Robot Einstein y otros, capaces de entender las emociones humanas

Earlier this year we saw the Einstein robot that is being developed to facilitate human facial emotions in robots. [David Hanson], the man in charge of this project, has given a TED talk on his work that includes a show-and-tell of his most recent progress. We’ve embedded the video after the break for your enjoyment. The Einstein robot (head only in this video) shows off the ability to recognize and mimic the facial emotions of the person in front of it. There is also video of a Bladerunner-esque robot looking around a room, recognizing and remembering the faces of the people it sees. [David] makes a very interesting proclamation: he’s trying to teach robots empathy. He feels that there is a mountain of R&D money going into robots that can kill and not much for those that can sense human emotions. His hope is that if we can teach empathy, we might not be annihilated when robots become smarter than us.
That’s not such a bad idea. Any way you look at it, this talk is interesting and we wish the five-minute offering was five-times as long. But [Mr. Hanson's] facial hair alone is worth clicking through to see.

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Video de las más fregonas interfaces de usuario del cine

Coleran's UIs are a mix of proudly retro and boldly new, mingling compact pixel art, wireframes and the solid, militaristic reds, blues and blacks of software from the 80s with touch-free gesture systems and overelaborate visualizations. It's the kind of stuff you take for granted in action and sci-fi films, but rounded up in one place, it's a strangely impressive, almost cohesive view of the future of software, as designed by someone with no constraints.
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X-Brat lo más cercano que hay a ED-2000 de Robocop


Robots ejecutan un bonito baile sincronizado navideño


Robot cuadrúpedo diseñado en Corea

Después del famoso BigDog parece que son varias las empresas que ven futuro a robots cuadrúpedos similares. El que puedes ver en este vídeo está siendo desarrollado en Corea por Kitech y Postech para la industria de defensa Surcoreana.

Como puedes ver, están bastante inspirados en movimientos de animales, no solo a la hora de moverse, sino de echarse al suelo o levantarse.


Abertura 1812 de Tchaikovsky reconstruida a partir de 1000 celulares

By Thomas Ricker posted Oct 23rd 2009 5:33AM We're suckers for a well done ad but this, this is simply amazing. Vodafone NZ's Symphonia features 1000 cellphones syncing 53 different ringtone alerts from 2000 sent messages to reconstruct Tchaikovsky's 1812 overture. We dare you to not be impressed.

Pequeño robo-ratón completa un laberinto en menos de 5 segundos

This little autonomous fellow, Tetra, has just wowed micromouse hobbyists with a 4.766-second finish time in a maze (which had to be mapped by the micromouse first) in a recent demonstration, beating the previous All Japan Micromouse contest record by a big margin of 1.6 seconds. Sadly, Tetra wasn't the winner of this year's contest as it failed to complete the final Expert Class event -- probably something to do with the lighting conditions which affected its tracking. We can still admire Tetra's awesomeness in the video after the break though, followed by some thoughts from a few micromouse experts.


Emjambre de Robots

Why would you want to build a 100-strong swarm of mini robots? Well, aside from having them as your minions, you might be able to learn about "artificial self-organization," and "control in large robotic groups," which should come in useful during the inevitable robot insurrection. The swarm robot project, undertaken by the Universities of Stuttgart and Karlsruhe in Germany, aims to produce mini drones that can communicate with one another to avoid collisions, while keeping to a volume of less than three centimeters cubed. Built using open source software and hardware (full list of components is available under the GPL), the latest prototype, titled Jasmine III, achieves those goals while also being able to run "perpetually" thanks to a wireless charging platform.


Titan, un robot bastante extraño

This plays out like the opening scene of an 80s sci-fi film: Eight foot tall robot appears in a shopping mall, sings "What a Wonderful World" and "My Way," dances around a bit to a chorus of oohs and aahs from the audience, launches into a series of silly demo movements, and then... Well, we won't spoil it for you. Let's just say that at eight feet tall (and with tons of menace) we have to wonder if Titan the Robot could be stopped should some sort of cinematic "glitch" should cause him to "freak out" amongst the onlookers at Dubai's GITEX 2009. Like most man-made disasters, this one starts innocently enough: with a show-stopping rendition of a Paul Anka tune. Curious? Peep it after the break. Just make sure you don't get close.



Bejamin Cowden es un escultor, pero no cualquier escultor ya que su trabajo está enfocado a las esculturas quineticas osea con movimiento y hace un gran uso de engranajes, aquí algunos ejemplos de su trabajo.

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El dispositivo POV más grande del mundo

POV es lo que nos permite persivir una serie de imagenes como si fuera una sola imagen en movimiento, o según wikipedia:
La persistencia de la visión es la capacidad teórica del ojo (o la retina) de guardar la última imagen que le llega, haciendo que un objeto sea percibido incluso cuando ya no esté. Fue definido por Joseph Plateau.
Y este es el más grande del mundo, aunque en este video no se ve el efecto.

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Dedos bionicos

Over 30 people are currently outfitted with ProDigits, bionic fingers that can actually grab and pick up objects in a way that previous prostheses couldn't. You've got to see these in action.

