Jan 20, 2017

Bagpipe playing robot

posted by Larra Morris

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Powered by an Arduino Mega 2560, the Ardu McDuino is an impressive creation to see in action as its individually-articulated fingers are actually covering and uncovering the holes on a real bagpipe, producing the individual notes you hear. For the 12 of you who love the sound of bagpipes, you can get a full breakdown of how XenonJohn built this bot over on his Instructables page.
via Gizmodo

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Jan 19, 2017

The Peeqo robot communicates using only animated GIFs

posted by Larra Morris

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Peeqo’s design nicely bypasses the “uncanny valley” we often experience when a robot tries to recreate the natural expressiveness of a human.

Peeqo uses voice recognition and responds by selecting GIF animations appropriate to the situation. He downloads GIFs from http://giphy.com/, and stores them in a local repository. Peeqo can pull new GIFs based on keyword searches. Abhishek is working on a feedback system to let Peeqo know when he serves up an incorrect response. He hopes to integrate AI features in the future.

Peeqo can stream music from Spotify, remotely control room lighting, take notes and provide reminders, call an Uber, and more. He even keeps Abhishek on task by getting upset with him for wasting time on the internet when he should be working.
via Make

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Jan 19, 2017

Artificial intelligence predicts when heart will fail

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Artificial intelligence can predict when patients with a heart disorder will die, according to scientists.

The software learned to analyse blood tests and scans of beating hearts to spot signs that the organ was about to fail.

The team, from the UK's Medical Research Council, say the technology could save lives by finding patients that need more aggressive treatment.

The results were published in the journal Radiology.
via BBC News

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Jan 18, 2017

You can now search through 12 million pages of declassified CIA files online

posted by Larra Morris

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The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has just put over 12 million pages of declassified documents online for your viewing pleasure.

The mass of documents, news clippings, letters, and reports cover a whole host of bizarre and fascinating subjects spanning from the 1940s onwards. A cursory glance shows files on subjects ranging from UFO sightings, spies' recipes for invisible ink, investigations into celebrity "psychic" Uri Geller’s “paranormal perception”, and even documents about the infamous behavior control project MK-Ultra.
via IFLScience

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Excerpt from the Uri Geller files. CIA Library


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Jan 18, 2017

The age most people stop buying IKEA furniture

posted by Larra Morris

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IKEA furniture is a ubiquitous feature of the 20-something’s apartment. But at some point, IKEA furniture tends to get replaced with furniture from more upscale, “adult” stores—but when? Earnest, a student loan startup, put together some data on when people age out of their IKEA shopping habits, and found that it happens at about 34 years old, per Popular Mechanics.

Earnest's data comes from tens of thousands of loan applicants who responded to their survey. The company compared the ages of people who turn first to IKEA for their furniture needs to those who go to Lowe’s, Crate & Barrel, and other stores. IKEA is the only store whose peak customer age is below 30, according to Earnest, while people in their 30s tend to go to Bed Bath & Beyond and Williams-Sonoma, though that doesn’t mean they’re not still sitting on their IKEA couch. And most people who are more than 40 years old go to hardware/home improvement stores like Home Depot or Lowes.
via Mental Floss

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Jan 18, 2017

Panasonic robots take temp jobs at airport and hotel

posted by Larra Morris

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When you visit a Japanese airport or hotel this month don't be surprised if some staff are little plastic robots eager to help. Panasonic Corporation is currently conducting tests of its HOSPI(R) Autonomous Delivery Robot by giving it temporary jobs at the Narita International Airport and the ANA Crowne Plaza Narita. It isn't so much because the robots need pocket money as Panasonic wants to demonstrate how HOSPI(R) can function in various roles.
via New Atlas

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Jan 17, 2017

What happens when algorithms design a concert hall?

posted by Larra Morris

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The auditorium—the largest of three concert halls in the Elbphilharmonie—is a product of parametric design, a process by which designers use algorithms to develop an object’s form. Algorithms have helped design bridges, motorcycle parts, typefaces—even chairs. In the case of the Elbphilharmonie, Herzog and De Meuron used algorithms to generate a unique shape for each of the 10,000 gypsum fiber acoustic panels that line the auditorium’s walls like the interlocking pieces of a giant, undulating puzzle.
via Wired

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