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5 psychology secrets for great interaction design

It’s becoming more important every day for your designs to connect more with users and include a “human element.” Website and user experience design needs to feel real, from aesthetics to interactions to motion (perceived and real) to emotional connection.<p>The problem designers most often encounter …

UI Design

Plans for a secure quantum internet take a leap forward

The ability to ‘sculpt’ individual photons is a crucial step towards a secure network of powerful quantum computers<p>Scientists have created a device that can release a single, precisely shaped photon of light, opening the way to a secure “quantum internet” that is incredibly powerful and …

Green Building Technology You’ll Never See But Can Experience Now

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Parker White is vice president of business development in JLL’s technical services business.</i><p>Picture an office that cleans up after itself, improves indoor air quality with nanotech-formulated paint, and responds to sunlight by magically adjusting window tint, all while fighting …

Inside The Near-Future World Where All Our Data And Machines Are In Constant Communication

Intelligent, predictive, and adaptive, a network of robotic minds will soon start changing every aspect of how we live.<p>The insurance drone skims above the roadway, humming softly as it tracks your car. Multiple failed login attempts caused by an out-of-date token have prevented the vehicle from …

The Big Future: Can we colonize Mars?

Mars has been seeing a lot of action lately, between NASA's string of rovers and new projects from Elon Musk and Mars One. But what would it take to set up a permanent settlement there? Could humans survive in such a harsh and alien setting? In this week's <i>Big Future</i>, Adrianne Jeffries takes a look …

Robot Learns To Grab Objects By Asking The Internet

A survey of human opinions about how to grasp things trained a robot hand nearly as well as real-life experience did.<p>Some things are just harder for robots to do. You know, things like appreciating literature, or writing music. Or grasping objects with their fingers.<p>There are a lot of elements that …

Robotics

Can We Hack Our Vision To See Infrared With The Naked Eye?

A team of biohackers is attempting to modify the human sensory spectrum.<p>“Can you imagine a color you’ve never seen?” Jeffrey Tibbetts asks, looking directly into the Skype camera. We would like to think that we can, of course, that our imaginations are limitless. But the answer, no matter how much …

New York City

This robot valet will park your car

In Germany, high tech has come to airport parking.<p>Last week, Düsseldorf airport (DUS) introduced robot valets to take the hassle out of parking for travelers.<p>SEE ALSO: 13 Robots Who Don't Know How to Robot<p>Travelers can leave their cars at the arrival level of the ParkingPLUS structure. As they …

Facebook Says Wi-Fi Drones Will Be Jumbo Jet-Sized

The Internet is only one flying robot away.<p>If a new Facebook plan is successful, the easiest way to access the cloud may be ... in the clouds. Facebook wants to spread Wi-Fi Internet to unconnected parts of the world with drones, and at a summit in New York earlier this week, the company revealed …

Can We Jump-Start A New Space Age?

Jon Morse, former astrophysics division director at NASA, can remember the exact moment he knew things had to change.<p>It was the late spring of 2011. After one particularly long planning meeting, Morse headed to the elevators with some high-ranking budget officials. As they waited for the next car, …

Cars that drive themselves starting to chat with each other | Reuters

DETROIT (Reuters) - An Acura RLX sedan demonstrated an unusual way to tow another car this week: the vehicles were not physically attached. The second car drove itself, following instructions beamed over by the first in a feat of technology that indicates a new stage in automation is happening …

Learning while you sleep may be possible: researchers

Learning while you sleep may become possible as researchers have found that the brain continues processing information while the body sleeps<p>Do not worry about falling asleep in class – you may be able learn while you sleep, Cambridge scientists suggest as they find the brain can process information …

The Freaky Thing Your Brain Can Do While You're Asleep

It turns out that our brains do way more when we snooze than was once thought -- and a new study suggests we can even identify and categorize words while we're sleeping.<p>"We show that the sleeping brain can be far more 'active' in sleep than one would think," study co-author Sid Kouider, a cognitive …

Can Google drones take on Amazon?

Bloomberg’s Paul Kedrosky discusses Google unveiling its delivery drones to rival Amazon<p><b>Google</b> has tested its delivery drones in a remote part of <b>Queensland, Australia</b>.<p>Paul Kedrosky explained that the largest risk for the use of quadcopters for delivery was that humans have a tendency to injure …

China's Future Submarine Could Go The Speed Of Sound

Thanks to a gas bubble and a liquid lubricant<p>The submarine of the future may come to America in a super fast bubble, traveling under water. Researchers at China's Harbin Institute of Technology developed a new concept for submarine “supercavitation,” where an underwater vessel creates a pocket of …

Military

Diving In - iOS App Development for Non-Programmers

• <b>Author:</b> Kevin J McNeish<p><b>Winner of the Publishing Innovation Award!</b> <i><br>"Dedicated to Steve Jobs, this self published book highlights much of what Jobs himself strove for - clear, crisp design, intuitive interface and user experience coupled with high quality, clear content."</i> - <b>Digital Book World</b><p><i>"Most of</i> …

Watch A Robot Ride A Hovercycle

Drones riding drones to finance even bigger drones.<p>A white plastic robot zooms a hoverbike over the English countryside, grains blowing beneath the bike's four fans. The robot's 3-D printed body is lightweight, and where its face would be there’s a GoPro camera instead, filming the flight. This …

Google's Project Wing is a secret, drone-based delivery system

Google has been working on self-driving cars for some years now, but the company has just revealed that it is working on yet another ambitious and autonomous vehicle project. According to the BBC and <i>The Atlantic</i>, the secretive Google X team has been working for two years on Project Wing, a …

Study: Humans Are Happier When We Have Robot Overlords

Researchers at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) have discovered that humans prefer increased autonomy for robots.<p>And …

Robotics: How machines see the world

Autonomous bots like self-driving cars don’t see the world like us. Frank Swain discovers why this could be a problem.<p>Can you tell the difference between a human and a soda can? For most of us, distinguishing an average-sized adult from a five-inch-high aluminium can isn’t a difficult task. But to …

Autonomous Cars

Robo Brain teaches robots how to understand the world

For a robot to be able to wash clothes, vacuum carpets or serve you cocktails on a Friday night, it needs to be loaded with the appropriate software and data. In the future, though, a robot will easily be able pull info they need to do those things (and more) from a single online service called …

Flying with Objective-C - iOS App Development for Non-Programmers

• <b>Author:</b> Kevin J McNeish<p><b>Updated to the Latest Versions of iOS and Xcode</b><br>All books in this series are updated to the latest version of iOS and Xcode. Updates are available free of charge!<p><b>Review:</b><br>Most of the books I scanned, even the “Dummies” series, assumed a basic knowledge of computer programming …

iOS Programming

• <b>Author:</b> Joe Conway and Others<p>Updated and expanded to cover iOS 7 and Xcode 5, <b>iOS Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide</b> leads you through the essential concepts, tools, and techniques for developing iOS applications. After completing this book, you will have the know-how and the confidence you need …

iOS 7 App Development Essentials

• <b>Author:</b> Neil Smyth<p>Beginning with the basics, this book provides an outline of the steps necessary to set up an iOS development environment. An introduction to the architecture of iOS 7 and programming in Objective-C is provided, followed by an in-depth look at the design of iOS applications and …