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For Gamers With Disabilities, Creative Controllers Open Worlds
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For Gamers With Disabilities, Creative Controllers Open Worlds

Erin Hawley grew up immersed in video games, progressing from Pong on the Atari 2600 to Sonic the Hedgehog on the Sega Genesis to Tomb Raider on the Sony PlayStation...

Football: New TV Technology to Take Fans 'Inside the Game'
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Football: New TV Technology to Take Fans 'Inside the Game'

Intel has partnered with the U.K.-based soccer teams Manchester City, Liverpool, and Arsenal to introduce its state-of-the-art True View system to each team's respective...

'Hamlet' in Virtual Reality Casts the Viewer in the Play
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'Hamlet' in Virtual Reality Casts the Viewer in the Play

Boston’s Commonwealth Shakespeare Company and Google have created a virtual reality (VR) version of "Hamlet" in which the viewer plays the ghost of Hamlet’s father...

This Video Game Tournament Will Test the Wits of Computers
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This Video Game Tournament Will Test the Wits of Computers

Unity Technologies has announced the Obstacle Tower game and challenge, a video game tournament intended to contribute to artificial intelligence research.

Digital Design, QB Investments Could Aid Football Helmets
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Digital Design, QB Investments Could Aid Football Helmets

Major football helmet manufacturers are funding and refining new digitally designed models with enhanced safety features.

Being Recognized Everywhere
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Being Recognized Everywhere

How facial and voice recognition are reshaping society.

Technologizing Agriculture
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Technologizing Agriculture

An array of technologies are making farms more efficient, safer, and profitable.

A Brave New World of Genetic Engineering
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A Brave New World of Genetic Engineering

Genetic engineering technologies are advancing at a furious rate, changing the world one cell at a time.

Washington Fears New Threat from 'Deepfake' Videos
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Washington Fears New Threat from 'Deepfake' Videos

Lawmakers and experts are sounding the alarm about "deepfakes," forged videos that look remarkably real, warning they will be the next phase in disinformation campaigns...

Machine Vision Can Create Harry Potter-Style Photos for Muggles
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Machine Vision Can Create Harry Potter-Style Photos for Muggles

New software can animate the central character in a photograph while leaving the rest of the image untouched.

Brazilian Museum Destroyed by Fire Lives on Through Google
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Brazilian Museum Destroyed by Fire Lives on Through Google

Google is helping preserve Brazil's National Museum via a virtual exhibition, three months after the institution's destruction by fire.

Who Owns 3D Scans of Historic Sites?
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Who Owns 3D Scans of Historic Sites?

Three-dimensional scanning can be used to protect or rebuild historic structures, but who owns that digital data?

Hidden Messages Fool AI
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Hidden Messages Fool AI

Forced errors focus attention on neural network quirks.

How Russian Trolls ­sed Meme Warfare to Divide America
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How Russian Trolls ­sed Meme Warfare to Divide America

There's a meme on Instagram, circulated by a group called "Born Liberal." A fist holds a cluster of strings, reaching down into people with television sets for...

STEM Toys Promise to Turn Kids Into Tech Geniuses. Grown-Up Coders Are Skeptical
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STEM Toys Promise to Turn Kids Into Tech Geniuses. Grown-Up Coders Are Skeptical

Some programmers are doubtful that toys promising to imbue young minds with science, technology, engineering, and math skills can deliver on that promise.

How Sony's 'Spider-Man: Into the SpiderVerse' ­ses AR to Put a New Spin on a Beloved Superhero
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How Sony's 'Spider-Man: Into the SpiderVerse' ­ses AR to Put a New Spin on a Beloved Superhero

Sony has enhanced the new animated film "Spider-Man: Into the SpiderVerse" to break new ground with augmented reality technology.

'Superhuman' AI Triumphs Playing the Toughest Board Games
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'Superhuman' AI Triumphs Playing the Toughest Board Games

DeepMind's self-learning AlphaZero algorithm has demonstrated superhuman success at complex board games including chess, shogi, and go.

Smartphone Camera Replicates Physical Objects for Virtual Reality
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Smartphone Camera Replicates Physical Objects for Virtual Reality

A new technique allows physical objects to be replicated for the augmented and virtual reality space using any digital camera with a flash.

Researchers Bring Jedi Powers to Life With Force Push
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Researchers Bring Jedi Powers to Life With Force Push

A new technique method allows virtual reality users to move faraway objects and focus with an approach for remote object manipulation.

Learning to See
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Learning to See

Machine learning turns the spotlight on elusive viruses.
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