Applied Technotopia

We scan the digital environment to examine the leading trends in emerging technology today to know more about future.


We have added a few indices around the site. Though we look to the future, we need to keep an eye on the present as well:

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An innovative ring system to convert Sign language to speech.

kadrey:

Sign Language Rings Convert Gestures To Speech

"Here’s how the rings work, in a nutshell. There are three detatchable rings that are worn on the the thumb and first two fingers of each hand, as well as a bracelet. As the user signs out whatever they want to say, the translation is then spoken through a digitized voice that comes from the bracelet. I’m not sure if it works real time or not, but that’s still some pretty amazing stuff. And that’s not all…

"The gesture-to-speak aspect works fine when the hearing-impaired person wants to talk to someone else, but what about vice versa? The bracelet carries the double duty of turning sound into text that runs across an LED display. It seems like the only thing these guys have left to do is actually make people hear again…"

(via sagansense)

Spectacular views of Mars.

opticallyaroused:

Morning On Mars

 Martian sunrises, as seen by the HiRISE orbiter

(via preachingtoinfinity)

Just because its robotic awesomeness! (And quite a feat of auto-correction in terms of balance).

sci-universe:

Technology at its cutest — The Bipedal Cycling Robot

In 2011, robot creator Masahiko Yamaguchi demonstrated a robot which can balance, steer and correct itself while riding a fixed-gear bike.

Full video with more information here.

(via laboratoryequipment)

Will the Union Jack be changed after Scotland's inevitable independence?

theatlantic:

Will This Be the U.K.’s New Flag?

Long after the Empire’s collapse, the Union Jack remains an internationally recognized symbol of Britain. But all that could change soon. Scotland, one of the four countries that make up the United Kingdom (along with England, Northern Ireland, and Wales), will hold a referendum on independence this September. If it succeeds, Britain’s iconic flag may need a makeover.

The Flag Institute, the U.K.’s national flag charity and the largest membership-based vexillological organization in the world, recently polled its members and found that nearly 65 percent of respondents felt the Union Jack should be changed if Scotland becomes independent. And after the poll, the organization found itself flooded with suggested replacements for the flag.

Read more. [Image courtesy of the U.K. Flag Institute]

Keeping New York green and composting?

mothernaturenetwork:

Composting park proposal keeps NYC’s organic waste close to home
Talk about pulling double-duty: In lieu of being hauled out of state, will organic waste be turned into compost at a network of park-topped artificial islands dotting NYC’s waterfront?

A look at the changing mobile and digital landscape.
pewresearch:

Americans are growing more attached to modern digital technologies, such as cellphones and the internet, and less attached to traditional hardware, such as landline phones and televisions. What would you give up?

A look at the changing mobile and digital landscape.

pewresearch:

Americans are growing more attached to modern digital technologies, such as cellphones and the internet, and less attached to traditional hardware, such as landline phones and televisions. What would you give up?

NASAs planned robotic mission to explore Jupiter´s watery moon, Europa, should produce very interesting findings.

laboratoryequipment:

NASA Plans Trip to Jupiter’s Watery Moon

NASA is plotting a daring robotic mission to Jupiter’s watery moon Europa, a place where astronomers speculate there might be some form of life.

The space agency set aside $15 million in its 2015 budget proposal to start planning some kind of mission to Europa. No details have been decided yet, but NASA chief financial officer Elizabeth Robinson says that it will be launched in the mid-2020s.

Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/03/nasa-plans-trip-jupiters-watery-moon

(via abcstarstuff)