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Design Innovation in Mature Industries

Sometimes innovative designs in mature industries comes from a repetitive series of incremental enhancements, but design tools can make the entire process more effective.

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Signal processing technology to extract required information from image, sound, and biometric signals

At Keio University, the Mitsukura Laboratory, in the Department of System Design Engineering, researchers are currently conducting research on how to extract required information from biometric, image and audio signal data. To achieve this, the researchers utilize technologies such as signal processing, machine learning, pattern recognition, artificial intelligence, and statistical processing.

In image signal processing research, the Mitsukura Lab works on position matching between real and virtual space, which is the basis for AR technology. These researchers are developing a method for estimating the orientation of a face at high speed with high precision, to link the motion of an actual person with an animation. Another research topic at the Mitsukura Lab is expression recognition, using information about changes in the eyebrows and corners of the mouth. The Lab is also researching how to overlay virtual data used in head-mount displays in the real world.

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Zappos’ Tony Hsieh Envisions the Innovation Elevator

Building on his theory that creative collisions of people from differing fields spur innovation, Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh envisions remodeling elevators into social hubs that will encourage communication and innovation.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.