This prototype billboard in Tokyo seems to be red hot with targeted advertising. People may look at the board, and this board stares back, that is to say that the board scans people as they walk past and decides what kind of advertisement to display. This would probably be targeted advertising at its finest, and barging on the creepiest.
Stealth aircrafts are painstakingly engineered to avoid the all-seeing eye of radars. An Israel-based company is now claiming that they have developed a paint that can make basically all flying objects difficult to detect via radars. The company, Nanoflight says that its new nano-paint can make flying objects like aircrafts, missiles and drones nearly invisible to radars.
To be very specific, these are all theories right now, but many scientists are already wondering if methane based lifeforms actually do/could exist on the surface of Saturn’s moon Titan. While such speculation has gone on for long, researchers now believe that there is a good indication that primitive life forms may be inhabiting Titan.
Neil Harbisson suffers from achromatopsia, so he can only see the world in black and white. He is an artist, studying fine arts so the shortcoming would appear even more of a problem. Not exactly for Neil, who happens to be a cyborg, utilizing technology to see colors he wouldn’t be able to perceive otherwise. Also, he is the first person to be recognized as a cyborg by a government.
NASA’s WISE Satellite (Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer) is on the job to map out the sky in infrared radiation. It is of course sending back images as it does its work, and one of them is of the Heart and Soul Nebulae. Both of these look like hearts, the one on the right being similar to the anatomical description, while the left is more like a “Valentine day heart.” Official names of the nebulae are IC 1848 and IC 1805.
Gesture based interfaces are seen by many as the future of computing, and though Microsoft’s Natal has been getting most of the attention in this area, there obviously are many others at work on the same idea. Toshiba’s AirSwing gesture based UI is noteworthy in the way that it does not demand much of extra hardware or even a lot of CPU resources to work.
This development is quite like the brain-controlled bionic hand we posted earlier today, only, this one serves more to show the potential of the technology rather than the application itself. The brain-controlled pinball machine was displayed at CeBit earlier this year by Berlin Brain-Computer Interface Research Consortium.
Prosthetic limbs, though useful, limit the range of activities that can be performed. Thankfully, all that is changing now. Germany’s Otto Block Healthcare has made an interesting development by creating a bionic arm that can be controlled by the user’s brain.
Japanese Satellite CubeSat XI-V has become the first satellite to update its status on twitter. The two pound satellite has been in orbit since five years, and is now tweeting about its temperature and sometimes, photographs of the earth. Nakasuka Lab at the University of Tokyo, which taught the satellite to tweet, did so only in Japanese, and we can’t help think it would be a lot better if done in English.
The Symphony of Science is a project that aims to deliver the knowledge and philosophy of science in a simple, musical way. Oh, and the video you see on top, also has a bit of Stephen Hawking. More videos after the jump.