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An edited collection of advanced computing news from Communications of the ACM, ACM TechNews, other ACM resources, and news sites around the Web.


Giving Robots a Sense of Touch
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Giving Robots a Sense of Touch

Researchers have mounted GelSight sensors on the grippers of robotic arms to provide robotic systems with greater sensitivity and dexterity.

Wearable System Helps Visually Impaired ­sers Navigate
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Wearable System Helps Visually Impaired ­sers Navigate

A new system to help visually impaired users navigate employs a three-dimensional camera, a belt with vibrational motors, and a refreshable Braille interface.

Faster, More Nimble Drones on the Horizon
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Faster, More Nimble Drones on the Horizon

Researchers have developed an algorithm to tune a Dynamic Vision Sensor camera to detect only specific changes in brightness that matter for a particular system...

New Scaling Law Predicts How Wheels Drive Over Sand
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New Scaling Law Predicts How Wheels Drive Over Sand

When engineers design a new aircraft, they carry out much of the initial testing not on full-sized jets but on model planes that have been scaled down to fit inside...

Toward Mass-Producible Quantum Computers
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Toward Mass-Producible Quantum Computers

Researchers have developed a new method that could help lead to the development of practical, diamond-based quantum computing devices.

Cinematography on the Fly
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Cinematography on the Fly

Researchers are working to improve the performance of autonomous drones in capturing video for movies.

Wireless Power Could Enable Ingestible Electronics
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Wireless Power Could Enable Ingestible Electronics

Researchers have developed a method for wirelessly powering ingestible electronic devices.

Not Stuck on Silicon
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Not Stuck on Silicon

Researchers have developed a new technique they say could reduce the overall cost of wafer technology.

Researchers 'iron Out' Graphene's Wrinkles
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Researchers 'iron Out' Graphene's Wrinkles

Researchers  have developed methods to reduce and "iron out" wrinkles in graphene, potentially enabling faster and more efficient electronic and photonic devices...

A Big Leap Toward Tinier Lines
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A Big Leap Toward Tinier Lines

Researchers have developed a method that could make it possible to produce some of the narrowest microchip wires ever.

Toward Printable, Sensor-Laden 'skin' For Robots
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Toward Printable, Sensor-Laden 'skin' For Robots

Researchers believe three-dimensional printing of flexible electronics integrating sensors and processing circuitry is key to bulk manufacturing of a robot "skin...

New Resource For Optical Chips
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New Resource For Optical Chips

Researchers have demonstrated that silicon optical devices can reproduce physical phenomena used by high-end telecommunications optoelectronic components.

Smart Automation
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Smart Automation

Researchers at the Singapore-Massachusetts Institute of Technology Alliance for Research and Technology have spent the last several years developing autonomous...

Printable Electronics
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Printable Electronics

Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineers have developed an ultra-thin, high-resolution printing process that makes use of nanoporous stamps.

Design Your Own Custom Drone
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Design Your Own Custom Drone

Researchers have developed a way for consumers to design and develop drones to meet their unique specifications.

Driverless-Vehicle Options Now Include Scooters
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Driverless-Vehicle Options Now Include Scooters

Researchers have developed an autonomous mobility scooter using the same sensor configuration and software used in previous trials of autonomous cars and golf carts...

An Autonomous Fleet For Amsterdam
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An Autonomous Fleet For Amsterdam

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has partnered with the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions to test a fleet of autonomous boats.

Judging a Book Through Its Cover
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Judging a Book Through Its Cover

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers and colleagues at the Georgia Institute of Technology are designing an imaging system that can read closed books...

How Machine Learning Can Help With Voice Disorders
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How Machine Learning Can Help With Voice Disorders

A new diagnostic approach using machine learning could help detect speech disorders exacerbated by vocal misuse.

­sing Light to Control Genome Editing
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­sing Light to Control Genome Editing

Researchers have added a new technique to the CRISPR genome-editing system that lets scientists control when and where gene editing occurs by using ultraviolet...
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