How To Hack A Cockroach So You Can Control It With Kinect
From NC State University:
North Carolina State University researchers are using video game technology to remotely control cockroaches on autopilot, with a computer steering the cockroach through a controlled environment. The researchers are using the technology to track how roaches respond to the remote control, with the goal of developing ways that roaches on autopilot can be used to map dynamic environments – such as collapsed buildings.
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The Human Bionic Project - Exploring the evolution of human bionics
The Human Bionic Project begs for the fundamental redefinition of disability, illness, and disease as we have known it throughout history. It dares us to imagine the seamless interaction between the human being and machines. This interactive learning platform enables the user to visualize and learn about the comprehensive advances in human repair and enhancement that can be achieved with current technology. We can also wonder about what the human being will look like by the 22nd Century (year 2100) based on cutting edge advances in science and technology — more specifically in the fields of biomechanics, and electronics.
The Human Bionic Project serves as a call to action for technologists all around the world to think about the design of bionics in a fundamentally new way; how can we engineer all bionic elements for the human body using a similar protocol and architecture? Could we have the behaviour of the bionic knee be in sync with that of the bionic ankle of an above-knee amputee? How can we design a bionic eye that sees beyond what the biological eye can observe and use that information to help humans in critical situations? We have to imagine bionics not as singular units developed to replace or augment human parts but rather as part of a human-bionic system aimed at redefining what it means to be human.
Some of the ideas presented are already products used today, while others are prototypes explored by various research laboratories and inquisitive humans around the world. The works presented here are not ours and are publicly available. We have credited all the authors who are leading these extraordinary research initiatives.
A project by David Moinina Sengeh. Collaborator: Reza Naeeni. Web development: Yannik Messerli. Undergraduate research assistant: Nicholas Fine. Funded by The Other Festival at MIT Media Lab (2013). Follow us on twitter: @humanbionicproj. Contact us
Shane Black has given a brief update on his forthcoming adaptation of pulp hero Doc Savage, confirming the film’s ‘30s setting and giving some idea of what we can expect from his take on the character…
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July 1, 1863: The Battle of Gettysburg Begins
150 years ago today, Union and Confederate forces began fighting in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The two armies collided unexpectedly, and provoked the bloodiest battle of the Civil War. The Confederate army’s fail invasion of the North became a major turning point in the war. The three day battle resulted in nearly 51,000 soldiers killed, wounded, or captured.
Visit Ken Burns’s The Civil War site for maps and timelines of the Battle of Gettysburg.
Photo: Print from the painting called Hancock at Gettysburg by Thure de Thulstrup. Shows Major General George Hancock leading the attack popularly known as “Pickett’s Charge.” (Library of Congress)
"A single overview shot of the town where the Tomb of the Grey Dragon is located in Glendower. This set-up was used down at the local hobby shop several times for semi-outdoor town adventures." Ken Simpson illustration from The First Fantasy Campaign by Dave Arneson, Judges Guild, 1980.
It is tempting to recreate Arneson’s table layout with modern materials for a convention game.