Monthly Archives: September 2023

The brain gets its own broadband: Electro-quasistatic fields enable broadband communication for brain implants

In recent years, engineers have been working to develop increasingly sophisticated devices that can help humans to interact better with computers. These technologies, including brain-machine interfaces, electroceuticals and wearable health care devices, could potentially advance both existing medical practices and the capabilities of human users. A research team at Purdue University recently introduced a new […]

Generating small amounts of electricity by squeezing luffa sponges

A team of mechanical engineers at Beihang University, Peking University and the University of Houston has found that it is possible to capture small amounts of electricity by repeatedly squeezing treated luffa sponges. In their study, reported in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group treated sample luffa sponges and measured the electricity […]

Revolutionizing data storage: DNA movable-type system paves the way for sustainable data storage technology

In a study published in Engineering, researchers have developed a revolutionary method for data storage using DNA. The paper titled “Engineering DNA Materials for Sustainable Data Storage Using a DNA Movable-Type System” introduces a novel approach that utilizes DNA fragments, referred to as “DNA movable types,” for data writing, thereby eliminating the need for costly […]

Discovering the intention of a person using just brain wave data

A research team led by Professor Sanghyun Park from the Department of Robotics and Mechanical Engineering at DGIST announced that they have developed a few-shot learning model capable of accurately classifying brain waves using a small amount of information. A large amount of brain wave data collected from target subjects is needed for classifying new […]

3D printing with coffee: Turning used grounds into caffeinated creations

Coffee can do a lot of things: Wake you up, warm you up and lessen that existential dread. According to a new study, it could also help reduce the waste from 3D printing. That’s the vision behind a new project led by Michael Rivera, an assistant professor in the ATLAS Institute and Department of Computer […]

AI-driven tool makes it easy to personalize 3D-printable models

As 3D printers have become cheaper and more widely accessible, novice makers within a rapidly growing community are fabricating their own objects. To do this, many of these amateur artisans access free, open-source repositories of user-generated 3D models that they download and fabricate on their 3D printers. But adding custom design elements to these models […]

Optimizing gesture recognition system design

Research published in the International Journal of the Digital Human reveals a new model for computerized human gesture recognition. The tool, VirSen1.0, developed by Kana Matsuo, Chengshuo Xia, and Yuta Sugiura of the Department of Information and Computer Science at Keio University in Yokohama, Japan uses cutting-edge sensor simulation and user-centric design to overcome various […]

New physics-based self-learning machines could replace current artificial neural networks and save energy

Artificial intelligence not only affords impressive performance, but also creates significant demand for energy. The more demanding the tasks for which it is trained, the more energy it consumes. Víctor López-Pastor and Florian Marquardt, two scientists at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light in Erlangen, Germany, present a method by which artificial […]

Displacement or complement? Researchers reveal mixed-bag responses in human interaction study with AI

Artificial intelligence (AI) is all the rage lately in the public eye. How AI is being incorporated to the advantage of our everyday life despite its rapid development, however, remains an elusive topic that deserves the attention of many scientists. While in theory, AI can replace, or even displace, human beings from their positions, the […]

MLB testing hands-free entry for fans utilizing facial authentication, AI security

Major League Baseball is testing facial authentication-based entry that would allow ticketed fans to walk directly into stadiums—a convenient new arrival method that the league says won’t compromise on safety and security. No more fumbling for a phone at entry, waiting through a wonky bar code scan, or shuffling through a lengthy line at one […]