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This self-driving AI faced off against a champion racer (kind of)

By | Artificial Intelligence, Audi, Automotive, Gadgets, Hardware, Robotics, Science, self-driving cars, stanford, Stanford University, Transportation

Developments in the self-driving car world can sometimes be a bit dry: a million miles without an accident, a 10 percent increase in pedestrian detection range, and so on. But this research has both an interesting idea behind it and a surprisingly hands-on method of testing: pitting the vehicle against a real racing driver on a course.

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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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