dimanche 8 janvier 2012

10 Tech Research Projects to Watch

PC World (01/03/12) Ian Paul

Ten promising research projects that could lead to future consumer products include a solar-powered personal computer (PC), three-dimensional (3D) images that respond to touch, and a robotic dog.  Microsoft researchers are working on HoloDesk, a project that enables users to interact with 3D virtual objects.  Microsoft researchers also are developing PocketTouch, a system that enables users to manipulate a touch device through clothing and other materials.  Another Microsoft Research project, Vermeer, uses two facing parabolic mirrors to create glasses-free 3D images that can be touched.  University of British Columbia researchers are developing programmable friction, a type of haptic feedback for touchscreens that could be used for moving folders around a desktop using touch.  NASA and General Motors are developing Robonaut2 (R2), a humanoid robot designed to help astronauts complete space missions.  R2 can lift up to 20 pounds and its arms have similar mobility to a human's.  Intel is developing Claremont, a PC powered by a solar cell the size of a postage stamp.  The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is working with Boston Dynamics and the Marine Corps to develop an all-terrain robot dog that can help soldiers carry heavy objects in remote locations.
http://www.pcworld.com/article/247164/10_tech_research_projects_to_watch.html

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