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Future Gazing Conference Session with Rob Nail CEO at Singularity University | CES 2014

Future Gazing Conference Session with Rob Nail CEO at Singularity University | CES 2014

Jan 29, 2014

Aside from practicing mind control over electronic devices and transportation by self-driving cars, what else does the future hold? Conference session at International CES 2014 talk with Rob Nail Assistant Founder and CEO at Singularity University/Singularity Labs, looks back at what 20th century prognosticators envisioned for today and acquire a vision of what consumer technology will look like in 10 years. How it will impact the way we live and interact? A lot of conversions in innovations across various technology sectors such as robotics, medicine, neuroscience, biotech, nano technology, etc. as different technologies are overlapping with each other causing technological disruptions that is happening by today’s rapid exponential progress.

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Slide 1 starts with the introduction and premise of Singularity University Co-Founder well known futurist Ray Kurzweil who also wrote a book called “Singularity is Near” he looked at Moore’s Law – technology that built upon itself goes back 100 years on a smooth exponential curve a lot has happened since the 1900′s while technology progress has kept consistent and it’s moving faster than doubling.

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Furthermore, Rob talks about how humanity is affected by rapid technology, accessibility of knowledge & content to everyone even in remote places, wearables are going to be ubiquitous, augmented reality, exponential growth in robotics, the disruption in the manufacturing chain, autonomous cars/drones, security and using technological solutions that can positively impact our grand challenges like clean water, illiteracy and climate change. It’s time to start the discussion about the implications and opportunities of exponentially accelerating technologies.

View summary of all slides from Rob’s presentation at CES 2014 click here: CES_FutureGazing_Summary

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Jeremy Blum Entrepreneur Maker & Author of “Exploring Arduino” | CES 2014

Jeremy Blum Entrepreneur Maker & Author of “Exploring Arduino” | CES 2014

Jan 27, 2014

QGITS was thrilled to meet up and have a chat with Jeremy Blum while attending the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, NV. Jeremy spent most of his time during CES catching up on the latest industry trends; he particularly enjoyed the 3D printing Tech Zone, given his background building and designing 3D printers at Cornell and MakerBot. Jeremy alternated between full time and consulting positions at MakerBot Industries from 2011 to 2013, while finishing his undergraduate and Masters degrees at Cornell University. While at Makerbot he was responsible for designing an all-new electronics platform for the 3rd generation MakerBot (the original replicator), which was announced and launched at CES 2012. Jeremy has been into science and engineering most of his life and is a very strong believer and promoter of the “learn by doing” motto.

He recently wrote a book titled “Exploring Arduino,” which teaches readers about the Arduino electronics prototyping platform. He hopes the book will enable him to reach a large audience of people – both kids and adults. He is an Entrepreneur/Maker, produces a popular Arduino Tutorial video series, has built a ton of open source projects, and is presently working as a hardware engineer on the GLASS team at Google [x]. On December 16th, he announced that he would be donating 100% of his royalties from sales of his book to support STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) education with the support of Google matching his donations.

Check out this video with Jeremy Blum as he talks about CES, SUNN, Arduino, and more.

To learn more about Jeremy visit www.JeremyBlum.com

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Check out his new book “Exploring Arduino”

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Unbounded Robotics CEO & Co-Founder Melonee Wise | CES 2014

Unbounded Robotics CEO & Co-Founder Melonee Wise | CES 2014

Jan 20, 2014

QGITS at International CES 2014 excited to meet up with Melonie Wise CEO & Co-Founder of Unbounded Robotics. Founded in January 2013, Unbounded Robotics is building the next generation of advanced, affordable, mobile manipulation platforms for personal robotics research and service robotics. With decades of robotic hardware and software experience, the team of Willow Garage alumni has developed the UBR-1 the one-armed robot a mobile manipulation platform that offers state-of-the-art software and a sophisticated hardware exterior a relative of Willow Garage’s famed PR2 designed to completely revolutionize the market for research and education robotics.

