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Technical Perspective: Liquid Testing Using Built-in Phone Sensors
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Technical Perspective: Liquid Testing Using Built-in Phone Sensors

"Liquid Testing with Your Smartphone," by Shichao Yue and Dina Katabi, proposes a novel technique for determining the surface tension of a liquid by leveraging...

Liquid Testing with Your Smartphone
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Liquid Testing with Your Smartphone

We show a simple and accurate approach to measuring surface tension that's available to anyone with a smartphone.

Technical Perspective: The Importance of WINOGRANDE
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Technical Perspective: The Importance of WINOGRANDE

"WINOGRANDE" explores new methods of dataset development and adversarial filtering, expressly designed to prevent AI systems from making claims of smashing through...

WinoGrande
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WinoGrande: An Adversarial Winograd Schema Challenge at Scale

We introduce WinoGrande, a large-scale dataset of 44k problems, inspired by the original Winograd Schema Challenge, but adjusted to improve both the scale and the...

Technical Perspective: eBP Rides the Third Wave of Mobile Health
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Technical Perspective: eBP Rides the Third Wave of Mobile Health

The automated blood pressure wearable system described in "eBP," by Nam Bui et al., is a sterling example of the third wave of mobile health tech to fill the preventative...

eBP
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eBP: An Ear-Worn Device for Frequent and Comfortable Blood Pressure Monitoring

We developed eBP to measure blood pressure from inside a user's ear aiming to minimize the measurement's impact on normal activities while maximizing its comfort...

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Technical Perspective: The Strength of SuRF

The authors of "Succinct Range Filters" make a critical and insightful observation: For a given set of queries, the upper levels of the trie incur many more accesses...

Succinct Range Filters
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Succinct Range Filters

We present the Succinct Range Filter (SuRF), a fast and compact data structure for approximate membership tests.

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Technical Perspective: Localizing Insects Outdoors

"3D Localization for Subcentimeter-Sized Devices," by Iyer, et al., neatly separates and solves the problems of robotic locomotion, sensing, localization, and communications...

3D Localization for Subcentimeter-Sized Devices
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3D Localization for Subcentimeter-Sized Devices

We present the first localization system that consumes microwatts of power at a mobile device and can be localized across multiple rooms in settings such as homes...

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Technical Perspective: The Future of Large-Scale Embedded Sensing

The system described in "SATURN: An Introduction to the Internet of Materials" works passively, energized essentially by static electricity generated as layers...

SATURN
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SATURN: An Introduction to the Internet of Materials

We propose an Internet of Materials, where the very materials of objects and surfaces are augmented or manufactured to have computational capabilities.

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Technical Perspective: Progress in Spatial Computing for Flood Prediction

There are few algorithms for multi-flow graphs beyond flow accumulation. The authors of "Flood-Risk Analysis on Terrains" take a big step to fill this knowledge...

Flood-Risk Analysis on Terrains
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Flood-Risk Analysis on Terrains

In this paper, we study a number of flood-risk related problems, give an overview of efficient algorithms for them, as well as explore the efficacy and efficiency...

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Technical Perspective: Computing the Value of Location Data

"Computing Value of Spatiotemporal Information," by Heba Aly et al., describes a technique for computing the monetary value of a person's location data for a potential...

Computing Value of Spatiotemporal Information
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Computing Value of Spatiotemporal Information

We investigate the intrinsic value of location data in the context of strong privacy, where location information is only available from end users via purchase. ...

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Technical Perspective: Lighting the Way to Visual Privacy

"Automating Visual Privacy Protection Using a Smart LED," presents a new technique to address the issue of cameras capturing proprietary or private information—it...

Automating Visual Privacy Protection Using a Smart LED
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Automating Visual Privacy Protection Using a Smart LED

We introduce LiShield, which automatically protects a physical scene against photographing, by illuminating it with smart LEDs flickering in specialized waveforms...

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Technical Perspective: From Virtual Worlds to Digital Fabrication

The authors of "OpenFab" propose to revisit the processing pipeline that turns a 3D model into machine instructions in light of the solutions developed in computer...

OpenFab
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OpenFab: A Programmable Pipeline for Multimaterial Fabrication

We present OpenFab, a programmable pipeline for synthesis of multimaterial 3D printed objects that is inspired by RenderMan and modern GPU pipelines.
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