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New forms of screens may change our ambient

The television started, for many family, as a kitchen appliance. At least that was the case in Italy. Slowly it moved to the living room as more and more families lived in larger apartments and made the living room the evening "gathering" point. All of a sudden the lay out of …

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Manufacturing protein on demand

We are a moving factory of proteins. Each one of our cells keeps manufacturing proteins through all its existence. The development of synthetic proteins is complex and in spite of the tremendous progress made we cannot create proteins exactly as cells manufacture them (a few proteins show chirality characteristics -left …

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Another look into the brain

Over the past ten years researchers have developed a variety of techniques to get more and more precise information on the working of a brain, lately becoming able to "look" inside a working brain to follow its activities. fMRI has been the first tool used and it provided the first …

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Hello Barbie!

Barbie has stepped into the Digital World. Meet Hello Barbie, the talking doll. Several years ago, but not so many, a few people started to say that "everything that can be connected will be connected". It was not clear why you would want to connect a fridge, or a doll, …

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Tell me what you see: Aipoly Vision

Image recognition has been, and still is, one of the holy grail for computer scientists that are struggling to find a way for a computer to do what seems so easy and natural to us. There have been enormous progress in this area although to the lay person they may …

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Detecting single molecules

Ever heard the expression: finding a needle in a haystack? Well it is a child play if you compare finding a molecule in a teaspoon of liquid! In an average size haystack there are less than a million straws (taking into account that a needle is smaller than straw and can …

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Intel button size computer hits the market

CES is a great place to make announcements but how many of those announcements translate into reality? Here is one: Intel Curie. It was announced in 2015 and it was shown as part of a bracelet, hinting to its use for a new generation of wearable devices. The Intel Curie embeds in a …

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Lights dancing in space

Back in 2010 researchers at MIT Senseable City Lab initiated a project to create flying pixels. Helicopters would fly like a flock each one carrying a light. They would have been controlled by an orchestrator (a computer) resulting in a 3D screen hovering in space. It was a conceptual work …

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An amazing statement

I was reading the Consumer Electronic Show report from Shelly Palmer and I run into an amazing statement: "today is the slowest rate of technological change you will ever experience in your lifetime!" Now, assuming technology evolution will continue to increase its pace, as it has been doing in the last 60 …

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Wearable temp monitor, do you want it?

Among the thousands (20,000?) products announced at CES there is TempTraq, a patch that can monitor the body temperature and send the data to an app on your phone. As you can see in the commercial video clip, it has been designed having in mind parents with an infant child that …

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