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New water simulation captures small details even in large scenes

10 August 2018 - 9:00am
When designers select a method for simulating water and waves, they have to choose either fast computation or realistic effects; state-of-the-art methods are only able to optimize one or the other. Now, a new method bridges this gap. Their simulation method can reproduce complex interactions with the environment and tiny details over huge areas--all in real time.
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How a computer learns to dribble: Practice, practice, practice

7 August 2018 - 6:49am
Basketball players need lots of practice before they master the dribble, and it turns out that's true for computer-animated players as well. By using deep reinforcement learning, players in video basketball games can glean insights from motion capture data to sharpen their dribbling skills.
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A system to synthesize realistic sounds for computer animation

6 August 2018 - 10:00am
Sounds accompanying computer-animated content are usually created with recordings. Now, a new system synthesizes synchronized sound at the push of a button.
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Artificial intelligence system designs drugs from scratch

31 July 2018 - 12:13pm
An artificial-intelligence approach can teach itself to design new drug molecules from scratch and has the potential to dramatically accelerate the design of new drug candidates.
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New virtual reality experience delivers extremely high quality imagery

26 July 2018 - 1:10pm
Scientists have unveiled a new virtual reality (VR) immersive experience based on a novel system that captures and renders high-quality, realistic images from the real world using light fields.
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Virtual reality may help students experience life with dementia first hand

23 July 2018 - 11:28am
Virtual reality technology gives high school students greater insight into what it's like to be someone with suspected mild cognitive impairment, or someone progressing through the continuum of Alzheimer's disease.
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Forget joysticks, use your torso to pilot drones

16 July 2018 - 12:15pm
Your torso is more intuitive -- and more precise -- than joysticks for piloting drones, both simulated and real, according to a recent study. Work is already underway to implement this new body-machine-interface technology for search and rescue with drones.
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AI-based framework creates realistic textures in the virtual world

16 July 2018 - 8:45am
Many designers for the virtual world find it challenging to design efficiently believable complex textures or patterns on a large scale. Indeed, so-called 'texture synthesis,' the design of accurate textures such as water ripples in a river, concrete walls, or patterns of leaves, remains a difficult task for artists. A plethora of non-stationary textures in the 'real world' could be re-created in gaming or virtual worlds, but the existing techniques are tedious and time-consuming.
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Turn exercise into a game and see encouraging results

12 July 2018 - 9:39am
A team of researchers built a web-based app called MapTrek. When synced with a Fitbit, MapTrek allows users to go on virtual walking tours of locations such as the Grand Canyon or Appalachian trail while competing against other users. A study showed MapTrek and Fitbit users averaged 2,200 more steps per day than a control group that used only Fitbits.
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Seeing yourself as Einstein may change the way you think

9 July 2018 - 7:12am
People experiencing Albert Einstein's body as their own through a virtual reality simulation were less likely to unconsciously stereotype older people, while those with low self-esteem scored better on a cognitive test. The results suggest that the experience allowed people with low self-esteem to change how they saw themselves and increase their cognitive potential. The technique could be useful for education, particularly for those with low self-esteem.
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100 times faster broadband is coming: 5G passes first test

5 July 2018 - 8:00am
Initial testing on the next generation of mobile technology with the capability of delivering 100 times faster broadband has been successful, engineers have confirmed.
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New drug and material discoveries to be untangled in VR

2 July 2018 - 8:11am
Scientists have developed new virtual reality (VR) cloud-based tools to help academics and industry progress new drugs, materials and boost the teaching of chemistry.
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Gaming or gambling? Online transactions blur boundaries

28 June 2018 - 7:50am
In-game purchasing systems, such as 'loot boxes', in popular online games resemble gambling and may pose financial risks for vulnerable players, according to gambling psychology researchers.
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Virtual reality technology transforming cardiovascular medicine

25 June 2018 - 4:28pm
Rapid advancements in the field of virtual reality are leading to new developments in cardiovascular treatment and improved outcomes for patients, according to a review paper. Extended reality applications in cardiac care include education and training, pre-procedural planning, visualization during a procedure and rehabilitation in post-stroke patients.
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Virtual reality headsets significantly reduce children's fear of needles

18 June 2018 - 7:26am
Almost anyone can relate to being afraid of needles and injections. A pilot study is the first to use a 3D virtual reality headset to test this tool as a distraction method in a pediatric setting. Children were given the choice of a roller coaster ride, helicopter ride or a hot-air balloon ride. Results show that anticipated versus actual pain and fear were reduced in 94.1 percent of the pediatric study subjects.
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Scientists use a photonic quantum simulator to make virtual movies of molecules vibrating

30 May 2018 - 10:30am
Scientists have shown how an optical chip can simulate the motion of atoms within molecules at the quantum level, which could lead to better ways of creating chemicals for use as pharmaceuticals.
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Activity simulator could eventually teach robots tasks like making coffee or setting the table

30 May 2018 - 8:31am
Recently, computer scientists have been working on teaching machines to do a wider range of tasks around the house. Researchers demonstrate 'VirtualHome,' a system that can simulate detailed household tasks and then have artificial 'agents' execute them, opening up the possibility of one day teaching robots to do such tasks.
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Walk this way: Novel method enables infinite walking in VR

29 May 2018 - 11:09am
In the ever-evolving landscape of virtual reality (VR) technology, a number of key hurdles remain. But a team of computer scientists have tackled one of the major challenges in VR that will greatly improve user experience -- enabling an immersive virtual experience while being physically limited to one's actual, real-world space.
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Hey Alexa: Amazon's virtual assistant becomes a personal assistant to software developers

24 May 2018 - 11:15am
Computer scientists have turned Amazon Alexa into a tool for software engineers, tasking the virtual assistant to take care of mundane programming tasks, helping increase productivity and speed up workflow.
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Soft machines: Fast, low-voltage actuator for soft and wearable robotics

21 May 2018 - 11:38am
In the world of robotics, soft robots are the new kids on the block. The unique capabilities of these automata are to bend, deform, stretch, twist or squeeze in all the ways that conventional rigid robots cannot. Today, it is easy to envision a world in which humans and robots collaborate -- in close proximity -- in many realms. Emerging soft robots may help to ensure that this can be done safely, and in a way that syncs to human environments or even interfaces with humans themselves.
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