Series 7, part two wallpapers… courtesy of the BBC. Bells of Saint John, Rings of Akhaten, Cold war, Hide, Journey to the Centre of the Tardis, The Crimson Horror, Nightmare in Silver and The Name of the Doctor.
On Tuesday May 21st, we’ll mark the beginning of a new generation of games, TV and entertainment. On that day, we’ll be holding a special press event on the Xbox campus and we invite you to join us via the live global stream that will be available on Xbox.com, Xbox LIVE and broadcast on Spike TV if you are in the US or Canada.
On that day, we’ll share our vision for Xbox, and give you a real taste of the future. Then, 19-days later at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles, we’ll continue the conversation and showcase our full lineup of blockbuster games.
We are thrilled to pull back the curtain and reveal what we’ve been working on.
A New Generation Revealed
Xbox Campus, Redmond WA
Tuesday, May 21st @ 1p ET/10a PT/17:00 GMT
We put up a countdown timer on our blog if you’d like to keep track.
Why do so many Xbox events happen on my birthday?
Apollo 10’s A Series Of Unfortunate Events, a.k.a. Number Two In Space, a.a.k.a. Houston, We’ve Had A Problem… Bowel Movement.
Space is so glamorous.
Artificial muscle computer performs as a universal Turing machine
In 1936, Alan Turing showed that all computers are simply manifestations of an underlying logical architecture, no matter what materials they’re made of. Although most of the computer’s we’re familiar with are made of silicon semiconductors, other computers have been made of DNA, light, legos, paper, and many other unconventional materials.
Now in a new study, scientists have built a computer made of artificial muscles that are themselves made of electroactive polymers. The artificial muscle computer is an example of the simplest known universal Turing machine, and as such it is capable of solving any computable problem given sufficient time and memory. By showing that artificial muscles can “think,” the study paves the way for the development of smart, lifelike prostheses and soft robots that can conform to changing environments.
The authors, Benjamin Marc O’Brien and Iain Alexander Anderson at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, have published their study on the artificial muscle computer in a recent issue of Applied Physics Letters.
“To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time a computer has been built out of artificial muscles,” O’Brien told Phys.org. “What makes it exciting is that the technology can be directly and intimately embedded into artificial muscle devices, giving them lifelike reflexes. Even though our computer has hard bits, the technology is fundamentally soft and stretchy, something that traditional methods of computation struggle with.” (via Artificial muscle computer performs as a universal Turing machine)
Quantum Teleportation in Space Explored as Message Encryption Solution
Satellites could be used to beam down powerful data encryption keys that rely on entangled photons. The vacuum of space could solve the distance problem encountered in sending quantum signals on Earth
Scientists are pushing to create a space-based quantum communications network that could enable impossible-to-monitor transmissions. In doing so, they might make it possible for someone named Scotty to really teleport some information into space. It would be enough “to spook” Albert Einstein, said Thomas Jennewein of the University of Waterloo in Ontario, one of the top researchers in the field. The encryption research could have immediate practical implications. The process would make use of entangled photons, what Einstein—who resisted the consequences of quantum theory until his death —called “spooky action at a distance.” (via Quantum Teleportation in Space Explored as Message Encryption Solution: Scientific American)
Capcom and Valve have teamed up to deliver free crossover content for their respective zombie games.
New communication standard allows for data transfer through the human body.
A new communication standard developed by Microchip Technology allows secure, bi-directional data transmission through a human body.
At this stage, the technology uses a small device similar in size to a garage door opener which the user carries close to their body, for example in a pocket. It then sits ready to transmit data through the body when the user touches a base unit, which could for example be hooked up to a door handle. A secure key transmitted from the device in the users pocket and through their body into the door handle could then unlock the door.
One day it could be easy to see the technology built into a smartphone carried in a users pocket, allowing a wireless link from the phone to a headset, or for a file or virtual business card to be transmitted when shaking hands.
The brain-computer interface goes wireless
A team of neuroengineers at Brown University has developed a fully implantable and rechargeable wireless brain sensor capable of relaying real-time broadband signals from up to 100 neurons in freely moving subjects. Several copies of the novel low-power device, described in the open-access Journal of Neural Engineering, have been performing well in animal models for more than year, a first in the brain-computer interface field. Brain-computer interfaces could help people with severe paralysis control devices with their thoughts. Neuroscientists can use such a device to observe, record, and analyze the signals emitted by scores of neurons in particular parts of the animal model’s brain. Brain-computer interfaces (BCIs) are used to assess the feasibility of people with severe paralysis being able to move assistive devices like robotic arms or computer cursors by thinking about moving their arms and hands. (via The brain-computer interface goes wireless | KurzweilAI)
Legend of Zelda LEGO Set: Iron Knuckle Encounter
Created by Wes Talbott
Want to make this concept a real thing you can build? Go give it a vote over at cuusoo!
Diamandis: Tricorder X Prize Offers $10 Million to Build Star Trek Inspired Health Scanner
It’s hard to imagine a Star Trek away team without their tricorders waving back and forth, scanning for life forms. Was there anything those things couldn’t do, and might we primitive 21st century humans develop a similarly powerful handheld diagnostic technology? The Qualcomm Tricorder X Prize, announced in 2012, officially opened registration in early 2013 to find out.
Computers and sensors are smaller, lighter, and more powerful than ever. A creative pairing of the two, with AI onboard, and a cloud connection could change the way we do healthcare forever. Peter Diamandis, Chairman and CEO of the X Prize Foundation, told Singularity Hub the winning devices will be like “OnStar for the body.” (via Diamandis: Tricorder X Prize Offers $10 Million to Build Star Trek Inspired Health Scanner | Singularity Hub)
Also, the internet is made of fireworks.
(via Surprising Science)