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Wear­able ro­bot com­pan­ion

ione­li­ness can hurt the hu­man mind but what if you have a ro­bot com­pan­ion al­ways there for you? tellI re­searchers at Ya­m­a­gata rniver­si­tyI gapanI are de­vel­op­ing a ro­bot called jH-OI which is a wear­able minia­ture hu­manoid that sits on your shoul­der and can be re­motely in­hab­ited by your rel­a­tives or friends from any­where in the worldK

you to in­ter­act with di­rect­lyK

Com­put­ers to read your fa­cial ex­pres­sions

jfT re­searchers are work­ing on a new tech­nol­ogy that could al­low com­put­ers to clas­sify hu­man fa­cial ex­pres­sions of frus­tra­tion and gen­uine de­lightK This tech­nol­ogy may prove to be of great help for peo­ple with autismK ft would KHOS WKHP OHDUn WR fiJuUH RuW DnG un­der­stand ex­pres­sions ac­cu­rate­lyK The re­searchers plan to break the ex­pres­sions into low-level fea­tures in or­der to help com­put­ers as­sess moodK

gef­frey CohnI a pro­fes­sor of psy­chol­ogy at the rniver­sity of mitts­burghI says this work “breaks new ground with its fo­cus on frus­tra­tion— a fun­da­men­tal hu­man ex­pe­ri­enceK :KLOH SDLn UHVHDUFKHUV KDYH LGHnWL­fiHG smil­ing in the con­text of ex­pres­sions of painI the jfT group may be the fiUVW WR LPSOLFDWH VPLOHV Ln HxSUHVVLRnV of neg­a­tive emo­tionK”

Cohn addsI “This is a very ex­cit­ing work in com­pu­ta­tional be­havioural sci­ence that in­te­grates psy­chol­o­gyI com­puter vi­sionI speech pro­cess­ing and ma­chine learn­ing to gen­er­ate new knowl­edge with clin­i­cal im­pli- cationsK ft is an im­por­tant re­minder that not all smiles are pos­i­tiveK There has been a ten­dency to ‘read’ en­joy­ment when­ever smiles are foundK For hu­man-com­puter in­ter­ac­tionI among RWKHU fiHOGV DnG DSSOLFDWLRnV, D PRUH nu­anced view is need­edK”

New glasses help vis­ually im­paired de­tect ob­sta­cles

rCPj sci­en­tists have de­vel­oped a sim­ple de­vice that would help vis­ually im­paired peo­ple to per­ceive the full ex­tent of their sur­round­ingsK A pro­to­type sys­temI based around a head-mounted dis­play and a pair of small cam­erasI has been de­signedK

A small com­puter is at­tached with the head-mounted dis­play and a pair of small cam­erasI which pro­cesses all the im­ages it re­ceivesK Through the de­signed al­go­rithmI the sys­tem ac­tu­ates the dis­tances and out­lines the ob­jects and then com­mu­ni­cates this in­for­ma­tion to the user in real timeK ft uses two mi­cro screens and high­lights the sil­hou­ette of the ob­jects in the pic­ture and varies the colours cor­re­spond­ing to their dis­tancesK

“ft de­tects ob­jects and peo­ple who PRYH wLWKLn WKH YLVuDO fiHOG WKDW D per­son with no visual patholo­gies would haveK sery of­ten the pa­tient does not de­tect them due to prob­lems of con­trastK The in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing depth is what is most missed by pa­tients who use this type of tech­ni­cal aidI” mrofK sergaz addedK

The sci­en­tists are try­ing to make the com­puter por­tion smaller and more portableI mak­ing it less bur­den­some for the usersK

So­lar cells on pa­per

Re­searchers at the Chem­nitz rniver­sity of Tech­nol­ogy (CrT)I der­manyI have de­vel­oped so­lar cells that are printed on pa­perK This tech­nol­o­gyI known as PmsI uses con­ven­tional print­ing meth­ods and stan­dard type

Wear­able MH-2 ro­bot by Ya­m­a­gata Univer­sity that sits on your shoul­der and can be re­motely in­hab­ited by your rel­a­tives or friends from any­where in the world.

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