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Eyefluence shows us how we’ll be able to navigate screens with our eyes

What if you could control a computer screen with just your eyes? Well that’s the vision of Eyefluence, a Silicon Valley-based startup that is working on technology for hands-free navigation.<p>The team has been working on prototypes, testing it out with augmented reality glasses equipped with cameras …

Augmented Reality

Down­loads

Download the toolkit posters to use in workshops and the templates to get you started with the techniques. In the toolkit you can find the …

Project Management

Fatal Tesla Self-Driving Car Crash Reminds Us That Robots Aren't Perfect

The first fatal crash involving Tesla's Autopilot system highlights the contradictory expectations of vehicle autonomy

Driverless Cars

Satya Nadella's rules for AI are more boring (and relevant) than Asimov's Three Laws

Isaac Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics (technically four) have been a stalwart of science fiction for decades. With recent advances in artificial intelligence, though, computer scientists and tech companies are beginning to seriously consider the rules we actually need to protect ourselves from …

Artificial Intelligence

First Surgical Robot from Secretive Startup Auris Cleared for Use

Teleoperated endolumenal bot can navigate inside the body, image and treat conditions without making incisions Image: Auris Surgical/U.S. Patent and …

Robotics

Go Bag - Territory

CLOSE<p>Title: Go Bag<br>Clients: Red Giant<br>Categories: Film<p>Red Giant taps Territory to create the title sequence for their latest short film.<p>Enthusiastic …

Chris Noessel: Gorgeous + Catastrophic

A closer look at the work of Chris Noessel: The countdown to UXLx

In the countdown to visiting the UXLx Conference in Lisbon this May with Strata3, I’ve been reading a lot about the speakers to help inspire me even …

Tourists in Japan to use fingerprints as 'currency' instead of cash

Visitors to Japan may soon be able to forget the hassle of having to change money – with the launch of a new system enabling fingerprints to be used as currency.<p>The system, which will launch this summer, aims to make shopping and checking into hotels faster and more convenient for overseas …

Apple filed a patent for a MacBook keyboard without keys

The touch-sensitive trackpad on Apple's MacBook computers is already pretty large, but can you imagine a MacBook which replaces the entire keyboard …

Humans could get salamander-like tissue regeneration abilities in "a few years"

In what could prove to be a game changer in stem cell therapy, a team led by scientists at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) have discovered a …

Cell Biology

What 17 Prominent Roboticists Think Google Should Do With Its Robots

Photo-illustration: IEEE SpectrumM1 robot designed by Meka, one of the companies acquired by Google in 2013.These days, whenever a group of …

Robotics

The Dawn of Agentive Technology: Chris Noessel on the UX of “Soft” AI

<i>Header photo credit: Jess Myra ‏on Twitter</i><p>As part of Interaction16, in a packed room at Finlandia Hall in Helsinki, Chris Noessel gave a fascinating …

Artificial Intelligence

Toyota's guide collar for the blind and visually impaired

Autonomous vehicles promise to make it much easier for the blind and visually impaired to get around by car, but Toyota is looking to extend the …

Driverless Cars

What's Next in IxD: Dispatch #1 from Interaction 16

In his opening keynote for IxDA’s 2016 conference in Helsinki this week, Marko Ahtisaari, CEO and co-founder at The Sync Project, reminded us all why …

Artificial Intelligence

Google hires auto industry talent to push self-driving car past experimental stage

<i>(Reuters)</i> – Google’s self-driving car team is expanding and hiring more people with automotive industry expertise, underscoring the company’s determination to move the division past the experimental stage.<p>The operation now employs at least 170 workers, according to a Reuters review of their …

Researchers Create Matrix-Like Instant Learning Through Brain Stimulation

You know Kung Fu. Researchers at HRL Laboratories have discovered that when you use transcranial direct current stimulation to send the brain activity of commercial and military pilots into the heads of novice pilots, subjects can essentially learn to fly in a realistic flight simulator.<p>The …

The Brain

Google's autonomous Lexus self-drives into the side of a bus

Google's perfect self-driving record has received its first little blemish, with one of the company's autonomous vehicles colliding at low speed with …

Mountain View

Google DeepDream experiment takes you on a trippy VR journey

Google's latest VR experiment involves feeding footage captured by its 360-degree camera rig through the DeepDream machine. Since the company's DeepDream program uses a neural network to transform ordinary images into surrealistic, dream-like artwork, the result is a psychedelic virtual reality …

Virtual Reality

IBM's supercomputer will power an online, anime VR game

It's a bit odd that no one's thought to fuse the virtual-reality, role-playing game centric anime <i>Sword Art Online</i> into a proper VR experience before now, but that's the future we live in. No worries though, because IBM is using (Japanese) its Watson Cognitive Computing tech and SoftLayer cloud …

MIT wins SpaceX’s Hyperloop competition, and Elon Musk made a cameo

In the end, Elon Musk couldn't resist showing up to the competition he helped inspire. The billionaire SpaceX CEO made a surprise appearance at the end of the Hyperloop pod design competition at Texas A&M University Saturday, eliciting a rapturous reaction from the thousand-plus audience of high …

College & University

Australia scientists develop 'bionic spine' which could help paralysed patients walk

Device can be inserted in the brain – without brain surgery – and could allow paralysed patients to operate robotic limbs “using thought alone”<p>Scientists in Australia have developed a “bionic spine” which could enable people with spinal cord injuries to walk again by controlling a tiny paper …

'Five-dimensional' glass discs can store data for up to 13.8 billion years

"For future civilizations — or whatever else is out there"<p>Photographs fade, books rot, and even hard drives eventually fester. When you take the long view, preserving humanity's collective culture isn't a marathon, it's a relay — with successive generations passing on information from one …

Human Rights

Insanely detailed moving model gun is even more awesome than its Psycho Pass counterpart

rocketnews24.com -- Feb 11<p>Consumer electronics manufacturer Cerevo recently introduced an ultra-detailed replica of the Dominator - an iconic gun …

MIT Team Tops Hyperloop Competition

Photo: Nargis SakhibovaA student team from MIT won first prize last weekend for the best design for the Hyperloop, a subsonic train meant to hurtle …

Tesla

Back to the Future DeLorean Quadrotor

Check out this incredible scale model of Doc Brown’s DeLorean from Back to the Future. What sets it apart from other scale models isn’t the awesome lighting or attention to detail (Mr. Fusion, anyone?), it’s that it’s a fully-functioning quadrotor. Yep, it flies! Built using foam core and a ton of …

Is Velo3D Poised to Revolutionize 3-D Printing—and Robotics?

Metal 3-D printing is due for disruption, and Velo3D might be looking to do just that

3D

Let’s Bring Rosie Home: 5 Challenges We Need to Solve for Home Robots

Image: United Archives/Alamy <i>This is a guest post. The views expressed here are solely those of the author and do not represent positions of</i> IEEE …

Robotics

Hands-On with Ultrahaptics' Invisible, Touchable Controls

Photo: Evan Ackerman/IEEE SpectrumPrototype of a tactile gesture control stove top from UltrahapticsLast year at CES, we experienced a very cool demo …

Driverless Cars