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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.

­sing Bitcoin to Prevent Identify Theft
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­sing Bitcoin to Prevent Identify Theft

A new system uses bitcoin's security mechanisms to foil online identify thieves.

Speeding ­p Quality Control For Biologics
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Speeding ­p Quality Control For Biologics

Engineers have developed a new method for analyzing biologics in production, based on a series of nanoscale filters.

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.

Teaching Robots to Teach Other Robots
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Teaching Robots to Teach Other Robots

C-LEARN is a system designed to let users teach robots skills that they can pass along to other robots.

Teaching Robots to Teach Other Robots
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Teaching Robots to Teach Other Robots

Most robots are programmed using one of two methods: learning from demonstration, in which they watch a task being done and then replicate it, or via motion-planning...

Mapping the Edge of Reality
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Mapping the Edge of Reality

Researchers have developed a genetic algorithm to confirm the rejection of classical ideas of causality.

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.

Explained: Neural Networks
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Explained: Neural Networks

Deep learning is a new name for the neural-networking approach to artificial intelligence.

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...

Faster Page Loads
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Faster Page Loads

Flowtune is a new system for allocating bandwidth in datacenter networks.

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.

Protecting Web ­sers' Privacy
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Protecting Web ­sers' Privacy

Splinter is a new encryption system that disguises users' database queries so they reveal no private information.

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...

Sharing the Fares
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Sharing the Fares

The potential for urban ride-sharing is similar for a variety of cities all over the world.

Artificial Data Give the Same Results as Real Data--Without Compromising Privacy
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Artificial Data Give the Same Results as Real Data--Without Compromising Privacy

The Synthetic Data Vault is a new machine-learning system that automatically creates synthetic data, which can be used in data science efforts that otherwise would...
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