Human Factors News

simple handrail redesign lets older users rest for a while when climbing (Fri, 10 Apr 2020)
 
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Wanted: People who know a half century-old computer language so states can process unemployment claims (Fri, 10 Apr 2020)
On top of ventilators, face masks and health care workers, you can now add COBOL programmers to the list of what several states urgently need as they battle the coronavirus pandemic.
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Tesla Tech Leak: This Autopilot Car Stops for Red Lights - ExtremeTech (Thu, 09 Apr 2020)
A pending version of Autopilot may recognize traffic lights and stop for the red ones. For the green ones, too, unless you tap the throttle.
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Google expands AI calling service Duplex to Australia, Canada, and the UK (Thu, 09 Apr 2020)
The service has been active in the US and New Zealand
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Modern iron lung designed to address ventilator shortage (Tue, 07 Apr 2020)
British engineers are developing a modern version of the Negative Pressure Ventilator (NPV), more popularly known as the "iron lung," to provide COVID-19 patients under the care of the NHS with a simple, inexpensive alternative to ventilators.
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9 Future Predictions For A Post-Coronavirus World (Mon, 06 Apr 2020)
Our world is changing dramatically as our global community deals with COVID-19. While the experience is far from easy, it’s building resilience and extending our minds to see new possibilities.
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Army sets up RICO office for robotic and autonomous systems (Fri, 03 Apr 2020)
The Army has established a specialist office to advance knowledge in and bolster its adoption of disruptive technologies in the fields of artificial intelligence, quantum technologies, robotics and au
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Airbus A320 Cargo Seat Bags: A New Way To Transport Cargo - Simple Flying (Thu, 02 Apr 2020)
Parts supplier Colibri Aero and design firm J&C Aero have developed a new way to transport cargo on…
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Zoom sued for allegedly sharing users' personal data with Facebook (Wed, 01 Apr 2020)
The video-conferencing tool has seen its user accounts soar recently, putting a spotlight on its security measures.
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Machine translation of cortical activity to text with an encoder– (Tue, 31 Mar 2020)
Makin and colleagues decode speech from neural signals recorded during a preoperative procedure, using an algorithm inspired by machine translation. For one participant reading from a closed set of 50 sentences, decoding accuracy is nearly perfect.
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Blackboard Ally Integrates BeeLine Reader to Improve Accessibility of Digital Learning Content for All Students (Thu, 26 Mar 2020)
/PRNewswire/ -- Blackboard Inc., a leading education technology company for teaching, learning and student engagement, announced a strategic partnership with...
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UPS will develop a fleet of VTOL drones for unmanned deliveries (Thu, 26 Mar 2020)
UPS Flight Forward (UPSFF), a subsidiary of the delivery company UPS, has teamed up with Wingcopter, a German drone manufacturer, to develop a new fleet of quieter delivery drones. These new drones…
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MIT can now train self-driving cars in a photorealistic simulator (Wed, 25 Mar 2020)
Simulators have been used for years to train human drivers, pilots and astronauts, and now they're being used to train self-driving cars too – and a new system developed by researchers at MIT could be the most promising yet.
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Can computers ever replace the classroom? (Tue, 24 Mar 2020)
The long read: With 850 million children worldwide shut out of schools, tech evangelists claim now is the time for AI education. But as the technology’s power grows, so too do the dangers that come with it
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COVID-19 pandemic prompts more robot usage worldwide (Sun, 22 Mar 2020)
As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads, robots, drones, and AI are helping healthcare organizations respond to worker shortages and the risk of infection.
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New project uses games technology and video simulation to tackle suicide (Fri, 20 Mar 2020)
Curtin University is utilising games technology to create web-based video simulations aimed at helpi...
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The real life lessons we can learn from virtual reality (Fri, 20 Mar 2020)
With the launch of a new documentary, we look at the way virtual reality technology can be used to teach and foster empathy.
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U.S. government, tech industry discussing ways to use smartphone location data to combat coronavirus (Wed, 18 Mar 2020)
The U.S. government is in active talks with Facebook, Google and a wide array of tech companies and health experts about how they can use data gleaned from Americans’ phones to combat the novel coronavirus, including tracking whether people are keeping one another at safe distances to stem the outbreak.
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Medical company threatens to sue volunteers that 3D-printed valves for life-saving coronavirus treatments (Wed, 18 Mar 2020)
The 3D printed valves have saved 10 patients so far.
