Software

Google engineers raise the flag on AR depth, seek builders

So, a smartphone camera is just good for taking snapshots? Don't bring such talk to Google's augmented reality engineers. Blending the real and the virtual—-and winning special props for blending the real with the virtual—is ...

Engineering

Storing data in everyday objects

Life's assembly and operating instructions are in the form of DNA. That's not the case with inanimate objects: anyone wishing to 3-D print an object also requires a set of instructions. If they then choose to print that same ...

Computer Sciences

Helping machines perceive some laws of physics

Humans have an early understanding of the laws of physical reality. Infants, for instance, hold expectations for how objects should move and interact with each other, and will show surprise when they do something unexpected, ...

Hi Tech & Innovation

Patent talk: Transition lenses in broad daylight for AR

Will they or won't they? Headlines surface regularly that this, that or the other among digital brands are going to come out with a killer pair of augmented reality glasses, and it's hope, too, mixed with anticipation, feeding ...

Robotics

Giving robots a faster grasp

If you're at a desk with a pen or pencil handy, try this move: Grab the pen by one end with your thumb and index finger, and push the other end against the desk. Slide your fingers down the pen, then flip it upside down, ...

Robotics

Military drills for robots

Army researchers tested ground robots performing military-style exercises, much like Soldier counterparts, at a robotics testing site in Pennsylvania recently as part of a 10-year research project designed to push the research ...

Engineering

One-dimensional objects morph into new dimensions

A line is the shortest distance between two points, but "A-line," a 4-D printing system developed at Carnegie Mellon University, takes a more circuitous route. One-dimensional, "line"-shaped plastic structures produced with ...

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