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  • Flight of Fancy

    As a graduate student in interactive media at the University of Southern California, Chen used flow theory to create Cloud, an award-winning game that allows players to experience relaxing, meditative flight from a child’s perspective.

  • In-Box Revisited

    A brief “tour” of Xobni highlights the features that make the Outlook plug-in so helpful.

  • Bomb Buster

    Aimée Rose demonstrates one of the ultrasensitive, handheld explosives detectors that she helped to develop, first as a graduate student at MIT and then as a research scientist at ICx Technologies.

  • Doing the Dishes

    In order to unload a dishwasher, STAIR determines on the fly how best to grasp unfamiliar objects.

  • Fetching Objects

    Cued by a verbal command, the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Robot (STAIR) retrieves a stapler from an unfamiliar room.

  • Robotic Assistance

    Stanford’s Andrew Ng explains his work to build a general-purpose household robot and demonstrates some of the prototype’s unique abilities.

  • How Obama Really Did It

    Jascha Franklin-Hodge, cofounder and chief technology officer of Blue State Digital, describes how the company helped create and manage Barack Obama’s highly successful online social network.

  • Intensifying the Sun

    Jon Mapel, cofounder of Covalent Solar, explains how the solar-power company got its start and how its technology works.

  • Tesla Roadster

    Tesla’s chief technology officer, JB Straubel, discusses the technology behind the electric Roadster as he drives through San Carlos, CA.

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