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Predictive Powers: A Robot That Reads Your Intention?
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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...

Researchers Simulate Sounds of Water and Other Liquids
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Researchers Simulate Sounds of Water and Other Liquids

Cornell University computer science researchers have developed new algorithms to simulate the sounds of water to correspond with images. Cornell professor Doug...

Phonecams May Help Scientists Hunt for Martians
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Phonecams May Help Scientists Hunt for Martians

Using phone cameras, scientists can one day hunt for Martian life, by looking for organic matter that could indicate life. According to a report in New Scientist...

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The Future of Touch

Next-generation touch technology currently in development promises to boast greater user-friendliness and intuitiveness, with Amtel's Chris Ard noting that "all...

Microsoft's Project Natal: What Does It Mean For Game Industry?
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Microsoft's Project Natal: What Does It Mean For Game Industry?

Microsoft stunned the video game world on Monday with the announcement of its forthcoming "Project Natal" technology, full-body motion-sensitive technology that...

Pc Touch Screens Moving Beyond Mere Curiosity
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Pc Touch Screens Moving Beyond Mere Curiosity

The computer industry has a lot riding on your fingers. Companies have dabbled with the touch-screen technology for years. Apple elevated such technology from a...

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Google Explores 'eyes-Free' Phones

The screens on many mobile phones can leave a user feeling distinctly vision impaired, especially if her attention is divided between tapping virtual buttons and...

Video Games Help Doctors View Ct and Mri Images
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Video Games Help Doctors View Ct and Mri Images

The popular Nintendo Wii video game system is helping radiology students reach new levels! Faculty from Weill Cornell Medical College have coupled the motion-sensitive...

Robots Rolling Toward Farm Revolution
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Robots Rolling Toward Farm Revolution

Carnegie Mellon University roboticist Tony Stentz says that in the near future the farming industry may undergo a significant change as robotic farmhands become...

From ACM TechNews

Teaching Computers to Recognize

European researchers working on the Cognitive-Level Annotation Using Latent Statistical Structure (CLASS) project are developing visualization technologies capable...

Iphone  The Work Tool For Sustainable Factories of the Future
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Iphone The Work Tool For Sustainable Factories of the Future

The European Union-backed MyCar project is a collaborative effort involving Sweden's Chalmers University of Technology and the Volvo Group that is developing manufacturing...

In Search of a Do-It-Yourself Wall-E
From ACM TechNews

In Search of a Do-It-Yourself Wall-E

There has been an explosion in hobbyist or do-it-yourself (DIY) robotics, with one recent example being a 16,000-member community attempting to individually create...

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Tongue in Check

The growth of the Web has facilitated a revolution in translation technologies that are primarily based not on language rules but on vast volumes of text translated...

Siggraph 2009 Papers Focus on Technology, Advanced Techniques
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Siggraph 2009 Papers Focus on Technology, Advanced Techniques

The SIGGRAPH 2009 Technical Papers program is the premier global forum presenting groundbreaking research from today's leading international organizations. Topics...

Online Life Can Be Convenient as Well as Dangerous
From ACM TechNews

Online Life Can Be Convenient as Well as Dangerous

The rapid growth of technology and the cyberworld has made today's youth excellent technological multitaskers, and created entirely online businesses, but cyberspace...

From ACM TechNews

Openvibe: French Software Program Enables 'action Through Thought'

French research agencies have perfected a brain-computer interface four years after launching the OpenViBE project. INRIA, the French national institute for research...

New Puzzles That Tell Humans From Machines
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New Puzzles That Tell Humans From Machines

To stay one jump ahead of fraudsters and their automated rogue programs, researchers are devising more versions of CAPTCHA (Completely Automated Public Turing test...

Every Move You Make: Smart Phone App Helps Burn Calories
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Every Move You Make: Smart Phone App Helps Burn Calories

Thanks to a University of Houston professor, the iPhone can now count how many calories you've burned in a given day. A new, free download called Walk n' Play is...

It's Not Just Tv Anymore: The Promises and Perils of Children's Technological Environments
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It's Not Just Tv Anymore: The Promises and Perils of Children's Technological Environments

Today's children are coming of age immersed in video gaming, Web browsing, and instant messaging. Many have cell phones, laptops, and hand-held video games. Others...
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