At the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) annual welcome event, mechanical engineering sophomore Nicholas Selby gave a powerful speech over the 2001: A Space Odyssey theme song. Below is the two-minute video of the speech. It reminds me of the episode of The Office called Dwight’s Speech. This video has hit over 300,000 views since being uploaded to YouTube on Monday. Check out the video above.
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Google and Georgia Tech Partners On Facilitating Interactions for Dogs with Occupations (FIDO) Project
Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) is working with Google to develop a way for dogs with occupation to interact with their owners through the use of the Google Glass wearable computing device. Dogs that can smell bombs and drugs would be able to better communicate with their handlers according to New York Post. The dog’s handler would also be able to see what the dog is seeing.
This past week Google released a demo video of Google Glasses, an augmented reality project in the Google X Labs. The video showed an individual wearing glasses where the lenses would show him icons, maps, and other overlays. However the Google Glasses in the video were not really glasses because they lacked full lenses and it involved small rectangular pieces of glass hovering over the right eye of the person wearing them.
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Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) has donated $1 million to the Georgia Institute of Technology as part of the Google Focused Research Award. The research project is to develop a tool to determine whether their Internet service is being throttled by ISPs or censored by the government. Check out the press release below:
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The Federal Bureau of Investigation has executed over 40 search warrants for those involved with Operation Payback. Operation Payback was a group of hackers that took down the Visa, Mastercard, and PayPal websites using DDoS attacks out of Wikileaks retaliation. Visa, Mastercard, and PayPal had dropped financial support for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange shortly after he released confidential government cables. The group behind Operation Payback is known as “Anonymous.”
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Computer accessories company Belkin International Inc. has acquired Zensi, an energy monitoring company. The financial details are unknown. Through the acquisition, Belkin will be moving into the energy conservation market. Belkin’s energy management product portfolio is called Conserve. Zensi’s technology is based on intellectual property from the School of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology and in the Computer Science & Engineering and Electrical Engineering departments of the University of Washington. [soCalTech]
Guy Hoffman, postdoctoral associate at Georgia Tech performed and programmed the above robotic marimba player. The robot automatically detects the sounds made from the human piano and matches the beat and sync using a percussion instrument. The robot design and construction was made by Roberto Aimi of Alium Labs and Gil Weinberg of the The Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology oversaw the direction.
Another recent experiment I wrote about that was conducted at Georgia Tech was about how scientists were finding out ways to convert biomechnical energy into electricity.
All living species generate sources of mechanical energy. They do this by stretching muscles, walking, running, heart beats, and blood flow. Scientists at Georgia Tech hooked up a piezoelectric nanowire to a hamster in order to convert biomechanical energy into electricity. Zhong Lin Wang, a nanotechnology expert at Georgia Tech stated that nano-devices require so little energy that power from sound waves and muscle twitches could power them.
Wang took the nanowire from the hamster and connected it to an oscilloscope. As the hamster ran, it generated 70 millivolts of power. The energy stopped for a second when the hamster licked itself instead of continuing to run on the wheel.
Researchers could build all sorts of tiny sensors using this concept. They could use the sensors to monitor the environment, check the body for cancer and excess insulin levels. However monitoring all of these activities requires very reliable power supplies.
The nanowires are made out of zinc oxide. Energy flows through those wires when they are stretched and compressed. When the hamster ran, the nanowires were bending and that sent electrons through the wire and to the power meter.