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C-ARTS: High-Velocity Training at Sailor's Point of Need (Wed, 18 Mar 2020)
C-ARTS ushers in a new standard in mobile, interactive training, designed to meet the instructional needs and expectations of tech savvy Sailors, accustomed to learning through hands-on classes that
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Facebook is wrongly blocking news articles about the coronavirus pandemic (Wed, 18 Mar 2020)
Facebook is blocking users from posting some legitimate news articles about the coronavirus in what appears to be a bug in its spam filters.
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The World Needs Drone Delivery Now (Wed, 18 Mar 2020)
With “social distancing” the phrase of the week around the world, the time may have come for communities and governments to embrace drone delivery – not just for speed and convenienc
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Coronavirus: 3D printers save hospital with valves (Tue, 17 Mar 2020)
A hospital in Italy is using 3D-printed valves on its ventilators, following a shortage of parts.
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The Fastest Supercomputer on Earth Is Being Deployed Against Coronavirus - ExtremeTech (Tue, 17 Mar 2020)
The world's most powerful supercomputer is being dedicated to hunting down a treatment for coronavirus as Covid-19 cases continue to rise.
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Worlds looks to ‘transform humanity’ with spatial AI technology (Tue, 17 Mar 2020)
Worlds’ software allows users to create AI-powered models of real-world spaces, letting them to analyze and learn from their physical surroundings.
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Autonomous tug trialed in Port of Singapore - Marine Log (Tue, 17 Mar 2020)
Wärtsilä and Singapore harbor and terminal towage operator PSA Marine (Pte) Ltd. have successfully completed initial sea trials for the “IntelliTug” project (see earlier story). The PSA Polaris, a harbor tug owned
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Buffed-up avatars deter us from exercising hard (Tue, 17 Mar 2020)
A new article shows people perform better in VR exercise games when they compete against a realistic avatar of themselves.
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Telefonica and MediaPro debut 5G Augmented Tourism with AR bus windows (Sun, 15 Mar 2020)
Tour buses are about to become more exciting thanks to translucent window video displays, augmented using 5G location information and streaming data.
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Poison-laden drones to patrol New Zealand wilderness on the hunt for invasive pests (Sun, 15 Mar 2020)
Skies above remote parts of the nation’s back country will host new technology designed to drop baits in the path of rats, stoats and possums
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Coronavirus hospital ward staffed by robots opens in Wuhan to protect medics (Fri, 13 Mar 2020)
A coronavirus hospital ward staffed by robots to protect medics from the deadly bug has opened in Wuhan. The program, launched Saturday at the Wuchang field hospital, will see the 5G-powered bots c…
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Parasailing drone designed to be shot from a grenade launcher (Thu, 12 Mar 2020)
If you're a soldier who's using a drone for reconnaissance, you doubtless want to get that aircraft in the air and over its target as fast as possible. A proposed new system was designed with that in mind, as it involves shooting a drone out of a grenade launcher.
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The coronavirus is wiping out tech conferences, and that’s not all bad (Mon, 09 Mar 2020)
As tech giants cancel their developer events in favor of virtual education, more people might get access to the information they need.
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Australia trialling product-level blocking tech for cashless welfare cards | ZDNet (Mon, 09 Mar 2020)
The pilot run by DXC Technologies sees flags coded into point of sale devices that block the sale of some products on that type of payment method, but only once the purchaser swipes their Cashless Debit Card.
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MIT helps self-driving cars ‘see’ through snow and fog (Sun, 08 Mar 2020)
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Chinese Police Are Now Wearing Super A.I Helmets That Can Check Temperature Within 5m (Sun, 08 Mar 2020)
In the wake of this COVID-19 outbreak, people have been very creative in trying to avoid being infected by the coronavirus. Other than that, some selfish people have also been very creative in trying to avoid being caught when they know they have the virus. So, in order to avoid these people from spreading the […]
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British Airways is testing self-driving wheelchairs at JFK and Heathrow (Thu, 05 Mar 2020)
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The YMCA is trialing robot lifeguards to prevent pool drownings (Thu, 05 Mar 2020)
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XR experts see health care as the killer app for VR, AR, MR … or whatever you call it (Wed, 04 Mar 2020)
Experts have settled on extended reality, or XR, as the catch-all term for virtual, augmented and mixed reality. And they’re settling on health care as a promising frontier for XR.
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