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Friday, January 2, 2015

DARPA Developed Mind Controlled Artificial Arm

DARPA has recently developed a Technological Surprise

DARPA Director, Arati Prabhakar spoke about the projects the agency is currently funding, including a mind-controlled robotic arm, at Expand NY. Tested by Jan Scheuermann, the test run has ended.  However, the University of Pittsburgh has recently published a paper explaining how the limb has improved over the past two years.  “Overall, our results indicate that highly coordinated, natural movement can be restored to people whose arms and hands are paralyzed,” said Pitt School of Medicine professor Andrew Schwartz, Ph.D.

Jan could move the arm, wrist and fingers of the robotic arm and even reportedly beat her brother in a rock, paper, scissor game. In 2012 Jan had neural implants put in the part of her brain that controls her right arm. How was this ‘mind reading’ accomplished?  Scientists had her watch animations of hand-arm movements and had her imagine doing them.  The brain patterns were then used to program the arm.



Scientists would now like to further their technology by using the arm on other volunteers.  Although it still stalls when the hand holds an object, they are hoping to fix the problem.  The aim is to make it a wireless, wheelchair device.  BrainGate is also a research company working on mind-controlled robotic limbs.  Duke University also made a mind-controlled exoskeleton for Juliana Pinto who used it during opening ceremony of the World cup in June.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Microsoft: Windows 10 Event is Planned in January

Microsoft has plans to bring back the home menu button and remove some of the lackluster features of Windows 8 on Windows 10. All around it looks like a more customizable and usable operating system for power-heads on PC, and should scale down to mobiles.

Microsoft announced Windows 10 in a small event in San Francisco, where the developer preview was launched. Redmond has a bigger launch event planned for the consumer edition of Windows 10. In late January, Microsoft will hold an event for all press and developers, to show some of the new changes coming to the final edition of Windows 10.

Windows 10 still has a lot left in the shadows from the short presentation a last month. The developer preview has given us a good amount of information, but anything could change. Microsoft will detail some of the touch display technologies and how Windows 10 will integrate with phone and tablet. It looks like Windows 10 will encompass all sizes, taking over Windows Phone and Windows RT.



The event should take place after the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, one of the biggest technology events of the year. Microsoft is hoping to draw the enthusiasm from CES to its own event.

This will mean one store for all apps, allowing a user to buy an app on the PC and re-download it on their phone or tablet. The new one store will avoid buying an app on the same account twice.

Windows 10 Preview ISO Product key: NKJFK-GPHP7-G8C3J-P6JXR-HQRJR

Wednesday, November 26, 2014