Human Factors News

Google’s Wing has landed the FAA’s first approval for drone delivery (Thu, 25 Apr 2019)
This could speed up the process for other companies to get the FAA’s okay.
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Scientists pull speech directly from the brain – TechCrunch (Thu, 25 Apr 2019)
In a feat that could eventually unlock the possibility of speech for people with severe medical conditions, scientists have successfully recreated the speech of healthy subjects by tapping directly into their brains. The technology is a long, long way from practical application but the science is r…
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Walmart unveils an A.I.-powered store of the future, now open to the public – TechCrunch (Thu, 25 Apr 2019)
Walmart this morning unveiled a new “store of the future” and test grounds for emerging technologies, including A.I.-enabled cameras and interactive displays. The store, a working concept called the Intelligent Retail Lab — or “IRL” for short — operates out of a …
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University students who play calculus video game score higher on exams - eCampus News (Mon, 22 Apr 2019)
A Texas A&M study shows that a video game developed by students and faculty helps improve outcomes for students studying calculus.
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Syringe 'watch' puts a life-saving allergy shot on your wrist (Mon, 22 Apr 2019)
Students have developed a wearable epinephrine shot that could always be with you to fight allergic reactions.
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Sidewalk Labs' street signs alert people to data collection in use (Mon, 22 Apr 2019)
Sidewalk Labs wants to create signs that help people understand how their data is being collected.
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Adidas unveils running shoes that never have to be thrown away (Thu, 18 Apr 2019)
The Futurecraft Loop performance running shoes can be returned to Adidas, where they will be ground up to make more shoes, again and again..
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MIT researchers discovered a way to move objects as heavy as a great white shark with your bare hands. Take a look. (Wed, 17 Apr 2019)
The megalithic structures at Stonehenge have vowed visitors for centuries, but scholars are still working to discover how they got there in the first place.
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Driverless Grocery Delivery Service Debuts In Texas' Largest City (Tue, 16 Apr 2019)
After a $1 Billion cash injection, this robot car company has partnered with Kroger stores to transform grocery shopping in Texas.
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Wearable Device Scrubs Cancer Cells from Blood (Tue, 16 Apr 2019)
Researchers shrink oven-size machine for diagnosing and halting the spread of cancer to something worn on the wrist
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Tests on Astronaut and Twin Brother Highlight Spaceflight's Human Impact (Tue, 16 Apr 2019)
NASA Study reports physiological and behavioral results that could shape future space missions
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Tracking Phones, Google Is a Dragnet for the Police (Tue, 16 Apr 2019)
The tech giant records people’s locations worldwide. Now, investigators are using it to find suspects and witnesses near crimes, running the risk of snaring the innocent.
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Driverless Startup Wayve Wants to Make LIDAR Obsolete (Mon, 15 Apr 2019)
The company believes end-to-end machine learning, cameras and satellite navigation are enough to power the autonomous functions of self-driving cars.
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Spotted: Woolies deploys robot, self-serve cameras at store (Sun, 14 Apr 2019)
Woolworths is using top of the line surveillance technology to monitor its supermarkets.
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Amazon reportedly employs thousands of people to listen to your Alexa conversations (Fri, 12 Apr 2019)
Not only is Alexa listening when you speak to an Echo smart speaker, an Amazon employee is potentially listening, too.
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Heading towards a tsunami of light | Chalmers (Wed, 10 Apr 2019)
“This source of radiation lets us look at reality through a new angle – it is like twisting a mirror and discovering something completely different,” says Illia Thiele, a theoretical physicist at Chalmers University of Technology. Together with Dr Evangelos Siminos at the University of Gothenburg, a
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Volkswagen Begins Level 4 Autonomous Driving Testing In Hamburg | CleanTechnica (Tue, 09 Apr 2019)
Volkswagen and the city of Hamburg are working together to test Level 4 autonomous driving systems in the center of the city using specially modified Volkswagen e-Golfs.
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Amazon's first HIPAA-compliant Alexa skills help track your healthcare (Mon, 08 Apr 2019)
Amazon Alexa now has a host of HIPAA-friendly health care skills that can book appointments and take care of your prescriptions.
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US Army shows how it will use HoloLens in the field (Mon, 08 Apr 2019)
The US Army has shown off its HoloLens-based system in a bid to assuage concerns.
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Thunderbolt 3 Merges With USB to Become USB4 (Sun, 07 Apr 2019)
The new USB4 protocol could be a single port to rule them all, but it probably won't make life any easier for shoppers poring over specs.
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Biomimicry: Turning to nature for technological solutions (Sat, 06 Apr 2019)
With four billion years of R&D, the natural world offers scientists time-tested answers to addressing problems facing mankind
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RealWear Announces that Shell Selects HMT-1Z1 and HMT-1 Hands-Free Computers for Field Workers - RealWear (Fri, 05 Apr 2019)
Shell selects intrinsically safe HMT-1Z1 hands-free headworn computer to expand Digital Transformation HANNOVER – APRIL 2, 2019 – RealWear, the industrial hands-free knowledge transfer platform …
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A sticker can trick Teslas into steering toward oncoming traffic (Fri, 05 Apr 2019)
Autopilot is trained to recognize cracked and faded lane barriers, but that mean a row of small stickers is enough of a line to change course.
