ComText allows robots to understand contextual commands such as, “Pick up the box I put down.” Credit: Tom Buehler/MIT CSAIL Despite what you might see in movies, today’s robots are still very limited in what they can do. They can be great for many repetitive tasks, but their inability to understand the nuances of human

3D virtual model MRI view of fetus at 26 weeks. Credit: Image courtesy of Radiological Society of North America Parents may soon be able to watch their unborn babies grow in realistic 3-D immersive visualizations, thanks to new technology that transforms MRI and ultrasound data into a 3-D virtual reality model of a fetus, according

EPFL scientists are studying how to identify drivers’ emotions using embedded cameras that film their faces. Credit: Image courtesy of Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) Technology now allows us to read facial expressions and identify which of the seven universal emotions a person is feeling: fear, anger, joy, sadness, disgust, surprise, or suspicion. This

Cunjiang Yu, Bill D. Cook Assistant Professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Houston, center, and co-first authors Xu Wang, left, and Kyoseung Sim, right). Credit: University of Houston Researchers from the University of Houston and China have reported a new type of electronic device that can be triggered to dissolve through exposure to

Panel used in study. Credit: Aaswath Raman It looks like a regular roof, but the top of the Packard Electrical Engineering Building at Stanford University has been the setting of many milestones in the development of an innovative cooling technology that could someday be part of our everyday lives. Since 2013, Shanhui Fan, professor of

The atomic structure of a tiny semiconductor is X-rayed. Credit: Image courtesy of University of Illinois at Chicago Researchers examining the flow of electricity through semiconductors have uncovered another reason these materials seem to lose their ability to carry a charge as they become more densely “doped.” Their results, which may help engineers design faster

This is a schematic of the structural evolution of titanium disulfide at different stages of intercalation. Interlayers are expanded or distorted as different amounts of pillaring molecules, complex cations and solvents are intercalated into the van der Waals gap of a host material at each stage. Credit: University of Houston, Department of Electrical and Computer

MIT researchers have developed a system that enables small, safe, aerial drones to read RFID tags in large warehouses at a distance of several meters, while identifying the tags’ locations with an average error of about 19 centimeters. (stock image) Credit: © petrovk / Fotolia Radio frequency ID tags were supposed to revolutionize supply chain

Assistant professors Aimy Wissa and Sameh Tawfick, along with graduate student Alexander Pagano and undergraduates Tongxi Yan, and Brian Chien helped on the project. Credit: University of Illinois College of Engineering New research from a team of University of Illinois Mechanical Science and engineering professors and students, published as an invited paper in Smart Materials

In work showing the potential to use a brain-computer interface and virtual avatar to treat people with gait disabilities, researchers collected data from eight healthy subjects, all of whom participated in three trials involving walking on a treadmill while watching an avatar. displayed on a monitor. The volunteers were fitted with a 64-channel headset and

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