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Jul 25 '14

zerostatereflex:

7 Finger Robot

"The device, worn around one’s wrist, works essentially like two extra fingers adjacent to the pinky and thumb. The robot, which the researchers have dubbed "supernumerary robotic fingers," or "SR fingers," consists of actuators linked together to exert forces as strong as those of human fingers during a grasping motion."

Robot tech, YES.

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Jul 23 '14

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Jul 19 '14

(Source: twitter.com)

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Jul 16 '14

iamtonysexual:

bestnatesmithever:

zerostatereflex:

Tangible Media

MIT’s Tangible Media is coming along nicely,

"Almost like a table of living clay, the inFORM is a surface that three-dimensionally changes shape, allowing users to not only interact with digital content in meatspace, but even hold hands with a person hundreds of miles away. And that’s only the beginning."

handjobs of the future

HOLY SHIT ARE YOU KIDDING ME

THIS IS THE KIND OF CRAZY COOL-ASS SHIT THAT I’VE BEEN WAITING FOR MY WHOLE GODDAMN LIFE

LIKE

IN THOSE MOVIES AND GAMES AND SHIT WHERE PEOPLE HAVE THOSE CRAZY HIGH-TECH TABLES AND SUCH WHERE THEY MANIPULATE DATA AND VIRTUAL OBJECTS AND STUFF WITH THE WAVE OF A HAND AND SHIT

EVERY TIME I’M LIKE “…i want one”

AND WE’RE GETTING THERE

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Jul 14 '14
cruisingwithgunhead:

fleshcoatedtechnology:

FDA Approves First Prosthesis Controlled by Muscle Electrical Signals

Dean Kamen’s DEKA Arm is an electronic prosthetic that mimics natural arm and hand movement with an amazing level of finesse. It’s controlled by electrical signals from the wearer’s muscles. This week, the DEKA Arm became the first muscle-controlled prostheticapproved by the FDA for sale to the general public.
In the FDA study, 90% of test subjects were able to quickly adapt to using the DEKA Arm for tasks that were impossible with traditional arm prosthetics, like brushing hair and using keys and zippers.
This is a cyborg we can all support.
[FDA; DARPA via Engadget / Gizmodo]



Yeah, but when do we get the ones with haptic feedback?

cruisingwithgunhead:

fleshcoatedtechnology:

FDA Approves First Prosthesis Controlled by Muscle Electrical Signals

Dean Kamen’s DEKA Arm is an electronic prosthetic that mimics natural arm and hand movement with an amazing level of finesse. It’s controlled by electrical signals from the wearer’s muscles. This week, the DEKA Arm became the first muscle-controlled prostheticapproved by the FDA for sale to the general public.

In the FDA study, 90% of test subjects were able to quickly adapt to using the DEKA Arm for tasks that were impossible with traditional arm prosthetics, like brushing hair and using keys and zippers.

This is a cyborg we can all support.

[FDADARPA via Engadget / Gizmodo]

Yeah, but when do we get the ones with haptic feedback?

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Jul 10 '14
tube-radio:

Loewe OE333 Steglitz
The radio set uses the 3NF “integrated ciruit” tube.
Don’t forget that now you can comment and share our posts!

tube-radio:

Loewe OE333 Steglitz

The radio set uses the 3NF “integrated ciruit” tube.

Don’t forget that now you can comment and share our posts!

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Jul 3 '14

zerostatereflex:

"FLUX is based on a complex, thus rarely known law of physics, a phenomenon called Lenz’s law, which can defy our most commonly experienced physical law, gravity itself. It’s actually nothing new. Heinrich Lenz discovered it in the 1830s, we call it Lenz’s law to honor his discovery ever since."

"Every time the magnetic field changes inside a conducting material, it induces a voltage called electromotive force. Depending on the resistance of the material, it creates a current which behaves just like in traditional electromagnets: produces an additional magnetic field. Lenz’s law states that the magnetic field created by this induced current is so directed as to oppose the change in the source flux. To put it more simply, if you create a changing magnetic field by moving a magnet, it will produce a mechanical force trying to slow down the motion. The faster you move, the stronger the force gets. Every time."

