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Facing an Age-Old Problem
From Communications of the ACM

Facing an Age-Old Problem

Researchers are addressing the computing challenges of older individuals, whose needs are different — and too often disregarded.

Robot's Gentle Touch Aids Delicate Cancer Surgery
From ACM TechNews

Robot's Gentle Touch Aids Delicate Cancer Surgery

Canadian researchers have developed a robot capable of detecting tumor tissue in half the time it takes a human surgeon and with 40 percent greater accuracy while...

Doing What the Brain Does--How Computers Learn to Listen
From ACM TechNews

Doing What the Brain Does--How Computers Learn to Listen

Researchers at Germany's Leipzig Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences and the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging in London have developed...

Harvard Research Team Receives $10m Nsf Grant to Develop Small-Scale Mobile Robotic Devices
From ACM TechNews

Harvard Research Team Receives $10m Nsf Grant to Develop Small-Scale Mobile Robotic Devices

A Harvard University-led, multidisciplinary team of computer scientists, engineers, and biologists have received a $10 million U.S. National Science Foundation...

The Grill: MIT Media Labs' David Merrill on Tangible Computing
From ACM TechNews

The Grill: MIT Media Labs' David Merrill on Tangible Computing

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab graduate student David Merrill has co-invented Siftables to facilitate more natural and tangible interaction with...

From ACM TechNews

Experimental Tech Turns Your Coffee Table Into a ­niversal Remote

The recent ACM SIGGRAPH conference offered a video demonstration of Control of Remotely Interfaced Systems using Touch-based Actions in Living spaces (CRISTAL),...

New Linux-Based Technology to Make 'smarter' Gps
From ACM TechNews

New Linux-Based Technology to Make 'smarter' Gps

National ICT Australia has developed AutoMap, a Linux-based system designed to make personal navigation systems more accurate. AutoMap uses machine-vision techniques...

Computer Scientists Take Over Electronic Voting Machine With New Programming Technique
From ACM TechNews

Computer Scientists Take Over Electronic Voting Machine With New Programming Technique

Computer scientists from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), the University of Michigan, and Princeton University have demonstrated that a Sequoia electronic...

From ACM TechNews

How to Build Anonymity Into the Internet

At the 9th annual Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium, security researchers discussed alternatives to existing systems designed to help Internet users maintain...

From ACM TechNews

Semantics-Based Software Boosts Company Performance

SUPER, a European research project, has developed software that expedites companies' development or adjustment of their business processes while realizing cost...

From ACM TechNews

Robots to Get Their Own Operating System

Robots are limited by the fact that they are often designed and built in isolation for specific functions, and roboticists have started to consider what aspects...

From ACM TechNews

­.s. Web-Tracking Plan Stirs Privacy Fears

The White House is proposing to soften a long-existing prohibition on tracking how users peruse U.S. government Web sites with cookies and other methods, inciting...

From ACM TechNews

Computer 'agents' Take to the Web

Artificial intelligence agents that automatically negotiate for online shoppers, called Negotiation Ninjas, will be tested on a shopping Web site called Aroxo this...

From ACM TechNews

Finding the Right Piece of Sky

At the recent ACM SIGGRAPH 2009 conference, Microsoft Research's Visual Computing Group presented SkyFinder, a search system designed to analyze images of the sky...

From ACM TechNews

Call For Debate on Autonomous Military Robots

BBC NewsAs robots are increasingly used in warfare, civilian lives will be put at greater and greater risk, according to University of Sheffield professor NoelView...

From ACM TechNews

Communication Devices 2033

Motorola's Consumer Xperience Design (CXD) teams have speculated possible evolutionary paths that communication devices may take during the next 25 years. They...

From ACM TechNews

A Mind-Controlled Wheelchair Is Moving Closer to Reality

Researchers are making major progress on technology that could help the severely disabled. Professor Javier Minguez at Spain's University of Zaragoza is developing...

Five Futuristic Interfaces on Display at Siggraph
From ACM TechNews

Five Futuristic Interfaces on Display at Siggraph

ACM's SIGGRAPH 2009 conference will showcase a quintet of innovative interface models. University of Tokyo researchers have created a touchable holographic interface...

Wiring Rural America: Which Technology Is Best?
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Wiring Rural America: Which Technology Is Best?

Reaching the most remote rural customers with high-speed Internet access can be prohibitively expensive. Consider the case of Hill Country Telephone Cooperative...

Robotics Insights Through Flies' Eyes
From ACM TechNews

Robotics Insights Through Flies' Eyes

Researchers at the Munich-based Cognition for Technical Systems excellence cluster have developed a flight simulator for flies to determine the insect's neural...
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