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Industry News - Latest

Flexing the Brain: Carnegie Mellon, Pitt Scientists Discover Why Learning Tasks Can Be Difficult
The Brain:
posted: 28/08/2014

Razor-sharp TV pictures
Display Technology:
posted: 28/08/2014

Changing the Emotional Association of Memories
The Brain:
posted: 28/08/2014

U.S. Has Seen Widespread Adoption of Robot-Assisted Cancer Surgery to Remove the Prostate
Health:
posted: 28/08/2014

Bitcoin shows staying power as online merchants chase digital sparkle
Business:
posted: 28/08/2014

Driving brain rhythm makes mice more sensitive to touch
Sensors:
posted: 26/08/2014

'Robo Brain' will teach robots everything from the Internet
Artificial Intelligence:
posted: 26/08/2014

University of Colorado’s Online Screening for Rare Lung Cancer Subtypes Opens Door to New Kind of Clinical Trial
Health:
posted: 26/08/2014

Scientists Discover Area of Brain Responsible for Exercise Motivation
The Brain:
posted: 26/08/2014

Neuroscience and big data: How to find simplicity in the brain
The Brain:
posted: 26/08/2014

Smartphone-loss anxiety disorder
Health:
posted: 25/08/2014

In our digital world, are young people losing the ability to read emotions?
Life:
posted: 25/08/2014

Does your computer know how you’re feeling?
Artificial Intelligence:
posted: 21/08/2014

Targeted brain training may help you multitask better
The Brain:
posted: 21/08/2014

New algorithm lets drones monitor their own health during long package-delivery missions
Artificial Intelligence:
posted: 21/08/2014

Maturing brain flips function of amygdala in regulating stress hormones
The Brain:
posted: 21/08/2014

Louisiana Tech researchers use 3D printers to create custom medical implants
Computer Aided Manufacture:
posted: 21/08/2014

Research Paves Way for Development of Cyborg Moth ‘Biobots’
Embodiment:
posted: 20/08/2014

A new wireless energy transfer device can charge any other device without using cables
Computing Power:
posted: 20/08/2014

UAlberta engineers take major step toward photonic circuits
Computing Power:
posted: 20/08/2014



 

Latest Linkings

Industry and Simulation >> 3D printing failures shared online
(added 20/08/2013)
Seven catastropic failures are visually depicted by this BBC article. Each failure accompanied by blurb explaining what it was supposed to be, as well as where, and more imprtantly why it went wrong. It serves as a good reminder of how young this technology still is, and how frustrating it can be, for even expert users to produce 3D printed objects successfully with the way things currently stand.


Computer Aided Manufacture >> 3D printing failures shared online
(added 20/08/2013)
Seven catastropic failures are visually depicted by this BBC article. Each failure accompanied by blurb explaining what it was supposed to be, as well as where, and more imprtantly why it went wrong. It serves as a good reminder of how young this technology still is, and how frustrating it can be, for even expert users to produce 3D printed objects successfully with the way things currently stand.


Sensor Web >> Internet of things: Should you worry if your jeans go smart?
(added 27/11/2012)
A BBC article looking at the growth of the Internet of Things, and attempting to illustrate some of the privacy concerns when items of everyday clothing and personal possessions are able to communicate with other objects around them – and in so doing, give away your exact position and movements, in real-time.


Artificial Intelligence >> Will chatting smart cars become a reality soon?
(added 27/11/2012)
A BBC article looking at the rise of the smart car – AI driven cars that will soon be able to communicate with cloud services for traffic control, communicate with the humans on board, and work in flocks to drive themselves with consideration (and a degree of literal mind-reading) of each other's positions and goals.



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Site News: posted: 02/06/2014 Overdue Category Addition

The resource listing for Computer Aided Manufacture (CAM) has been added to the resource menu under the Industry tab. Created a while ago because of the increasing frequency of news stories on 3D printing, this listing has now been fleshed out with multiple sub-sections for a variety of CAM methods, with a focus on connecting various CAM methods up to either a pre-existing VR platform, or your own such. As per normal with a new category, it joins us with a smattering of resources already in place, with new ones to be added as they are written.




Virtual Dictionary

Latest Term: The Cathedral Model

Deriving its name from the 1997 publication of “The Cathedral and the Bazaar” by open source advocate programmer Eric Raymond, the Cathedral model is a model initially of software development, later expanded to both software and and hardware development in which the system is designed from the top down by a specific entity.

As such the users once they sign on with a particular system, become locked into that system, with everything they have invested only accessible through the software (and hardware) either created by one company, or vetted and approved by that same company.

