Weekly Tech News related to Air-Powered Computer Memory, Projecting Bond Properties, Extracting More Accurate Data from Images, Algorithm Flying Drones, X-Ray Vision-Like Camera, Graphics Card – Fusion Energy
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1. Air-Powered Computer Memory Helps Soft Robot Control Movements
Source: University of California – Riverside
16 Jul 2021
Engineers have unveiled an air-powered computer memory that can be used to control soft robots. The innovation overcomes one of the biggest obstacles to advancing soft robotics: the fundamental mismatch between pneumatics and electronics.
Original written by: Holly Ober
2. Projecting Bond Properties with Machine Learning
Source: Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo
19 Jul 2021
Designing materials that have the necessary properties to fulfill specific functions is a challenge faced by researchers working in areas from catalysis to solar cells. Now, researchers have developed a machine learning model to determine characteristics of bonded and adsorbed materials based on parameters of the individual components.
3. Novel Techniques Extract More Accurate Data from Images
Source: Yale-NUS College
19 Jul 2021
Using computer vision and deep learning, a team of researchers has developed novel approaches that resolve the problem of low-level vision in videos caused by rain and night-time conditions, as well as improve the accuracy of 3D human pose estimation in videos.
4. New Algorithm Flies Drones Faster than Human Racing Pilots
Source: University of Zurich
21 Jul 2021
For the first time, an autonomously flying quadrotor has outperformed two human pilots in a drone race. The success is based on a novel algorithm that was developed by researchers. It calculates time-optimal trajectories that fully consider the drones’ limitations.
5. X-Ray Vision-Like Camera to Rapidly Retrieve 3D Images
Source: University of California – Irvine
21 Jul 2021
In a study, researchers describe a new type of camera technology that, when aimed at an object, can rapidly retrieve 3D images, displaying its chemical content down to the micrometer scale.
6. Gaming Graphics Card Allows Faster, More Precise Control of Fusion Energy Experiments
Source: University of Washington
22 Jul 2021
Researchers have developed a method that harnesses advances in the computer gaming industry: It uses a gaming graphics card, or GPU, to run the control system for their prototype fusion reactor. The team’s experimental reactor self-generates magnetic fields entirely within the plasma, making it potentially smaller and cheaper than other reactors that use external magnetic fields.
Original written by: Sarah McQuate
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