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The Spark sounds like a maraca but is actually an energy-generating gadget.

Sudha Kheterpal has been a professional percussionist for 20 years, so she knows how much energy goes into making a beat. Now, she wants to harness that energy to generate power.
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fastcompany:

The Spark sounds like a maraca but is actually an energy-generating gadget.

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Sudha Kheterpal has been a professional percussionist for 20 years, so she knows how much energy goes into making a beat. Now, she wants to harness that energy to generate power.

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JIBO, The World’s First Family Robot

#TIL that Kickstarter videos are an - almost independent - subcategory of corporate flat-pack futures. And this one is their new leader. It’s too cute to be true. So let’s wait for the first delivered batch. Nevertheless, the team makes an excellent impression. I hope they don’t neglect the IoT-discussion about data protection & surveillance.

JIBO is the perfect robot for everyone in the family. Because JIBO is an open platform, his skills and uses will grow, helping and delighting in ways even we haven’t even imagined…

WHAT JIBO CAN DO

See Two hi-res cameras recognize and track faces, capture photos, and enable immersive video calling.

Hear 360° microphones and natural language processing let you talk to JIBO from anywhere in the room.

Speak Hands-free reminders and messages, so you’ll never forget and can always be in touch.

Learn Artificial Intelligence algorithms learn your preferences to adapt and fit into your life.

Help Like a personal assistant, JIBO proactively helps you, to make everyday tasks simpler and easier.

RelateCommunicates and expresses using natural social and emotive cues so you understand each other better.

JIBO’S SKILLS

INTELLIGENT & HANDS-FREE
Assistant Politely reminds you of important tasks and events to help you stay on top of things.
Messenger Recognizes you and each member of your household, to deliver the right messages to the right people at the right time & place.

EMOTIONAL CONNECTOR
Photographer Uses natural cues like movement, speech, and smile detection to know when someone’s posing for a picture.
Avatar See-and-track camera makes it easy to turn and look at people, to support video calling as if you are in the room.

FUN & SUPPORTIVE
Storyteller Sound effects, graphics and physical movements make a responsive and interactive storytelling experience.
CompanionPhysical presence with helpfulness and heart, JIBO will put a smile on your face and make you feel better.

[myjibo] [indiegogo]

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designersofthings:


FDA Approves First Wearable Exoskeleton for Personal Use in the USA
A decision from the FDA has the potential to change the lives of an estimated 200,000 people in the USA living with a spinal cord injury, many of whom have complete or partial paraplegia. Last week, the FDA approved the ReWalk Exoskeleton system as the first wearable motorized device to be used for personal use in the USA.
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designersofthings:

FDA Approves First Wearable Exoskeleton for Personal Use in the USA

A decision from the FDA has the potential to change the lives of an estimated 200,000 people in the USA living with a spinal cord injury, many of whom have complete or partial paraplegia. Last week, the FDA approved the ReWalk Exoskeleton system as the first wearable motorized device to be used for personal use in the USA.

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(Source: rewalk.com)

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futurescope:

Our Work Here is Done: Visions of a Robot Economy
Great e-book from NESTA UK on the impact of robotics on economies, politics and governments.

This book looks at the phenomenon of new robot technologies, asks what impact they might have on the economy, and considers how governments, businesses and individuals should respond to them. - See more at: http://www.nesta.org.uk/publications/our-work-here-done-visions-robot-economy#sthash.tkQlAJcw.E6nhvDBZ.dpuf

Book chapters
The economics of a robot future
Technological possibilities
Robots of the past and of the future
Robots and justice
Not long ago, this worry was the stuff of science fiction. Now, as self–driving cars take to the streets and robots fill our warehouses and factories, it is entering mainstream political debate around the world.
This raises important questions for all of us. How society uses new technologies is not a foregone conclusion. It depends on political decisions, cultural norms and economic choices as much as on the technologies themselves.
This book features views from a range of disciplines, including economics, engineering, history, philosophy and innovation studies.
EditorStian Westlake
ContributorsRyan Avent, Frances Coppola, Frederick Guy, Nick Hawes, Izabella Kaminska, Tess Reidy, Edward Skidelsky, Noah Smith, E. R. Truitt, Jon Turney, Georgina Voss, Steve Randy Waldman and Alan Winfield



[read more & download it on nesta.org.uk]

futurescope:

Our Work Here is Done: Visions of a Robot Economy

Great e-book from NESTA UK on the impact of robotics on economies, politics and governments.

This book looks at the phenomenon of new robot technologies, asks what impact they might have on the economy, and considers how governments, businesses and individuals should respond to them. - See more at: http://www.nesta.org.uk/publications/our-work-here-done-visions-robot-economy#sthash.tkQlAJcw.E6nhvDBZ.dpuf

Book chapters

  • The economics of a robot future
  • Technological possibilities
  • Robots of the past and of the future
  • Robots and justice

Not long ago, this worry was the stuff of science fiction. Now, as self–driving cars take to the streets and robots fill our warehouses and factories, it is entering mainstream political debate around the world.

This raises important questions for all of us. How society uses new technologies is not a foregone conclusion. It depends on political decisions, cultural norms and economic choices as much as on the technologies themselves.

This book features views from a range of disciplines, including economics, engineering, history, philosophy and innovation studies.

Editor
Stian Westlake

Contributors
Ryan Avent, Frances Coppola, Frederick Guy, Nick Hawes, Izabella Kaminska, Tess Reidy, Edward Skidelsky, Noah Smith, E. R. Truitt, Jon Turney, Georgina Voss, Steve Randy Waldman and Alan Winfield

(via virtualsandbox)

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futurescope:

Drones in Sports

From Robohub:

UAVs, or drones, have been making their presence known in sports for some time now, mostly for aerial filming of open air games and races. But they are starting to show up for other uses in sports now, too.
The Portuguese football club S.L Benfica used a drone to hand out shirts during their game two months ago. And just two weeks ago, ESPN reported about how drones have penetrated sport events, both as a way to offer a new perspective of events to viewers, and also as a tool for coaches to capture data in order to analyze and improve their teams’ performance.

[read more at robohub, video courtesy of ESPN]

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