Innovation Spotlight
Is achieving high levels of emotional response a must-have when measuring success for a virtual reality (VR) application? For many VR developers, the answer is yes, and according to a unique study from the Clemson University School of Computing, the way a virtual human looks could play a major role...

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In screen resolution, the rule of thumb used to be “more pixels is better.” Is the technology starting to reach a limit? While 8K technology is currently being presented at industry trade shows and conferences, the jump in pixels may not be an improvement over 4K for applications in television...

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For years the animal kingdom has been a source of inspiration for scientists, and now researchers are looking to snakes to inspire new approaches for search-and-rescue robots. Capable of fitting through small gaps, moving over rough terrain, and climbing sheer inclines, snakes are physically suited to navigate the wreckage of...

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Even the smartest of smart cities will never be immune to situations like a good old-fashioned snow storm. Or a hurricane. Or even a terrorist attack. While advanced technology may not be able to eliminate threats like natural disasters and emergencies, it may be able to help better coordinate responses...

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Movie theater attendance has decreased significantly in recent years, hitting a 24-year-low in 2017, but a team of software developers thinks virtual reality (VR) could play a role in drawing movie fans back to the box office.1 The team, from software firm KAI, developed a system designed to streamline the...

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Delivery, surveillance, building inspection, and maintenance are just a few of the possible uses of autonomous drones in urban areas. But their use has been limited because of the challenges they face in navigating unstructured, ever-changing city environments. To help drones safely navigate cities, researchers from the University of Zurich,...

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Avatars are often used in video games to serve as fun alter egos and show off custom designs, but scientific research could also now back their use. A new study from University College London shows the use of avatars in virtual reality (VR) heightens a sense of virtual presence, or...

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Researchers in India are testing a breakthrough that could help push finger vein authentication – the process of using the vein patterns in our fingers for identification – further into mainstream usage. The team from Amity University’s electronics and communication engineering department says the software and imaging technology they are...

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Cover Blockchain
Businesses can create immutable, distributed transaction ledgers with blockchain technology. This creates an organized and permanent history for transactions, whether the blockchain is processing product sales or the timing of manufacturing shipments. However, while these records can help protect businesses from fraud, blockchain doesn’t have security measures to prevent large-scale...

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Researchers have developed a real-time speech translation service for mobile networks.

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