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Strong interactions with voice-guided vehicles do not result in safer driving

ScienceDaily's AI News - mer, 27/04/2016 - 15:06
Giving a car a more personal voice led to more car accidents, a new report suggests. The findings showed that participants who felt a strong social connection with the virtual driving instructor (i.e., "social presence") crashed more during the simulation, especially when they perceived the instructor's voice to be similar to their own or they felt that the car's appearance reflected their identity. This suggests that having too strong a social/personal connection with the virtual driving instructor is distracting to the driver and thus hinders safe driving.

Emotion detector: Facial expression recognition to improve learning, gaming

ScienceDaily's AI News - mer, 27/04/2016 - 10:36
A computer algorithm that can tell whether you are happy or sad, angry or expressing almost any other emotion would be a boon to the games industry. New research describes such a system that is almost 99 percent accurate.

Robots may be able to lift, drive, and chat, but are they safe and trustworthy?

ScienceDaily's AI News - mar, 26/04/2016 - 09:24
Automation experts conclude that the time is ripe for human factors researchers to contribute scientific insights that can tackle the many challenges of human-robot interaction.

Algorithm for robot teams handles moving obstacles

ScienceDaily's AI News - jeu, 21/04/2016 - 11:31
Researchers will present a new, decentralized planning algorithm for teams of robots that factors in not only stationary obstacles, but also moving obstacles. The algorithm also requires significantly less communications bandwidth than existing decentralized algorithms, but preserves strong mathematical guarantees that the robots will avoid collisions.

Predicting cell behaviour with a mathematical model

ScienceDaily's AI News - lun, 18/04/2016 - 12:11
Physicists have developed new software for the life sciences. The software supports the evaluation of microscope-based observations of cell behaviour on micropatterned substrates.

Fish-eyed lens cuts through the dark

ScienceDaily's AI News - ven, 15/04/2016 - 12:59
Combining the best features of a lobster and an African fish, engineers have created an artificial eye that can see in the dark. And their fishy false eyes could help search-and-rescue robots or surgical scopes make dim surroundings seem bright as day.

Are humans the new supercomputer?

ScienceDaily's AI News - mer, 13/04/2016 - 13:58
Online computer games allow gamers to solve a class of problems in quantum physics that cannot be easily solved by algorithms alone. Citizen science games have already proved successful in advancing scientific endeavours, but had not previously been applied to quantum physics. A Danish team of scientists find, that players succeed where purely numerical optimization fails, and they present a new optimization method based on the observed player strategies that outperforms prominent, established numerical methods.

Robots could get 'touchy' with self-powered smart skin

ScienceDaily's AI News - mer, 13/04/2016 - 11:33
Smart synthetic skins have the potential to allow robots to touch and sense what's around them, but keeping them powered up and highly sensitive at low cost has been a challenge. Now scientists report a self-powered, transparent smart skin that is simpler and less costly than many other versions that have been developed.

Humanoid robotics and computer avatars could help treat social disorders

ScienceDaily's AI News - lun, 11/04/2016 - 12:52
A collaborative research team has found humanoid robotics and computer avatars could help rehabilitate people suffering from social disorders such as schizophrenia or social phobia. It is thanks to the theory of similarity, which suggests that it is easier to interact socially with someone who looks, behaves or moves like us.

Scientists invent robotic 'artist' that spray paints giant murals

ScienceDaily's AI News - jeu, 07/04/2016 - 15:56
Robots do many things formerly done only by humans - from bartending and farming to driving cars -- but a researchers have now invented a 'smart' paint spray can that robotically reproduces photographs as large-scale murals.

Insect eyes enable drones to fly independently

ScienceDaily's AI News - mer, 06/04/2016 - 12:49
After studying how insects navigate through dense vegetation, researchers have come up with a system that can be applied to flying robots. By adapting the system to drones, they can be made to adjust their speed to their surroundings and fly on their own -- completely without human intervention and control.

Touching a robot can elicit physiological arousal in humans

ScienceDaily's AI News - mar, 05/04/2016 - 09:30
Touching a robot's intimate areas elicited physiological arousal in humans, a new study has found. The findings showed that when participants were instructed to touch the robot in areas that people usually do not touch, like the eyes or the buttocks, they were more emotionally aroused when compared to touching more accessible parts like the hands and neck.

Gestures improve communication, even with robots

ScienceDaily's AI News - lun, 04/04/2016 - 11:12
In the world of robot communication, it seems actions speak louder than words. Scientists have discovered that by getting robot avatars to 'talk with their hands,' we understand them as well as we do our fellow human beings.

Phone-based laser rangefinder works outdoors

ScienceDaily's AI News - ven, 25/03/2016 - 11:01
A new infrared depth-sensing system is being presented by researchers, built from a smartphone with a $10 laser attached to it, that works outdoors as well as in.

Read my lips: New technology spells out what's said when audio fails

ScienceDaily's AI News - ven, 25/03/2016 - 09:37
New lip-reading technology could help in solving crimes and provide communication assistance for people with hearing and speech impairments.

Voice-controlled nutrition tracker may aid weight loss

ScienceDaily's AI News - jeu, 24/03/2016 - 13:30
A few years ago, nutritionists who had been experimenting with mobile-phone apps for recording caloric intake approached computer scientists with the idea of a spoken-language application that would make meal logging even easier. This week, the researchers are presenting a Web-based prototype of their speech-controlled nutrition-logging system.

Paying attention to words not just images leads to better image captions

ScienceDaily's AI News - jeu, 17/03/2016 - 10:56
Researchers are developing the best approach for creating computer-generated image captions. The key to their approach? Thinking about words -- what they mean and how they fit in a sentence structure -- just as much as thinking about the image itself.

Humanoid robot works in therapy for children with autism

ScienceDaily's AI News - lun, 14/03/2016 - 21:15
Children with autism have special difficulty in expressing emotions, usually have no social skills and face major problems when communicating. In order to help children with this problem learn to recognize facial expressions in themselves and in others, a group of researchers created a robot using artificial intelligence.

Bacteria-powered microrobots navigate with help from new algorithm

ScienceDaily's AI News - lun, 14/03/2016 - 21:14
Engineers have recently published research on a method for using electric fields to help tiny bio-robots propelled by flagellated bacteria navigate around obstacles in a fluid environment. These microrobots could one day be used for building microscopic devices or even delivering medication at the cellular level.

Light illuminates the way for bio-bots

ScienceDaily's AI News - lun, 14/03/2016 - 16:12
A new class of miniature biological robots, or bio-bots, has seen the light -- and is following where the light shines. The bio-bots are powered by muscle cells that have been genetically engineered to respond to light, giving researchers control over the bots' motion, a key step toward their use in applications for health, sensing and the environment.

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