A new simulator could help the elderly or disabled users engage more effectively with electronic devices, including websites, smartphones and digital television.
Inventor creates Card Beams with 3D printer
What are card beams, you may ask? They are the building toy that allows you to build gravity-defying houses of cards with the help of friction, gravity, and two types of beams - the cap and the connector.
'Makers' 3-D print shapes created using new design tool, bare hands
(Phys.org) —A new design tool interprets hand gestures, enabling designers and artists to create and modify three-dimensional shapes using only their hands as a "natural user interface" instead of keyboard ...
Intel revamps chipsets in new mobile push
Intel Corp. on Monday unveiled a new line of computer chips as part of the tech giant's efforts to gain traction in the fast-growing mobile sector.
Taiwan's MediaTek profit up 51 percent in 1Q
MediaTek Inc., Asia's largest chipset designer, said Monday its first quarter profit grew 51 percent from a year earlier, boosted by China's flourishing smartphone market.
Study proposes alternative way to explain life's complexity
Evolution skeptics argue that some biological structures, like the brain or the eye, are simply too complex for natural selection to explain. Biologists have proposed various ways that so-called 'irreducibly complex' structures ...
Designing a better satellite
(Phys.org) —If you have ever plugged your digital camera into your desktop to download photos, then you have used what is known in computing circles as a "plug and play" interface. Basically, plug and play refers to any ...
NY Times to overhaul Web design
The New York Times website is undergoing a major overhaul in an effort to become "cleaner" and more engaging, and also to improve the presentation of online ads.
Silicon Valley gets an architectural reboot
For all the technological breakthroughs it has produced, Silicon Valley is an architectural wasteland.
A violent debate: Could guns be made at home by 3-D printers?
Gun laws have been back in the media recently due, largely, to the horrific events at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012 which claimed the lives of 20 children and six adults. In response President ...
Synchrotrons explore water's molecular mysteries
(Phys.org)—In experiments at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, scientists observed a surprisingly dense form of water that remained liquid well beyond its typical ...
Printing soil science
Imagine printing a 3-D object as easily as a typed document. Lose a button? Print one. Need a new coffee cup? Print one. While the reality of printing any object on demand may lie in the future, the technology necessary to ...
New study reveals challenge facing designers of future computer chips
To build the computer chips of the future, designers will need to understand how an electrical charge behaves when it is confined to metal wires only a few atom-widths in diameter.
Building small: In many industries, economies of size is shifting to economies of numbers
For decades, "bigger is better" has been the conventional path to efficiency in industries ranging from transportation to power generation. Food once grown on small family plots now comes overwhelmingly from factory farms. ...