Technology

Speech

Vocoder, a device that harnesses the power of AI and speech synthesizers, could monitor an individual’s brain activity to reconstruct the words they imagine to speak. Neuroengineers at Columbia University’s Zuckerman Institute have recently created an innovative system that enables translation of thought into intelligible and recognizable speech, a discovery that could provide new techniques for computer to communicate directly with the brain and help individuals suffering from different disorders or

MacBook

After facing some backlash on its second-generation ‘Butterfly Keyboard’ last year apparently for being prone to dust and debris, tech giant Apple Inc. had introduced third-generation keyboard with the new 2018 MacBook models. Now, it appears that future MacBook models will have a keyboard made out of glass and not prone to dust. The iPhone maker has recently received a patent application for the new design, GadgetsNow reported on Monday. The

Hybrid Electricity Distribution System

Researchers at the University of Waterloo have recently designed a new distribution system that would not only reduce electricity prices by over 5% but also improve service reliability. The new design involves integration of two types of electric current – direct current (DC) and alternating current (AC) – that power most homes, industries, and even electric vehicles. The research team found that they could leverage efficiencies by designing a system

SynDaver Introduces Engineering Kit that Allows STEM Students to Build Function Human Mannequin with 3D Printer

SynDaver, an advanced biotechnology company that specializes in in developing synthetic animal and human stimulators for medical testing as well as training, is all set to debut its advanced engineering kit for STEM students during the International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare (IMSH), held at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas. The engineering kit includes electronics, pneumatics, hydraulics and associated templates, enabling students in STEM education

False Data Injection (FDI) Attacks

A researcher team at Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT) has devised a novel method for detecting false data injection (FDI) attacks on infrastructure like power grids. It employs a recurrent neural network (RNN) with multiple hidden layers, making it difficult for FDI attacks to fool, as reported in paper presented at IECON 2018. Cyber-attacks on cyber physical systems (CPSs), especially on critical infrastructure, are most likely to cause substantial chaos

Game Streaming Service

Amazon is working on developing a video game streaming service over the internet, joining other large tech companies such as Sony, Google and Microsoft that are building similar offerings, promising for a new battleground in online entertainment, The Information reported, citing two people familiar with the plan. While Sony’s PlayStation is already up and running, Google has begun to test its Project Stream service in the United States, and Microsoft

Brain-Computer Interfaces

To better understand the brain function, many researchers used electrode arrays to map the electrical activity of different regions of the brain. However, these arrays are only capable of detecting the activity over a certain frequency threshold. Recently, a group of researchers from Barcelona built a new technology that not only overcomes the technical limitation but also unlocks a myriad of information found below the frequency of 0.1 Hz, paving

Smarter Airplanes

Gulls’ wings can adapt their shape to breezy or gusty conditions by altering a single elbow joint, according to a new research at the University of British Columbia (UBC) – a simple mechanism that could influence better and smarter airplanes design. Findings of the research are detailed on a paper published in the recent issue of Journal of the Royal Science Interface. According to the senior author Douglas Altshuler, a

Age and Gender

Scientists have recently created a new artificial intelligence (AI) system that can identify individuals on a video by detecting age and gender more rapidly and with high accuracy. According to the researchers at Russia’s Higher School of Economics, the technology to detect age and gender has already been the basis for offline detection systems in Android mobile applications. Modern neural networks could detect gender of people on videos with highest

New Pilots

Learning a new language may not be an easy task in any setting. It becomes more difficult for new pilots as they have to learn the language of the sky, while simultaneously navigating the instrument panel and learning to fly the aircraft safely. Recently, two alumni of Purdue University have proposed a new technology that can help new pilots easily learn radio communication skills and enhance their interaction with air