The next-generation VR glove will make virtual worlds tangible

Together with EPFL and ETH Zurich colleagues, an Empa team is developing next-generation VR gloves that will make virtual worlds tangible. The glove is to be tailored to each user and capable of being produced largely automatically – using a 3D printing process. Research sometimes needs a sacrifice. Empa researcher Patrick Danner has just made Read more about The next-generation VR glove will make virtual worlds tangible[…]

How the next-generation of AI can be integrated into the innovation process for designing new and existing materials

More than a century has passed since Thomas Edison developed the first electric light bulb, yet Edison’s hallmark approach of ‘trial and error’ to reach his discovery still remains a large part of today’s inventions. Now, a team of engineers at the University of Missouri is embodying the age-old adage of “work smarter, not harder” Read more about How the next-generation of AI can be integrated into the innovation process for designing new and existing materials[…]

The Seamless Authentication for Everyone

Our everyday lives are protected by passwords on many levels. Passwords protect our personal information, finances and private communications. However, insecure practices in the use of passwords lead to countless security breaches and financial losses every year. The University of Jyväskylä’s SAFE Project  is developing an innovation to solve the security challenges associated with passwords. Read more about The Seamless Authentication for Everyone[…]

Ultrasound system targets mouth to create virtual reality haptic effects

Lips are famously sensual but, together with the gums and tongue, they are also surprisingly sensitive, second only to the fingertips in nerve density. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have exploited this latter characteristic to devise a practical new way for people to receive tactile feedback in virtual worlds. Their system uses airborne ultrasound waves Read more about Ultrasound system targets mouth to create virtual reality haptic effects[…]

Haptics device creates realistic virtual textures

Technology has allowed us to immerse ourselves in a world of sights and sounds from the comfort of our home, but there’s something missing: touch. Tactile sensation is an incredibly important part of how humans perceive their reality. Haptics or devices that can produce extremely specific vibrations that can mimic the sensation of touch are Read more about Haptics device creates realistic virtual textures[…]

Internet of Skills enabling real-time transmission of haptic sensation

In the future, human skills will be digitalised and democratised via the Internet of Skills: a future internet that will enable you to use robot technology and haptic feedback to transfer expertise in real time, no matter where you are, and no matter where the problem to be solved is. For example, imagine a highly Read more about Internet of Skills enabling real-time transmission of haptic sensation[…]

Increasing efficiency in the manufacturing industry using machine learning assistance

Efficiency rates for production machinery frequently fall far below what technology could achieve. The common reason is experienced employees are not always available when a failure occurs while other employees lack the experience to solve the actual cause. That is where MADDOX comes in. A smart and self-learning assistance system that uses machine learning methods Read more about Increasing efficiency in the manufacturing industry using machine learning assistance[…]

VR therapy helps stroke patients improve their motor skills

After a stroke, patients may lose feeling in an arm or experience weakness and reduced movement that limits their ability to complete basic daily activities. Traditional rehabilitation therapy is very intensive, time-consuming and can be both expensive and inconvenient, especially for rural patients travelling long distances to in-person therapy appointments. That’s why a team of Read more about VR therapy helps stroke patients improve their motor skills[…]

Quantum communication pave the way to become a viable future technology

As digitalization continues to make headway, finding ways of increasing the security of the exchange of sensitive information becomes ever more important. One of the main methods proposed to achieve this is a communication network that operates based on the laws of quantum physics. This would ensure that undetected eavesdropping is made impossible. Development of Read more about Quantum communication pave the way to become a viable future technology[…]

Neural Holography bridging simulation and reality

Virtual and augmented reality headsets are designed to place wearers directly into other environments, worlds and experiences. While the technology is already popular among consumers for its immersive quality, there could be a future where the holographic displays look even more like real life. In their own pursuit of these better displays, the Stanford Computational Imaging Read more about Neural Holography bridging simulation and reality[…]

What if that second medical opinion could be generated by a computer, using artificial intelligence?

It’s an old adage: there’s no harm in getting a second opinion. But what if that second opinion could be generated by a computer, using artificial intelligence? Would it come up with better treatment recommendations than your professional proposes? A pair of Canadian mental-health researchers believe it can. In a study published in the Journal of Applied Behavior Read more about What if that second medical opinion could be generated by a computer, using artificial intelligence?[…]

Conclusions about the driver’s activity and analyzed by Artificial Intelligence

In automated driving, the vehicle decides what it needs to do — it steers, brakes and accelerates. However, until vehicles can completely dispense with a driver, semi-automated vehicles will support whomever is at the wheel to give them increasingly more freedom. In the case of semi-automated vehicles, it goes without saying that handovers from the vehicle Read more about Conclusions about the driver’s activity and analyzed by Artificial Intelligence[…]