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Melanin Pigments In Human Skin May Be Used To Make Bionic Implant (Sun, 31 Mar 2019)
The melanin in human skin may be harnessed to create bionic implants, a new landmark study revealed. Scientists were able to do this through a process used in metallurgy.
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Robot 'eyes' aid people with profound motor impairments - Futurity (Sun, 31 Mar 2019)
"The system was very liberating to me, in that it enabled me to independently manipulate my environment for the first time since my stroke."
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A scientist thinks someone alive today will live to be 1,000 (Sat, 30 Mar 2019)
What's so hard about keeping a 20-year-old's body forever?
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Data visualization via VR and AR: How we'll interact with tomorrow's data | ZDNet (Fri, 29 Mar 2019)
Augmented reality and virtual reality​ could fundamentally change the way we interact with and interpret data.
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This pop-up bike rack is designed to take over a parking space (Thu, 28 Mar 2019)
As long as you pay the meter, you can park there.
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Pigeons With Tiny Backpacks Are Gathering Climate Data Now (Thu, 28 Mar 2019)
Steadfast pigeon defenders have something new to crow about: The oft-maligned birds may be scientists’ latest tool in combating air pollution and tracking climate change....
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'Google brain' implants could end school as anyone can learn anything instantly (Wed, 27 Mar 2019)
“GOOGLE brain” implants could mean the end of school – as anyone will be able to learn anything instantly, says an artificial intelligence expert. Nikolas Kairinos, founder and CEO of , …
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Japan’s ‘Society 5.0’ initiative is a road map for today’s entrepreneurs (Wed, 27 Mar 2019)
Japan, still suffering the consequences of its "Lost Decade" of economic stagnation, is eyeing a transformation more radical than any the industrialized world has ever seen.
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Facebook, Google Face Steeper Privacy Fines Under Australia Plan (Tue, 26 Mar 2019)
Tech giants such as Facebook Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google will face tougher penalties if they flout privacy laws, under a plan Australia’s prime minister said is necessary to safeguard personal information.
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Behind the scenes: Design secrets of the new Range Rover Evoque (Mon, 25 Mar 2019)
We descend into JLR’s virtual-reality design cave and learn how its contortion artists defied the rules of geometry to package the next-generation Evoque
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The damage of defaults (Sun, 24 Mar 2019)
Apple popped out a new pair of AirPods this week. The design looks exactly like the old pair of AirPods. Which means I’m never going to use them because Apple’s bulbous earbuds don’t fit my ears. Think square peg, round hole. The only way I could rock AirPods would be to walk arou…
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A Peek into the Future of Wearables (Sat, 23 Mar 2019)
Mind reading glasses, goggles that erase chronic pain, a wristband that can hear what the wearer can’t, and more futuristic wearables are on the horizon
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These may be Australia's most confusing parking signs — can you decipher them? (Wed, 20 Mar 2019)
Parking in the wrong spot can be costly, but are current parking signs doing enough to help us? Take our quiz and we'll show you there's a better way.
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Nike’s self-lacing sneakers turn into bricks after faulty firmware update (Wed, 20 Mar 2019)
$350 self-lacing sneakers don't work with Nike's official Android app.
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Confused pilots were reading Boeing 737 handbook as plane crashed (Wed, 20 Mar 2019)
A second Boeing MAX plane operated by Ethiopian Airlines crashed on March 10 killing 157.
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Nvidia announces $99 AI computer for developers, makers, and researchers (Wed, 20 Mar 2019)
Cheap AI computing for cheap AI robots
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IKEA's ThisAbles add-ons adjust furniture for people with disabilities (Wed, 20 Mar 2019)
IKEA has released a set of furniture hacks that anyone can download and 3D-print to make their products more usable by people with disabilities.
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Airbus’ Skyways drone trials world’s first shore-to-ship deliveries - sUAS News - The Business of Drones (Tue, 19 Mar 2019)
Singapore, Airbus has begun shore-to-ship trials in Singapore with its Skyways parcel delivery drone. This marks the first time drone technology has been deployed in real port conditions, to deliver a variety of small, time-critical maritime essentials to working vessels at anchorage. The maiden shore-to-ship delivery flight was made to the Swire Pacific Offshore’s Anchor …
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Nvidia AI turns sketches into photorealistic landscapes in seconds (Mon, 18 Mar 2019)
Today at Nvidia GTC 2019, the company unveiled a stunning image creator. Using generative adversarial networks, users of the software are with just a few clicks able to sketch images that are nearly photorealistic. The software will instantly turn a couple of lines into a gorgeous mountaintop sunse…
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