Hollywood blockbusters like “Avatar” and “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” have shown us how cutting-edge motion capture technology can be used to create dazzling special effects on the big screen. But where does this technology fit into real life?
The second episode in UCTV Prime’s series “Our Digital Life” shows how cognitive scientists and computer engineers at UC Merced are collaborating and using real time, 3-D motion capture technology to understand our complex behavior and how we use it to record and analyze the way we live. Check it out here, then get ready for next’s weeks third and final installment, which shows how this revolutionary technology could be applied to teaching and health care in the future.
When it comes to pretend play, toddlers and young children are experts. But mini-scientists? That seems like a stretch.
Not according to researchers at UC Berkeley who are studying children’s behavior during playtime in an effort to crack the code inside their heads that makes them little “learning machines” capable of hypothesizing, experimenting and thinking outside the box — all valuable skills in a scientist as well as, researchers hope, computers of the future.
The latest episode of “UCTV Prime: Cuts” introduces you to the cutest research subjects you’ll ever meet.