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Video game-based therapy helps stroke patients recover study

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TechAndComputer (Nov. 16, 2010) — Repeated exercise, even in a virtual environment, helped stroke patients improve arm and hand function, according to a new human study of an interactive video game-based therapy.

The findings were presented at Neuroscience 2010, the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, held in San Diego.

"We are using an innovative approach to rehabilitation," said study author Sergei V. Adamovich, PhD, of the New...

TechAndComputer (Nov. 16, 2010) — Repeated exercise, even in a virtual environment, helped stroke patients improve arm and hand function, according to a new human study of an interactive video game-based therapy.

The findings were presented at Neuroscience 2010, the annual meeting of the...

Computer program recognizes human emotions from conversation analysis

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TechAndComputer (Nov. 8, 2010) — Researchers from the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid's Facultad de Informática have developed a computer program capable of human emotion recognition from automated voice analysis.

The application analyses the sound measurements of a conversation, output by another purpose-built program. Then, based on the rules described in the new application, it is able to identify the emotions hidden in an expression and...

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Patterns of nonverbal emotional communication between infants and mothers to help scientists develop a baby robot that learns

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TechAndComputer (Oct. 28, 2010) — To help unravel the mysteries of human cognitive development and reach new the frontiers in robotics, University of Miami (UM) developmental psychologists and computer scientists from the University of California in San Diego (UC San Diego) are studying infant-mother interactions and working to implement their findings in a baby robot capable of learning social skills.

The first phase of the project was studying...

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Robotic gripper runs on coffee ... and balloons

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TechAndComputer (Oct. 26, 2010) — The human hand is an amazing machine that can pick up, move and place objects easily, but for a robot, this "gripping" mechanism is a vexing challenge. Opting for simple elegance, researchers from Cornell University, University of Chicago and iRobot have bypassed traditional designs based around the human hand and fingers, and created a versatile gripper using everyday ground coffee and a latex party balloon.

They...

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McSleepy meets DaVinci: Doctors conduct first-ever all-robotic surgery and anesthesia

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TechAndComputer (Oct. 20, 2010) — In a world first, a completely robotic surgery and anesthesia has been performed at the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC). The DaVinci surgical robot, which lets surgeons work from remote locations, was put to work this summer, whereas the anesthesia robot, nicknamed McSleepy, has been providing automated anesthesia since 2008. The two combined to perform the first all-robotic surgery on a...

TechAndComputer (Oct. 20, 2010) — In a world first, a...