Technology which can locate your eyes and track your gaze has been developed by a team at Lancaster University.- An advertising system which is able to track your eye movements while you shop has been created by researchers based at Lancaster...
A group of researchers from the University of Duisburg Essen in Germany used fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) to come to the finding, tracking blood flow in the brains of 14 study participants when they were shown videos of humans, robots and inanimate objects being treated either affectionately or harshly. The researchers, who will present their findings at the June International Communication Association conference in London, found that when participants were shown videos of a robot (a product called Pleo, which resembles a dinosaur) petted, tickled and fed, areas in their limbic structures—a region of the brain believed to be involved in emotional responses—activated. When they were shown videos of a human getting a massage, the same sorts of neural activity occurred. The same pattern also occurred when the participants were shown videos of the robots and humans being treated harshly—shaken, dropped or suffocated with a plastic bag—but with a twist. Interestingly, their fMRI results showed levels of limbic activity much greater when they saw humans treated poorly than when they saw the robots. This correlated with the responses on surveys that the participants took after watching the videos, on which they reported some empathy for the robots, but more for the humans.
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Amber Case describes her brief experience trying out Google Glass – quick first impressions.
A month ago I met a friend of a friend who was testing Glass for Google. He let me try it on in the back room of a quiet pub and I got to try out all of the different features. Aaron Parecki and I tried it on and experimented with its many features.
The features of Glass are not “consumptive”, as in, they don’t cause you to get away from reality. Rather, I’d call Glass’s features “active”. Think of every time you’d like to capture a moment, get driving directions, or check the time. Current technology forces one to take their phone out of a pocket to preform a task, whereas with Glass it’s right there. This is not a media device for sitting back and getting information to you. It’s a device that allows you to quickly act instead of pause and grab your device from your pocket. The features of Glass are not “consumptive”, as in, they don’t cause you to get away from reality. Rather, I’d call Glass’s features “active”. Think of every time you’d like to capture a moment, get driving directions, or check the time. At this point, you have to take your phone out of your pocket to do the task, whereas with Glass it’s right there.
A brain implant which could allow humans to detect invisible infrared light has been developed by scientists in America.
Scientists have created a "sixth sense" by creating a brain implant through which infrared light can be detected.
Although the light could not be seen lab rats were able to detect it via electrodes in the part of the brain responsible for their sense of touch.
Similar devices have previously been used to make up for lost capabilities, for example giving paralysed patients the ability to move a cursor around the screen with their thoughts.
But the new study, by researchers from Duke University in North Carolina, is the first case in which such devices have been used to give an animal a completely new sense.
Dr Miguel Nicolelis said the advance, reported in the Nature Communications journal this week, was just a prelude to a major breakthrough on a "brain-to-brain interface" which will be announced in another paper next month.
In a significant advance for brain-machine interfaces, engineers at Brown University have developed a novel wireless, broadband, rechargeable, fully implantable brain sensor that has performed well in animal models for more than a year.
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