Posted on April 23rd, 2014 by Mary Lord
Special Feature by Guy Wilkins
Hate playing scales or doing fitness drills? In the not-so-distant future, the hours of repetitive practice necessary to learn a musical instrument, new sport, or dance may be a relic of the past. Lara Boyd, a researcher at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, believes a promising new technology called magnetic brain stimulation could cut the practice time required to learn a new motor skill.
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Tags: Lara Boyd, learning, magnetic brain stimulation, motor skill, thinking cap, transcranial brain stimulation, University of British Columbia
Posted on November 27th, 2013 by Mary Lord
What’s in a voice? A new gesture-to-speech synthesizer developed by researchers at the University of British Columbia adds emotion to words that text-to-speech technologies now voice only in a monotone. It also translates gestures into music.
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Tags: Electrical, Felix Tang, gesture-to-voice, hand, Music, Music engineering, mute, sensors, Sidney Fels, sign language, synthesizer, University of British Columbia
Posted on April 3rd, 2013 by Mary Lord
FIRST Robotics competitions, Botball tournaments, Mars rover demonstrations, fun events at colleges… How will you celebrate National Robotics Week this year?
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Tags: BotBall, Events, intelligent machines, National Robotics Week, Robotics, robotics competitions, robots
Posted on February 21st, 2013 by admin
Sudden infant death syndrome, or crib death, is responsible in the United States for around 2,225 deaths a year of children from birth to 12 months. But German researchers have developed a stretchable, printed circuit board that could be fitted into a one-piece sleeper and would signal an alarm if a baby stops breathing. Investigators at the Fraunhofer Institute for Reliability and Microintegration IZM in Berlin have figured out how to make the flexible, wearable circuit board from polyurethane, a plastic often used as a sealant. They fitted it with sensors that monitor breathing in the chest and stomach areas, and ironed it onto baby-size PJs.
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Posted on November 29th, 2012 by admin
Some engineers just can’t wait until they graduate to start innovating. Here’s one recent example: After watching a man with a speech impairment struggle to make a supermarket cashier understand him, three Ukrainian computer science students, who call themselves the QuadSquad, designed gloves fitted with 15 sensors that can understand the hand and finger gestures used in sign language.
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