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New Hand-Tracking Algorithm Could Be a Big Step in Sign Language Recognition (Wed, 21 Aug 2019)
Millions of people use sign language. This could be a big step in helping them communicate with anyone using only a smartphone.
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Scientists develop robotic shorts that make it easier to walk and run (Mon, 19 Aug 2019)
Feel as much as a dozen pounds lighter
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US Navy to ditch touch screen ship controls (Tue, 13 Aug 2019)
Familiar wheels and throttle controls will replace "overly complex" touch screens, says US Navy.
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Sci-Fi Looking Robotic Neck Brace Could Help Lou Gehrig’s Disease Patients Lift and Move Their Heads Again (Tue, 13 Aug 2019)
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, better known as ALS or Lou Gherig’s disease, is a neurodegenerative condition that affects muscle strength and control, eventually leaving patients unable to even hold their own heads up. To improve their quality of life, researchers and engineers at Columbia University have created a robotic neck brace that serves as artificial neck muscles so patients can lift their heads and perform day to day activities we all take for granted.
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Robotic tails for humans are here (Fri, 09 Aug 2019)
FINALLY.
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This wearable lets you give voice commands without saying a word | Digital Trends (Wed, 07 Aug 2019)
Imagine if you had a smart A.I. assistant in your head, capable of silently feeding you external information whenever you required it, without you needing to say a single word? That's exactly what MIT postdoctoral researcher Arnav Kapur has developed. Here's how it works.
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Carnegie Mellon Researchers Push Wearable Tech Forward With Smart Patches That Wear Like a Band-Aid - Core77 (Tue, 06 Aug 2019)
"We envision a future where electronics can be temporarily attached to the body, but in functional and aesthetically pleasing ways"
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4 Ways AI Can Assist Minimising Maritime Accidents - Sea News Global Maritime News (Tue, 06 Aug 2019)
The State of Maritime Industry Over the past 50 years, global maritime freight transportation has undergone remarkable developments. The international shipping industry is responsible for carrying the vast majority of international trade with its share ranging from 80 to 90 per cent of world trade. In terms of trade value, the shipping share accumulates between …
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Academy cadets’ invention to support battlefield Airmen awarded patent (Tue, 06 Aug 2019)
A team of Air Force Academy cadets took on this exact challenge while completing their mechanical and systems engineering degrees in 2016 and now their technology has been awarded three patents by the
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Scientists Have Created a Prosthetic Arm That Lets Patients Feel Touch Again (Wed, 24 Jul 2019)
Perhaps one of the profound yet underappreciated aspects of being alive is the ability to reach out with your hand and feel the world around you—whether it’s fresh-cut grass or the face of a loved one. For people who have lost a hand or arm, prosthetics may restore some functioning, but not the sense of touch itself. But scientists at the University of Utah say they’ve created technology that can return some degree of feeling for people with amputations.
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Sorry Truckers, Volvo's Autonomous Vehicles Can Handle it From Here (Sun, 14 Jul 2019)
To start, Volvo's Vera will ferry goods from a logistics center to a port in Gothenburg, Sweden. But more Veras will eventually mean fewer trucking jobs.
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35 Injured on Air Canada Flight to Australia After Aircraft Hits 'Sudden Turbulence' (Fri, 12 Jul 2019)
Dozens of passengers aboard an Air Canada flight from Vancouver to Sydney, Australia on Thursday were injured after the aircraft met “un-forecasted and sudden turbulence,” forcing the plane’s pilots to make an emergency landing in Honolulu.
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Video Captures Delta Air Lines MD-88 Engine Failing Mid-Flight Before Emergency Landing (Wed, 10 Jul 2019)
There are many things that one never wants to see out a plane window, and this is definitely one of them. In a video posted to Twitter by user Logan Webb, one of Delta Flight 1425's engines can be seen with what appears to be its spinner completely detached and rattling around in the inlet, all while an extremely ominous orange glow emanates from deeper within from the still-spinning shaft.
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A beautiful alarm beside your hospital bed (Tue, 09 Jul 2019)
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Sound and Health: Hospitals - 99% Invisible (Tue, 09 Jul 2019)
Sounds can have serious impacts on our wellbeing, even (or especially) in places focused on health like hospitals. This is the second episode in a two-part series supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation about how sound can be designed to reduce harm and even improve wellbeing. Check out episode one here. Episode Sound and Health:
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To Reduce Hospital Noise, Researchers Create Alarms That Whistle and Sing (Tue, 09 Jul 2019)
Why do medical devices sound so terrible? A group of clinicians, psychologists, musicians and designers are developing signals that are less startling and more informative. Listen here.
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A hospital introduced a robot to help nurses. They didn’t expect it to be so popular (Tue, 09 Jul 2019)
Moxi is a robot designed to make nurses’ lives easier. But the friendly bot is turning out to be a welcome presence for some patients, too.
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'User in yer face' is an online museum of design horrors (Mon, 08 Jul 2019)
If you think the design of Facebook, Twitter, or any other popular site you use regularly is bad, hold your horses. I’m going to introduce you to a website that’ll make you spill your coffee, pull your hair, scream in agony, and punch the wall. Maybe all at the same time. The website, aptly named …
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Simple 'smart' glass reveals the future of artificial vision - College of Engineering - University of Wisconsin-Madison (Mon, 08 Jul 2019)
The sophisticated technology that powers face recognition in many modern smartphones someday could receive a high-tech upgrade that sounds — and looks — surprisingly low-tech. This window to the future is none other than a piece of glass. University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers have devised a method to create pieces of “smart” glass that can recognize … Continued
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Artificial intelligence applied to the genome identifies an unknown human ancestor (Mon, 08 Jul 2019)
By combining deep learning algorithms and statistical methods, investigators have identified, in the genome of Asian individuals, the footprint of a new hominid who cross bred with its ancestors tens of thousands of years ago.
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With little training, machine-learning algorithms can uncover hidden scientific knowledge (Sun, 07 Jul 2019)
Sure, computers can be used to play grandmaster-level chess (chess_computer), but can they make scientific discoveries? Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory ...
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Researchers developed a sensing system to constantly track the performance of workers – TechCrunch (Mon, 01 Jul 2019)
Researchers have come up with a mobile-sensing system that can track and rate the performance of workers by combining a smartphone, fitness bracelets and a custom app. The mobile-sensing system, as the researchers call it, is able to classify high and low performers. The team used the system to tra…
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MIT’s new interactive machine learning prediction tool could give everyone AI superpowers – TechCrunch (Thu, 27 Jun 2019)
Soon, you might not need anything more specialized than a readily accessible touchscreen device and any existing data sets you have access to in order to build powerful prediction tools. A new experiment from MIT and Brown University researchers have added a capability to their ‘Northstar&#82…
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'Alexa, are you listening?' A research tool warns of cardiac arrest - STAT (Thu, 20 Jun 2019)
A proof-of-concept tool alerts digital assistants or smartphones to the gasping sounds about half of people make shortly after cardiac arrest. 
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