Monday, September 28, 2009

Access To Arasaka


Almost nothing is known about the guy behind this project,
but the music is awesome if you are into Ambient/IDM
music, in an interview for he told
about the name:

Access To Arasaka is actually a reference to the old
role-playing game called Cyberpunk 2020. Arasaka
was a large (and very antagonistic) corporation
within the world of Cyberpunk. Bringing them down
would have been the ultimate revolution. So, I guess
I chose this name as a sort of message to all
cyberpunks. Almost like saying, «Here's the way into
their system. Do what you will.»

In the Access To Arasaka website you can download many
EPs for free and also haves one of the better designs I saw
in a long long time, although I doubt that code compiles :P

He recently published is last work called "Oppidan" in a
co-release with Tympanik Audio and Spectraliquid


Saturday, September 26, 2009

Ripsaw MS1 UGV


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This is the Ripsaw MS1, built by the Howe brothers, its a teleoperated UGV (Unmaned Ground
Vehicle) and also is the fastest tracked vehicle in the world.

  • 650 HP.
  • 0-50 mph in 3.5 seconds.
  • Max speed 80 mph.

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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Star Trek 2K9


I just finished watching Star Trek 2009 and its fucking legendary. All of you need to watch that movie.
Thanks a lot FxM :D

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Mythbusters Interview


Here is an interview to Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, the creators the awesome show
Mythbusters, gave to Moira Gunn for
They talk about their origins, the show backstage and all the crazy shit they did :D

Check it out


Eko's WOPR


Here is a video of the WOPR replica created by the Eko guyz, its made of metal and it took many
many hours of soldering. Great work :D


Friday, September 18, 2009

At the Eko XD



Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Sarcos and Exoskeletons


Sup guyz, I found these two exoskeletons, one from Raytheon and the other from Berkeley
Bionics, anyone who had to walk for hours with a 100 lb backpack will instantly appreciate them.

Raytheon Company’s research facility in Salt Lake City, Utah, is developing a robotic suit for the
soldier of tomorrow. The exoskeleton is essentially a wearable robot that amplifies its wearer’s
strength, endurance and agility. Reminiscent of super heroes depicted in comic books and
Hollywood movies, the bleeding edge technology effectively blurs the lines between science
fiction and reality. So much so, that Popular Science magazine recently likened Raytheon’s
exoskeleton to the “Iron Man” depicted in the blockbuster movie of the same name.

Built from a combination of sensors, actuators and controllers, the futuristic suit enables a user
to easily carry a man on his back or lift 200 pounds several hundred times without tiring. Yet,
the suit, which is being developed for the U.S. Army, is also agile enough to let its wearer kick a
soccer ball, punch a speed bag, or climb stairs and ramps with ease.

Dr. Stephen Jacobsen leads this project and the Raytheon Sarcos team. He sees his work as a
combination of art, science, engineering and design. “People call it different things. Sometimes
they call it inventing, sometimes they call it engineering. Sometimes they call it being a mad
scientist. To us, it’s the process of getting together, understanding the problems, goals and then
designing something to satisfy the need.” Development of the exoskeleton has been underway
since 2000, when Jacobsen realized that if humans could work alongside robots, they should also
be able to work inside robots.

Exoskeleton test engineer Rex Jameson echoes his boss’ commitment and says he has one of the
best jobs in the company. “We get to write programs and we see them working on actual robots;
that’s very exciting. As far as software engineering goes, this job is about as good as it gets.”

Berkeley Bionics, designs and manufactures lower extremity exoskeletons to augment human
strength and endurance during locomotion. Berkeley Bionics exoskeletons increase wearer's
strength while decreasing their metabolic cost of walking. The company is also attacking the
technological barriers to a practical, affordable exoskeleton for civilian and medical applications,
particularly to assist patients with neurological or muscular mobility disorders. These powered
human exoskeletons would allow their wearers to walk upright without the strain and muscular
effort required by today's unpowered orthotic devices.


Thursday, September 10, 2009

ARhrrrr, I want a Nvidia Tegra APX


Hey guyz, check this shit is awesome, the
new NVidia Tegra APX series graphic
processor for small devices, not only
honors my nickname but also provides
720p video recording & playback and 3D
acceleration for next-generation
Microsoft Windows Mobile, Windows CE,
and Android-based devices, including
smartphones, portable navigation devices
(PNDs), and portable media players (PMPs).

Official Site
More Info

And ARhrrrr not only is my expression of hate because I'll need to sell a kidney to buy one in
Argentina, but an augmented reality shooter for mobile camera-phones. The phone provides a
window into a 3d town overrun with zombies. Point the camera at our special game map to mix
virtual and real world content. Civilians are trapped in the town, and must escape before the
zombies eat them! From your vantage point in a helicopter overhead, you must shoot the
zombies to clear the path for the civilians to get out. Watch out though as the zombies will fight
back, throwing bloody organs to bring down your copter. Move the phone quickly to dodge them.
You can also use Skittles as tangible inputs to the game, placing one on the board and shooting it
to trigger an explosion.


Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Predator Drones


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General characteristics

  • Crew: none
  • Length: 27 ft (8.22 m)
  • Wingspan: 48.7 ft (14.8 m (dependent on block of aircraft))
  • Height: 6.9 ft (2.1 m)
  • Wing area: 123.3 sq ft[49] (11.5 m²)
  • Empty weight: 1,130 lb[50] (512 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 2,250 lb (1,020 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 2,250 lb[50] (1,020 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1× Rotax 914F turbocharged Four-cylinder engine, 115 hp[50] (86 kW)


  • Maximum speed: 135 mph (117 knots, 217 km/h)
  • Cruise speed: 81–103 mph (70–90 knots, 130–165 km/h)
  • Stall speed: 62 mph (54 knots (dependent on weight of aircraft), 100 km/h)
  • Range: >2,000 nm[51] (3,704 km, 2,302 miles)
  • Service ceiling: 25,000 ft [50] (7,620 m)


2 hard points

  • 2 × AGM-114 Hellfire (MQ-1B)
  • 2 × AIM-92 Stinger (unknown number) (MQ-1B)

The following 2 pictures are from the MQ-9 Reaper, Predator's big brother.
The MQ-9 is a larger and more capable aircraft than the earlier MQ-1 Predator. It can use
MQ-1's ground systems. The MQ-9 has a 950-shaft-horsepower (712 kW) turboprop engine, far
more powerful than the Predator's 115 hp (86 kW) piston engine. The increase in power allows
the Reaper to carry 15 times more ordnance and cruise at three times the speed of the MQ-1.

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Transparent aluminium is 'new state of matter'

( -- Oxford scientists have created a transparent form of aluminium
by bombarding the metal with the world’s most powerful soft X-ray laser.
'Transparent aluminium' previously only existed in science fiction, featuring in
the movie Star Trek IV, but the real material is an exotic new state of matter with
implications for planetary science and nuclear fusion.

In this week’s Nature Physics an international team, led by Oxford University scientists, report
that a short pulse from the FLASH laser ‘knocked out’ a core electron from every aluminium
atom in a sample without disrupting the metal’s crystalline structure. This turned the aluminium
nearly invisible to extreme ultraviolet radiation.

''What we have created is a completely new state of matter nobody has seen before,’ said
Professor Justin Wark of Oxford University’s Department of Physics, one of the authors of the
paper. ‘Transparent aluminium is just the start. The physical properties of the matter we are
creating are relevant to the conditions inside large planets, and we also hope that by studying it
we can gain a greater understanding of what is going on during the creation of 'miniature stars'
created by high-power laser implosions, which may one day allow the power of nuclear fusion to
be harnessed here on Earth.’

The discovery was made possible with the development of a new source of radiation that is ten
billion times brighter than any synchrotron in the world (such as the UK’s Diamond Light
Source). The FLASH laser, based in Hamburg, Germany, produces extremely brief pulses of soft
X-ray light, each of which is more powerful than the output of a power plant that provides
electricity to a whole city.

The Oxford team, along with their international colleagues, focused all this power down into a
spot with a diameter less than a twentieth of the width of a human hair. At such high intensities
the aluminium turned transparent.

Whilst the invisible effect lasted for only an extremely brief period - an estimated 40
femtoseconds - it demonstrates that such an exotic state of matter can be created using very
high power X-ray sources.

Professor Wark added: ‘What is particularly remarkable about our experiment is that we have
turned ordinary aluminium into this exotic new material in a single step by using this very
powerful laser. For a brief period the sample looks and behaves in every way like a new form of
matter. In certain respects, the way it reacts is as though we had changed every aluminium
atom into silicon: it’s almost as surprising as finding that you can turn lead into gold with light!’

The researchers believe that the new approach is an ideal way to create and study such exotic
states of matter and will lead to further work relevant to areas as diverse as planetary science,
astrophysics and nuclear fusion power.

A report of the research, 'Turning solid aluminium transparent by intense soft X-ray
photoionization', is published in Nature Physics. The research was carried out by an international
team led by Oxford University scientists Professor Justin Wark, Dr Bob Nagler, Dr Gianluca
Gregori, William Murphy, Sam Vinko and Thomas Whitcher.

Friday, September 4, 2009

How robots will invade our lives


In this prophetic talk from 2003, roboticist Rodney Brooks talks about how robots are going to
work their way into our lives -- starting with toys and moving into household chores ... and beyond.

Who is Rodney Brooks?

MIT professor Rodney Brooks studies and engineers robot intelligence, looking for the holy grail
of robotics: the AGI, or artificial general intelligence. For decades, we've been building robots to
do highly specific tasks -- welding, riveting, delivering interoffice mail -- but what we all want,
really, is a robot that can figure things out on their own, the way we humans do. (And being able
to move around independently would be handy too.)

Brooks realized that a top-down approach -- just building the biggest brain possible and teaching
it everything we could think of -- would never work. What would work is a robot who learns like
we do, by trial-and-error, and with many separate parts that learn separate jobs.The thesis of
his work is captured in a paper that went on to become the title of the great Errol Morris
documentary on Brooks and three others: Fast, Cheap and Out of Control.

A founder of iRobot, makers of the Roomba vacuum, Brooks recently left that company to start a
new firm, Heartland Robotics. Heartland's mission is to apply advanced robotic intelligence to
manufacturing and physical labor. At MIT, Brooks is affiliated with CSAIL, MIT's Computers
Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory.

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