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Jul 3 '14
trigonometry-is-my-bitch:

DC motor made with two batteries and a copper wire

trigonometry-is-my-bitch:

DC motor made with two batteries and a copper wire

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Jun 30 '14
vladimirnootin:

PETITION TO BOYCOTT THE CHOCOLATE INDUSTRY UNTIL THEY SORT OUT THEIR FUCKING RACIST ASSES.
I AM SO TIRED OF THESE SCUM USING THE *N* WORD SO CASUALLY. THEY ARE NORMALISING THE WORD INTO DANGEROUS EXTREMETIES.
WHATS WORSE IS HOW ITS BEING ASSOCIATED TO SOMETHING WE EAT. THEYRE ENCOURAGING THE ACT OF CANNIBALISM IN ORDER TO MAKE THE WHITE RACE SUPERIOR BY EATING MINORITIES AWAY.
STOP THIS RACISM CHOCOLATE INDUSTRY.

vladimirnootin:

PETITION TO BOYCOTT THE CHOCOLATE INDUSTRY UNTIL THEY SORT OUT THEIR FUCKING RACIST ASSES.
I AM SO TIRED OF THESE SCUM USING THE *N* WORD SO CASUALLY. THEY ARE NORMALISING THE WORD INTO DANGEROUS EXTREMETIES.
WHATS WORSE IS HOW ITS BEING ASSOCIATED TO SOMETHING WE EAT. THEYRE ENCOURAGING THE ACT OF CANNIBALISM IN ORDER TO MAKE THE WHITE RACE SUPERIOR BY EATING MINORITIES AWAY.
STOP THIS RACISM CHOCOLATE INDUSTRY.

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Jun 30 '14
steveholtvstheuniverse:

lmao like the only time i EVER see hard disney fans even mention ghibli and miyazaki in comparison to disney films is in light of disney’s own mistakes and laziness like damn y’all need to calm down
lemme teach you a lil’ somethin’ somethin’ about stylistic choices in animation and sheer laziness
STYLISTIC choices is about having the full capability of creating characters separate from the previous protagonists while at the same time tying them to the studio that produced them.


And that’s not even scratching the surface.

Considering that a good portion of Ghibli’s library consists of LEAD FEMALE PROTAGONISTS who are usually very young, they need to find a set balance between recognizable and unique.
Ghibli was founded on traditional art and the studio still holds many of those values with it. This is of course including hand-drawn animation in which there is no single model, only the same character drawn over and over again. Is this about CGI vs traditional? No, both can and have provided beautiful films and scenes but it’s not about which one deserves more recognition. It’s about the methods used and how the choices for each one vary. I only bring up the animation methods because it’s part of the reason as to WHY these characters are so simplistic in design.
Still though, they need each lead character to stick to the Ghibli/Miyazaki style to a certain extent. They need to share certain qualities to make them fall in line with the rest of Ghibli’s library.
I mean, they have their differences but they’re obviously Ghibli characters so okay they all have relatively small eyebrows (though considering that they are Japanese that ties in with their ethnicity but OKAY moving on), they all have the eye highlight thing going on, and they all have very non-pronounced noses. I suppose yeah those are all the same. They do shift but those characteristics are roughly the same.
Still though, that isn’t a problem nor is it blatant same-facing. All LAIKA characters have skewed noses, all Dreamworks characters have thin noses, and all Aardman characters have bulgy eyes. Does that mean they’re same-facing? No. It means they’re sticking to stylistic choices to keep themselves separate from the competition.
Don Bluth MADE the choice to stick to a style closely resembling Disney. You know what happened? A whole generation grew up thinking that Anastasia and Thumbelina were both DISNEY films, not Bluth and Fox animation.
There’s a reason why studios tend to go for their own set style.
But hey! Want even more evidence that it’s a stylistic choice?
Because THE VERY SAME CHOICES CAN BE SAID FOR THE DUDES


Save for Haku because he’s a fuckin’ dragon.

While gender is never really brought up in Ghibli films, masculinity and femininity are both neutral here, it’s safe to say that their designs and treatment are both equal. Ghibli isn’t out to make exclusively beautiful/handsome characters, they make them as simple as possible to keep them relatable and much more easier to manage.
The difference here is that Disney has always set out to make their MALES different while sticking their females to the same “doe eyed, small nose, thin lips” ideal. Yes, there is a set Disney style and it has always focused on those features and that necessarily isn’t a bad thing. It’s the Disney style. HOWEVER it seems to only apply to their females. Even worse is their marketing of said females.


GOTTA KEEP THEM GURLS PURTY

The Disney style has shifted from time to time and it shows evidence that it CAN include more diverse female designs. Both Kida and Calhoun are wonderful examples of this. It’s not as if Disney hasn’t evolved or changed their views on female characters to a certain extent. Unfortunately, said shifts haven’t always worked out in our favor or headed in the right direction. It wasn’t until Tangled that Disney came out with it’s true “get richer quicker” scheme with their female leads.


watch as i shift into MAXIMUM PUNZEL-DRIVE

As of late it’s Disney’s sheer laziness when it comes to female design and their own avarice that has caused SUUUUCH a dramatic shift in how fans are taking the Disney style now. When Ghibli audiences and fans never look at a new movie and go “oh it’s Chihiro but tiny” or “oh it’s Chihiro but on a broom.” That is the set style, not a lazy copy-paste.
But hey, let’s bring in OTHER females to see how this works out. I mean, the Ghibli style is prevalent to ALL of their characters so surely they all the parents look exactly like their children.
Let’s look at these lovely lady leads and compare them to their parents.


