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A more convincing Mixed Reality

The fading boundary between bits and atoms is “fading” more and more as technology finds better and better ways to trick our eyes, actually our brain. Varjo, a Finnish company, has presented a new visor that from a technological point of view is a marvel and from the experience point …

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AlterEgo: a step towards symbiotic intelligence

Have you ever dreamt of voicing a question in your head and hearing the answer without anyone around you noticing it? Researchers are working on Brain Computer Interfaces, BCI, but so far this requires bulky settings, wires connecting your head with a computer. Not exactly meeting the requirement of “unnoticed”. …

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An artificial lens for augmented vision

Researchers at Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Science -SEAS- have developed a meta-lens (to be layered on a lens) that it is similar in its characteristics to our eye’s lens but goes beyond it in terms of performances. Our eye’s lens changes its shape through compression and extension induced …

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It can be done, and that is the problem…

At IEEE FDC the Symbiotic Autonomous Systems Initiative, SAS, is studying the interplay (symbioses) of machines and humans. There is a lot of technology involved but the real issues are not technological ones. Yes, there are plenty of technology hurdles but just wait a few more years (may be just …

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Material Robotics: morphing a robot into a shoe

Robots have evolved significantly, thanks to technology progress, and are now coming in a variety of shapes, from the iconic one -anthropomorphic robots- to autonomous ships, underground trains, manufacturing robots and even vacuum cleaners. As technology will progress further they will keep taking even more shapes, from micro to macro. …

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Extending the life of cells … and humans

Just the other day I discussed the concept of longevity escape velocity, casting my doubts that we will reach that point, but also stating that scientists are now addressing the biological reason(s) why we get older and eventually die. In a paper published on the Proceedings of the National Academy …

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The evolution of … Humans

Cleary humans have evolved. Our lost ancestors were different from us in shape and most notably in mental capabilities. The evolution occurred over hundreds of thousands of generations and it is only across these long periods of time that it becomes visible. Going back 2.000 years, or even 10.000 years …

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An antenna for the brain

Wireless communications is about translating an electrical signal flowing in a wire into an electromagnetic signal that can travel through the air. This is done using an antenna. Of course it has to be done twice, once to convert the electrical signal into an electromagnetic wave propagating in the air …

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Can we have a digital twin?

Digital twins, a name created by General Electric to identify the digital copy of an engine manufactured in their factories, are now a reality in a number of industries. They can be almost “identical” to the real thing, like in the case of General Electric engines and some modern keys …

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Popeye has found a competitor…

When I was a kid, and no Playstations nor Tablets were around, reading cartoons was a nice way to spend the time and I remember the powerful muscles of Popeye, made even stronger by eating spinach. I am not sure if eating spinach helps at all but at least that …

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