AMHERST, Mass. - A computer science professor at Amherst College who recently devised and conducted experiments to test the speed of a quantum computing system against conventional computing methods
will soon be presenting a paper with her verdict: quantum computing is, “in some cases, really, really fast.” “Ours is the first paper to my knowledge that compares the quantum approach to conventional methods using the same set of problems,” says Catherine McGeoch, the Beitzel Professor in Technology and Society (Computer Science) at Amherst. “I’m not claiming that this is the last word, but it’s a first word, a start in trying to sort out what it can do and can’t do.”
PITTSBURGH-Researchers previously have shown that a depth camera system, such as Kinect, can be combined with a projector to turn almost any surface into a touchscreen. But now researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have demonstrated how these touch-based interfaces can be created almost at will
, with the wave of a hand.
You are walking down the street with a friend. A shot is fired. The two of you duck behind the nearest cover and you pull out your smartphone. A map of the neighborhood pops up on its screen with a large red arrow pointing in the direction the shot came from. A team of computer engineers from Vanderbilt University’s Institute of Software Integrated Systems has made such a scenario possible by developing an inexpensive hardware module and related software that can transform an Android smartphone into a simple shooter location system
Using bundles of vertical zinc oxide nanowires, researchers have fabricated arrays of piezotronic transistors capable of converting mechanical motion directly into electronic controlling signals
. The arrays could help give robots a more adaptive sense of touch, provide better security in handwritten signatures and offer new ways for humans to interact with electronic devices. The arrays include more than 8,000 functioning piezotronic transistors, each of which can independently produce an electronic controlling signal when placed under mechanical strain.
Samsung is experimenting with a mind-controlled tablet
that it hopes will shake up the way people interact with devices. The South Korean firm, along with US researchers, has demonstrated how people can launch an application and make selections on a Galaxy tablet by concentrating on a blinking icon.
Is wearable technology, the future
? A shocking bra, musical jacket, vibrating dress and trackable designer wear just a few of the latest examples to have appeared. From preventing assault, to letting people track their designer clothing if they accidentally lose it.
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This Sector is supporting the upcoming Digital Scotland conference and exhibition which will bring together Scottish government, civic & local authorities, community leaders and key business enterprises to work towards the Scottish Government’s 2020 vision of having a world-class digital infrastructure. Amongst the speakers
is IET Past President and Telefonica VP, Dr Mike Short CBE. Registration
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