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Apocalypse: These Termite Robots Don’t Need Humans

Is the robot apocalypse already here? Scientists at Harvard are developing a robot that can build structures without humans telling them how. The bot is inspired by nature’s best builder — the termite. Researchers hope one day they’ll be able to build projects on Mars and rescue people from burning buildings.

#video #robot #technology #engineering #design
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Gramofon: The new WiFi music box and social router 

TNW’s Martin Bryant talks to Martin Varsavsky about the company’s new Gramofon device, which has just hit Kickstarter.

#video #Sound #technology #engineering #design

The Making of Unnumbered Sparks

Learn about the making of Unnumbered Sparks, a monumental interactive sculpture in Vancouver, Canada created by artists Janet Echelman and Aaron Koblin for TED’s 30th anniversary. Choreographed by visitors in real time through their mobile devices, at night, the sculpture becomes a crowd-controlled visual artwork on a giant, floating canvas powered by Google.

#video #mobile phones #technology #google #design

How the World’s Tallest Building Will Tame the Wind

Architect Gordon Gill spoke at Bloomberg Businessweek’s second annual design conference about how innovative design techniques can be used to make buildings and cities more energy-efficient.

#video #architecture #energy #wind #design

Exploring the Universe through Magellan’s Eye

Construction of the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) has moved one step closer after the project passed two major expert reviews over its design and construction.The two reviews now clear the way for the project to proceed towards construction approval.

The Australian National University (ANU) is one of the global partners in the project to build the Giant Magellan Telescope, which will have a collection area six times the area of the largest telescopes today. It will provide clear images of planets around other stars and the most distant galaxies in the Universe.

#video #universe #space #physics #design #engineering

What’s Next for Sochi’s Space-Age Looking Venues?

As the Sochi Winter Olympics have come to an end, what’s in store for the space-age looking venues? Dipti Kapadia looks at how preparations are already underway for the first ever Formula One race in Sochi and the 2018 FIFA World Cup. 

#video #engineering #business model #design

The life and death of cities

In most cities today, urban development is decided at a governmental level rather then by those who live in it: the citizens. Rossant believes this could be the number one reason for the shortcomings of cities, and suggests that a people-centric approach is needed.

According to Rossant, ICT will also have a role to play in how cities develop. Networked cities attract young talent, which cities need to stay competitive. If a city lags behind in services connected by ICT, they will suffer from a failure to attract talented people and in turn find it difficult to stay competitive on a global scale.

#video #cities #future #design

John Versus Thor in Newly Launched QuizUp

Plain Vanilla Games CEO Thor Fridriksson challenged John to a game of QuizUp which is the next evolution of their previous quiz based games for the Twilight series. In a battle of wits over iPhones, you can get a taste of the gameplay design.

#video #gaming #iphone #design #mobile phones

The quest for transforming a city

Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh isn’t just an entrepreneur. He is a design visionary. He intends to transform downtown Las Vegas into the “most community-focused large city in the world.” In this video, Hsieh highlights current efforts to bring technology, education and small business development together in a way that creates “collisions, community and co-learning.”

#video #entrepreneur #design

Launch Hackathon 2013

LAUNCH hosted its first ever Hackathon during the LAUNCH Festival 2013. With 500+ vetted builders (developers/designers) participating and over $100,000 in prizes awarded, it was an overwhelming success!

And we’re doing it again! We’re looking for the best devs and designers to make cool stuff, to finally build that killer app they’ve been thinking about for months.

How will the LAUNCH Hackathon be different? For starters, there is a $100,000 investment or $10,000 cash prize to the winner! We’ll have massages and excellent food, too. Each participant will also receive a complimentary pass to the 2014 LAUNCH Festival and the winner will be guaranteed a spot on the LAUNCH Festival 2014 stage.

#video #hacking #design #internet