Sir David Attenborough nature documentary coming to Oculus Rift.
"Conquest of the Skies" is currently being shot in Borneo using a special camera rig that allows a 360 degree view of the scenes when viewed with the Oculus Rift headset.
Although there’s no firm release date for the headset, it’s thought to be likely to be available to the public as soon at late 2014, with Atlantic Productions hoping their documentary will be the first major wildlife production to be made available via the new tech.

One of the things that excites the company, Morris explained, is that there are no rules yet as to what a non-fiction experience on a totally new creative platform should be like. He compared audience experiences of using the Rift to the early reactions of cinema-goers attending the Lumière brothers’ famous The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat Station in the late 1800s.
“In terms of the creative challenge, we look at this as being comparable to the beginning of the film industry,” he said.

Sir David Attenborough nature documentary coming to Oculus Rift.

"Conquest of the Skies" is currently being shot in Borneo using a special camera rig that allows a 360 degree view of the scenes when viewed with the Oculus Rift headset.

Although there’s no firm release date for the headset, it’s thought to be likely to be available to the public as soon at late 2014, with Atlantic Productions hoping their documentary will be the first major wildlife production to be made available via the new tech.

One of the things that excites the company, Morris explained, is that there are no rules yet as to what a non-fiction experience on a totally new creative platform should be like. He compared audience experiences of using the Rift to the early reactions of cinema-goers attending the Lumière brothers’ famous The Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat Station in the late 1800s.

“In terms of the creative challenge, we look at this as being comparable to the beginning of the film industry,” he said.

Glass available today.
Google has allowed any US resident who is 18 years or older to buy Glass ‘for a limited time’ through its website. Many outlets have reported that that ‘limited time’ is in fact today only, so if you’re interested, get in quick here.

Glass available today.

Google has allowed any US resident who is 18 years or older to buy Glass ‘for a limited time’ through its website. Many outlets have reported that that ‘limited time’ is in fact today only, so if you’re interested, get in quick here.


Climbing Legs for Robonaut 2 Headed to International Space Station






NASA has built and is sending a set of high-tech legs up to the International Space Station for Robonaut 2 (R2), the station’s robotic crewmember. The new legs are scheduled to launch on the SpaceX-3 commercial cargo flight to the International Space Station, scheduled to launch Monday, April 14 at 4:58 p.m. EDT from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
These new legs, funded by NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations and Space Technology mission directorates, will provide R2 the mobility it needs to help with regular and repetitive tasks inside and outside the space station. The goal is to free up the crew for more critical work, including scientific research.
Once the legs are attached to the R2 torso, the robot will have a fully extended leg span of nine feet, giving it great flexibility for movement around the space station. Each leg has seven joints and a device on what would be the foot, called an “end effector,” which allows the robot to take advantage of handrails and sockets inside and outside the station. A vision system for the end effectors also will be used to verify and eventually automate each limb’s approach and grasp.
Climbing Legs for Robonaut 2 Headed to International Space Station

NASA has built and is sending a set of high-tech legs up to the International Space Station for Robonaut 2 (R2), the station’s robotic crewmember. The new legs are scheduled to launch on the SpaceX-3 commercial cargo flight to the International Space Station, scheduled to launch Monday, April 14 at 4:58 p.m. EDT from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

These new legs, funded by NASA’s Human Exploration and Operations and Space Technology mission directorates, will provide R2 the mobility it needs to help with regular and repetitive tasks inside and outside the space station. The goal is to free up the crew for more critical work, including scientific research.

Once the legs are attached to the R2 torso, the robot will have a fully extended leg span of nine feet, giving it great flexibility for movement around the space station. Each leg has seven joints and a device on what would be the foot, called an “end effector,” which allows the robot to take advantage of handrails and sockets inside and outside the station. A vision system for the end effectors also will be used to verify and eventually automate each limb’s approach and grasp.

Video: Land Rover’s new ‘transparent bonnet’ feature.

Cameras located in the vehicle’s grille capture data used to feed a Head-Up Display, effectively creating a ‘see-through’ view of the terrain through the bonnet and engine bay, breaking new ground in visual driver assistance. The technology, named Transparent Bonnet by its creators, shows how advanced technology will take Land Rover’s unrivalled capability to the next level. 

The technology enables a driver climbing a steep incline or manoeuvring in a confined space to see an augmented reality view capturing not only the terrain in front of the car but also the angle and position of the front wheels.

Every major recorded earthquake since 1898, showing how Earth is put together.

Every major recorded earthquake since 1898, showing how Earth is put together.

New hybrid species announced

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A Russian science lab has announced the creation of an entirely new species, using a technique known as somatic cell nuclear transfer. The species, known as Porcus volucer

This is the N-Light Membrane - an art installation made out of flexible and one way mirrors.

Three out of six surfaces of the cube are made of flexible membrane (foil mirror) with air tank and a compressor connected to it and the other three mirrors are semi transparent spy-glass. By inflating or deflating the air tank, the membrane turns convex or concave, deforming the reflections.

Check out more videos of it in action here.

3D food printer hits Kickstarter.

Foodini is a touchscreen controlled 3D printed which aims to “streamline some of cooking’s more repetitive activities” and take on the “difficult parts of making food that are hard and time consuming to make fully by hand”.

Once a user has selected a recipe for the Foodini the next step is to manually prepare the food to put in the machine’s food capsules. After that the machine takes over to prepare pretty much any design you can imagine:

Check out more here at their Kickstarter page.