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From the Desk of Doctor Geek

Dr. Scott Viguié (a.k.a. Doctor Geek) holds two doctorate degrees and is an archaeologist, attorney, actor and author. Before his wife will permit him to go back to graduate school, yet again, he will have to promise to move on to something that starts with a "B". As luck would have it, Scott is also the first bionic man. Well, ... not exactly.

In reality, Scott was one of the first to undergo extensive orthopedic surgery to compensate for cerebral palsy. While these cutting edge techniques did in fact grant him the ability to walk, making him better ... stronger ... faster, his new abilities did not in fact come with the cool sound effects. S o began a lifelong obsession with science, technology, and the science fiction that inspires them.

Scott's love of all things science fiction and fantasy can be heard on various podcasts, including Articles of the Shadow Proclamation, Earth Station One, and Earth Station Who. Throughout the year, Scott travels the convention circuit, appearing at such conventions as Dragon*con, Time Lord Fest, and TimeGate, where he can be seen participating in Doctor Who related panels and speaking on such topics as "The Archaeology of Stargate".

Scott established Doctor Geek's Laboratory and Doctor Geek's Science Fair in the hope that it would encourage a rekindled sense of optimism for the future. That it would bring about enthusiasm for innovation. That it would bring the fictional world of tomorrow, one step closer to today.

Scott is also a consultant for the Science & Entertaiment Exchange, a volunteer network based out of Los Angles that connects productions with experts who can add a little science to the fiction.

To contact Doctor Geek directly, email him at: scott@drgeeklab.com and follow him at www.facebook.com/thedoctorgeek.

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Limbitless Solutions, a nonprofit organization started last May by Albert Manero with the goal of making affordable, 3-D-printed bionic limbs for children with amputations, helped build an “Iron Man” themed bionic arm for Alex Pring, a 7-year-old boy who was born with a partially developed limb.  Alex received his new arm from non-other than Tony Stark himself, Robert Downey Jr.

 Like all true bionics, the prosthetic is controlled directly by the mind.   The arm works via surface electromyography.  Electromyography (EMG) reads the electrical signal from the brain and transmits it to the arm, producing a signal that triggers the opening and closing of the hand. 

 Manero said he was inspired by Ivan Owen, a special effects artist and puppeteer in Bellingham, Wash., who developed the first 3-D printed hand. Owen posted his design and instructions on Thingiverse, an online community to share 3-D designs.

 

“Alex’s arm is 3-D printed on a Stratasys printer, which takes approximately 40 to 50 hours to manufacture,” Manero said. “Assembly and the electronics take some additional time. Each arm is uniquely tailored for the user, both in fit and in expression.”

 

 

 

UC Berkley brings a new definition to the term “custom home.” The Bloom Pavilion measures 9 feet high, 12 feet wide and 12 feet deep, and has a traditional Thai floral motif design.  Unlike other 3D printed buildings which extruded wet cement through a nozzle, this new building was printed using dry powder cement.  According to team leader Ronald Rael, they "are mixing polymers with cement and fibers to produce very strong, lightweight, high-resolution parts on readily available equipment; it's a very precise, yet frugal technique."

There sure has been a lot of rapid development with regards to the 3D printer.  A Chinese company built 10 houses in less than 24 hours and in January finished a 5 story apartment block.  How soon before we work or live in a 3D printed building?

 

 

 

Boston Dynamics is at it again.  Their latest robot, named Spot is an improvement over its predecessor.  Unlike Wild Cat, Spot is much quieter.  It is fascinating to watch Spot navigate both indoors and out.  The original K9 and R2D2 remote controlled props were never capable of handling such issues with so much ease.  In fact, Spot is able to walk up stairs better than I can.

 

At the heart of our recent "Our Companion the Robot" investigation is the quest for the artificial intelligence.  From HAL 9000 and KITT to Iron Man's JARVIS science fiction is teeming with AIs.  So how soon before you will have your own constant companion?  Sooner than you think.

The creators of CUBIC were inspired by JARVIS to create an AI that unlike Siri, has the ability to integrate with your home giving you voice command over your environment.  Thanks to some cloud computing and an app, Cubic can follow you wherever your adventure takes you.

 Cubic was recently funded by an Indiegogo campaign so expect to see Cubic soon.