MagicShifter 3000

The MagicShifter 3000 is an open source hardware gadget for RGB lighting, gaming and POV (persistence of vision) applications. By combining its accelerometer with 16 bright RGB LEDs you can draw images “into the air”. It’s only 103x27x13mm so it fits in every pocket.

One of the most appealing factors of this project is definitely its charming promotional video! 😉

read more: http://hackaday.com/

Animated 3D creature extraction from a 2D video

Researchers from the Max Planck Institute released a paper, which is showing the possibilities for extracting an animated 3D creature from a plain video. In order to reconstruct the object, an author has to draw some lines to acquire the axis of the creatures rig.

It’s an impressive example how objects can be extracted from a single 2D video source. Even if the quality is not at production level yet, there are endless possibilities.

More information: resources.mpi-inf.mpg.de

Text summarization with the help of deep learning

The google Brain team open-sourced the TensorFlow model code for generating news headlines. Below are some examples. The first column shows the model input, which is the first sentence of a news article. The second column shows the headline generated by the algorithm.

dnn

Deep neural networks and machine-learning are key players of artificial intelligence. They are simulating basic information processing of the brain and are more and more used in many products.

More information: research.googleblog.com

Solar Windbreaker

By wearing the solar windbreaker from Pauline van Dongen you make sure that your electronical devices won’t run out of energy. There are three solar panels attached to the jacked which are connected to an integrated power bank. Through a wireless induction system you are able to charge your devices.

Nothing really new but nevertheless a nice and useful gadget as it combines renewable energy with your everyday needs (with regard to all the devices that need to be charged).

Bearbot, a cute universal remote at your command

Created by Mu Design in Luxembourg, the motion control device can be taught to control numerous household devices such as air conditioning, TV, connected light bulbs, thermostat, alarm and more! Thanks to a revolutionary 3D gesture recognition sensor, Bearbot can detect your multiple movements and translate them to wanted actions. The Bearbot can also surprise you with a cute yawn or sneeze!

http://mu-design.lu/#bearbot

Algorithm Identify depression by studying Instagram Photos

sad

Researchers used a machine-learning algorithm fed with Instagram streams to spot the correlations between depression and images. Depressed individuals prefer bluer, darker images and also received fewer likes than healthy people. Currently the detection rate is at 70 percent, which is a higher rate than GPs are able to identify.

Deep neural networks and machine-learning are key players of artificial intelligence. They are simulating basic information processing of the brain and are more and more used in many products.

More information: www.technologyreview.com

A Brain Prosthetic To Improve Memory

CqJ23AmW8AA0N-s

A startup named Kernel came out of stealth mode yesterday and revealed its ambitious mission: to develop a ready-for-the-clinic brain prosthetic to help people with memory problems. The broad target market includes people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, as well as those who have suffered a stroke or traumatic brain injury.

read more: http://spectrum.ieee.org/

Internet Archive: play 10.000 Commodore Amiga games

wb

The Internet Archive released over 10.000 Amiga games, which are now playable with an HTML5 Amiga-Emulator within your browser. The emulator is still under development and many games don’t start, but there is also the option to download the disc image as a ADF file, which could be played within other, proofed and stable desktop emulators like WinUAE.

Update: Unfortunately, the program has been taken down for further development.

More information: https://archive.org/details/softwarelibrary_amiga