The Lab Session 4 at TED2012

Because experimentation and innovation form the stuff of TED…

In this session:

Who showed up? Scooter the Muppet! And he laid a smackdown on CGI upstarts: “Can Tactile Icons Survive in an Integer-Driven Environment?” >>

Regina Dugan directs the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the DoD innovation engine responsible for creating and preventing strategic surprise. Read about the inspiring, surprising, rather scary stuff she talked about onstage >>

Jack Choi is the CEO of Anatomage, a company specializing on 3D medical technology. Onstage at TED, he demo’ed a virtual (and “oops”-proof) touch table for teaching dissection to surgical students >>

A magician and illusionist for the 21st century, Marco Tempest blends cutting-edge technology with the flair and showmanship of Houdini. See photos from his talk, a meditation on the life of Tesla >>

Donald Sadoway is working on a battery miracle — an inexpensive, incredibly efficient, three-layered battery using “liquid metal.” Read about his quest for a cheap, efficient, revolutionary battery >>

Colin Robertson is a futurist and is not someone most people have heard of. And then this happened >>

At the University of Pennsylvania, Vijay Kumar studies the control and coordination of multi-robot formations. He and students Daniel Mellinger and Alex Kushleyev talk about the future of swarming robots >>