Desktop Research: Emerging Technologies

The initial listing of news clippings was culled from a variety of sources we monitor on a regular basis.

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  • Body Heat-Powered Wearables
    go.nmc.org/thermo
    Researchers at the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology developed an ultra-thin, flexible and bendable technology that is powered by thermoelectric energy so that a wearer’s body heat will be able to keep their device powered. This could be useful for field trips and outdoor data collection for science classes.
Awesome for everybody/consumer market, not just students - slambert slambert Feb 26, 2015
  • Can Microsoft Make Faceputers Happen?
    http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2015/01/can-microsoft-make-faceputers-happen/
    Windows Holographic is the umbrella under which the company’s augmented reality ambitions live. It will be an open platform, meaning any and all can build future-goggles that fit in with its vision. Microsoft already has two of its own in-demand apps ready to go. Building a Minecraft world in your living room sounds incredible. Having a Skype conversation where it looks like the person is floating in front of you is mid-tier Star Wars stuff. Magic Leap sounds like it will have plenty of games and experiences all it own, but it’s hard to imagine what could compete against the full weight of Windows. - jnxyz jnxyz Feb 3, 2015- helen.carter helen.carter Feb 4, 2015- steven.knipe864 steven.knipe864 Feb 5, 2015- joanne.woodrow joanne.woodrow Feb 6, 2015 - s2.vaughan s2.vaughan Feb 7, 2015- sherman.young sherman.young Feb 7, 2015 - geoffrey.crisp geoffrey.crisp Feb 8, 2015- glenn.finger glenn.finger Feb 17, 2015 if used to allow students to manipulate data ie data visualisation for the maths and sciences then very powerful in a learning context - slambert slambert Feb 26, 2015

