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Beam Me ­p to the Video Conference
From ACM TechNews

Beam Me ­p to the Video Conference

Researchers have created a technique for virtually transmitting a fully-sized, three-dimensional image of a person that viewers can see from different angles.

We're Ahead of Schedule to Turn 'star Trek' Tech Into Reality
From ACM News

We're Ahead of Schedule to Turn 'star Trek' Tech Into Reality

Most Star Trek stories from the vaunted franchise turning 50 this week take place in a distant future we're not likely to see.

Cornell Video Game Speeds Language Learning
From ACM News

Cornell Video Game Speeds Language Learning

Adding "fun" and "chat" aspects to the game enhances memorization and understanding of context.

The Man Who Created Leappad Wants To Turn Your Eyes Into a Mouse
From ACM Careers

The Man Who Created Leappad Wants To Turn Your Eyes Into a Mouse

First came the computer mouse. Then the touchscreen.

GPUs Reshape Computing
From Communications of the ACM

GPUs Reshape Computing

Graphical processing units have emerged as a major powerhouse in the computing world, unleashing huge advancements in deep learning and AI.

The Edge of the Uncanny
From Communications of the ACM

The Edge of the Uncanny

Scientists are learning more about what makes robots and chatbots engaging.

Happy 25th Birthday to the World Wide Web
From ACM News

Happy 25th Birthday to the World Wide Web

Internauts, today we celebrate this glorious technology that brings us all together! On August 23, 1991--25 years ago today--the public gained access for the first...

Tim Cook: Running Apple 'is Sort of a Lonely Job'
From ACM Opinion

Tim Cook: Running Apple 'is Sort of a Lonely Job'

On a sleek white coffee table in Apple CEO Tim Cook's fourth-floor office in late July, beneath framed posters of Robert F. Kennedy, the Rev. Martin Luther King...

The Bandwidth Bottleneck that Is Throttling the Internet
From ACM News

The Bandwidth Bottleneck that Is Throttling the Internet

On 19 June, several hundred thousand US fans of the television drama Game of Thrones went online to watch an eagerly awaited episode—and triggered a partial failure...

When Computers Are The Hackers
From ACM News

When Computers Are The Hackers

A Pittsburgh company's cyber reasoning system takes the $2-million grand prize in the DARPA Cyber Grand Challenge.

Reach in and Touch Objects in Videos With 'interactive Dynamic Video'
From ACM TechNews

Reach in and Touch Objects in Videos With 'interactive Dynamic Video'

Interactive Dynamic Video is a new imaging method that can simulate the tactile sensation of objects in videos using cameras and algorithms.

Selfie Righteous: New Tool Corrects Angles and Distances in Portraits
From ACM TechNews

Selfie Righteous: New Tool Corrects Angles and Distances in Portraits

A new tool can correct distortions in self-portrait photographs by making a subject's face appear as if it were photographed from a longer distance or a different...

Facebook's Really Big Plans For Virtual Reality
From ACM News

Facebook's Really Big Plans For Virtual Reality

The office building on Facebook Way is in the unfinished style that honors materials like plywood, concrete, and steel.

New Method Reconstructs Highly Detailed 3D Eyes From a Single Photograph
From ACM TechNews

New Method Reconstructs Highly Detailed 3D Eyes From a Single Photograph

Disney researchers say they have developed a technique that can capture the important, yet subtle details of human eyes with a single facial scan or photo.

New Movie Screen Allows For Glasses-Free 3D at a Larger Scale
From ACM TechNews

New Movie Screen Allows For Glasses-Free 3D at a Larger Scale

Researchers have demonstrated a display on which audiences can watch three-dimensional films in a movie theater without additional eyewear.

Consumers and 3D Printing: The Future
From ACM News

Consumers and 3D Printing: The Future

The market, currently dominated by professional and hobbyist makers, could be changing.

Single Camera Can Capture High Quality Facial Performance
From ACM TechNews

Single Camera Can Capture High Quality Facial Performance

Researchers have developed a method of using one camera to obtain facial performance capture, a key component of visual effects for movies and computer games.

Smartphone Apps For Social Good
From Communications of the ACM

Smartphone Apps For Social Good

Mobile apps make it easier, faster, and cheaper to create massive impact on social causes ranging from world hunger to domestic violence.

Reinforcement Renaissance
From Communications of the ACM

Reinforcement Renaissance

The power of deep neural networks has sparked renewed interest in reinforcement learning, with applications to games, robotics, and beyond.

Character Animation Technique Produces Realistic-Looking Bends at Joints
From ACM TechNews

Character Animation Technique Produces Realistic-Looking Bends at Joints

Phys.orgDisney researchers have developed a method to pre-compute an optimized center of rotation for each vertex in a character model.
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