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More Ginger details may be coming

November 29, 2001

More details on Ginger, the alleged scooter at the center of controversy and wild speculation for close to a year, may emerge Monday on ABC’s “Good Morning America” amid a flurry of patent applications from its inventor.

Making the Music Sway to Your Beat

November 29, 2001

Digital instruments are creating imaginative new forms of musical expression.

Some current research projects:

  • A wearable system of sensors that allows users to create and play music while doing routine tasks and share performances with one another over a wireless network. Tapping any of the sensors produces a digital signal corresponding to a note or a musical sequence. This signal is transmitted to a computer, where it
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    Football shirt with on-board computer

    November 28, 2001

    Football shirts are being developed which have their own on-board computer, which will be able to track the pace and acceleration of the wearer.Researchers at the University of Birmingham, UK, who are specialists in “wearable” computers, are exploring ways of remotely monitoring the performance of people playing sports.

    This will help to tackle the difficulties in analysing aspects of players’ games such as speed–which can usually only be explored… read more

    Neural Prosthetics and Direct Neural Control

    November 28, 2001

    Stanford engineer discovers neural cells that “plan” movement of body parts.Reaching out to touch a dot on a computer screen may seem simple, but it requires a complex chain of signals that link together the eye, brain and arm. Damage to any part of that chain, such as a spinal injury, stroke or neurodegenerative disease, can make even the simplest tasks impossible.

    Stanford engineer Krishna Shenoy and a group… read more

    Boneless, brainy, and ancient

    November 28, 2001

    The Octupus arm could very well be the basis of next-generation robotic arms for undersea, space, as well as terrestrial applications.
    Each arm appears to contain an independent peripheral nervous system and neural circuitry, which carries out the order independent of any further involvement on the part of the brain itself.

    “How the octopus controls each arm so that tasks can be performed without chaos, and without the need… read more

    New gene therapy uses body’s own cells for delivery

    November 28, 2001
    Normal lung cells (rat)

    A radically new type of gene therapy for correcting genetic defects and treating pulmonary hypertension has been developed, based on research supported by United Therapeutics and Northern Therapeutics.
    Announced at the recent American Heart Association conference, the new process would use a sample of the patient’s own skin cells, which are transfected (combined) with a corrective gene (Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor) and then injected back into the patient’s bloodstream.… read more

    ‘Mesh radio’ can deliver super-fast Internet for all

    November 27, 2001

    A new type of high-capacity wireless network will deliver 4 megabits/sec to homes, starting with a trial in early 2002 in Wales.
    Unlike conventional wireless data systems, mesh radio avoids signal dropout by using small, low-power antennas on the roof of every customer to form the network.

    ’2001: HAL’s Legacy’ to air on PBS Nov. 27 (reminder)

    November 27, 2001

    Arthur C. Clarke, Ray Kurzweil, and other leading scholars in artificial intelligence and computer science will be featured in the forthcoming television documentary “2001: HAL’s Legacy,” to air nationwide on PBS stations starting Tuesday, November 27, according to Dr. David G. Stork, creator of the documentary.

    The experts reflect upon the state of the art, how far we’ve come, and how far we have yet to go… read more

    3D Technology: Ready for the PC?

    November 27, 2001

    Technology advances such as accelerated graphics cards and graphics ports have driven PC hardware capabilities up and prices down, making 3D more accessible to consumers and furthering research on methods and algorithms.

    Another key trends is overcoming network-bandwidth limitations by sending compressed content instead of full-resolution geometry.

    3D graphics can be used to visualize objects and products prior to construction, model weather systems for meteorologists, study medical anomalies… read more

    Scientists Design Molecules That Mimic Nanostructure of Bone

    November 26, 2001

    Self-assembling molecules developed by scientists at Northwestern University mimic key features of bone at the nanoscale level.Scientists at Northwestern University have become the first to design molecules that could lead to a breakthrough in bone repair. The designer molecules hold promise for the development of a bonelike material to be used for bone fractures or in the treatment of bone cancer patients and have implications for the regeneration of other… read more

    Intel’s unveils world’s smallest transistor with 15-nm device

    November 20, 2001

    Intel has developed a 15-nanometer device that will be used to make microprocessors and other chips by the end of this decade. The new technology is said to handle switching speeds of 0.38 picoseconds, or or 2.63 trillion switches per second.

    Kurzweil proposes national defense program for genetic, nanotechnology and robotics technologies

    November 19, 2001
    Judy Woodruff interviews Ray Kurzweil at Washington National Cathedral

    Washington, D.C. , Nov. 19 — Inventor-author Ray Kurzweil has proposed a major new national program to develop defensive strategies, technologies, and ethical standards to address the dangers of emerging genetic, nanotechnology and robotics technologies.

    “The program would be administered by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health,” said Kurzweil. “It would have a budget equaling the current budget for NSF and NIH.”

    Kurzweil made… read more

    Promise of touch technologies

    November 16, 2001

    The surgery of the future could be done using intelligent scalpels that allow surgeons to feel their way through an operation using haptics or touch technologies.Scientists in Japan have developed a system that allows people to feel the resistance between two surfaces whose boundaries are normally impossible to sense, such as the boundary between oil and water.

    Haptics, from the Greek verb meaning “to touch,” is the science of… read more

    Computer DJ uses biofeedback to pick tracks

    November 16, 2001

    A computerised DJ that uses feedback from the dancers to generate new music
    has been developed by artificial intelligence experts at Hewlett-Packard.Each clubber has a device like a wristwatch that monitors their location,
    heart and perspiration rate, and movement and feeds info back to the “HPDJ”
    via a wireless link.

    To create a song, the HPDJ chooses tracks from a large library and then modifies and overlays them, based… read more

    Semiconductors get on our nerves

    November 14, 2001

    Scientists at the University of Texas are using a sliver of protein to connect neurons and tiny crystals of semiconductors called quantum dots.
    This cross between biology and electronics could have useful applications, including the manufacture of prosthetics operated directly by a user’s nerve impulses and sensors that detect tiny quantities of neurotoxins. It could also help to study how real brains work.

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