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When Drones Fly
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When Drones Fly

Drone technology is poised to enter the mainstream of business and society, but engineering robust controls remains a challenge.

Haptic Arm Places Robotics Within Easy Reach
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Haptic Arm Places Robotics Within Easy Reach

Researchers have created a robotic arm facilitating light, affordable, and accessible haptic force feedback. 

Microsoft's DreamWalker VR Turns Your Daily Commute Into Totally Different One
From ACM TechNews

Microsoft's DreamWalker VR Turns Your Daily Commute Into Totally Different One

Microsoft researchers have designed virtual reality solutions to allow users to remain fully immersed in virtual environments, even when walking in real-life locations...

Soccer Team In Denmark Is Using Facial Recognition to Stop Unruly Fans
From ACM TechNews

Soccer Team In Denmark Is Using Facial Recognition to Stop Unruly Fans

Brondby Stadium of Copenhagen, Denmark, is using one of Europe's first large-scale private facial recognition systems to catch those banned from the stadium as...

Is the Stethoscope Dying? High-Tech Rivals Pose Threat
From ACM TechNews

Is the Stethoscope Dying? High-Tech Rivals Pose Threat

New medical technologies competing with the two-century-old stethoscope include handheld devices that use ultrasound, artificial intelligence (AI), and smartphone...

The Lines of Code That Changed Everything
From ACM News

The Lines of Code That Changed Everything

Apollo 11, the JPEG, the first pop-up ad, and 33 other bits of software that have transformed our world.

It's Never Been Easier to Avoid Walking. A Cargo-Carrying Robot Might Change That
From ACM TechNews

It's Never Been Easier to Avoid Walking. A Cargo-Carrying Robot Might Change That

Boston-based robotics firm Piaggio Fast Forward will soon deploy a bipedal wheeled robot that hauls owners' belongings as it follows behind them. 

DeepMind AI Beats Humans at Deciphering Damaged Ancient Greek Tablets
From ACM TechNews

DeepMind AI Beats Humans at Deciphering Damaged Ancient Greek Tablets

Researchers at DeepMind trained an artificial intelligence algorithm to guess missing words or characters from Greek inscriptions up to 2,600 years old. 

Silicon Valley Takes On Amazon's Cashierless 'Go' Stores
From ACM TechNews

Silicon Valley Takes On Amazon's Cashierless 'Go' Stores

An area of San Francisco is emerging as a battleground to eliminate the traditional checkout process and reinvent the way consumers shop. 

Snaking Its Way into Your Heart
From ACM News

Snaking Its Way into Your Heart

Artfiicial intelligence's new take on heart surgery.

Russia's Pizza King Wants to Use the Cloud to Take Over the World
From ACM TechNews

Russia's Pizza King Wants to Use the Cloud to Take Over the World

Russian pizza magnate Fyodor Ovchinnikov plans to open 1,000 Dodo Pizza outlets in Europe, Asia, and Africa in the next five years, using a combination of application...

Does Your Toothbrush Have an App Yet?
From ACM TechNews

Does Your Toothbrush Have an App Yet?

New technologies are being introduced to the world of dental care.

The Deep Learning Way to Design Fly-Like Robots
From ACM TechNews

The Deep Learning Way to Design Fly-Like Robots

Researchers have developed motion-capture software that uses deep learning to model a fruit fly's movements in three dimensions, in the hope of designing fly-like...

If a Robotic Hand Solves a Rubik’s Cube, Does It Prove Something?
From ACM News

If a Robotic Hand Solves a Rubik’s Cube, Does It Prove Something?

A five-fingered feat could show important progress in Artificial Intelligence research. It is also a stunt.

How the U.S. Census Kickstarted America’s Computing Industry
From ACM News

How the U.S. Census Kickstarted America’s Computing Industry

As the country grew, each census required greater effort than the last, not merely to collect the data but also to compile it into usable form.

Canberra Gives AU$32m for Autonomous Decision-Making Research
From ACM TechNews

Canberra Gives AU$32m for Autonomous Decision-Making Research

The Australian government is allocating AU$31.8 million (about US$21.5 million) to the Australian Research Council to study responsible, ethical, and inclusive...

Lost in Translation?
From ACM News

Lost in Translation?

Machine language translation is advancing rapidly, but can it reach the level of human understanding?

La Trobe University Swaps Textbooks for VR, AR
From ACM TechNews

La Trobe University Swaps Textbooks for VR, AR

La Trobe University will swap out textbooks for augmented reality and virtual reality to teach anatomy as part of a 12-week pilot program.

That Music You're Dancing To? It's Code
From ACM TechNews

That Music You're Dancing To? It's Code

Sonic Pi is a coding language that may be used to construct melodies in real time at live coding shows.

System Helps Smart Devices Find Their Position
From ACM TechNews

System Helps Smart Devices Find Their Position

A new system helps networks of smart devices find their positions in environments where GPS usually fails.
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