Bill Gates may be the world's richest man, as of today, but that didn't stop him from drinking a cup of water that was once human excrement. Gates said: "The water tasted as good as any I've had out of a bottle. And having studied the engineering behind it, I would happily drink it every day. It's that safe." However, this water came from a machine designed and built by Janicki Bioenergy, a Seattle engineering firm, which burns human waste to produce electricity and water. Thanks to a steam engine and because and high temperatures, the resulting water doesn't emit an odor. Continue reading for the video and more information.
Telekinesis is best known as a psychic ability allowing a person to influence a physical system without physical interaction. Microsoft engineer Mike Taulty from the company's Developer and Platform Group has managed to use Microsoft Kinect, along with Sphero, a robotic toy controlled by a smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth, to harness augmented telekinetic powers, similar to Professor X. As X-Men fans know, he's a mutant who possesses vast telepathic powers, and is among the strongest and most powerful telepaths in the Marvel Universe. He is able to perceive the thoughts of others or project his own thoughts within a radius of approximately 250 miles (400 km). Continue reading for the video demonstration.
These may look like digital paintings, but they were all created in Microsoft Excel by Tatsuo Horiuchi, a 73-year-old Japanese who started playing with the spreadsheet software 13-years-ago. He says, "Graphics software is expensive but Excel comes pre-installed on most computers. And it has more functions and is easier to use than [Microsoft] Paint." He actually won an Excel Autoshape Art Contest in 2006. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of astronauts aboard the ISS growing a water bubble.
Asking tech support about installation issues with a new piece of software you just purchased isn't so uncommon, but this person had no clue what a monitor is, nor that a power failure means everything in the home won't work. This Microsoft Office customer support representative had a fitting response after hearing all of this. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a soldier who really doesn't care about incoming artillery.
Microsoft Research has unveiled FlexSense, which is essentially flat transparent, self-sensing deformable layer that can be added to tablets for extra functionality. They claim it can determine what a person is doing with the layer and then turn those actions into commands for an app. For example, when placed over a crossword puzzle, you can hide the answers below and look underneath the layer for hints. Continue reading for the video.
Similar to IllumiRoom, Microsoft's RoomAlive basically turns your living room into a giant Xbox game. Simply put, it uses Kinect and projectors to create an augmented reality experience that enables you to reach out and hit objects from a game, or simply interact with them by touching walls, etc. Continue reading for a video and more information.
Boeing has unveiled HEL MD (High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator), a truck-mounted weapon that uses an invisible laser beam to exact targets, the rounds are capable of taking down drones from the sky and even missiles in inclement weather. It's equipped with a 10-kilowatt solid state laser and a radar system mounted atop a heavy truck at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. Continue reading for a video and more information.
Nokia's Lumia 520 GoPhone is currently being offered for just $39.99 shipped, today only, originally priced at $99.99. The dual-core 1.0-GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor enables extra performance when you need it, and puts you in charge of running the most demanding applications. Product page. Continue reading for an unboxing video and more information.
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Steve Ballmer is now officially the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, as the $2-billion sale closed Tuesday, the NBA announced in a news release. According to a California court issued order, Donald Sterling's wife, Shelly, has the legal authority to sell the team on behalf of the Sterling Family Trust. The sale price is currently the highest in NBA history, and marks the end of the showdown between Donald Sterling, his fellow owners and commissioner Adam Silver. Continue reading for the news report and more information.
The Microsoft Research team, lead by Johannes Kopf, Richard Szeliski, Michael Cohen, and Richard Szeliski, has unveiled a new Windows app that will make shaky first-person videos a thing of the past. Technically speaking, here's how it works: "Our algorithm first reconstructs the 3D input camera path as well as dense, per-frame proxy geometries. We then optimize a novel camera path for the output video that is smooth and passes near the input cameras while ensuring that the virtual camera looks in directions that can be rendered well from the input. Next, we compute geometric proxies for each input frame. These allow us to render the frames from the novel viewpoints on the optimized path." Continue reading for the technical video explaining just how the stabilization is accomplished.