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Robotics

Nadine the eerie social robot looks and feels like humans do

Machines that can read and respond to human emotions like the fast-selling Pepper, and spooky lifelike models that look much like we do have bridged the gap between robots and humans, for better or for worse. By combining these two approaches scientists at Singapore's Nanyang Technological University have taken another step in this direction, taking the wraps off a creepy new humanoid named Nadine who has her own personality and is designed to play the role of social companion or personal assistant.Read More

Science

"Inexact" computer chip makes mistakes, but is 15x more efficient

Last year, a team of U.S. researchers applied the pruning shears to computer chips to trim away rarely used portions of digital circuits. The result was chips that made the occasional mistake, but were twice as fast, used half as much energy, and were half the size of the original. Now, building on the same “less is more” idea, the researchers have built an “inexact” prototype silicon chip they claim is at least 15 times more efficient than current technology in terms of speed, energy consumption and size.Read More

Medical

Superbug-killing coating "magnetically" draws in bacteria

Scientists at Singapore's Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have created a "magnetic-like" coating that traps and destroys 99 percent of the bacteria and fungi that it encounters. The antibacterial coating has been shown to be effective against superbugs like Staphylococcus aureus and is already being used in the manufacture of contact lenses. As well as finding numerous biomedical and household applications, the research could lead to new wound treatments and even be used to target bacterial infections inside the body without the use of conventional antibiotics.Read More

Computers

I-slate to bring tablet computing to rural India

Computers have become an essential part of a child’s education, yet there are currently over 100 million Indian children who attend rural schools that don’t have electricity – no electricity means no computers. Recently, however, a group of organizations from several different countries put their heads together to create the I-slate, a low-cost, low-energy tablet PC designed for use in these schools that runs on solar power. In trials conducted so far, it appears to be a hit with the kids.Read More

Health & Wellbeing

NTU builds a better wheelchair

June 5, 2006 Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has developed an innovative ‘gap clearing’ mechanism that could bring about long term convenience and benefits to physically disabled people in wheelchairs. This invention, called the Wheelchair Gap Enabler, allows wheelchair users to board a bus faster and easier and also clear low steps, such as roadside curbs, with ease and efficiency. Read More

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