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Tools Enhance Real-World Apps: Call in the Tele-Shrink

European researchers have developed a suite of tools to add non-verbal cues to email, phone calls, chats and other channels of electronic communication. Intriguing...

Smartphone Apps Capture 40% of ­ser Face Time
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Smartphone Apps Capture 40% of ­ser Face Time

Up to 90 percent of smartphone users say they want computer-like functions, and close to 40 percent of aggregate face time is based on mobile Internet, games, multimedia...

The Stranger Side of Chi 2009
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The Stranger Side of Chi 2009

ACM's CHI 2009, the 27th Computer-Human Interaction Conference, spotlighted many new inventions and concepts, some of which were decidedly unusual. These included...

Robot Suit Will Turn You Into Ironman
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Robot Suit Will Turn You Into Ironman

A cybernetic bodysuit developed by Cyberdyne Corp. and Daiwa House of Japan augments body movement and increases user strength by up to tenfold. The HAL (Hybrid...

Video Game Competition Announced For Siggraph 2009
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Video Game Competition Announced For Siggraph 2009

ACM's Special Interest Group on Graphics and Interactive Techniques (SIGGRAPH) 2009 will feature GameJam!, a new international video game competition and will give...

Nasa and Microsoft to Make ­niverse of Data Available to the Public
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Nasa and Microsoft to Make ­niverse of Data Available to the Public

NASA and Microsoft recently announced plans to make planetary images and data accessible over the Internet as part of the Space Act Agreement. NASA and Microsoft...

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Bangor Scientists Make Star Trek's Holodeck Virtually a Reality

Bangor University computer scientists Nigel John and Jonathan Roberts are developing a "virtual cocoon" that will enable users to experience virtual sites using...

Interactive Programs Teach Students to Play Musical Instruments
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Interactive Programs Teach Students to Play Musical Instruments

Students of popular musical instruments may soon be learning to play with the help of a new generation of intelligent, interactive computer programs thanks to European...

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Mozilla, Graphics Group Seek to Build 3D Web

Khronos wants to develop a public version of a royalty-free specification for accelerated three-dimensional (3D) graphics on the Web within 12 months. The consortium...

Latest 3d Tv Technology Offers Interactive Control
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Latest 3d Tv Technology Offers Interactive Control

Researchers at the University of Tokyo and Hitachi recently demonstrated TransCAIP, a three-dimensional (3D) TV system that captures a live scene in real time and...

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Swimming Pool Game 'marco Polo' Used to Develop Robot Control

Researchers at Duke University and the University of New Mexico (UNM) have developed a system for controlling moving robots capable of autonomously detecting and...

Mood Player Creates the Right Atmosphere
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Mood Player Creates the Right Atmosphere

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology in Ilmenau have created a mood player that finds images to suit the rhythm of music. The approach...

Uc San Diego and IBM Launch Center For Next-Generation Digital Media to Power Tomorrow's Virtual Worlds
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Uc San Diego and IBM Launch Center For Next-Generation Digital Media to Power Tomorrow's Virtual Worlds

The University of California, San Diego (UCSD) has announced the launch of the Center for Next-Generation Digital Media, a new campus center dedicated to inventing...

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Ancient Cultures Are Just a Click Away

Thanks to European research, today's portals can take you to fascinating virtual destinations — both ancient and new — and all just a click away. The work allows...

Georgia Tech Professors Predict Final Four Match ­ps
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Georgia Tech Professors Predict Final Four Match ­ps

The Logistic Regression Markov Chain (LRMC), a computer-ranking system designed by Georgia Institute of Technology professors, predicts that the basketball teams...

'fashion Model Robot' ­nveiled, Already Harassed
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'fashion Model Robot' ­nveiled, Already Harassed

While that perv in the back is busy shooting HRP-4C's buttocks, the rest of us can marvel at the fact that Japan has produced a walking, talking fashion robot....

Carnegie Mellon Engineers Create Innovative Mobile Video Service to Give Sports Fans Unprecedented Access to Key Plays
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Carnegie Mellon Engineers Create Innovative Mobile Video Service to Give Sports Fans Unprecedented Access to Key Plays

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) engineers Priya Narasimhan and Rajeev Gandhi have led the development of YinzCam, a large-scale mobile wireless video service designed...

Q&A: The Robot Wars Have Arrived
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Q&A: The Robot Wars Have Arrived

Brookings Institution fellow P.W. Singer says in an interview that the military's funding of robotics will have ramifications in areas that people are as yet unaware...

Humans No Match For Go Bot Overlords
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Humans No Match For Go Bot Overlords

Computer programs that play the game of Go have advanced to the point where they can beat professional human players, as demonstrated by recent victories at the...

Digital Software Revolutionizes Our Relationship With Music
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Digital Software Revolutionizes Our Relationship With Music

Sonic Visualiser, developed at the Centre for Digital Music at Queen Mary, University of London, is a free program that produces a visual representation of music...
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