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Neglected Statistical Tool Could Help Robots Better Understand the Objects in the World Around Them

Neglected Statistical Tool Could Help Robots Better Understand the Objects in the World Around Them

Object recognition is one of the most widely studied problems in computer vision. But a robot that manipulates objects in the world needs to do more than just recognize them; it also needs to understand their orientation. Is that mug right-side up or upside-down? And which direction is its handle facing?   To improve robots’ [...]

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Printed Electronics: A Multi-Touch Sensor Customizable With Scissors

Printed Electronics: A Multi-Touch Sensor Customizable With Scissors

If a pair of long pants is too long, it is cut to length. A board that does not fit into a bookcase is sawed to the right length. People often customize the size and shape of materials like textiles and wood without turning to specialists like tailors or carpenters. In the future this should [...]

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Video Game Technology: Motion Tracking Technology Is Extremely Precise, Inexpensive With Minimal Lag

Video Game Technology: Motion Tracking Technology Is Extremely Precise, Inexpensive With Minimal Lag

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and Disney Research Pittsburgh have devised a motion tracking technology that could eliminate much of the annoying lag that occurs in existing video game systems that use motion tracking, while also being extremely precise and highly affordable.   Called Lumitrack, the technology has two components — projectors and sensors. A [...]

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Physicists ‘Entangle’ Microscopic Drum’s Beat With Electrical Signals

Physicists ‘Entangle’ Microscopic Drum’s Beat With Electrical Signals

Extending evidence of quantum behavior farther into the large-scale world of everyday life, physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have “entangled” — linked the properties of — a microscopic mechanical drum with electrical signals.   The results confirm that NIST’s micro-drum could be used as a quantum memory in future quantum [...]

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Computer Scientists Develop New Approach to Sort Cells Up to 38 Times Faster

Computer Scientists Develop New Approach to Sort Cells Up to 38 Times Faster

A team of engineers led by computer scientists at the University of California, San Diego, has developed a new approach that marries computer vision and hardware optimization to sort cells up to 38 times faster than is currently possible. The approach could be used for clinical diagnostics, stem cell characterization and other applications.   The [...]

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Measuring Height by Connecting Clocks

Measuring Height by Connecting Clocks

How far above sea level is a place located? And where exactly is “sea level”? It is one objective of the geodesists to answer these questions with 1 cm accuracy. Conventional measurement procedures or GPS technologies via satellites, however, reach their limits here. Now optical atomic clocks offer a new approach, because the tick rate [...]

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Putting a Face On a Robot

Putting a Face On a Robot

What does the assistive robot of the future look like? It depends.   A new study from the Georgia Institute of Technology finds that older and younger people have varying preferences about what they would want a personal robot to look like. And they change their minds based on what the robot is supposed to [...]

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Computer Program Lets Users Learn Keyboard Shortcuts With Minimal Effort

Computer Program Lets Users Learn Keyboard Shortcuts With Minimal Effort

A computer scientist from Saarbrucken has developed software which assists users in identifying and learning shortcuts so that they can become as fast as expert users. This new interface mechanism is easy to integrate in programs using a toolbar, a menu or ribbons as a graphical user interface.   If somebody wants to shift text [...]

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Superfast Switching of Quantum Light Sources

Superfast Switching of Quantum Light Sources

Usually, an elementary light source — such as an excited atom or molecule — emits light of a particular color at an unpredictable instance in time. Recently, however, scientists from the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology of the UT, FOM and the Institute for Nanoscience and Cryogenics (CEA/INAC) in France have shown that a light source [...]

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Robotic Fabrication in Timber Construction

Robotic Fabrication in Timber Construction

Researchers at the University of Stuttgart develop a lightweight timber construction system combining robotic prefabrication with computational design and simulation processes, as well as three-dimensional surveying technologies used in engineering geodesy. In collaboration with Kuka, a manufacturer of industrial robot arms, and the timber construction and engineering company MüllerBlaustein, the partners investigate the potentials of [...]

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