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Technique for letting brain talk to computers now tunes in speech

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TechAndComputer (Apr. 7, 2011) — The act of mind reading is something usually reserved for science-fiction movies but researchers in America have used a technique, usually associated with identifying epilepsy, for the first time to show that a computer can listen to our thoughts.

In a new study, scientists from Washington University demonstrated that humans can control a cursor on a computer screen using words spoken out loud and in their head,...

TechAndComputer (Apr. 7, 2011) — The act of mind reading is something usually reserved for science-fiction movies but researchers in America have used a technique, usually associated with identifying epilepsy, for the first time to show that a computer can listen to our thoughts.

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Device enables computer to identify whether user is male or female

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TechAndComputer (Apr. 5, 2011) — Researchers from the Computational Intelligence Group based at the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid's Facultad de Informática, Juan Bekios-Calfa, José M. Buenaposada and Luis Baumela, have developed a system that analyses a video signal in real time and calculates the gender of the faces pictured in the images. This way, a computer can determine whether the faces pictured in the images or videos belong to a man o...

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New molecular robot can be programmed to follow instructions

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TechAndComputer (Mar. 9, 2011) — Scientists have developed a programmable "molecular robot" -- a sub-microscopic molecular machine made of synthetic DNA that moves between track locations separated by 6nm. The robot, a short strand of DNA, follows instructions programmed into a set of fuel molecules determining its destination, for example, to turn left or right at a junction in the track. The report, which represents a step toward futuristic...

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How do people respond to being touched by a robotic nurse?

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TechAndComputer (Mar. 10, 2011) — For people, being touched can initiate many different reactions from comfort to discomfort, from intimacy to aggression. But how might people react if they were touched by a robot? Would they recoil, or would they take it in stride? In an initial study, researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology found people generally had a positive response toward being touched by a robotic nurse, but that their...

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Method developed to match police sketch, mug shot: Algorithms and software will match sketches with mugshots in police databases

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TechAndComputer (Mar. 4, 2011) — The long-time practice of using police facial sketches to nab criminals has been, at best, an inexact art. But the process may soon be a little more exact thanks to the work of some Michigan State University researchers.

A team led by MSU University Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Engineering Anil Jain and doctoral student Brendan Klare has developed a set of algorithms and created software that...

TechAndComputer (Mar. 4, 2011) — The...