Congrats, kids, you’re all adopted!

WEIRDLY ENOUGH all of the characters and their parents (if they have any) share same characteristics while at the same time remaining completely unique to each other. It’s almost as if they also take after their father and/or previous generations of their familly. Haha, genetics!
But okay, let’s be a little more fair with Disney.
Let’s look at two families with two daughters.


Mitosis or go home

There is having stylistic choices and there is being lazy.
There is creating a character with similarities to their parent and there is making a recolor of your lead character.
There is creating simple designs for a traditionally animated film and there is reusing the same model because it worked so well the first time.
There is being a small Tokyo-based studio with 300 employees and there is being a large American animation studio with 800+ employees.
THAT is why no one ever complains about Ghibli’s approach to character design and THAT is why Disney doesn’t even come close to Miyazaki.
Let’s finish this off with some MORE wonderful Ghibli characters (most of which being my personal favorites so they belong on here too.)

Now go watch more Ghibli.

steveholtvstheuniverse:

lmao like the only time i EVER see hard disney fans even mention ghibli and miyazaki in comparison to disney films is in light of disney’s own mistakes and laziness like damn y’all need to calm down

lemme teach you a lil’ somethin’ somethin’ about stylistic choices in animation and sheer laziness

STYLISTIC choices is about having the full capability of creating characters separate from the previous protagonists while at the same time tying them to the studio that produced them.

And that’s not even scratching the surface.

Considering that a good portion of Ghibli’s library consists of LEAD FEMALE PROTAGONISTS who are usually very young, they need to find a set balance between recognizable and unique.

Ghibli was founded on traditional art and the studio still holds many of those values with it. This is of course including hand-drawn animation in which there is no single model, only the same character drawn over and over again. Is this about CGI vs traditional? No, both can and have provided beautiful films and scenes but it’s not about which one deserves more recognition. It’s about the methods used and how the choices for each one vary. I only bring up the animation methods because it’s part of the reason as to WHY these characters are so simplistic in design.

Still though, they need each lead character to stick to the Ghibli/Miyazaki style to a certain extent. They need to share certain qualities to make them fall in line with the rest of Ghibli’s library.

I mean, they have their differences but they’re obviously Ghibli characters so okay they all have relatively small eyebrows (though considering that they are Japanese that ties in with their ethnicity but OKAY moving on), they all have the eye highlight thing going on, and they all have very non-pronounced noses. I suppose yeah those are all the same. They do shift but those characteristics are roughly the same.

Still though, that isn’t a problem nor is it blatant same-facing. All LAIKA characters have skewed noses, all Dreamworks characters have thin noses, and all Aardman characters have bulgy eyes. Does that mean they’re same-facing? No. It means they’re sticking to stylistic choices to keep themselves separate from the competition.

Don Bluth MADE the choice to stick to a style closely resembling Disney. You know what happened? A whole generation grew up thinking that Anastasia and Thumbelina were both DISNEY films, not Bluth and Fox animation.

There’s a reason why studios tend to go for their own set style.

But hey! Want even more evidence that it’s a stylistic choice?

Because THE VERY SAME CHOICES CAN BE SAID FOR THE DUDES

Save for Haku because he’s a fuckin’ dragon.

While gender is never really brought up in Ghibli films, masculinity and femininity are both neutral here, it’s safe to say that their designs and treatment are both equal. Ghibli isn’t out to make exclusively beautiful/handsome characters, they make them as simple as possible to keep them relatable and much more easier to manage.

The difference here is that Disney has always set out to make their MALES different while sticking their females to the same “doe eyed, small nose, thin lips” ideal. Yes, there is a set Disney style and it has always focused on those features and that necessarily isn’t a bad thing. It’s the Disney style. HOWEVER it seems to only apply to their females. Even worse is their marketing of said females.

GOTTA KEEP THEM GURLS PURTY

The Disney style has shifted from time to time and it shows evidence that it CAN include more diverse female designs. Both Kida and Calhoun are wonderful examples of this. It’s not as if Disney hasn’t evolved or changed their views on female characters to a certain extent. Unfortunately, said shifts haven’t always worked out in our favor or headed in the right direction. It wasn’t until Tangled that Disney came out with it’s true “get richer quicker” scheme with their female leads.

watch as i shift into MAXIMUM PUNZEL-DRIVE

As of late it’s Disney’s sheer laziness when it comes to female design and their own avarice that has caused SUUUUCH a dramatic shift in how fans are taking the Disney style now. When Ghibli audiences and fans never look at a new movie and go “oh it’s Chihiro but tiny” or “oh it’s Chihiro but on a broom.” That is the set style, not a lazy copy-paste.

But hey, let’s bring in OTHER females to see how this works out. I mean, the Ghibli style is prevalent to ALL of their characters so surely they all the parents look exactly like their children.

