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Microsoft patent filings raise chatter about Xbox VR

A VR boundary mat. A motion controller. A stylus. These are new patent ideas that were spotted on Oct. 4 by a Twitter user. They have inspired anticipation as well as chatter amongst Microsoft watchers. Sure, not all patent ...

Engineering

Researchers recreate living 3-D displays

It is safe to say that 3-D displays do not necessarily occur in nature—unless one considers the cephalopod, which includes the squid and octopus, as a living 3-D display which can morph its structure and create complex ...

Robotics

Investigating robot illusions and simulations of reality

To evaluate the performance of robotics algorithms and controllers, researchers typically use software simulations or real physical robots. While these may appear as two distinct evaluation strategies, there is a whole other ...

Consumer & Gadgets

A method to introduce emotion recognition in gaming

Virtual Reality (VR) is opening up exciting new frontiers in the development of video games, paving the way for increasingly realistic, interactive and immersive gaming experiences. VR consoles, in fact, allow gamers to feel ...

Engineering

A biocompatible magnetic skin that could enable new wearable systems

Researchers at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology have recently developed a flexible and imperceptible magnetic skin that adds permanent magnetic properties to all surfaces to which it is applied. This artificial ...

Business

French industry hits the beach to woo future recruits

A few steps from the sea in the Normandy resort of Deauville, a group of curious holidaymakers in flip-flops and beach garb pepper a technician with questions as he extols the capabilities of a cutting-edge 3-D modelling ...

Robotics

Arque is a seahorse-inspired artificial tail

Why would a fairly sane person want to walk around with a robotic tail? Getting technical (or clinical) there are plausible reasons posed by three researchers in Japan, and they are getting much attention.

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