Philosophy of FutureMed

Serious Wonder had the opportunity to attend the FutureMed Conference this year at the Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego. We have a few writers that will be covering the technical and scientific implications of what we learned during this event. I would like to focus on the philosophy of FutureMed and will be forever…

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Interacting with Virtual Characters

[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B002BSA298″ locale=”us” height=”55″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31OF%2B5UL%2BGL._SL110_.jpg” width=”110″]Virtual characters are still quite limited in terms of interaction, if we’re using contemporary video games as a context. How we control these characters is interrupted through a series of wireless controllers and assorted software that determines how a character responds on our TV screen or our computer monitor.…

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Touchscreen technology gets a boost from a new patent

[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B00BM7FN9S” locale=”us” height=”110″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41cca3hIWuL._SL110_.jpg” width=”93″]Touchscreen technology is getting a boost soon. Samsung has applied for a patent in the United States on a wraparound smartphone display, and the concept art is enough to excite. It may be that the smartphone market, and the technology itself, is reaching a point where there are few…

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Augmented Reality Creates Tactile Virtual Games

[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B00DHCQI86″ locale=”us” height=”110″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31T9Bb5yfpL._SL110_.jpg” width=”110″]Augmented reality was at one point a bit of an over-imagined gimmick to me. Being a Science Fiction nerd, I was excited at such technology existing. But I know that concepts tend to weigh more than the available technology wants to carry. There was an “augmented reality” app I…

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The Robot, the Hero

[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”1936749750″ locale=”us” height=”110″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51ce5l9GPcL._SL110_.jpg” width=”88″]Robots that attend to human needs have peppered science fiction since Rosie swept under George Jetson’s feet. Most representations of helper robots tend to look and behave something like sophisticated kitchen appliances. There’s a new humanoid robot manufactured by the U.S. Defense Department and robotics company Boston Dynamics that…

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Monday Marvels November 18th 2013

[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B002CJNCS4″ locale=”us” height=”120″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/21ETAslJ03L._SL160_.jpg” width=”160″]Monday Marvels November 18th 2013: 1. Electronic Use Approved for ENTIRE flight European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is perhaps the first aviation agency to approve electronic devices during all phases of flying, following Delta Airlines’ request to the Agency just one month prior. Yes, that means you can play…

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Bathing in Concept Design

[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B002OLZJG8″ locale=”us” height=”110″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51aqUBZk7SL._SL110_.jpg” width=”87″]Concept appliances usually approach a problem that isn’t addressed out of sluggishness. Not the least of our problems is the fact that a lot of bacteria is left on our hand and body towels after bathing, and we usually just hang the damp towels on a rack while they…

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Facial Recognition Will Service Targeted Ads

[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”0805083391″ locale=”us” height=”110″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51KisFUjtoL._SL110_.jpg” width=”69″]Facial recognition tools are still a little crude and very prone to controversy. Facebook’s friendly faces feature that catalog’s tags users set on their photos was the subject of much argument when in was unveiled. But in some kind of middle road between the privacy conscious and the eager business minds, the British grocery chain Tesco will start using face scanners to show targeted ads to shoppers.

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Future Physics Can Be Influenced By Monument Valley

[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”B00140P9G0″ locale=”us” height=”160″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41UvorjkGmL._SL160_.jpg” width=”113″]Future physics in gameplay can change the way we think and interact with physics in the future. Monument Valley, an upcoming iPad game created by ustwo, puts the player in control of a girl named Ida who solves puzzles and exists in an isometric world inspired by the works…

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Artificial Meat: Our Future Diet

[easyazon-image align=”left” asin=”0312622376″ locale=”us” height=”110″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41C0HF5kuwL._SL110_.jpg” width=”73″]Artificial meat has been around for a few decades, and it usually conjures some unappetizing images. Strange tofu-derived turkey substitutes resemble nothing like a Thanksgiving turkey, and tofu by itself isn’t very savory. But as technology and food science improve, the difference between an artificial slice of ham and the actual derivatives of a pig may soon be very hard to discern.

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World Technology Summit 2013 Live Blog – DAY 2

World Technology Summit Live Blog – DAY 2 9:00am –  Interview w/ Danielle Nierenberg, Co-founder, Food Tank; with James P. Clark, Founder/Chairman of The World Technology Network James Clark, on Encouraging Serendipity at the World Technology Summit: “If you could get some of the most innovative, creative people in the world together, why not devote some of that…

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The OP-1 From Teenage Engineering

We love creative instrument design here at Serious Wonder, so last weekend when I got my hands on Teenage Engineering’s OP-1 I had to write about it. The  Japanese instrument makers created something special with the OP-1, I’m floored by the physical design, interface, and quality. The OP-1 is an intriguing instrument for a few…

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