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A Simpler, Gentler Robotic Grip
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A Simpler, Gentler Robotic Grip

Harvard and Yale University researchers have designed a soft robotic hand that can pick up objects, suggesting a promising future in prosthetic arms. The new device...

Thought-Controlled Wheelchair
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Thought-Controlled Wheelchair

Carmaker Toyota has teamed up with the Riken Brain Science Institute to create a computer the reads the brainwaves of a person seated in a wheelchair to control...

Michigan Students Develop Rfid-Enabled Blind Cane
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Michigan Students Develop Rfid-Enabled Blind Cane

The Smart Cane is a prototype device developed by Central Michigan University (CMU) engineering students to help visually-impaired people navigate and avoid obstacles...

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Pentagon

The creation of a cyborg insect army has just taken a step closer to reality. A research team at the University of California Berkeley recently announced thatFrontiers...

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How the Netflix Prize Was Won

The secret to the success of BellKor's Pragmatic Chaos and The Ensemble, first- and second-place winners of the Netflix Prize, was teamwork. The Netflix Prize...

Two Berkeley Faculty Members Receive Macarthur 'genius' Award
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Two Berkeley Faculty Members Receive Macarthur 'genius' Award

University of California, Berkeley professors Maneesh Agrawala and Lin He have been named MacArthur Fellows, which provides them with five-year, $500,000 grants...

Debating Net Neutrality
From Communications of the ACM

Debating Net Neutrality

Advocates seek to protect users from potential business practices, but defenders of the status quo say that concerns are overblown.

Managing Data
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Managing Data

Dealing with terabytes of data is not the monumental task it once was. The difficult part is presenting enormous amounts of information in ways that are most useful...

Technology Shows What's on a Customer's Mind
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Technology Shows What's on a Customer's Mind

Foviance founder Catriona Campbell, an expert on human-computer interaction, provides clients with research studies that measure Internet users' subconscious, emotional...

Let's Talk About Sex . . . With Robots
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Let's Talk About Sex . . . With Robots

Interactions between humans and machines are evolving to the point where they could include having sexual relations, says David Levy, who won the 2009 Loebner prize...

Robots Get Smarter By Asking For Help
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Robots Get Smarter By Asking For Help

Willow Garage researchers are developing robots that ask human for help when they cannot recognize objects. Willow Garage computer scientist Alan Sorokin has designed...

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Netflix Awards $1 Million Prize and Starts a New Contest

Netflix, the movie rental company, has decided its million-dollar-prize competition was such a good investment that it is planning another one.  The company’srecommendation...

Turing Award Winner Barbara Liskov to Keynote at Oopsla 2009
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Turing Award Winner Barbara Liskov to Keynote at Oopsla 2009

This year's ACM conference on Object-Oriented Programming Systems, Languages, and Appliances (OOPSLA 2009) will be held in Orlando, Fla., from October 25-29. OOPSLA...

Taming the Vast
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Taming the Vast

European researchers are making an impressive effort to link up digital repositories to create a vast network of easy to search online data. The DRIVER project...

Google Acquires Recaptcha
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Google Acquires Recaptcha

ReCAPTCHA Inc., a spin-off of Carnegie Mellon University's Computer Science Department, has been acquired by Google Inc. The Pittsburgh company developed online...

NRL Artificial Intelligence Team Win Prestigious Video Awards
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NRL Artificial Intelligence Team Win Prestigious Video Awards

Researchers at the U.S. Navy Research Laboratory's (NRL) Navy Center for Applied Research in Artificial Intelligence won two awards at the 21st International Joint...

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How Emerging Wireless Techs Are Transforming Healthcare

Heath care technology researchers are taking advantage of faster wireless networks and developing new "telehealth" sensors and devices as part of a booming new...

Gestures Set to Shake ­p Mobile ­ser Interfaces
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Gestures Set to Shake ­p Mobile ­ser Interfaces

Mobile interface expert Christian Lindholm believes that mobile phones will be transformed in the next few years due to advances in fold-out screens, gesture controls...

Study Pushes the Button on Intuitive Design
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Study Pushes the Button on Intuitive Design

Queensland University of Technology (QUT) researcher Simon Lawry plans to observe adults in their homes using everyday appliances in an effort to develop contemporary...

High-Tech Manikins Educate Nurses at Clinical Simulation Lab
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High-Tech Manikins Educate Nurses at Clinical Simulation Lab

"I feel like I could die." This desperate-sounding utterance from a patient would grab the attention of nurses and caregivers on any hospital floor or in any ER...
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