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Virtual Reality Speeds Up Rehabilitation

Virtual Reality Speeds Up Rehabilitation

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University has successfully developed a novel training programme using haptic technology for impaired hands that cannot function normally. This programme is unique as it provides force feedback, which creates a true sense of weight to the user through the control device.   Our hands are essential to our lives; we need [...]

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Telecommunications: New Radio Wave Device

Telecommunications: New Radio Wave Device

Researchers at the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin have achieved a milestone in modern wireless and cellular telecommunications, creating a radically smaller, more efficient radio wave circulator that could be used in cellphones and other wireless devices, as reported in the latest issue of Nature Physics.   The new [...]

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Future Computers Built from Magnetic ‘Tornadoes’

Magnetic materials form the basis of most hard disc drives as they are able to store data. A team from the University of Sheffield’s Faculty of Engineering have been investigating whether they could also be used to perform calculations, and so take on the role of a computer’s central processing unit (CPU). Lead researcher, Dr [...]

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Mind-Controlled Prosthetic Arms in Daily Life

Mind-Controlled Prosthetic Arms in Daily Life

For the first time, robotic prostheses controlled via implanted neuromuscular interfaces have become a clinical reality. A novel osseointegrated (bone-anchored) implant system gives patients new opportunities in their daily life and professional activities.   In January 2013 a Swedish arm amputee was the first person in the world to receive a prosthesis with a direct [...]

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New Laser Sensing Technology for Self-Driving Cars, Smartphones and 3-D Video Games

New Laser Sensing Technology for Self-Driving Cars, Smartphones and 3-D Video Games

A new twist on 3-D imaging technology could one day enable your self-driving car to spot a child in the street half a block away, let you answer your Smartphone from across the room with a wave of your hand, or play “virtual tennis” on your driveway.   The new system, developed by researchers at [...]

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Magnetic Vortices for Nanoscale Antennas

Magnetic Vortices for Nanoscale Antennas

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory are seeking ways to synchronize the magnetic spins in nanoscale devices to build tiny yet more powerful signal-generating or receiving antennas and other electronics. Their latest work, published in Nature Communications, shows that stacked nanoscale magnetic vortices separated by an extremely thin layer of copper [...]

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Using Google Glass in Surgical Settings?

Using Google Glass in Surgical Settings?

An article recently published in the International Journal of Surgery shows the potential applications for Google Glass in the surgical setting, particularly in relation to training.   Personal portable information technology is advancing at a breathtaking speed. Google has recently introduced Glass, a device that is worn like conventional glasses, but that combines a computerized [...]

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Future Electronics: Super-Efficient Hard Drives

Future Electronics: Super-Efficient Hard Drives

Researchers from ETH Zurich and the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI demonstrate how the magnetic structure can be altered quickly in novel materials. The effect could be used in efficient hard drives of the future.   Data on a hard drive is stored by flipping small magnetic domains. Researchers from the Paul Scherrer Institute PSI and [...]

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New Record Set for Data-Transfer Speeds

New Record Set for Data-Transfer Speeds

Researchers at IBM have set a new record for data transmission over a multimode optical fiber, a type of cable that is typically used to connect nearby computers within a single building or on a campus. The achievement demonstrated that the standard, existing technology for sending data over short distances should be able to meet [...]

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Device Enables Blind to ‘See’ Colors, Shapes

Device Enables Blind to ‘See’ Colors, Shapes

Using auditory or tactile stimulation, Sensory Substitution Devices (SSDs) provide representations of visual information and can help the blind “see” colors and shapes. SSDs scan images and transform the information into audio or touch signals that users are trained to understand, enabling them to recognize the image without seeing it.   Currently SSDs are not [...]

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