Along the treeline of Collins Beach on Sauvie Island just outside of Portland, Oregon, sits a mysterious and legendary vessel that hasn’t seen action in many years. Here it lies tethered by cable to a nearby tree becoming fodder for local graffiti artists.
12 Technologies That Are Improving at Insane Speeds
Business Insider published this graphic as part of an article they did summarizing the McKinsey report which featured disruptive technologies that are impacting the global economy.
BY TOM ABATE -
Stanford scientists have developed a new circuit board modeled on the human brain, possibly opening up new frontiers in robotics and computing.
For all their sophistication, computers pale in comparison to the brain. The modest cortex of the mouse, for instance, operates 9,000 times faster than a personal computer simulation of its functions.
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Conscious Brain-to-Brain Communication in Humans Using Non-Invasive Technologies
In short, understandable words: Scientists have successfully transported words from one brain to another over the internet.
Human sensory and motor systems provide the natural means for the exchange of information between individuals, and, hence, the basis for human civilization. The recent development of brain-computer interfaces (BCI) has provided an important element for the creation of brain-to-brain communication systems, and precise brain stimulation techniques are now available for the realization of non-invasive computer-brain interfaces (CBI). These technologies, BCI and CBI, can be combined to realize the vision of non-invasive, computer-mediated brain-to-brain (B2B) communication between subjects (hyperinteraction). Here we demonstrate the conscious transmission of information between human brains through the intact scalp and without intervention of motor or peripheral sensory systems. Pseudo-random binary streams encoding words were transmitted between the minds of emitter and receiver subjects separated by great distances, representing the realization of the first human brain-to-brain interface. In a series of experiments, we established internet-mediated B2B communication by combining a BCI based on voluntary motor imagery-controlled electroencephalographic (EEG) changes with a CBI inducing the conscious perception of phosphenes (light flashes) through neuronavigated, robotized transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), with special care taken to block sensory (tactile, visual or auditory) cues. Our results provide a critical proof-of-principle demonstration for the development of conscious B2B communication technologies. More fully developed, related implementations will open new research venues in cognitive, social and clinical neuroscience and the scientific study of consciousness. We envision that hyperinteraction technologies will eventually have a profound impact on the social structure of our civilization and raise important ethical issues.
3D Printed Cast Design Heals Patients 40% Faster
A Turkish student has designed a 3D printed cast prototype that could help speed up the healing process by 40% when worn. The prototype, called Osteoid, utilizes proven healing benefits from low-intensity pulsed ultrasound. Its design focuses on comfort and improvement of overall healing for the patient.
Tablets and smartphones have recently found a wide range of uses in the healthcare industry, from building image databases for doctors to helping patients better understand their surgical procedures. Taking these mobile technologies one step further, we look at an application that takes augmented reality into the operating room to assist doctors with complex procedures. Imagine if at the touch of a button, your surgeon could map your internal organs and pinpoint the correct blood vessel or location of a tumor, rather than having to rely on memory or constantly refer to images and charts.
A new iPad app from the Fraunhofer Institute for Medical Image Computing MEVIS in Germany is using augmented reality technology to help surgeons remove liver tumors without damaging critical vessels within the organ. Before the surgery takes place, a CT scan is performed on the patient, allowing an accompanying software to identify and image the pathways of blood vessels. This information is then transferred to an iPad, which can be used during the surgery.
Solar energy that doesn’t block the view
A team of researchers at Michigan State University has developed a new type of solar concentrator that when placed over a window creates solar energy while allowing people to actually see through the window. It is called a transparent luminescent solar concentrator and can be used on buildings, cell phones and any other device that has a clear surface. And, according to Richard Lunt of MSU’s College of Engineering, the key word is “transparent.”
The C-Thru Smoke Diving Helmet, a conceptual design by Omer Haciomeroglu. Designed for the increase and aid of a firefighter’s visibility and mobility in dense smoke.
(Developed by MIT Media Lab)
3D Printed Working Camera
"The OpenReflex is an Open-Source analog camera with a mirror Viewfinder and an awesome finger activated mechanic shutter (running ~ 1/60°s). All the pieces easily printable on an recent RepRap-like ABS 3D-printer without using support material ! Everything should print in less than 15h and anyone should be able to assemble it within 1h.
The Camera is build in three distinct parts with their own precise function:
- The Film receiver : Will carry the film (35mm) and allow to unwind it.
- The Shutter : A fast shutter that will expose your film at around 1/60°s.
- The Viewfinder : Allow you to mount your lens and make a preview of your framings and focus.
The source files are available under the CreativeCommon By-Sa license, fell free to modify them if you want a new feature, and don’t forget to share your improvements on the web ;)
The Thingiverse copy is online, if you wanna share your remixed version.”