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Inspired by the movement patterns in pollen tubes, researchers have created a soft tendrel-like robot that expands to move through its environment. Much like the pollen tubes and neurons that inspired the design of this robot, the body of this unique bot lengthens to move through obstacles in its environment. This design currently only has one tendrel but researchers hope to add the branching abilities they observed in pollen tubes and neurons to exten...
China has a large and growing population of senior citizens. The government is encouraging companies to innovate in order to meet the needs of its older citizens, and one such innovation is the introduction of interactive robots in retirement homes. Robots are now being used as companions to nursing home residents, providing emotional support when needed. Companion robots require further development before all the glitches are worked out. At ...
While 48% of women play video games, women are not proportionally represented in games careers. Even as women play games in large numbers, women are still underrepresented as complex game characters. A simple question, "Why are there so few lady game creators?" prompted users from across Twitter to react under the hashtag #1ReasonWhy on why the digital game industry struggles to attract and retain women. This articl...
"Yup lessens anxiety and helps students learn." (About Yup) Homework Help Managing homework can be a challenge for many students. At home alone without the support of an educator, students may feel overwhelmed by homework problems. Yup is an app that provides help by allowing students to take a snapshot of the homework problem they are curre...
Have you ever struggled to carry groceries or a large stack of books and just wished you had an extra set of hands? Robotics researchers in Japan have invented mechanical limbs that could allow you to do four things at once. These extra arms are controlled by motion sensors placed around your knees and on your feet. This extra pair of arms takes a complex sequence of movements to operate. For example, to grasp, a wearer has to curl their toes, but to m...
Anytime you ask Siri a question or tag someone in a photo, a neural network is being activated. These networks or neural nets are loosely inspired by the brain. These connections of artificial neurons mimic real neurons by triggering in a cascading way down a change of neurons until one result is reached. Neural networks differ from human brains by using a trick called back propagation by sending information back through the network so th...
Have you ever felt the struggle to concentrate while reading a blog or an article with distracting ads popping up? Cognitive load theory posits that we only have a certain amount of mental capacity to process information at any given time. The amount of information we are able to process is not unlimited. Managing cognitive load is important for successful and efficient learning. While this may seem like a complex factor inv...
Ever find yourself twiddling your thumbs on your subway ride or staring at the wall as you eat your toast? Learning apps can be a way to build bite-sized bits of information by taking advantage of the spare moments in the day. While there are lots of language apps that do a great job of building up small moments to reach learning milestones, Py is a new one that...
Navigating the murky waters of dating in the era of apps and websites can be challenging. Instant Relationship Advice (previously WittyThumbs) aims to connect the unhappily in love with experts who have previously helped people with thousands of relationship issues. Pros: Not only does Instant Relationship Advice offer support for a wide variety of scenario...
Dost uses an evidence-based approach to empower parents to provide effective learning experiences for children. (About Dost) Involving Parents in School-Readiness A lot of funding goes toward getting children to attend school; however, 750 million illiterate adults globally cannot take part in their child’s education. Also, there are 250 million children who are ...