StarCAVE: Virtual Environment

StarCAVE: Virtual Environment 

UC at San Diego has the closest thing to an X-Men-style Danger Room in its new StarCAVE, a small room that entirely surrounds you, hurtling 68 million pixels at your eyeballs at near-perfect resolution. Pop on polarized glasses and the whole thing goes 3D. Grasping a wireless “wand,” you can walk through tall buildings, fly over cities, pick apart tiny cell structures or embrace entire galaxies. All the while pretending to do actual academic research, of course. Here’s how to build your own for under $1 million:

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Visually Impaired May Be Able To Feel Images With BrainPort

Visually Impaired May Be Able To Feel Images With BrainPort

 BrainPort Vision Device

Technology for the impaired is always widely appreciated, regardless of its eventual effectiveness. The BrainPort vision device has been developed specifically for people with visual impairments.

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The U-Man Robot Learns to Use Tools

The U-Man Robot Learns to Use Tools

 

By shoving objects around on a table, UMan figures out how they work.

To assist humans around the house, robots will need to be able to deal with the unfamiliar. But while researchers can preprogram robots to do increasingly sophisticated tasks, they face a much bigger challenge in teaching them to adapt to unstructured environments. A robot developed at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, however, is able to learn to use objects that it has never encountered before.

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