While at CES Melonee and her team showcased UBR-1 at the “Robotics on the Runway” show along with other robots from various robotics companies produced by CEA, Digital Health Summit, Living in Digital Times and Silicon Valley Robotics at the Hard Rock Hotel in Vegas January 7th for the first and only runway show exclusively featuring cutting-edge robotics. UBR-1 was also featured at the Experience CEA stage at CES while meeting with press and visitors throughout the CES show floor.

See video interview with Melonee Wise and Anil Pattni from OCHackerz/QGITS as Melonee talks about how UBR-1 helps people, his cool features, Melonee’s background in robotics such as Willow Garage & TurtleBot and how to get started in robotics.

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Augmented Reality: The Next Big Thing or Information Overload | CES 2014

Augmented Reality: The Next Big Thing or Information Overload | CES 2014

Jan 15, 2014

Augmented reality (AR) is perhaps the most intriguing and potentially disruptive technology to come along in a lifetime. Which applications will the public embrace? Where are the boundaries of information overlays and on-the-fly interactivity? Experts predict where AR is heading, examine the impact of Google Glass and identify emerging business opportunities. Panel talk at the International CES 2014 conference with Thomas Alt, CEO at Metaio; Brian Mullins Founder/CEO of DAQRI; Neil Trevett VP, Mobile Marketing,NVIDIA and Moderator Seth Fletcher Sr. Editor,Technology Coverage at Scientific American.

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What does augmented reality mean to us today? Trevett: In the broadest sense providing contextually relevant information in a useable way. Getting the contextual awareness by having sensors, having them on mobile devices, the cloud and especially the camera. His personal definition of AR is overlaying useful information over a real time scene with a wearable display. Mullins: Sensor fusion to expand the story and experience. Alt gives the academic definition from 1997 by Ronald Azuma who said AR is the superimposition of the 3D content in real time in the users field of view and continues by saying it’s an addition to an existing application.  Click to read more…

A Robot for Every Home: Meet the Purveyors of the New Robotics | CES 2014

A Robot for Every Home: Meet the Purveyors of the New Robotics | CES 2014

Jan 15, 2014

Like other consumer electronics products, robotics technologies are becoming pervasive in the home. One of the talk tracks held at the International CES 2014 “A Robot for Every Home: Meet the Purveyors of the New Robotics” with panelist Matthew Fisher Founder/CEO of Kumotek Robotics; Ted Larson CEO of Ologic; Paolo Pirjanian CTO of iRobot; Takanori Shibata Chief Sr. Research Scientist of National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technoogy (AIST) and moderator Dan Kara Chief Research Officer at Myria Ras discuss the boundaries of the consumer robotics revolution and new opportunities, product development, enabling technologies, partnership and manufacturing strategies.

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Robots in the past were primarily for research but now moving towards the consumer market in entertainment and making a difference in people’s lives such as healthcare; we are going to see the robotics market exceed within the next 5 years. Hardware is in vogue right now and more investments are being made with startup companies for example Pebble Watch was funded on the crowd funding platform Kickstarter raising over $10 million dollars,Y Combinator has increased their investments into more hardware startups and startup company Anki Drive was highlighted at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference and raised $50 million from their series A round.

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The seal on the panel stage is Paro a socially interactive therapeutic robot developed by Takanori Shibata at AIST that is used in clinics and hospitals to stimulate patients with depression or dementia. It allows the benefits of animal therapy to be administered to patients in environments such as hospitals and extended care facilities where live animals present for treatment may be difficult or logistics may be tough.

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In closing on the panel, what’s next to be seen in the future for robotics technology? Autonomous cars and robots, telepresence, navigation and 3D mapping for indoor spaces by your phone, see more software program applications, better manipulation, enhanced software platform interaction and household robotics. The service and consumer robotics segments are exploding with mind-boggling innovation, new products and outrageous business opportunities.

 

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