ProDigits can be controlled two ways: by myoelectric sensors that register muscle signals from the palm or the remnant finger, or by a pressure sensitive switch from a force resistive sensor. The degree of functionality they give back to people is truly incredible, as you can see in the video below (patient demonstrations start at 1:18).

Toca la Batería en tu iPhone


Porque ser ingeniero es chido

El universo conocido

Un viaje que comienza en el Himalaya y termina en el límite del Universo conocido a lo largo de 13.700 millones de años luz … uno de esos interesantes vídeos realizado por el Museo Americano de Historia Natural que te muestran lo realmente pequeño que somos.

Algunos Shields multiplexores de I/O para el Arduino

Prmero tenemos Centipede un shield bastante bien diseñado que nos da 64 pines de entrada o salida, todo esto gracias al protocolo I2C. Tiene un precio de $17.99 USD y puedes comprarlos aquí.
Otro multiplexor para arduino es el Mux shield, tiene capacidad hasta 48 entradas o salidas. Este shield hace uso de multiplexores analogicos lo cual hace posible tener hasta 48 entradas analogicas, una cualidad única. Además de todo esto solo hace uso de 4 pines digitales y 3 analogicos dejando libre los demás para hacer uso normal. Es tuyo por el precio de $21.99 USD aquí.

El EZ-Exparder Shield, el más sencillo pero tambien más económico, con una expansión de tan solo 13 pones extra que además solo funcionan como salida y que tienen una corriente de salida limitada. A pesar de todo eso tambien cuenta con su propia librería para el facil control y por tan solo $13.95 USD es una buena opción, aquí.

Didgeridoo Eléctrico

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Microsoft Courier: La tableta doble


Kit Reloj de puros transistores

Este reloj casi llega al punto de verse como una obra de arte, tal vez mucho no entiendan la complegidad de sus simplicida, jaja, ni yo lo entiendo del tipo, pero hay que reconocer que se ve realmente fregón.

Está contruido con:
  • 194 Transistores
  • 566 Diodos
  • 400 Resistencias
  • 87 Capacitores
  • 10" x 11.3" PCB
  • 6 Displays de 7 Segmentos

Cuesta más o menos $199 dólares y algún día lo ordenaré de Aquí.

Robot colegiala, realmente espeluznante

Have you ever felt guilty after watching a robot dance? Don't worry, you will soon. Worse than that time you "accidentally" sat through four episodes of Sailor Moon. Worse than that time you watched the Helicopter Boyz video and then sent it to all your friends. Worse than that time you got a J-pop song stuck in your head and tried to hum it to Shazam so you could identify it and buy it on iTunes. So much worse.

Mini robots cocineros

Cooking robots aren't exactly anything new (even if they haven't yet been perfected), but they generally come in the form of humanoid robots or, at the very least, robotic arms in order to be more adept in the kitchen. JST's ERATO research division has taken a decidedly different approach with these so-called Cooky robots, however, which are tiny, wheeled bots that scurry about your countertop and work as a team to make miso soup for you. As you might have guessed from the image above though, they aren't quite entirely autonomous, and require that you both label all the necessary ingredients with special cards, and pre-program things like cooking time and temperature. They'll take things over from there on out though and, as you can see in the video after the break, the results do at least appear to be edible.


Vestido con más de 24mil Leds, para esas discretas fiestas de Cocktail

In general, we've found the whole LED dress craze to be kind of a snoozer -- after all, the results are usually pretty tacky, in our opinions. It seems, however, that all that has just changed -- with the introduction of Cute Circuit's Galaxy Dress, which is made of silk and has 24,000 LEDs measuring just 2 by 2-millimeters each embroidered onto its surface. As you can see from the photograph, the dress is also quite classic and beautiful -- not your usual raver's delight. To make the dress lighter and more flexible than your average light-enhanced couture, the designers used layers of organza crinoline and silk chiffon, and they power the dress with many small iPod batteries, which are light and easily hidden in the dress. The Galaxy Dress is currently on exhibition at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago -- but you can check it out for yourself in the video after the break.


Fuente imprimible en 3D

Normalmente, las fuentes se descargan de Internet y se instalan en un ordenador para utilizarlas en procesadores de texto o de diseño … pero éstas de aquí se descargan, se imprimen, se recortan y se pegan para tener caracteres 3D auténticos y reales. Una buena idea para conseguir decoraciones más llamativas … por ejemplo ahora en fechas Navideñas.

Puedes descargarlas de forma gratuíta desde dafont, un sitio especializado en tipografías para ordenador, aunque creo que tendrás que apañártelas si quieres caracteres especiales como la Ñ porque no están disponibles …


Safari de Cartón

Cardboard Safari is a tiny little company located in Charlottesville, Virginia. Drawing inspiration from nature and through the use of sustainable materials, Chris Jessee and Luis Rodrigalvarez strive to design fun and fascinating products for your enjoyment. With continued support from our families and friends, we hope to bring you a long list of animal figures, home accents and fun gifts.

Mas info aquí.