In terms of virtual reality software, the implications are obvious. Once a user installs software to access a virtual environment built using the cathedral model, anything and everything they create within that virtual environment is subject to the restrictions of the parent company or organisation. If the user wishes to keep accessing that content, they must use the software provided by that entity. If they wish to upgrade their experience by plugging additional sensory hardware into the system, they are limited to only that hardware the controlling entity permits to be connected.

Whilst the user often retains rights to what they have created in the virtual environment, the only way to access that content is via a specific program or group of programs made by that single company or organisation. Cathedral model systems typically have no or limited interoperability with other systems, and rely heavily on trapping the user into the system so they cannot leave without losing access to their creations.

The Cathedral model is the traditional way large systems have been created, and fundamentally allow the creators of the system to maintain full control of their creation. A direct opposite to the Cathedral model exists, and is known as the Bazaar model.

See Also: Walled Garden, Bazaar Model

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Latest Hostings

Augmenting Surgery >> Improving Robotic Surgery by integrating Augmented Reality Elements
(added 31/03/2014)
Robotic surgical procedures are carried out with the aid of a camera system attached alongside the tools on the robotic arm that is inserted into the body of a patient. A surgeon carries out the operation by seeing through the camera's eye. As such, augmented reality systems have always seemed a good fit to overlay a virtual representation of the patient's innards, along with the full size and shape of the target area, on the display screen. However, the difficulty of AR object recognition inside the body has always proven too much of a hurdle. Until now.


Artificial Intelligence >> Simple Yet Highly Effective Robotic Boost to Mass Spectrometry
(added 30/03/2014)
A group of biochemists at Georgia Tech had a dream; a dream of being able to automate the process of gathering samples for mass spectrometry. A dream whereby they could just hand the analysis tool a sample. It didn't matter what colour, shape, size, density, or anything it was. The tool would take over and just know how best to approach the problem of obtaining the sample. A nice pipe dream... until the College of Computing at the same university got wind of it.


Artificial Intelligence >> Robotic Insect: Guided by the Same stimuli
(added 09/03/2014)
For an insect, it is rather large. Six inches in length, and rolling around on tank treds rather than walking. Yet, this German robot is the same as an insect where it counts - in the brain. It possesses an embodied needs-based AI, itself running on a simplified version of the insect brain, and responds to stimuli from the world around it in the self same way a natural insect would.


Artificial Muscles >> Artificial Muscle from Fishing Line: Powerful yet Cheap
(added 04/03/2014)
When we think of artificial muscles, we tend to think of new materials that allow constructs to replicate the function of organic muscles in useful ways. We don't tend to think of existing materials in common usage as a means to create these muscles. After all if they are in common usage, they would already have been tested and discarded, right?


Avatars and Personification >> Only A Few Basic Emotional Expressions are the Root of All Others
(added 02/03/2014)
We have known for some time that different cultures perceive different facial expressions as conveying different emotional states, and likewise in different cultures different facial expressions are made. Rather than having ream after ream of options for facial expression sequence files, might there be a far better way to handle such regional differences in recognising avatar-based visual emotional states?


Neuroprosthetics >> The Human Brain has a Network Backbone
(added 18/02/2014)
An unexpected discovery of a hierarchical networking scaffold inside the human brain itself, has interesting implications for future neuroprosthetics. Rather than having to interface with the grey matter right where computations are being done, we may in fact only have to interface with the white matter 'between departments' as it were, to achieve the same interface effect.


Latest Products

Embodied Avatars >> Futureworld
(added 16/04/2010)
Futureworld is the sequel to Westworld, yet it takes an entirely different direction. Meant to be the film that spun the Westworld franchise into an anthology set, instead it was the film that buried it. Futureworld has some great ideas, and like many films of the era, is a goldmine of nuggets concerning robotic technology, virtual reality, augmented reality and social implications.


Pure Research >> Programming the Universe: A Quantum Computer Scientist Takes on the Cosmos
(added 25/03/2010)
Programming the Universe is a Simulation Argument book. Lloyd, a professor at MIT, works in the vanguard of research in quantum computing: using the quantum mechanical properties of atoms as a computer. He contends that the universe itself is one big quantum computer producing what we see around us, and ourselves, as it runs a cosmic program.


Pure Research >> Decoding Reality: The Universe as Quantum Information
(added 25/03/2010)
Decoding Reality is very much a Simulation Argument book. In its pages, physicist Vlatko Vedral argues that we should regard the entire universe as a gigantic quantum computer.


Teaching and Training via VR >> Women and Gaming: The Sims and 21st Century Learning
(added 21/02/2010)
Video games have become both big business and a technological focal point for new forms of learning. Today games are not just played; players engage in game design, write fan fiction, and organise themselves into collaborative learning communities. In these communities players acquire 21st century skills in technology, but, in the best of these communities, they hone these technical skills and strengthen emotional and social intelligence.