Consumer & Gadgets

Ultra-light gloves let users 'touch' virtual objects

Scientists from EPFL and ETH Zurich have developed an ultra-light glove – weighing less than 8 grams per finger– that enables users to feel and manipulate virtual objects. Their system provides extremely realistic haptic ...

Computer Sciences

Sound, vibration recognition boost context-aware computing

Smart devices can seem dumb if they don't understand where they are or what people around them are doing. Carnegie Mellon University researchers say this environmental awareness can be enhanced by complementary methods for ...

Consumer & Gadgets

Change blindness—mobile phone users miss vital information

Do you ever find it difficult to read what is on your phone? Do you bring the phone closer or move it away from face to help? New research by computer scientists at the University of St Andrews finds how mobile phone users ...

Engineering

New laser technology could reduce accidents on icy roads

Researchers have proposed an innovative new solution to dealing with dangerous icy roads in winter, putting forward an improved, safer method in a paper published today in Applied Spectroscopy Reviews.

Consumer & Gadgets

Understanding the real innovation behind the iPhone

When the iPhone emerged in 2007, it came with all the promise and pomp of a major Steve Jobs announcement, highlighting its user interface and slick design as key selling points. We know now that the iPhone transformed the ...

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