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Smart Meters Could Cause Conflict for Housemates

September 23, 2014 10:26 am | by University of Nottingham | Comments

Arguments about whose turn it is to do the washing up, negotiating rights to the TV remote control and disputes over noise — as many students returning to university for the new academic year are about to learn the hard way, sharing a house can be a tricky business. And now research has revealed that new technology...

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Photos of the Day: Robots Given Unprecedented Dexterity

September 23, 2014 10:15 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Comments

Researchers have equipped a robot with a novel tactile sensor that lets it grasp a USB cable draped freely over a hook and insert it into a USB port. The sensor is an adaptation of a technology called GelSight. The new sensor isn't as sensitive as the original GelSight sensor, which could resolve details on the micrometer scale...

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Messaging App Seeks to Bring Voices Back to Phones

September 23, 2014 9:33 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Longtime technology guru Ray Ozzie wants to bring back the emotions of the human voice to phones. His mission began more than two years ago as Ozzie noticed people were increasingly communicating through texts, emails and social media posts instead of calling each other...

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New RFID Technology Helps Robots Find Household Objects

September 22, 2014 5:11 pm | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Comments

Mobile robots could be much more useful in homes, if they could locate people, places and objects. Today’s robots usually see the world with cameras and lasers, which have difficulty reliably recognizing things and can miss objects that are hidden in clutter. A complementary way robots can “sense” what is around them...

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Dartmouth's New ZEBRA Bracelet Strengthens Computer Security

September 22, 2014 5:04 pm | by Dartmouth College | Comments

In a big step for securing critical information systems, such as medical records in clinical settings, Dartmouth College researchers have created a new approach to computer security that authenticates users continuously while they are using a terminal and automatically logs them out when they leave...

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Graphene Imperfections Key to Creating Hypersensitive 'Electronic Nose'

September 22, 2014 5:01 pm | by University of Illinois at Chicago | Comments

Researchers have discovered a way to create a highly sensitive chemical sensor based on the crystalline flaws in graphene sheets. The imperfections have unique electronic properties that the researchers were able to exploit to increase sensitivity to absorbed gas molecules by 300 times...

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Start-Up Expert Becomes New CEO of EnOcean

September 22, 2014 3:22 pm | by EnOcean | Comments

EnOcean today announced the appointment of Dr. Wald Siskens as the company’s new Chief Executive Officer. In this position, he will further develop EnOcean’s business in line with the company’s long-term growth strategy for the core markets of building automation and smart home...

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ONR Features Technology for Marines of the Future

September 22, 2014 10:52 am | by Office of Naval Research | Comments

From virtual training to laser weapons, the Office of Naval Research (ONR) this week is showcasing a range of technologies at Modern Day Marine exposition that will prepare Marines as they continue to face an increasingly complex ...

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GelSight Tactile Sensor Adapted for Robots

September 22, 2014 10:47 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Comments

Researchers have equipped a robot with a novel tactile sensor that lets it grasp a USB cable draped freely over a hook and insert it into a USB port. The sensor is an adaptation of a technology called GelSight. The new sensor isn't as sensitive as the original GelSight sensor, which could resolve details on the micrometer scale...

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Reflected Smartphone Transmissions Enable Gesture Control

September 22, 2014 10:45 am | by University of Washington | Comments

With almost all of the U.S. population armed with cellphones – and close to 80 percent carrying a smartphone – mobile phones have become second-nature for most people. What's coming next, say University of Washington researchers, is the ability to interact with our devices not just with touchscreens...

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Photos of the Day: Online Resource Fosters Innovation and Learning

September 22, 2014 10:29 am | by Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences | Comments

A new resource unveiled today by researchers from several Harvard University labs in collaboration with Trinity College Dublin provides both experienced and aspiring researchers with the intellectual raw materials needed to design, build, and operate robots made from soft, flexible materials...

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Soft Robotics ‘Toolkit’ Features Everything a Robot-Maker Needs

September 22, 2014 10:28 am | by Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences | Comments

A new resource unveiled today by researchers from several Harvard University labs in collaboration with Trinity College Dublin provides both experienced and aspiring researchers with the intellectual raw materials needed to design, build, and operate robots made from soft, flexible materials...

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RFMD Expands GaN Product Portfolio

September 22, 2014 10:12 am | by RFMD | Comments

RFMD unveiled 11 new amplifiers of which six are gallium nitride based products to support the requirements of the new data over cable service interface specification (DOCSIS) 3.1. RFMD will showcase its portfolio of industry-leading CATV components for customers...

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Oculus Unveils New Prototype VR Headset

September 22, 2014 10:02 am | by Derrik J. Lang, AP Entertainment Writer | Comments

Oculus has unveiled a new prototype of its virtual reality headset. However, the VR company still isn't ready to release a consumer edition. The hew headset intended for creators of VR experiences is nicknamed Crescent Bay and features a higher resolution and refresh rate, integrated headphones and 360-degree head tracking...

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NASA's Maven Spacecraft Enters Mars Orbit

September 22, 2014 9:57 am | by Marcia Dunn, AP Aerospace Writer | Comments

NASA's Maven spacecraft entered orbit around Mars for an unprecedented study of the red planet's atmosphere following a 442 million-mile (710 million kilometer) journey that began nearly a year ago. The robotic explorer successfully slipped into orbit around the red planet late Sunday night...

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