If you watched some Japanese anime movies and series from the 90’s you may know Macross Plus in which (among other stuff) Sharon Apple, a virtual holographic idol singer was giving huge concerts for a totally crazed audience.
Like many other things that were imagined in those mangas or anime (if you’re a UberGeeek reader you may have seen some crazy robots already), they did it! Yes, the japanese have this amazing ability to take anything straight out from a manga writer or an anime screenwriter’s head and make it happen.
Its (her?) name is Hatsune Miku and “she” is a real j-pop star, selling out concerts with real people buying real tickets to watch and to listen to a 100% synthetic “artist”. Real time generated 3D projected on a real stage using a holographic display setup, even “her” voice is generated using Yamaha’s Vocaloid voice synthesizer software.
Awesome, amazing and scary at the same time…
Watch out, Lady Gaga! You may lose your job sooner than expected!
Plan.b is a brilliant concept device of a digital street plan for blind people. It “prints” a palpable image of their immediate surroundings.
The surface of the device is made of dots, just like braille displays, but at a bigger scale. User’s position is indicated by a small arrow at the center. The “printed” map represent a zoomed area of map, where the streets are represented by the black (flat) areas.
The user can feel the buildings and have a better appreciation of distances, architecture proportions and a more global view of the surroundings.
By pressing the dots the user could get additionnal audible informations about buildings and streets (using speech synthesys, I guess).
Such device could help blind people to freely and independently navigate in foreign places and environment.
Concept by Robert Richter – Oriko Design Büro.
The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has its own page on Foursquare and the check-in service’s team has created the “NASA Explorer Badge” for this very special occasion. Maybe the hardest badge to get on earth. I mean, not on earth, but… oh well, you know what I mean!
I still want it!!
NASA Explorer Badge from Foursquare
Who’s next? Virgin Galatic with a “I’m in a space shuttle!” badge? 😀
Astronaut Doug Wheelock ‘Checks In’ From Space Station, Kicking Off NASA Partnership With Foursquare
NASA astronaut and International Space Station Commander Doug Wheelock became the first person to “check in” from space Oct. 22 using the mobile social networking application Foursquare. Wheelock’s check in to the International Space Station launched a partnership between NASA and Foursquare to connect its users to the space agency, enabling them to explore the universe and discover Earth.
Foursquare users “check in” to venues wherever they go, using the service to find friends nearby, get helpful tips about the places they’re visiting, and be challenged and rewarded for experiencing new things.
NASA Explorer Badge from Foursquare
Image Credit: Foursquare
“Check-ins from around the world have been cool, but this blew my mind! We’re psyched to partner with NASA to help users explore the space program and the universe,” said Dennis Crowley, chief executive officer and co-founder of Foursquare.
When Wheelock checked in to the International Space Station venue using Foursquare’s mobile site aboard the orbiting laboratory, he received a message that revealed a new Foursquare badge.
“You are now 220 miles above Earth traveling at 17,500 mph and unlocked the NASA Explorer Badge! Show this badge and get a free scoop of astronaut ice cream.”
When Wheelock completes his mission and returns to Earth at the end of November, the NASA Explorer badge will be available for Foursquare users to earn.
The partnership also features a completely customized homepage for NASA where the agency will provide official tips and information about the nation’s space program in locations throughout the United States.
NASA’s work ranges from proving flight technologies to creating capabilities for sustainable human and robotic exploration to exploring Earth, the solar system and the universe beyond to developing critical enabling technologies such as the space shuttle and conducting science in orbit aboard the International Space Station. Through this partnership, when Foursquare users check in to NASA sites, they will discover interesting things that happen at each of the agency’s locations.
Wheelock launched to the space station as a flight engineer for the Expedition 24 crew on June 15. On Sept. 22, he assumed command of the orbiting laboratory and Expedition 25. During his time in space, he and astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson conducted three spacewalks to replace a faulty cooling pump module on the station’s backbone, known as the truss. Additionally, the Expedition 24 and 25 crew members continue work on more than 100 microgravity experiments in human research, biology and biotechnology, physical and materials sciences, technology development, and Earth and space sciences.
Superbe soirée à la Bibliothèque nationale de France ! Son président, Bruno Racine, a reçu le 3 novembre le réseau Girl Power 3.0 animé par Natacha Quester-Séméon (@natachaqs) et Tatiana F.-Salomon (@tfsalomon).
L’invitée principale n’était autre que notre Secrétaire d’état (chargée de la Prospective et du Développement de l’économie numérique, auprès du Premier ministre) préférée : Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet (@nk_m).
Une trentaine de “Girls” ont participé à cette enrichissante soirée, qui même si les sujets abordés sont sérieux (et la ministre de constater que la situation de la femme de s’arrange pas) est toujours ponctuée de sourires, de rires et d’une tout à fait féminine bienveillance.
Parmi elles, on a pu retrouver Audrey Defretin, Isabelle Juppé, Caroline Deschamps, Florence Debroux-Fouillet, Claudine Hermabessiere, Corinne Dillenseger, Moïra Marguin, Isabelle Germain, Pascale Reynaud, Katja Tochtermann, Marilyne Lacaze, Chantal Guez, Myriam Rosenrib, Mariane Bertout, Brigitte Fitoussi, Tatiana de Rosnay. Et Bien sûr Michèle Fitoussi, Natacha Quester-Séméon et Tatiana F.-Salomon !
Parce que c’était vous,
Parce que c’était elles,
À lire sur GirlPower3.com : “Girl Power 3 à la BNF avec Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet”
Photos : © Sacha Quester-Séméon. All right reserved. 😉