Interface Technologies & Devices


Bionic shorts can boost endurance using using wires to pull legs forward as you run or walk

Daily Mail - Science & tech

A newly-developed pair of smart robotic shorts puts a literal bounce in the wearer's step. In an article published in the journal of Science, researchers from Harvard demonstrate what they call the'hip exosuit' -- a type of smart bionic shorts that boosts the wearer's ability to run and walk. Scientists say that unlike other exoskeletons which focus on increasing strength, the hip exosuit -- which already has a working prototype -- is designed for endurance. Using cables that line the inside of the shorts' legs, the device is able to boost the wearer's movement using the help of an algorithm that discerns their gait. A motor pack in the back then pulls the cables in sync with the wearer's motions and helps propel them forward as they move.


Lightweight 'human exosuit' could helps people move easily and lift heavy objects

Daily Mail - Science & tech

A revolutionary lightweight exosuit that makes walking and running easier has been developed. Scientists say their pioneering design - weighing just five kilos (11 lbs) - could be worn by soldiers, firefighters or rescue workers. They say it could help keep them fresh by lightening the load of their jobs and assist them in negotiating difficult terrain. The portable gear may also improve mobility and quality of life for the elderly and people suffering from neurodegenerative disorders. A revolutionary lightweight exosuit (pictured) that makes walking and running easier has been developed.


A Wearable Robotic Tail Turns Anyone Into a Furry With Improved Balance

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There are lots of companies who make wearable tails for humans, but they're usually for cosplay or other entertainment pursuits. Researchers at Keio University in Japan have created a wearable animated tail that promises to genuinely augment the wearer's capabilities--not just appearance--by improving their balance and agility. I wrote a post about Disney's efforts to market Zootopia to furries last week, and I really pissed… The easiest way to understand what inspired this creation is to watch a video of monkeys effortlessly leaping from tree to tree. Their tails not only serve as an additional limb for grasping branches but also help them reposition their bodies mid-flight for a safe landing by shifting the monkey's center of balance as it moves. The Arque tail, as it's been named, does essentially the same thing for humans, although leaping from the highest branches of a tree isn't recommended just yet.


Machine learning-guided virtual reality simulators can be powerful tools in surgeon training

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Machine learning-guided virtual reality simulators can help neurosurgeons develop the skills they need before they step in the operating room, according to a new study. Research from the Neurosurgical Simulation and Artificial Intelligence Learning Centre at The Neuro (Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital) and McGill University shows that machine learning algorithms can accurately assess the capabilities of neurosurgeons during virtual surgery, demonstrating that virtual reality simulators using artificial intelligence can be powerful tools in surgeon training. Fifty participants were recruited from four stages of neurosurgical training; neurosurgeons, fellows and senior residents, junior residents, and medical students. They performed 250 complex tumor resections using NeuroVR, a virtual reality surgical simulator developed by the National Research Council of Canada and distributed by CAE, which recorded all instrument movements in 20 millisecond intervals. Using this raw data, a machine learning algorithm developed performance measures such as instrument position and force applied, as well as outcomes such as amount of tumor removed and blood loss, which could predict the level of expertise of each participant with 90 per-cent accuracy.


Frontier Technology Conference: AI, AR & Blockchain - CryptEvents

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Frontier Technology Conference (FTC) is San Francisco's first and seminal frontier technology conference. It is a two-day conference of learning, inspiration, and networking. The conference will feature Augmented Reality, Artificial Intelligence, and Blockchain (DLT's). Specific included technologies are XR (Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, and Mixed Reality), AI (Computer Vision, Machine Learning, and Deep Learning), and Blockchain and other Distributed Ledger Technologies. It caters to top executives, technologists, developers, entrepreneurs, and other frontier technology professionals, as well as enthusiasts and the curious-minded.


The eerie 'forced exoskeleton rave' where dancers' bodies are controlled by ROBOTIC SUITS

Daily Mail - Science & tech

A robotic exoskeleton and performance art installation is automating the discipline of synchronized dance. At San Francisco's Gray Area Festival, an annual event that combines art, technology, and music, an exhibit called'Inferno' is employing robotics to turn people into puppets. With an exoskeleton and a'dark industrial' soundtrack, Inferno is commandeering participants' limbs for an enthralling -- if off-putting -- performance. Participants in the piece are subject to the input of a'DJ' who controls both the music and how subjects dance to it'Each robot is designed to perform dynamic movements choreographed and activated by the artists, mobilizing the performers to dance in time to the dark, industrial techno soundtrack for the audience,' says a description on the event's website. The installation, which described by one Twitter user as a'forced rave' is not just fascinating to watch, but according to the routine's creators, Louis-Philippe Demers and Bill Vorn, is designed to stoke conversations about agency and technology.


Artificial intelligence and virtual reality revolutionise retail industry

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Over the past 15 years, the traditional retail model has been dramatically disrupted by online retail. With the introduction of online retail, shopping is gradually being transformed from an offline activity to an online one. That was the first retail disruption, but it's not the last. Increasingly online retailers and offline retailers are evolving to provide an immersive, seamless, and personalised shopping experience. Customers don't want a fully digital experience while shopping; rather they want a digital shopping experience that is so seamless as to not seem like a shopping experience at all.


Amazon Prime Day 2019: Here's the best deals for video gamers

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

With Prime Day just around the corner, here are 5 products on Amazon that truly deserve their 5-star ratings AND a spot in your shopping cart. Has Amazon Prime Day become the new Black Friday? For the fifth July in a row, the country's biggest e-commerce marketplace – it now accounts for about 50% of all U.S. retail sales, according to eMarketer – offers aggressive discounts on several products, in a variety of categories. This year's Prime Day – it actually runs 48 hours starting Monday at 12 a.m. PT and through Tuesday at 11:59 p.m. PT – looks to be no different, especially if you're into video games.


IoT, AR, VR to beyond with 5G - Connected World

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For this column let's consider how IoT (Internet of Things) technologies and 5G will impact medicine and healthcare. Just for a moment I think it's really important to imagine what our society will look like when we imagine real possibilities for technology beyond what we ever dreamed possible. From teaching empathy to med students to enabling telemedicine and telesurgery, the impact of technologies like AR (augmented reality), VR (virtual reality), AI (artificial intelligence), wearables, and robotics in medicine and healthcare are wide ranging and far reaching. With 5G, the possibilities seem even more endless. There are so many exciting applications of IoT technologies in the medical field.


IoT, AR, VR to beyond with 5G - Connected World

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For this column let's consider how IoT (Internet of Things) technologies and 5G will impact medicine and healthcare. Just for a moment I think it's really important to imagine what our society will look like when we imagine real possibilities for technology beyond what we ever dreamed possible. From teaching empathy to med students to enabling telemedicine and telesurgery, the impact of technologies like AR (augmented reality), VR (virtual reality), AI (artificial intelligence), wearables, and robotics in medicine and healthcare are wide ranging and far reaching. With 5G, the possibilities seem even more endless. There are so many exciting applications of IoT technologies in the medical field.