A More Immersive Approach to Augmented Reality
A recent report in MIT Technology Review details a new type of headset designed to give the user a more immersive experience of augmented reality (AR). While conventional AR glasses use optics, such as beam splitters, reflectors and waveguides, and have a field of view of 40 degrees or less, the new device has fields of view of 100 degrees or more. It also replaces the conventional optics components with bright dots of light. Andrew Maimone, a PhD student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, created the Pinlight because he felt current AR devices are little more than gimmick. Hs aim is to create AR glasses that have a greater practical use.
Cyborg Moths for Use in Emergency Response
According to a report in NC State News, researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a method for using electronic signals to manipulate the muscles that moths use when flying. They have also devised a way to monitor the electrical impulses moths use to control those muscles. The purpose of the research is to use this information to develop biobots — remote-controlled moths that could be used to help with search and rescue operations. Potentially, the moths would be wearing sensors, which could help with the identification of disaster survivors or health hazards.
Robotic Walking Stick for the Visually Impaired
A Business Standard report gives the details of a new robotic walking cane that can detect where the user is walking and record geographical data. The walking stick functions by means of two cameras and Bluetooth audio. The device helps those who are visually impaired avoid objects in their path, such as stairs or furniture. The audio system then alerts the user of an obstacle. Information about recently traveled pathways and the objects along them is stored in a computer. Like a conventional cane, the length of the robotic device can be adjusted.
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