Japanese researchers at NHK Science & Technology Research laboratories are developing an animated sign language translation system that automatically converts strings of Japanese words into gestures. The goal is to improve sign language broadcasts for deaf viewers, especially in the case of disaster or breaking news.
Just one day later than expected--and that’s pretty good for a rocket launch--Copenhagen Suborbitals’ “non-profit rocket” successfully launched from its catamaran launch platform in the Baltic Sea today, notching a major milestone for the organization that plans to eventually send an amateur-built manned rocket into suborbital space.
Regular readers of this page are all pretty familiar with the latest generation of flying robots, from tennis-playing quadcopters to surveillance hummingbirds. But zebras, it’s fair to say, are not. So what happens when a drone buzzes a herd?
The German surveillance bot maker Microdrones took one of their md4-1000 quadcopters to the Masai Mara region of the Serengeti, and used it to capture video of all sorts of African wildlife. Here’s a preview of what their drone saw.
Of all the DARPA projects we follow here at PopSci--and regular readers know that we follow a lot of them--perhaps none has been quite so fascinating as the Nano Air Vehicle (NAV) program, a.k.a. the robotic hummingbird, which culminated earlier this year in a working prototype.
Yesterday evening, Microsoft gave us our first glimpse at the next version of Windows. The world's most popular operating system is due for its biggest overhaul in decades. Designed as a one-size-fits-all OS, Microsoft wants Windows 8 to be used in both tablets and desktops--and rather than split the difference, they simply added a new, Windows-Phone-7-like tablet interface right next to the traditional keyboard and mouse interface.
The folks at Martin Jetpack wanted to test their ballistic parachute, but there was a problem--their previous tests had only taken their prototype "jet pack" up to very low altitudes, heights too low to deploy their safety 'chute. No guts, no glory, as it is said.
By Peter KirnPosted 05.27.2011 at 2:43 pm 0 Comments
Building a home studio is now as simple as plugging in a few USB cords. The newest audio gear interacts directly with your computer, eliminating complicated setups and even a couple of pieces of hardware.
There’s very little we can write to preface the imagery below, so we’ll just set the scene and get out of the way. The video below was captured by Stephane Guisard and Jose Francisco Salgado at the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile’s Atacama Desert. And it might make you cry.
It's amazing what you can learn with a high-frame-rate X-ray camera, a cup of beef broth, and a Portuguese water dog. For instance, we knew that dogs are obnoxious drinkers, but we didn't realize that rather than scooping liquids into their mouths with the undersides of their tongues, they actually tap a trick of fluid mechanics--just as cats do--to pull columns of water from the water bowl into their mouths.