Let’s look at these lovely lady leads and compare them to their parents.

Congrats, kids, you’re all adopted!

WEIRDLY ENOUGH all of the characters and their parents (if they have any) share same characteristics while at the same time remaining completely unique to each other. It’s almost as if they also take after their father and/or previous generations of their familly. Haha, genetics!

But okay, let’s be a little more fair with Disney.

Let’s look at two families with two daughters.

Mitosis or go home

There is having stylistic choices and there is being lazy.

There is creating a character with similarities to their parent and there is making a recolor of your lead character.

There is creating simple designs for a traditionally animated film and there is reusing the same model because it worked so well the first time.

There is being a small Tokyo-based studio with 300 employees and there is being a large American animation studio with 800+ employees.

THAT is why no one ever complains about Ghibli’s approach to character design and THAT is why Disney doesn’t even come close to Miyazaki.

Let’s finish this off with some MORE wonderful Ghibli characters (most of which being my personal favorites so they belong on here too.)

Now go watch more Ghibli.

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Jun 28 '14

Fargo FX: a cool show about a nice man who smiles a lot and shows people that they can be the change they want to see in the world

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Jun 26 '14

(Source: advice-animal)

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Jun 24 '14
scienceisbeauty:

The superconducting quantum circuit with five Xmon qubits (cross-shaped devices) placed in a linear array. The quantum device shows logic gates with fidelities at the surface code threshold for fault tolerance.
Photo credit: Erik Lucero
Source: Superconducting circuits at the surface code threshold for fault tolerance (Department of Physics - UC Santa Barbara)
h/t Phys.Org: Physicists find way to boot up quantum computers 72 times faster than previously possible

scienceisbeauty:

The superconducting quantum circuit with five Xmon qubits (cross-shaped devices) placed in a linear array. The quantum device shows logic gates with fidelities at the surface code threshold for fault tolerance.

Photo credit: Erik Lucero

Source: Superconducting circuits at the surface code threshold for fault tolerance (Department of Physics - UC Santa Barbara)

h/t Phys.Org: Physicists find way to boot up quantum computers 72 times faster than previously possible

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Jun 24 '14

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Jun 23 '14
whisperoftheshot:

Researchers 3D Print Electrically Conductive Strain Sensors - 3DPrint.com

For those who are unfamiliar with the technology, a strain sensor is a type of data collection device which can detect electrical currents, and thus the strain on an object. Such a sensor takes advantage of the fact that the electrical conductivity of an object changes as its geometry changes. A typical sensor usually sits in a coiled state when relaxed. When the object the sensor is embedded in stretches or strains, that sensor is also stretched. As it’s stretched it becomes narrower and longer, leading to a state in which its electrical resistance increases. On the contrary, if that sensor is compressed, the opposite will occur. The data captured by measuring these changes in electrical resistance allows for a measurement of strain.

In order to embed sensors into a device, the team of researchers developed a multi component materials system. The system used is composed of materials which are elastic, and chemically compatible with one another. They include a viscoelastic ink, a reservoir, and a filler fluid. The reservoir was able to facilitate a patterning of the ink, without permitting it to break up, as the nozzle printed the conductive ink into it. The filler fluid they used once the ink is printed into the reservoir was a modified, commercially available silicone elastomer called Ecoflex 00-30. The same material was also used for the reservoir itself. The configuration of the system can be seen in figure ‘a’ below. Figure ‘b’ shows a planar array of soft strain sensors which have been 3D printed.

whisperoftheshot:

Researchers 3D Print Electrically Conductive Strain Sensors - 3DPrint.com

For those who are unfamiliar with the technology, a strain sensor is a type of data collection device which can detect electrical currents, and thus the strain on an object. Such a sensor takes advantage of the fact that the electrical conductivity of an object changes as its geometry changes. A typical sensor usually sits in a coiled state when relaxed. When the object the sensor is embedded in stretches or strains, that sensor is also stretched. As it’s stretched it becomes narrower and longer, leading to a state in which its electrical resistance increases. On the contrary, if that sensor is compressed, the opposite will occur. The data captured by measuring these changes in electrical resistance allows for a measurement of strain.

In order to embed sensors into a device, the team of researchers developed a multi component materials system. The system used is composed of materials which are elastic, and chemically compatible with one another. They include a viscoelastic ink, a reservoir, and a filler fluid. The reservoir was able to facilitate a patterning of the ink, without permitting it to break up, as the nozzle printed the conductive ink into it. The filler fluid they used once the ink is printed into the reservoir was a modified, commercially available silicone elastomer called Ecoflex 00-30. The same material was also used for the reservoir itself. The configuration of the system can be seen in figure ‘a’ below. Figure ‘b’ shows a planar array of soft strain sensors which have been 3D printed.

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