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Robotics

Researchers developing fully autonomous robot chef

Imagine having your own digital personal chef; ready to cook up whatever you want; able to tailor the shape, texture, and flavor just for you; and it's all at the push of a button. Columbia engineers have been working on ...

Computer Sciences

We created holograms you can touch: You could soon shake a virtual colleague's hand

The TV show "Star Trek: The Next Generation" introduced millions of people to the idea of a holodeck: an immersive, realistic 3D holographic projection of a complete environment that you could interact with and even touch.

Consumer & Gadgets

A "Real Folding Window" for better foldable displays

A team at LG Chem has announced on LG's News Room webpage that the company has developed a new kind of foldable screen display technology for use in mobile devices. As part of the announcement, officials at LG claim that ...

Engineering

Modified headphones translate sign language via Doppler

A University at Buffalo-led research team has modified noise-canceling headphones, enabling the common electronic device to "see" and translate American Sign Language (ASL) when paired with a smartphone.

Engineering

Virgin Hyperloop lays out its plans for the future

The team at Virgin Hyperloop has released a video detailing the company's plans for building its version of a hyperloop system. In the video, a voiceover describes the type of hyperloop the company plans to build, and differences ...

Consumer & Gadgets

Using your smartwatch to reduce stress

The old adage "never let them see you sweat," doesn't apply in the electrical and computer engineering lab of Rose Faghih, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering in the University of Houston Cullen ...

Electronics & Semiconductors

New 3D-printing ink used to create tiny thermo-generators

A team of researchers working at the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology has created a new type of ink that can be used to print tiny 3D generators. In their paper published in the journal Nature Electronics, ...

Energy & Green Tech

Wave-powered SeaRAY preps for Hawaii trial

Offshore industries, like marine research, fish farming, and mineral mining, often rely on big ships with large crews. Without clean energy to power these vessels, each trip out to sea and back to shore is not only expensive ...

Energy & Green Tech

Lichens may one day detoxify the air in your home

When smoke from fires darken the skies as they did last summer, hunkering down indoors makes good sense. But on most days throughout the year, the air we breathe indoors carries far more pollutants than outdoor air. Exposure ...

Consumer & Gadgets

Virtual body language may give untrustworthy avatars away

People who have something to hide while using full-body avatars in a collaborative virtual reality (VR) environment are less trusted than when they do not use a full-body avatar, because their body language could be interpreted ...

Energy & Green Tech

Achieving a national-scale, 100% renewable electric grid

With recently announced federal emissions-reduction targets, a push for national power-sector decarbonization, and plummeting wind and solar costs, the United States is poised to deploy major amounts of renewables, and fast.

Telecom

Laser communications: Empowering more data than ever before

Launching this summer, NASA's Laser Communications Relay Demonstration (LCRD) will showcase the dynamic powers of laser communications technologies. With NASA's ever-increasing human and robotic presence in space, missions ...

Computer Sciences

Exploring partial synchronization in networked systems

Synchronization is all around us: from thousands of fireflies congregating near trees and lighting up simultaneously to an excited audience taking part in "Mexican waves" during a football match, and the list goes on. In ...

Engineering

3D printing company Desktop Metal will now use wood to print

The 3D printing company Desktop Metal has just announced the release of Forust, a new tool using wood to 3D print objects. The company, founded in 2019, focuses on 3D printing for interior design. With printing methods deemed ...

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Algorithm for shoe-based blind assistance system

A shoe that tells you where to go: The Lower Austrian company Tec-Innovation has developed an intelligent shoe for detecting obstacles. The shoe, known as InnoMake, has recently been put on the market as an approved medical ...