  • Computer Program Uses Artificial Intelligence to Help Forecast Bushfire Hotspots
    go.nmc.org/bushfire
    Developers from the University of Tasmania created a computer programme with artificial intelligence that can help forecast bushfire hotspots in Australia.
  • Cutting Edge, Part Two: Brain Implants to Build a New Body
    go.nmc.org/brain
    Researchers at Melbourne’s Bionic Institute are creating implantable bionic devices, including electrodes that can be inserted into the brain to detect abnormal activity and deliver treatment. - jason.lodge jason.lodge Feb 3, 2015 - jnxyz jnxyz Feb 3, 2015- helen.carter helen.carter Feb 4, 2015 medical use yes not sure re learning - slambert slambert Feb 26, 2015
  • Future Smartphones Won’t Need Cell Towers to Connect
    http://www.technologyreview.com/news/530996/future-smartphones-wont-need-cell-towers-to-connect/
    A new feature being added to the LTE protocol that smartphones use to communicate with cellular towers will make it possible to bypass those towers altogether. Phones will be able to “talk” directly to other mobile devices and to beacons located in shops and other businesses. - helen.farley helen.farley Feb 7, 2015- karen.melhuish.spencer karen.melhuish.spencer Feb 7, 2015- kevinashfordrowe kevinashfordrowe Feb 8, 2015
  • Gaze-Tracker Lets you Connect to Devices with a Glance
    http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg22329874.600-gazetracker-lets-you-connect-to-devices-with-a-glance.html
    GET ready to connect with a glance. Researchers have built a wearable, head-mounted computer that tracks your gaze. Called iGaze, it connects to devices just by looking at them. - jason.lodge jason.lodge Feb 3, 2015- joanne.woodrow joanne.woodrow Feb 6, 2015 - s2.vaughan s2.vaughan Feb 7, 2015
  • Gesture-Based Computing Is Happening, Just Like Sci-Fi Said It Would
    go.nmc.org/diz
    Dizmo is a Kickstarter project to create a downloadable interactive web interface that will allow users to interact with widgets and apps in an intuitive Internet of Things operating system. When a user docks two widgets together on the Dizmo screen their functionality will integrate, i.e., stacking a weather app and thermostat gizmo together can set the heat to come on whenever the temperature drops below 60 degrees.- steven.knipe864 steven.knipe864 Feb 5, 2015 - joyceseitzinger joyceseitzinger Feb 11, 2015 - slambert slambert Feb 26, 2015
  • This Guy Just Built a Mind-Controlled Robot
    http://www.wired.com/2014/08/mind-controlled-robot/
    Mind-controlled robots aren’t that expensive. Chip Audette just built one by attaching his laptop to less than $500 in specialized equipment and writing a little custom software code. --More info on OpenBCI, the brain interface that makes this possible: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/openbci/openbci-an-open-source-brain-computer-interface-fo
  • How will the 5G network change the world?
    http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-30224853
    The global race is on to develop 5G, the fifth generation of mobile network. While 5G will follow in the footsteps of 4G and 3G, this time scientists are more excited. They say 5G will be different - very different. "5G will be a dramatic overhaul and harmonisation of the radio spectrum," says Prof Rahim Tafazolli who is the lead at the UK's multimillion-pound government-funded 5G Innovation Centre at the University of Surrey. - cpaterso cpaterso Feb 4, 2015- joanne.woodrow joanne.woodrow Feb 6, 2015- helen.farley helen.farley Feb 7, 2015- kevinashfordrowe kevinashfordrowe Feb 8, 2015 if affordable could be good for students but suspect wifi improvments more relevant - slambert slambert Feb 26, 2015
  • Interactive Virtual Reality In 3-D, The Newest Learning Tool
    go.nmc.org/chaot
    A company called Chaotic Moon has combined the Oculus Rift headset and the Leap Motion 3D gesture controller, creating an immersive way that students can learn about atoms and molecules by looking at the periodic table of elements in 3-D and manipulating hydrogen and oxygen atoms. - steven.knipe864 steven.knipe864 Feb 5, 2015 - helen.farley helen.farley Feb 7, 2015 - With work-based learning becoming increasingly important, VR creates the possibility of learning practical skills, first-hand without a student leaving the workplace or community. - slambert slambert Feb 26, 2015
  • Internet of Things Pilot Stars University Electric Cars
    go.nmc.org/innova
    Electric car maker Innova and non-profit consortium Internet2 are bringing networked vehicles to four universities in order to spark discussion about real-world applications of the Internet of Things.
  • Microsoft, University of Melbourne Launch High-tech Research Centre
    go.nmc.org/socnui
    The University of Melbourne partnered with Microsoft to launch the Microsoft Research Centre For Social Natural User Interfaces, where researchers are exploring how touchless interfaces and brain signal sensors can be used for social interactions. - s.defreitas s.defreitas Feb 7, 2015- karen.melhuish.spencer karen.melhuish.spencer Feb 7, 2015
  • New Technology Brings Science Education to Life
    http://in.rbth.com/economics/2014/08/04/new_technology_brings_science_education_to_life_37155.html
    A Novosibirsk-based start-up has created 3-D software that uses spherical image technology to project content around the user on fulldome immersive dome-based video projection systems. The company hopes the technology will be adopted in schools to display educational content including geography, chemistry, physics, astronomy, and biology lessons targeted at different age groups.
  • The PHP Intelligent Tutoring System
    go.nmc.org/phptutor
    Researchers from Queensland University of Technology developed the PHP Intelligent Tutoring System, which leverages machine learning to teach web programming, and noted improved test scores among students during evaluation. - jason.lodge jason.lodge Feb 3, 2015 - s2.vaughan s2.vaughan Feb 7, 2015 - s.defreitas s.defreitas Feb 7, 2015- sherman.young sherman.young Feb 7, 2015 - geoffrey.crisp geoffrey.crisp Feb 8, 2015
  • Putting the World In Their Hands: Augmented Reality in the Classroom
    http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/07/putting-the-world-in-their-hands-augmented-reality-in-the-classroom/
    Observing the tactile changes within the “glassroom,” students are moving away from the tablets’ “touch, swipe, double tap” to interacting with content through voice and head motions.- kevinashfordrowe kevinashfordrowe Feb 8, 2015 interesting esp if voice activation needed in large class, too much volume! - slambert slambert Feb 26, 2015
  • Robots Control Sydney's University of Technology Underground Library
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-08-10/robots-take-control-of-sydneys-hidden-book-bunker/5658334
    The University of Technology's (UTS) library at Ultimo has moved 325,000 library books underground where they are being stored in 12,000 shiny, galvanised steel bins. But instead of being looked after and managed by librarians, six robotic cranes are doing the job.
  • 7 Rules for Designing Wearable Devices
    go.nmc.org/embed
    This guide addresses the current issues facing the wearable technology market for designing the next generation of wearables. - jnxyz jnxyz Feb 3, 2015- helen.carter helen.carter Feb 4, 2015 - s2.vaughan s2.vaughan Feb 7, 2015- sherman.young sherman.young Feb 7, 2015- karen.melhuish.spencer karen.melhuish.spencer Feb 7, 2015- joanne.woodrow joanne.woodrow Feb 8, 2015 - geoffrey.crisp geoffrey.crisp Feb 8, 2015- glenn.finger glenn.finger Feb 17, 2015 - slambert slambert Feb 26, 2015- ktairi ktairi Mar 1, 2015
  • Voice Recognition for the Internet of Things
    http://www.technologyreview.com/news/531936/voice-recognition-for-the-internet-of-things/
    With natural-language processing aided by crowdsourced data, Wit.ai aims to make smartphones, wearables, and drones heed your call. - cpaterso cpaterso Feb 4, 2015- helen.carter helen.carter Feb 4, 2015 crowsourced aspect good idea - slambert slambert Feb 26, 2015
  • Wearable Computer Lab at the University of South Australia
    go.nmc.org/unisa
    The Wearable Computer Lab at the University of South Australia develops augmented reality-enabled wearable devices and specialises in human-computer interaction techniques. - s.defreitas s.defreitas Feb 7, 2015
  • What Does Wearable Computing Mean for Education?
    go.nmc.org/wearab
    Wearables can provide real-world contexts and enable learning to occur anywhere and anytime. Companies are developing apps for wearable devices that allow students to demonstrate their learning. - jnxyz jnxyz Feb 3, 2015 - s2.vaughan s2.vaughan Feb 7, 2015- steven.knipe864 steven.knipe864 Feb 8, 2015- kevinashfordrowe kevinashfordrowe Feb 8, 2015- glenn.finger glenn.finger Feb 17, 2015
  • With A Voice Interface API For Any App, Wit.ai Wants To Be The Twilio For Natural Language
    go.nmc.org/voicein
    This article describes Wit.ai, a platform and API that enables developers to incorporate speech recognition and a natural language interface into any app or piece of hardware.- helen.carter helen.carter Feb 4, 2015