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Stanford University

Inspired by spiders and wasps, these tiny drones pull 40x their own weight

By | drones, Gadgets, Robotics, Science, stanford, Stanford University, UAVs

If we want drones to do our dirty work for us, they’re going to need to get pretty good at hauling stuff around. But due to the pesky yet unavoidable restraints of physics, it’s hard for them to muster the forces necessary to do so while airborne — so these drones brace themselves against the ground to get the requisite torque.

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VR optics could help old folks keep the world in focus

By | accessibility, disability, Gadgets, Hardware, Health, Science, siggraph, stanford, Stanford University, TC, Wearables

The complex optics involved with putting a screen an inch away from the eye in VR headsets could make for smart glasses that correct for vision problems. These prototype “autofocals” from Stanford researchers use depth sensing and gaze tracking to bring the world into focus when someone lacks the ability to do it on their own.

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Kaptivo looks to digitally transform the lowly whiteboard

By | Atlassian, business intelligence, california, cambridge, cloud services, computing, deloitte, Gadgets, HP, optical character recognition, Stanford University, TC, trello, United Kingdom

At Kaptivo, a company that’s bringing high-tech image recognition, motion capture and natural language processing technologies to the lowly whiteboard, executives are hoping that the second time is the charm. The Cambridge, U.K. and San Mateo, Calif.-based company began life as a company called Light Blue Optics, and had raised $50 million in financing since […]

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