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Web Sites That ­se the Spoken Word Will Empower the Illiterate
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Web Sites That ­se the Spoken Word Will Empower the Illiterate

A variety of advancements have been made in Internet technology in the past few years, but the Internet continues to reinforce a fundamental division between those...

Interactive Robot Guided By Sensors, Not Remote Controls
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Interactive Robot Guided By Sensors, Not Remote Controls

Brown University professor Chad Jenkins and his team have developed a robot capable of holding a conversation, gesturing, and following a human's movement without...

Eye-Tracking Software Opens Online Worlds to People With Disabilities
From ICT Results

Eye-Tracking Software Opens Online Worlds to People With Disabilities

Technology that allows gamers to control game functions with only their eyes is helping to open virtual worlds such as "Second Life" and "World of Warcraft" toCOGAIN...

Human Eye Inspires Advance in Computer Vision
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Human Eye Inspires Advance in Computer Vision

Boston College (BC) computer scientists have developed a program that enables computers to see quickly moving objects with nearly double the accuracy and 10 times...

Cell Phones That Listen and Learn
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Cell Phones That Listen and Learn

A cell phone would be able to track the behavior of its user with SoundSense, new software developed by Dartmouth College researchers. SoundSense automatically...

Beating the Bullies: Changing Real-World Behavior Through Virtual Experience
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Beating the Bullies: Changing Real-World Behavior Through Virtual Experience

Social problems like bullying and stereotyping involve thoughts, feelings and reactions that resist change. New research shows that when students play active roles...

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Neural Networks That Replicate Biological Brains

Imperial College London professor of cognitive robotics Murray Shanahan is using graphics processing technology originally developed for the gaming industry to...

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Futurephile: Knowledge Embedded in Everything

The day will come when everyone will wear glasses with a computer overlay capable of processing the faces of passersby and tell wearers if they have met someone...

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Better Games Through Long-Distance Networking

University of Melbourne researcher Florian Mueller was awarded this year's Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarship in Technology for his research into video games that...

Writing on Air Is Not Pie in the Sky
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Writing on Air Is Not Pie in the Sky

Duke University engineering students have developed the PhonePoint Pen, a program that uses the accelerometers in smart phones to enable users to write messages...

Scientists Create Hybrid System of Human-Machine Interaction
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Scientists Create Hybrid System of Human-Machine Interaction

In a groundbreaking study, scientists at FAU have created a "hybrid" system to examine real-time interactions between humans and machines (virtual partners). By...

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Let the Search Engine Try Again

A Pennsylvania State University researcher has analyzed the way Web surfers reformulate their Web searches and believes his research could lead to improvements...

Looking Forward to the Smarter Smartphone
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Looking Forward to the Smarter Smartphone

Cutting-edge research suggests there are major changes in store for smartphones. For example, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Brandon Taylor and Michael...

Brain-Computer Interface Begins New Clinical Trial
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Brain-Computer Interface Begins New Clinical Trial

The second clinical trial of the BrainGate Neural Interface System developed at Brown University is about to start at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston...

No More Geeky Glasses to Watch 3D
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No More Geeky Glasses to Watch 3D

Most people's experience with 3D involves wearing tinted glasses in a cinema. But a new technology, which does not require glasses and may enable 3DTV, is being...

Virtual Power Plants Could Tame Coming Grid Chaos
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Virtual Power Plants Could Tame Coming Grid Chaos

Fears over energy security and climate change have led to record investment in renewable energy. But a major problem threatens to stall progress towards a more...

Robotics Inspire Students in Computer Science
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Robotics Inspire Students in Computer Science

Lamar University's Increasing Student Participation In Research Development (INSPIRED) team hosts computing workshops for middle and high school students in an...

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The Display That Watches You

Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems researchers have developed a new screen technology that uses interlacing photodetector cells and display pixels to...

Predictive Powers: A Robot That Reads Your Intention?
From ICT Results

Predictive Powers: A Robot That Reads Your Intention?

European researchers in robotics, psychology and cognitive sciences have developed a robot that can predict the intentions of its human partner. This ability to...

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NIST Delivers ­pdated Draft Standards for Electronic Voting Machines

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently provided the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) with a draft revision to the 2005 U.S. federal...
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