Controla cada aspecto de tu Auto con tu iPhone

Un proyecto bastante completo, y no solo eso, el tipo en realidad es un genio. Yo tambien quiero un implante como el suyo.
Para ver de lo que hablo ver el siguiente video.

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Escaneo 3d con una webcam

Never mind that silly name: ProFORMA (which stands for 'Probabilistic Feature-based On-line Rapid Model Acquisition', if you must know) is some cool system that turns any ordinary webcam into a powerful 3D scanning tool. In fact, a camera is pretty much all you need for some "on-line" modeling action -- no laser or green screen necessary -- meaning the 3D models are constructed on the spot while you slowly rotate the objects, although ProFORMA can also track fast moving objects as shown in the demo video after the break. Fans of machinima should also look into this for their next Warhammer drama series, but don't say you heard it from us.

Tres Experimentos

Esculturas de Mercurio

Reacción Oscilante

Potasio con panditas (Yummi)


"Hubo" la competencia de Asimo

Este robotsuelo desarrollado por el Instituto Koreano de Ciencia y Tecnología, es un paso intermedio entre los Robot de juguete y los más avanzados como el Asimo de Honda. Otro video de Hubo Corriendo.


Guantes que brillan en la obscuridad

Los Glow Gloves son unas bonitos guantes para esta época de frio, a diferencia de cualquier otro par de guantes tienen como hilos un material fotoluminicente.

Dale gusto al consumismo Aquí

Hexacoptero que rompe madres!

MikroKopter - HexaKopter from Holger Buss.

Aunque parezca mentira … lo que ves arriba es un prototipo diseñado y fabricado a mano por un aficionado alemán. Se trata de un helicóptero con 6 rotores con un comportamiento realmente impresionante. Es estable y capaz de realizar movimientos rápidos, cambios de dirección o mantenerse flotando en el aire.

Parece que está preparando otra versión con 8 rotores pero la pregunta es cómo sería una versión lo suficientemente grande como para transportar al menos a una persona …
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Piano que habla

Me pregunto como sonaría ese piano en el idioma del Nopal, probablemente muy chido, jaja


Atoms are the new Bits!

Una interesante charla sobre la nueva revolución industrial.


Tiras con Leds RGB individualmente direccionables

stumbled upon an RGB light strip with individually-controllable LEDs. The strip uses 5 volts and is controlled by an HL1606. Because the strips are hard to find, this chip is mostly undocumented and he had trouble driving the strip. He was unable to get it working until he met with [John Cohn], who had previously reverse-engineered the serial protocol. Working together, they released a library for the Arduino to drive the strip. So far, the library only supports fading each LED, the only known functionality. If more strips like these were available, constructing LED matrices would be much easier. Embedded below is a video of the strip fading through the rainbow.
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Batería que se toca sola

Mix a cup of mechanical engineering with a dash of drum set and you end up with Steve, the robotic drummer. We know that it uses an MSA-T Midi Decoder but that’s about the extent of what has been shared. Just from observing the video, we think Steve’s got a few things going for him when compared to PEART, the robot drummer we saw back in 2005. Steve features two sticks for each drum and symbol and seems to be quite responsive.
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20 Cosas que vale la pena saber acerca de la cerveza (The Oatmeal)

8 Rasones para hacer malabares

Juggling is a really good exercise for life. It has a lot of the fun parts of a soul sport (working to better yourself, non-competitive activity, etc.) but isn’t dangerous — unless you’re juggling fire or pancakes or something. That’s why I want everyone to learn.

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Drone dispara laser para hacer mapeo 3D

The MIT Technology Review has unearthed a new laser-based 3D mapping robot that can produce results similar to those obtained from $100,000 systems at about a fifth of the cost. Funded by the US Army, researchers at the Stevens Institute of Technology have now demonstrated the Remotely Operated and Autonomous Mapping System (ROAMS, for short), which employs a mirror-based LIDAR system that bounces a laser off a rapidly rotating mirror and gleans environmental information from how long it takes for each pulse to bounce back. An array of video cameras and IR proximity sensors add to this recon bot's sentience, though you'll still need to be within a mile's range to operate it. So not quite yet ready for solo missions to Mars, but plenty useful for gathering data on our own planet.


"La más grande tecnología es la humanidad en si misma"

Un interesante discurso acerca de la tecnología y su lugar no solo en nuestra cultura sino en el universo mismo y como nos afecta incluso a un nivel genético.


Robot fotóvoro dibujante

Este robot "comeluz" asimila y traduce los estimulos luminosos los cuales tienen una influencia en la dirección y movimientos de los trazos que hace sobre el papel.


Carro de juguete controlado via iPhone

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Bailarina que funciona con arena

Este curioso juguete creado por Ron Fuller (Inglaterra), esta diseñado de tal manera que al caer la arena genera este simpatico movimiento.

Música: Nannou por los Aphex Twin.


Science Gangster

Este bonito diseño nos demuestra que los Geeks tambien pueden ser rudos, así que pongamos algo de 50cent y seamos todos unos Science Gangsta' Players.