Morphees: Shape-shifting mobile devices (w/ Video)
Prototype mobile devices that can change shape on-demand will be unveiled today and could lay down the foundation for creating high shape resolution devices of the future.
Qeexo screentouch experience puts knuckles and nails to work (w/ video)
Robots are narrowing the gap with humans
Robots are gaining on us humans. Thanks to exponential increases in computer power -- which is roughly doubling every two years -- robots are getting smarter, more capable, more like flesh-and-blood people.
Study shows that people organize daily travel efficiently
(Phys.org) —Studies of human mobility usually focus on either the small scale—determining the origins, destinations and travel modes of individuals' daily commutes—or the very large scale, such as using ...
Face of the future rears its head: 'Zoe' uses a basic set of six simulated emotions (w/ video)
(Phys.org) —Meet Zoe: a digital talking head which can express human emotions on demand with "unprecedented realism" and could herald a new era of human-computer interaction.
Study of social network 'check-ins' shows that geographic proximity is still the strongest predictor of friendship
(Phys.org)—The closer you live to another person, the more likely you are to be friends with them despite the growing use and impact of social media, according to a study that drew on data from the location-based ...
Close call: Bad weather drives up phone calls to our nearest and dearest
Who we call and how long we speak to them changes with the weather, according to new research by experts at Newcastle University.
Researchers develop prototype of 3-D display screen that physically tilts (w/ Video)
Imagine a mobile device that visually displays a street map and whose screen physically mutates to show the hilly terrain and buildings. A team of scientists, led by the University of Bristol, have developed ...
Toronto study shows mobile spyware's long shadow
NRL designs robot for shipboard firefighting
(PhysOrg.com) -- In both war and peacetime scenarios, fire in the shipboard environment is serious and frequently results in excessive damage and high repair costs because the fire is not detected or controlled ...
A new mathematical model explains patterns of human movement by considering the costs
Using previously published data on the time-stamped locations of 100,000 anonymous cell-phone users, a researcher from Duke University has identified three distinct patterns of human mobility for short, medium, and long distance ...
Travelling epidemics: Human mobility patterns and their impact on the spread of epidemics
(PhysOrg.com) -- In a globalized world, infectious diseases such as SARS, swine flu or seasonal influenza can be transmitted over the entire planet by travellers. To enable a more effective response to this ...
Researchers follow the money to show complicated ways people connect
What are borders these days? When travel was local, borders and communities were easy to define, but now our connectivity is more complex. It's time to think of borders differently, according to Northwestern University researchers.
Human behavior is 93 percent predictable, research shows
(PhysOrg.com) -- Human behavior is 93 percent predictable, a group of leading Northeastern University network scientists recently found. Distinguished Professor of Physics Albert-László Barabási ...