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Special GUI for Your Eyes Only

Special GUI for Your Eyes Only

Researches at the University of Washington have recently developed a system, which for the first time, offers an instantly customizable approach to user interfaces. Each participant in the program is placed through a brief skills test and then a mathematically-based ...

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Stellarium – the Free Planetarium

Stellarium – the Free Planetarium

Stellarium, a new planetarium software, enables users to view a realistic image of the night skies. Apparently, Stellarium is more accurate than other similar programs, and since it is an open-source software, can be installed and used for free. Those ...

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Quickies: Intelligent Sticky Notes

Quickies: Intelligent Sticky Notes

In an attempt to bring one of the most famous inventions of the 20th century into the digital age, scientists of the “Ambient Intelligence Group” at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed the “intelligent stickies”. These are essentially Post-its ...

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Mahalo – Human Powered Search Engine

Entrepreneur Jason Calacanis has initiated a project to create a new type of search engine, in which search results are selected from a set of pre-defined links that were hand-picked by real people. This “human-powered” engine, which was named “Mahalo” ...

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Criminals Beware: Computerized Lip Reading

Researchers at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in the UK are developing a computerized lip-reading system, which they say may be used to fight crime. The scientists recently received a grant of over half a million dollars by England’s ...

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Don’t Burn the Cat

Don’t Burn the Cat

Imagine asking a computer program for advice on how to get rid of the cat’s fleas. The software loads all the information it has about fleas, and tells you that there’s a guaranteed and cheap way: burn them. Actually, given ...

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Do we Think they Think?

Do we Think they Think?

“The question of whether a computer can think is no more interesting than the question of whether a submarine can swim”, said Edsger Dijkstra, the famous Dutch computer scientist. I hope to convince you that this question is actually quite ...

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Moving Your Mouse with your Eyes

Moving Your Mouse with your Eyes

People with disabilities often find it hard to use the computer. Two Israeli students developed a unique softwere which uses a simple camera that tracks the user’s eyes across the screen and can help control the courser without relying on ...

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