Posted by Erik W on Jun 26, 2005 11:38 PM
On Saturday, I went to NextFest on Chicago's Navy Pier.
Some of the cool things I saw:
- 3D Display Cube by James Clar - 1,000 individually controlled LEDs soldered in a cube shape to make 3D images.
- Big Wall by Accenture - Giant touch-sensitive screen run by 4 computers for moving around maps for military operations. It's kinda like the computer out of Minority Report
- Brainball by Interactive Institute - You wore a headband that monitored your brain waves... the person with the LEAST activity pushed the ball toward their opponent's goal.
- Circulafloor by University of Tsukuba - This was a really cool set of platforms where you could walk in place, and the platform behind you circled around in front of you.
- Deep Flight 1 Submersible - This is like an underwater airplane; it doesn't use ballast tanks to go underwater.
- Daimlerchrysler AG Smart Forttwo Coupe - Had 'Xenoy resin' paneling, which is dent and scratch resistant and doesn't need to be painted.
- Personal Exploratoin Rover by NASA - Like the ones the put on mars.
- Face Detection by Mitsubishi Electric Research Labs - This picked out faces in the crowd and knew if they were happy or sad.
- Fogscreen - This was really really cool. It was a dry room-temp fog that allowed images from a projector to be displayed on it. It was a special 'turbulence-resistant' fog... so people walking by didn't disturb the picture.
- Future Force Warrior by the US Army Natick Soldier Center - This was a head-to-toe bulletproof armor suit that is both breathable and lightweight.
- EntryScan by GE - Blows a little puff of air up your shirt and can detect what sort of explosives you were buildling.
- Autonomy by GM - Hydrogen fuel cell drive-by-wire car.
- Hydrogen by GM - Fuel Cell van that emits pure water.
- Heliodisplay by 102 Technology - Just as cool as the Fogscreen. Basicly a 15-inch 3D projection screen made in fog.
- Hummer H2H by GM - Hydrogen powered Hummer. Enough said.
- Hybrid Locomotive - Uses energy created by its brakes. Uses 20% less fuel.
- Imagination Environment by Northwestern University - It takes the closed-captioning from TV programs and then searches and displayes relevent pictures on the other 8 screens.
- Innespace Dolphin - A boat that 'swims' just like a dolphin
- The Invisible Train by Vienna University of Technology - a PDA that took a video of the train tracks, then displayed a virtual train on the tracks.
- Juke Bots by Robotlab - Robots that DJed.
- KHR-3 Hubo by Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology - This had 41 joints--it could walk, stand on one foot, and didn't fall over if you pushed on it. The motions it made with its hands were so fluid, it was amazing.
- VeinViewer by Luminetx - This takes an infared camera to see your veins, then projects the location of them on your arm.
- Moller Skycar - Vertical takeoff and landings. Flies 350 mph and is powered by alcohol.
- Packbot Scout by Irobot - You can literally throw this thing off into a minefield (withstands 400Gs) and drive around. 40lbs and only 8 inches tall
- Panoscope 360 by University of Montreal - A 360 screen that wraps around you. Special software makes straight lines look straight on the curved surface.
- Power Assist Suit by Kanagawa Institute of Technology - Compressed-air suit lets people lift things a lot heavier then they could normally do
- "Rebel Robots: Breaking the Mold" presentation. Speakers included Matthias Gommel from JukeBots, Dave Hanson from Hanson Robotics, and Cristian Arcega and Lorenzo Santillan from Carl Hayden High School's Falcon Robotics club. There was also a special presentation of the Hubo robot.
- Robolobster by Northeastern University - Robot built after a lobster. Thinks on its own.
- Saturn Sky - Thiw was a really cool presentation where they projected information about the inside of the car onto the outside using several projectors.
- Segway Centaur - Goes 20 MPH. Gyroscopic balancing lets you ride on the back two wheels
- Solar Sail by NASA - 100 times thinner than paper
- Stinky the Robot by Falcon Robots team of Carl Hayden High School - This is the underwater robot that beat MIT last year in an underwater robotics competition. They used the same control unit as our high school did for our robotics competition.
- Syncrosign Message Board by Gyricon - Paper-thin plastic where the letters can be controlled by Wi-Fi
- Virtual Hockey - The puck was projected, and you controlled it by just waving your hand over the table
Museum of Science and Industry
Today I went to the Museum of Science and Industry. In addition to the coal mine, ultra-high-tech toy making factory (REALLY COOL), permanent preserved fetus exhibit, and full-sized 727 suspended from the ceiling... there was a special exhibit. The famous "Body Worlds" by Gunther von Hagens as pictured above. This exhibit featured REAL FULL BODIES preserved by plastination. I would like to point out there were over 200 specimens, 24 being full body. There was a family where just the body's veins were displayed. Reil veins. Oh-- and the full real bodies weren't behind glass. You could get 1" up to them if you wanted. It was incredibly creepy... but definitely cool and worth it.
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