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New video gaming technology used to detect illness, prevent falls in older adults

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TechAndComputer (Sep. 6, 2011) — Many older adults lose their independence as their health declines and they are compelled to move into assisted care facilities. Researchers at the University of Missouri and TigerPlace, an independent living community, have been using motion-sensing technology to monitor changes in residents' health for several years. Now, researchers have found that two devices commonly used for video gaming and security systems are effective in detecting the early onset of illness and fall risk in seniors.

Marjorie Skubic, professor of electrical and computer engineering in the MU College of Engineering, is working with doctoral student, Erik Stone, to use the Microsoft Kinect, a new motion-sensing camera...

Getting more innovative with Facebook?

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TechAndComputer (June 24, 2011) — Digital meeting places are one of the initiatives that can provide more innovative workplaces, according to new study.

Commissioned by the Ministry of Trade and Industry, the social research team at International Research Institute of Stavanger (IRIS) and Norwegian University of Science and Technology has developed a handbook for employee-driven innovation.

The basis for this guide is the Norwegian Government's...

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Faster computer graphics: Digitally mimicking photographic blur caused by moving objects

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TechAndComputer (June 13, 2011) — Photographs of moving objects are almost always a little blurry -- or a lot blurry, if the objects are moving rapidly enough. To make their work look as much like conventional film as possible, game and movie animators try to reproduce this blur. But counterintuitively, producing blurry images is actually more computationally complex than producing perfectly sharp ones.

In August, at this year's Siggraph...

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Digital democracy? Study finds elite viewpoints dominate online content

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TechAndComputer (June 13, 2011) — Anyone with Internet access can generate online content and influence public opinion, according to popular belief. But a new study from the University of California, Berkeley, suggests that the social Web is becoming more of a playground for the affluent than a digital democracy.

Despite the proliferation of social media -- with Twitter and Facebook touted as playing pivotal roles in such pro-democracy movements...

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Researchers map, measure brain's neural connections

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TechAndComputer (June 3, 2011) — Computer scientists at Brown University have created software to examine neural circuitry in the human brain. The 2-D neural maps combine visual clarity with a Web-based digital map interface, and users can view 2-D maps together with 3-D images. The program aims to better understand myelinated axons, which have been linked to pathologies such as autism.

Results are published in IEEE Transactions on Visualization...

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