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New tools to peer inside a working brain

I already observed in these posts that advances in science are mediated, made possible, by advances in our way to observe and measure things. Our hope to eventually come to a good understanding of the brain, and to its manifestations like emotions and thoughts, strongly depend on advances in looking at …

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Moving beyond silicon

There are many researchers going on to overcome the limits of silicon and let the Moore’s law live into the next decade (although somebody has pointed out that strictly speaking the Moore’s law is no longer valid today). Graphene as I mentioned several times in these posts or other materials like …

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Touching is believing

Yesterday I participated at the WCIT in Guadalajara and took some time visiting the Expo. I run onto the Fujitsu stand and I had the pleasure to try out a prototype tablet they had on show. I have been reporting on research on haptic interfaces for some years now, and a few …

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Future robots will dress up to the nines…

Well, probably the idea of creating cloths for robots by researchers at the University of Purdue is not for having elegantly dressed robots but still it strikes me as a novelty. Researchers have developed a soft fabric that can be used by a tailor to create dresses, but in this case robots are the …

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A new App lets you use your iPhone to … talk!

Apparently most of the time you have a cellphone in your hand has nothing to do with talking… And Talko, a US start up, claims that is because texting and browsing provide a richer experience than talking, particularly in a biz environment. And this is what they are addressing with a new …

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Walking easy with motorised pants

It is now a few years that researchers have been working on exoskeleton, a sort of cage that can be worn and that help in carrying weights by using motors and levers connected to the wearer body. These exoskeletons are encumbering and make the wearer look more like a robot …

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TTM 2014 – Future of Processing

A good application playing chess, on a powerful computer, can investigate hundreds of thousands of moves before making its choice. That is not much considering that there are 10 to the 40th power of possibile positions of the chess pieces on the board and 10 to the 120th power of possibile …

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