Prototype Real / Digital Info Interface System
Using projection and gestures to create interactive relationship with information - video embedded below:
Fujitsu Laboratories has developed a next generation user interface which can accurately detect the users finger and what it is touching, creating an interactive touchscreen-like system, using objects in the real word.
“We think paper and many other objects could be manipulated by touching them, as with a touchscreen. This system doesn’t use any special hardware; it consists of just a device like an ordinary webcam, plus a commercial projector. Its capabilities are achieved by image processing technology.”
Using this technology, information can be imported from a document as data, by selecting the necessary parts with your finger.
More at DigInfo here
RELATED: This is very similar to a concept developed in 1991 called ‘The Digital Desk’ [link]
Surgeon Paolo Macchiarini has made his name by successfully transplanting bioengineered stem cell-based trachea, composed of both artificial and biological material. He now plans to use the technique to recreate more complex tissues, such as the oesophagus and diaphragm or organs such as the heart and lungs. He has also made an experimental attempt to regenerate brain in mice and rats. This is part of the news he will be presenting during his seminar at the scientific AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston.
In June 2011, media all over the world reported about a ground breaking transplant, where a patient received an artificial trachea covered in his own stem cells. The result was an artificial windpipe with biological functions. To date, five operations have been carried out using this technique.
“We learn something from each operation. This means we can develop and refine the technique. We are also evaluating how we can transfer our experiences to other fields, such as neurology. The aim is to make as much use of the body’s own healing potential as we can”, says Paolo Macchiarini, Professor of Regenerative Surgery at Karolinska Institutet, and responsible for the surgery.
At the AAAS Annual Meeting, he will talk about how he believes the technology can be used in the future. This will include:
- The plan to operate on a 2 year-old girl in the USA in March. The girl was born without a trachea and has lived her entire life in intensive care, where she breathes through a tube placed in the oesophagus and connected directly to the lungs. Without a new trachea, she will never be able to leave the hospital. This will be the first time the procedure is conducted on a small child. It is also the first time the procedure will be conducted on an individual without a trachea - as previously, diseased organs have been replaced.
- There are also plans to transplant the oesophagus, an organ that is more complex than a trachea as it has muscles.
- In experimental trials on rats, the research team has investigated the possibility to replace brain matter that has been damaged by serious trauma sustained from events such as traffic accidents, gunshot wounds or surgery. The aim is to replace the lost brain matter with a cultivated stem cell based substance and in turn, avoid neurological damage. The experimental attempt that has been conducted on rats and mice has shown positive results.
- On two occasions, severely injured patients with acute refractory lung failure received stem cell based therapy showing immediate functional improvement. Although both patients died as a consequence of multi-organ failure, the result has provided the first evidence that stem cell therapy can be a promising alternative to restore function in certain damaged organs - without the need for them to be removed and replaced with healthy donor organs.
And didn’t they just figure out they can print stem cells with a biological 3-D printer recently? So much cool stuff happening.
Someone stated today that the gaming industry cannot and should not change for the “2%” demographic that is female. Since we all know that 85% of statistics are made up on the spot, I’m curious to see how many people in the tumblr sphere are part of this demographic.
If you identify as female please reblog this post.
If you identify as male your post is over here
Please reblog this post only once, and please don’t use the “like” button. I will be counting the # of notes this receives.
Please do not reblog after March 1st, 2013.
Edit on Feb. 9, 2013 @ 9:08 PST - A lot of people are getting rankled at my lack of actual science or that tumblr’s userbase is predominantly female (it’s actually mostly male but I digress). Honestly I am simply trying to find out how many women I can reach, and how many men I can reach. I’m not trying to replace actual statistics and studies — of which there are many — I am simply polling tumblr. Thanks for understanding!
I don’t know if you’ve heard, but Curiosity found something “earthshaking” on Mars, but NASA won’t say just yet what it is because they want to make sure their data is correct because this is potentially an unbelievably important find for humanity, and in conclusion, this is a pretty cool time to be alive.
IT FEELS LIKE CHRISTMAS!
I’M SO EXCITED
Ok, everyone. I’m going to harness the power of chemistry to explain why Dirk’s planet is the only one that needs gas masks.
Obviously, Jane walked around on her planet without needed special breathing equipment. As anyone who has ever seen a balloon should know, Helium is lighter than air. The gas appears to be exuded from vents in the earth. Some of it goes into the balloons, but the rest would rise above the heavier breathable air (which is mostly Nitrogen, interestingly enough). You might get a squeaky voice from LOCAH, but you won’t suffocate.
Neon is also lighter than air. All Noble Gasses are colorless until a current is run through them. The presence of colored bands in the atmosphere of LOPAN suggests that there are clouds of charged particles floating around in the upper layers. This could lead to some interesting weather patterns, included storms and lightning, so that’ll be fun to look out for.
Xenon is heavier than air. Jake’s planet, LOMAX, has a big X marks the spot canyon in the center. The heavy Xenon gas would sink into this rift. Since it’s glowing, it must also be electrified. I would avoid going down there, especially since Xenon is an anesthetic. You’d probably pass out before you were electrocuted or suffocated.
Krypton is also heavier than air. Unfortunately, Dirk’s planet doesn’t seem to have any wells for the gas to sink into. Therefore, breathable air would be forced higher, and if you walked on the surface you’d get a lungful of Krypton. Though Krypton is not toxic, you could suffocate if that was all you had to breathe. It also creates a feeling of euphoria similar to nitrogen narcosis… in other words, you’d be getting a little high. I’m guessing there are so many skyscrapers on LOTAK because the consorts, whenever they were alive, built higher in order to reach breathable air.
I love science so freaking much.
Actually.. this makes me think a little. It’s a REALLY good thing that Jackass is repulsive to really intelligent people with the means to do REALLY bad chiz. I mean, if you’re neighborhood mad scientist (because we’ve all got one) decided much luls would be had in exploding every one’s toilets then you would have quite the ordeal on your hand.
After you stopped laughing your ass off.
Might want to save that ass detachment for later though, since you don’t have a toilet anymore.