New device to get people with paralysis back on their feet

This tiny device, the size of a small paperclip, is implanted in to a blood vessel next to the brain and can read electrical signals from the motor cortex, the brain’s control centre. These signals can then be transmitted to an exoskeleton or wheelchair to give paraplegic patients greater mobility. Users will need to learn how to communicate with their machinery, but over time, it is thought it will become second nature, like driving or playing the piano. The first human trials are slated for 2017 in Melbourne, Australia.

read more: http://www.kurzweilai.net/

Blind Microsoft developer creates the Seeing AI

Microlink have unveiled a new breakthrough via their cognitive services.
Saqib Shaikh is a software engineer for Microsoft and has been blind since he was 7 years old. In conjunction with Microsoft’s cognitive technologies, he is developing the “Seeing AI”. An app that can work on a phone and SMART glasses. The app sees the world around him and translates what is viewable with sound.

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http://venturebeat.com
HOLOLENS ‘ ESP ‘
https://microsoftstudios.com/hololens/

 

FingerIO enables gesture control on devices

The FingerIO app enables users to use their smartphone or -watch with gestures. Nothing needed but your fingers and any kind of suface – even midair it is supposed to be working. By using the devices microphone and speaker it tracks and processes inaudibal sound signals and their echoes – like a sonar system.

More information: http://fingerio.cs.washington.edu/

Flexible smartphone combines multitouch and bend input

What you see below is the first flexible phone which allows the user to interact via bend input – besides the common multitouch input. Inspired by flipping a book researchers at Queen’s University Human Media Lab have developed this first of its kind phone. It’s full-coloured, high-resolutioned and of course fully flexible.

More information: http://www.hml.queensu.ca/s/ReFlex-TEI-2016.pdf

Bandai Namco is opening an experimental VR zone in Tokyo

Bandai Namco will open up a virtual-reality “experience center” from April 15 to mid-October , featuring six VR demos coupled with real-life additions to the rooms to help immerse visitors in each simulation.
One of the Japanese VR Game: Save The Cat Or Die Trying :

The six games featured that you can experience include:

  • Fear of Heights Show: Rescue a cat located on a thin wooden plank 60 stories above the ground.
  • Ski Rodeo: A ski experience that will take you through the steep cliffs of snowy mountains.
  • Real Drive: Get the realistic sensation of driving a sports car around a track in VR.
  • Escape Ward Omega: Join others in a giant abandoned hospital for a horror experience that will make you wonder what’s real and what’s not.
  • Train Meister: Experience the duties of controlling a Yamanote Line train as a Japanese train operator.
  • Argyle Shift: Battle it out with other mechs as you co-pilot a giant robot in this futuristic VR title.

More information: bandainamcoent.co.jp (pdf)