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Writing Without Keyboard: Handwriting Recognition On the Wrist

Writing Without Keyboard: Handwriting Recognition On the Wrist

Typing text messages on the mobile phone via the tiny soft keyboard is very cumbersome. How about simply writing it into the air! This idea drove the development of “airwriting” made by computer scientists of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Sensors attached to a glove record hand movements, a computer system captures relevant signals and [...]

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Action Video Games Boost Reading Skills, Study of Children With Dyslexia Suggests

Action Video Games Boost Reading Skills, Study of Children With Dyslexia Suggests

Much to the chagrin of parents who think their kids should spend less time playing video games and more time studying, time spent playing action video games can actually make dyslexic children read better. In fact, 12 hours of video game play did more for reading skills than is normally achieved with a year of [...]

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Wii-Playing Surgeons May Improve Performance On Laparoscopic Procedures

Laparoscopic surgeons may improve certain aspects of surgical performance by regularly playing on a Nintendo® Wii, according to research published February 27 in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Gregorio Patrizi and colleagues from the University of Rome, Italy. Considering the technical skills required to perform laparascopic procedures, several studies aim to evaluate and [...]

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Newly Observed Properties of Vacuums: Light Particles Illuminate the Vacuum

Newly Observed Properties of Vacuums: Light Particles Illuminate the Vacuum

In an article published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers from Aalto University and the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland showed experimentally that vacuum has properties not previously observed. According to the laws of quantum mechanics, it is a state with abundant potentials. Vacuum contains momentarily appearing and disappearing virtual [...]

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Blueprint for an Artificial Brain: Scientists Experiment With Memristors That Imitate Natural Nerves

Blueprint for an Artificial Brain: Scientists Experiment With Memristors That Imitate Natural Nerves

Scientists have long been dreaming about building a computer that would work like a brain. This is because a brain is far more energy-saving than a computer, it can learn by itself, and it doesn’t need any programming. Privatdozent [senior lecturer] Dr. Andy Thomas from Bielefeld University’s Faculty of Physics is experimenting with memristors — [...]

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Quantum Algorithm Breakthrough: Performs a True Calculation for the First Time

Quantum Algorithm Breakthrough: Performs a True Calculation for the First Time

An international research group led by scientists from the University of Bristol, UK, and the University of Queensland, Australia, has demonstrated a quantum algorithm that performs a true calculation for the first time. Quantum algorithms could one day enable the design of new materials, pharmaceuticals or clean energy devices.   The team implemented the ‘phase [...]

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Xenon Flash for Photos in Dark from Smart Phones

Xenon Flash for Photos in Dark from Smart Phones

A Singapore invention looks set to equip mobile phones with a built-in, small yet powerful Xenon flash, allowing consumers to take great photos even in low-light conditions. Scientists from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have made a revolutionary capacitor that overcomes the limitations of current capacitors, which are needed to store enough energy to fire a [...]

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Insects Inspiring New Technology: Autonomous Navigation of Mobile Robots Based On Locust Vision

Insects Inspiring New Technology: Autonomous Navigation of Mobile Robots Based On Locust Vision

The way in which the locust’s distinctive visual system could be transferred into technology for state of the art vehicle collision sensors, surveillance technology and video games has been detailed as part of robotics research being carried out by an academic from the University of Lincoln (UK).   Scientists from the University of Lincoln and [...]

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New Imaging Device Is Flexible, Flat, and Transparent

New Imaging Device Is Flexible, Flat, and Transparent

Digital cameras, medical scanners, and other imaging technologies have advanced considerably during the past decade. Continuing this pace of innovation, an Austrian research team has developed an entirely new way of capturing images based on a flat, flexible, transparent, and potentially disposable polymer sheet. The team describes their new device and its possible applications in [...]

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Quick, Efficient Chip Cleans Up Common Flaws in Amateur Photographs

Quick, Efficient Chip Cleans Up Common Flaws in Amateur Photographs

Your smartphone snapshots could be instantly converted into professional-looking photographs with just the touch of a button, thanks to a processor chip developed at MIT.   The chip, built by a team at MIT’s Microsystems Technology Laboratory, can perform tasks such as creating more realistic or enhanced lighting in a shot without destroying the scene’s [...]

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