BigRep has revealed the world's first 3D-printed airless bicycle tire, using their very own PRO FLEX Filament, a TPU-based industrial-grade filament. What does this mean? The material is flexible enough to bend, while still easily being able to fit on a regular tire hub, and durable enough to handle roads. Its honeycomb-style construction provides shock protection, shape-memory, and "high-temperature resistance, low-temperature impact resistance," according to the company. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
You've probably seen other glass beaches, but this one in Japan has become an internet sensation recently. It's located in the Nagasaki Prefecture, and just a few years ago this destination was an uninviting rocky outcropping that would always become covered in algae during the summer season, so local authorities decided to cover the sand with recycled glass in order to prevent it from growing. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Italian neurosurgeon Sergio Canavero says he plans to attempt the first human head transplant later this year on 31-year-old Russian software development manager Valery Spiridonov, who suffers from a debilitating muscle-wasting disease. To be more specific, the procedure is estimated to last about 36 hours, and Spiridonov's head will be cooled to around 12° Celsius, cut from his body and connected to a donated body of a brain-dead person as quickly as possible. Canavero will be assisted by a team of 100 surgeons and other medical staff, and afterwards, Spiridonov will be kept in an artificially-induced coma for 3-4 weeks while doctors stimulate his spinal cord nerves to reconnect and start functioning. Continue reading for more fascinating images from around the web.
Immersive experiences seek to engage the full sensory system in ways that words, pictures, or touch alone cannot, like VR headsets. Disney Research's Force Jacket boasts a novel array of pneumatically-actuated airbags and force sensors that provide precisely directed force and high frequency vibrations to the upper body. It also uses pneumatic hardware and force control algorithms to verify perception of airbag location and pressure magnitude moving across the body. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of seven ice cream gadgets being put to the test.
Sure, giant touchpads already exist, but what if you can transform a normal wall into an interactive installation? Meet "Wall++", a low-cost sensing approach that enable walls to become a smart infrastructure. Instead of just dividing rooms, these walls can now enhance rooms with sensing and interactivity. The hardware tracks users' touch and gestures, as well as estimate body pose if they are close. By capturing airborne electromagnetic noise, it can also detect what appliances are active and where they are located. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including a bad lip reading of "interrogating Zuckerberg".
Skynet, a neural net-based conscious group mind and artificial general intelligence, brought upon a war in which very few humans survived in the Terminator movies, but if this same technology was used for good, or more specifically, gaming, what would happen? This video shows us juat that as the Learnfun and Playfun Artificial Intelligence, built by Tom Murphy VII, becomes a master at Galaga in no time. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of ten corn gadgets put to the test.
Disney Research engineers have developed PaperID, a technology consisting of ultra-thin, battery-free Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags that can be turned into simple paper input devices. It uses sensing and signal processing techniques to determine how a tag is being manipulated by the user via an RFID reader and show how tags may be enhanced with a simple set of conductive traces that can be printed on paper, stencil-traced, or even hand-drawn. These traces change the behavior of contiguous tags to serve as input devices. These capabilities allow new interactive possibilities for pop-up books and other paper craft objects. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one showing exactly how rubber bands are made.
Researchers at the MIT Media Lab reveal AlterEgo, a wearable system that enables a user to silently converse with a computing device without any voice or discernible movements, thus allowing the user to communicate with devices, AI assistants, applications, or other people in a silent, concealed, and seamless manner. "A human user could transmit queries, simply by vocalizing internally (subtle internal movements) and receive aural output through bone conduction without obstructing the user's physical senses and without invading a user's privacy. AlterEgo aims to combine humans and computers - such that computing, the internet, and AI would weave into human personality as a 'second self' and augment human cognition and abilities," according to the research paper. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of a machine that washes your clothes as you cycle.
Artificial intelligence can be found in robotics, computers, and now, in videos. You read that right, Buzzfeed partnered with Jordan Peele to create a video showing how AI can use celebrities to deliver fake news, and quite convincingly. The team used Adobe After Effects and the AI face-swapping tool FakeApp for most of the effects you see above. Fortunately, scientists are developing tools that can spot AI fakes with near 100% accuracy. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one showing what you actually get inside those mystery eBay boxes.
It's not everyday that you get to see rock samples from the lunar surface (gray) or Mars (dark), but Sarah Horst, an Assistant Prof of Planetary Science at Johns Hopkins University, managed to hold both in her hand. Apparently, the latter made its way to Earth after something collided with Mars, and sent rocks flying through space, before entering Earth. Continue reading for an up-close image and a bonus video.